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Tartine, Dolores Park Cafe, and a Chickpea Curry

Posted: February 24th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Balanced Lunch | Tags: | No Comments »

On Wednesdays I get to work with Karen on the cookbook project, which allows me time closer to some of my favorite food locations on 18th street: Bi-rite Creamery, Bi-rite, Delfina, and Tartine to name a few! This can become treacherous – spending the entire day testing recipes, and then eating your way through the 18th street strip can a hazard for the waistline. So, just incase, I took the 25 minute walk up and down the hills of Dolores street instead of taking the Muni this morning.

Today’s breakfast wasn’t very healthy.

A Rocher with Cacao Nibs from Tartine. They were out of morning buns, so at least the caloric indulgence was to a minimum. A rocher is a type of meringue made of egg whites and sugar, whipped until stiff and baked. The result when fresh (always fresh at Tartine!) is this delicious crispy, crumbly, airy, yet still chewy cookie.

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I also had a little bit of caffeine:

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We got to work, and soon enough, the first recipe of the day yielded some extra: fresh carrot juice! Just enough for a shot of goodness for both of us.

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We cooked, and cooked, and cooked.

And played with the baby, and cooked some more.

In no time it was lunch – this time a vegetable sandwich from Dolores Park Cafe. It had hummus, kalamata olive spread, avocados, tomato, carrot, cucumbers, and sprouts. I thought that it needed a little something more… maybe a more tangy spread? But it was pretty tasty, and I was enjoying my veg!

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I also ate the little bag of kettle chips that came with it! I could have had a salad, but the chips were crunchy and tasty – and it’s been ages since I’ve eaten any chips, so I deemed them acceptable. I’m a sucker for Kettle Chips, and if I were to have this stuff around the house, I’d probably end up finishing the entire huge bag in a sitting. They have these salt and pepper chips that are some of my favorite.

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After getting as much work as we were going to get done, I took off to spend the rest of the afternoon in my own kitchen. I took a long amble through Dolores Park, to take advantage of the sunshine!! I thought it was going to rain today, so this was a pleasant surprise.

This dog was looking at me intently as I was taking my camera out, so I decided to snap his picture.

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When I got home, I got to cleaning the house – it was needing it! And started making my dinner: chickpea curry with fresh dill – another recipe from Ruta Kahate’s 5 Spices, 50 dishes that I’m testing out. Growing up we didn’t have too much dill in the house, because it is one of the rare things my father dislikes. Nowadays I often forget how much I LOVE dill, and I was intrigued that this dish used dill in the traditional Indian way more like a vegetable than a herb.

I stuck to the recipe, but made two tiny changes – I used fresh chickpeas from Rancho Gordo that I had soaked last night and boiled this afternoon instead of canned, and I used some fresh turmeric root rather than dried – although I’m not sure that this made too much of a difference in taste. (I’ll double check soon, I have a feeling this is going to become a staple in my kitchen.)

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In a few minutes, I’m off to meet some of my fellow San Francisco based students in my nutrition program at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. This is the first time that I’m meeting most of them, and I’m looking forward to spending time with a like-minded group of people who love food as much as I do, and believe that good food is the key to good health.

This week’s classes were all about healthy cooking!

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