Monthly Archives: August 2013

Day 242 : ice cream

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Sandy: I’m in the middle of making fresh peach ice cream. The peaches have to cure in lemon and sugar for two hours. I’m using the fresh goat milk that I got this morning from my friend who lives in Sebastopol. It will be interesting to see the consistency since there is less fat in goat milk than cow’s milk and cream. My ice cream maker is at least 30 years old. It is a White Mountain knock off but works pretty well. The motor is loud, though, and I worry about it wearing out. I have wonderful memories of making ice cream with my Brownie troupe on our camping trip. CarolL sat on top to hold down the canister while the rest of us cranked the handle which turned the paddle inside. The crank went in only one direction, clockwise. It may have felt backwards for left-handers.

Sandy’s year long journey – going from being a right-hander to left-hander, and Kelly’s parallel trip as a left-hander doing things as a right-hander.


Day 241 : cacao

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Sandy: I probably said this before, I love dark chocolate. I make a few premium desserts that my family loves including a chocolate souffle from a recipe by Alice Medrich.

Cacao is the bean from which chocolate is made. The amount of solid cacao beans versus the amount of sugar in a chocolate bar is written in percentages on the label. Semi-sweet chocolate is 50% sugar and 50% cacao solids. In the United States, only 10% cacao is required to be considered milk chocolate.

Dark chocolate with high percentages of cacao has many health benefits. Flavenoids, antioxidant compounds, is an anti-inflammatory and improves heart health. Antioxidants help free your body of free radicals, which cause oxidative damage to cells. Free radicals are implicated in the aging process and may be a cause of cancer, so eating antioxidant rich foods like dark chocolate can protect you from many types of cancer, it is great for your skin and slows signs of aging. Because dark chocolate has a low glycemic index, it won’t cause huge spikes in blood sugar levels.

Phenylethylamine (PEA), the chemical that encourages your brain to release endorphins, can improve mood and is a catalyst for falling in love.

Cacao contains Magnesium, Potassium, and Iron which are all good for your heart, and Copper – copper and potassium help prevent against stroke and cardiovascular ailments. The iron in chocolate protects against iron deficiency anemia, and the magnesium helps prevent type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure. Some studies have also shown that chocolate is good for your brain, circulation, and blood sugar. Dark chocolate also contains caffeine, though less than coffee.

Sandy’s year long journey – going from being a right-hander to left-hander, and Kelly’s parallel trip as a left-hander doing things as a right-hander.


Day 240 : toque

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Sandy: A dear friend, LoriF, gave me the Tartine cookbook yesterday (awesome!!!). She and I share the love of baked goods. Her chocolate cookies are scrumptious. For my birthday about 10 years ago, she took me on a dessert excursion throughout Berkeley. We stopped and test tasted the goodies of at least five bakeries. It was one of the most fun and memorable days I spent with anyone. Such a unique idea. She’s one of the most knowledgeable people I know who understands and can execute baking, cooking, canning, and who doesn’t own a restaurant but could be a MasterChef. I still go to a few of the little gems we visited – Masse’s for sesame cookies, La Farine for morning buns, Hopkins Street Bakery for ginger snaps.

Sandy’s year long journey – going from being a right-hander to left-hander, and Kelly’s parallel trip as a left-hander doing things as a right-hander.


Day 239 : peachy

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Sandy: It’s peach heaven at the farmer’s market. The ripe peaches are so fragrant and delicious. Fresh peach ice cream is the best, even better than fresh peach pie. Admittedly, I will go off the Mediterranean diet for both. The doughnut peaches were very sweet, creamy yet firm with the perfect texture. Their skin has barely any fuzzy. Ninety-nine percent of the time I take the skin off peaches because I don’t like the way it feels on my tongue. Because the skin is easily peeled off when the peach is ripe, it almost makes my left hand feel natural and coordinated.

Sandy’s year long journey – going from being a right-hander to left-hander, and Kelly’s parallel trip as a left-hander doing things as a right-hander.


Day 238 : acupuncture

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Sandy: I had acupuncture today because I’ve had a little ache in my right deltoid. Since icing, Ibuprofen and Aleve haven’t helped, I decided to try an alternative treatment. Having had a rotator cuff injury before, I could tell that’s not the problem. The pain is a dull ache and the muscle kind of feels like a trigger point needs to be released when I push on the sensitive spot but it won’t release. Six needles were placed in my right shoulder, one in my forearm, one in my hand, one in my shin, one in my right ear, two in my left ear. I could feel the muscles in my arm tighten around the needles as though I were clenching my fist. I’m hopeful. Would be awfully cool if a few sessions is all it takes and nothing more dramatic or invasive.

Sandy’s year long journey – going from being a right-hander to left-hander, and Kelly’s parallel trip as a left-hander doing things as a right-hander.


Day 237 : dirt diva

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Sandy: At nine in the morning, when I was in Ross and San Anselmo yesterday, I saw at least 30 cyclists – individuals and groups, road and mountain bicycles – in the span of five minutes. Some were taking their bikes off their car racks, just starting their ride, and some were returning (you could tell because they looked completely satisfied). I was so envious. I used to be one of those people – jumping on my mountain bike, eager to ride on any trail with my dirt diva girl friends at nine o’clock. On a weekend day we would take longer rides, i.e. up Mt. Tam and down to Olema. I haven’t been riding for over a year because after awhile, my body position on a bike brings on tingles in my fingers. Eventually they feel numb and it hurts to change gears or engage the brakes. One of the divas moved to Bend, OR, another moved to Donner Lake, one is still recuperating from a car accident 20 months later.

(Kelly came up with this image for our Dirt Diva shirts. I customized it for my blog to look more like me.)

Sandy’s year long journey – going from being a right-hander to left-hander, and Kelly’s parallel trip as a left-hander doing things as a right-hander.


Day 236 : no good very bad day

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Sandy: Today wasn’t a completely terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day because the Giants won. But the day did start out pretty bad. I deposited a check at the ATM and took out $60. I don’t like to fuss around with money in front of an ATM so I folded the money and stuffed it into my front pant pocket, took my receipt and debit card out of the machine and walked across the street. When I fished the money out of my pocket but it wasn’t there. I hadn’t even walked 100 feet away from the ATM and it had disappeared. I looked around, retracing my steps four times. There was hardly anyone walking or driving on the street so I couldn’t detect if anyone looked like they won a jackpot. I’m not a careless or reckless person so I berate myself when I lose something. My husband told me it wasn’t the end of the world, occasionally things like that happen and to consider it a massa. (He, being an ex-catholic, alter boy and alumnus of Portsmouth Abbey and now completely nonreligious, still remembers everything from the bible.) Simple definition: a lifting up, gift. Whoever found it got a gift. I am pretending that my paycheck is $60 less than was payable to me. Better than getting mugged at the ATM.

Sandy’s year long journey – going from being a right-hander to left-hander, and Kelly’s parallel trip as a left-hander doing things as a right-hander.


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