Friday, July 04, 2008

Moonstone Beach with Sadie

July 4th, 2008. Sadie, my roommate's dog, and I take a trip down to Moonstone beach along the hazy Humboldt coastline. Newly discovered the day before, Moonstone instantly became my favorite local beach; having everything from sand to seashells, rock-climbing to water wading, and all from the safety of an RV inaccessible parking lot.

Sadie is a trained bird dog. She obediently and single-mindedly loves, loves, loves to play fetch. I do not. After what seemed like an eternity, I did something that I had never done while out with Sadie before-- I put away all the tennis balls and encompassing retrieving paraphernalia.

What I discovered was a pretty cool companion dog that was part billy goat. We climbed rocks and boulders, mingled with people, and met 2 other dogs named 'Sadie'.

Flowers are hidden treasure that dot Moonstone's rocky crevices and cliffs. I found them in purple-blue, pink, yellow, and white.

I also found that where-ever I pointed my camera, a Sadie-dog tended to come into view. Quite magical, indeed.

Photographer and doggy model continued to explore, first a big cave, then its little neighbor with a surprise trickle waterfall, before it was off towards home. Where a well-deserved nap awaited us both.

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Bigosz Stew

This stew is Polish and is pronounced, "bee-gosh" according to the cookbook I got it out of. Its super easy to make and each time I've made it, I've gotten tons of compliments!! This is also a great project/movie watching stew 'cause it prepares itself. You just put everything in a pot, then are free to work on a painting or watch a video until the house smells great and you realize how hungry you are. Oh, this makes a ton of food, and left-overs heat up beautifully.

4 tablespoons butter
1 large onion, thickly sliced
1 head cabbage, cut in eigths lengthwise
2 pounds Polish sausage, cut into 1/4 inch thick slices (I use swedish potato sausage that's nitrate, nitrite and gluten free)
2-3 tart green apples, unpeeled
3 tomatoes, unpeeled
2 bay leaves
1 tablespoon white vinegar
pinch of sugar (optional)

Melt butter in a large, heavy pot or Dutch oven. Saute onion until soft.

Add cabbage slices and sausage.

Quarter and core apples, but do not peel. Quarter tomatoes and add to pot with apples, bay leaves, and vinegar.

Cover tightly and simmer over low heat for 2 hours. Before serving, skim any fat from stew, remove bay leaves, and check seasoning. If apples were mildly flavored, you may wish to add a pinch of sugar. (I've made this recipe with and without sugar and it tastes good both ways... really it tasted the same both ways.)

Mickelson, Bon
nie Stewart, ed. Private Collection 2. Menlo Park: Junior League of Palo Alto Mid Peninsula, Inc., 1984.