Wednesday, April 24, 2013

These Two...

i don't know what just compelled me to search for this video, but i'm so glad i did. i hadn't seen it in years.

that hair! those sideburns! those lashes! their clothes!

these two kill me.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Dinner Dinner, Baby Dinner: Zucchini Pancakes

my van is a little grubber. as a wee thing, he was sucking down 4 ounces of formula in the time it takes most babies to finish an ounce in a half. he eats and sleeps like a frat boy; always has. lately, however,  he has been a bit more challenging at mealtimes because he wants to feed himself.

i consulted a couple different veggie pancake/fritter type recipes and came up with these zucchini pancakes. "came up with" is kinda silly. i'm not the first person in the word to think of this or anything. it's quite easy, really. nonetheless, it's one of van's favorites and i make a variation of it about once a week. it's quick, dirties few dishes (my favorite), always gets eaten and allows the little punk to feed himself. winner winner, vanny dinner.

Zucchini Pancakes:

2 zucchini, grated
1 shallot, grated (about a tablespoon or so)
2 eggs (i get big, cage free brown eggs. if you don't, you might need 3)
6 tablespoons of flour
1 teaspoon of baking powder
a few dashes of salt and pepper

grate zucchini and shallot over a mixing bowl. add eggs, flour, baking powder, s/p and mix. don't expect batter - it's more like a bunch of goopy grated zucchini. if you end up with a big runny mess, try adding another tablespoon or two of flour. 

heat a pat of butter and a little, tiny bit of of oil in a skillet. once your butter is melted, reduce your heat a couple notches. drop a heaping tablespoon of the "batter" into the skillet. flip with a spatula after 2 minutes or so and cook the other side through.the measurements above should get you 8 - 10 little palm sized pancakes.

variations: i've made zucchini carrot pancakes and zucchini corn - both turned out great. i've also used onion when i didn't have any shallots. you could probably sub leeks too, if that's what you have on hand. adding herbs might be fun too. i bet zucchini cilantro would be good. or chives! yum.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Van Francisco

this last weekend we drove to sf to check out the red ball, eat delicious food and shop. we parked near the piers and went to check out the ball, which was right across the street from the ferry building where we were going to have lunch.

when we got there a few guys were filming this chick doing fancy twirls on front of the red ball. i didn't want to crash their session, but let van do his thing anyways. the next day i came across this on the red ball project facebook page. it's vanny! in slow motion!

we basically spent the rest of the afternoon snacking, drinking, walking around, snacking, looking at boats, snacking, watching van squeal at birds, walking and snacking. here are some photos from our day...

here are some funny van faces from our second lunch/early dinner at some touristy seafood restaurant. we always have to hit up the tourist spot for tony who can't be in any kind of close proximity to the ocean and not have crab cocktail. van went back and forth in between cracking himself up by holding his sippy cup with his teeth and no hands and being disappointed and ashamed of us for not letting him eat crab chowder with his hands. these photos capture his joy/disgust.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Red Ball!

have you heard of the red ball project? it's a pubic, participatory art project that travels all around the world. it's a huge red ball inflated in odd public spaces.

i heard it was going to make it's way to california this spring. i figured it would probably only visit los angeles, so i was stoked to see it would be making it's way to sf this weekend. and even more stoked when i saw that it's coming to sacramento on april 10th!

so cool.