This blog will be in the main about hunting, fishing, the preparation and cooking of it. BUT not only. I have in the last couple of months become interested in bread baking, so every now and again it will contain what I have been doing in this direction. It will also contain my travels far and near, with and without food (though in the main I don't do hungry).It will also be about the wonderful countryside in which I live and the animals and birds that are part of it and my life.
The Storks of Böbs
A Very Fine Pair
Around the World (Again) San Francisco 30 October
San Francisco 30 Oct
It was a very nice morning , bright and sunny, we had decided
to go and visit the City Hall and at the same time take in Museum of Asian Art
both on the same square.
But first we had some shopping to do, as we had promised
Richard we would cook him a meal that evening. We had decided on a recipe from
a dear friend of ours, Mamta, and it would be her wonderful butter
chicken.We walked the few blocks to the
Noe district as directed by Richard and found the “Whole Food” Supermarket,
first we had breakfast, sitting in the sun on wooden benches in front of the
Supermarket, I had a monster beef roll, it is a good job that they cut them in
half as it was enough for lunch as well. This Supermarket is really special,
most of what they sell is either Bio, free range or comes from named farms in
the close vicinity of the City. We bought everything that we required there, I
thought we may have had problems getting some of the spices, but no everything
was to be had, right down to the whole meal naan.
Shopping done and deposited in the apartment’s massive
refrigerator, we headed for the Metro a short distance from the house.
first to the City Hall, Richard had told us a lot about it and his praise was
not misplaced, it is truly an imposing piece of architecture, outside it stands
in regal splendour, but this is only a cocoon for what awaits the visitor
inside, after entering the vestibule and passing through the security you are
hit right between the eyes with the magnificent sweeping travertine stairway
that seems to fill the whole ground floor.
It sweeps up to the first floor with
its gilded wrought iron rails and marble balustrades. But cast your eyes up and above is a massive
domed ceiling, supported on a multitude of columns, everything covered in
ornate carvings and moulded reliefs.
A wedding ceremony was taking place right at the head of the
stairs, it was a small affair, but carried out with great aplomb by the black
robed official, I am sure the happy couple had selected a wonderful setting for
their special day. We wandered around the first floor level. Stopping in front
of the Mayor’s office to take a photo.
We could have lingered a while longer, but time was pressing
and we really did want to see the exhibition across the road. So we left
through the main entrance and crossed the square to the Chong-Moon Lee Centre
of Asian Art and Culture, there was a special exhibition on called Celebrating
Korean Art during the Janyo Dynasty.
We first ventured into this part before
going on to look at the museums permanent displays of Asian art. It was a
delight to see the intricate carved pieces and the delicate paintings. We spent
a very worthwhile couple of hours just wandering from room to room drinking in
the Asian culture.
So the soul sufficiently immersed in culture we walked back
through the Farmers market on UN Plaza (Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays) and hopped
on the metro and back to Dolores, to eat the other half of the beef roll for
lunch and start on the preparation and cooking of the buttered chicken, a tarka
daal , rice and naan.
Mamta’s buttered chicken and daal turned out fantastic, but
then her recipes always do, we all enjoyed it immensely washed down with a couple
of beers. It was then time to hit the sack as we wanted to visit the Franciscan
Mission a few blocks down early the next day.