MARTHA AVENUE-Day 26- A relatively easy day in that the deliveries were all in SF and we got most things prepped so that it was easy to get things done today. I think we may have mastered the Gnocchi-factory. It seems to require a certain number of pots (2 boiling, 2 ice water,) a rhythm and pace, an attention to how many go on a tray, and not too much flour as we roll. All of this Willi adjusted over and over until it was as seamless as possible given only 4 hands, 4 pots, an refrigerator ice maker that only makes ice when it feels like it, and an assistant (me) who is also juggling sourdough baking. But we managed to get all the gnocchi done with no casualties, no redos and no tears (from me). It's interesting how many other things you learn when you start a new endeavor. Things you didn't think would have anything to do with it.
On my delivery trip, I drove by a couple of houses which struck me as having VERY different messages. Made me wonder how they deal with other more neighborly issues. Maybe they relegate their differences to their front windows and agree to disagree and leave it at that. I'll attach the photo I took and you can see what I mean.
The best part of today was my early morning walk in Glen Park Canyon, and a little sit down mediation under a little stand of redwoods. Listening to the birds and the passing snippets of conversation of the various people who strolled by, feeling the cool breeze on my face and the dappled sun warming my head. It was a good start.
And lest you think that we do nothing but cook for other people and just eat as we go, let me reassure you that Willi keeps the fire going long enough to make delicious things for the three of us to eat as well. Last night was a gorgeous Paella with fresh lava beans from Allison's garden, shrimp, chicken and some lamb sausages from my friend Mary's husbands sheep. It was supposed to serve 4, but we pretty much finished it off with just the three of us eating. Tonight was some elaborate pork shoulder done in a sort of Korean BBQ style with kim chee and picked radish and onions, lettuce wraps and rice noodles. So, the gorgeous gnocchi and ragu and pestos are really the tip of the iceberg.
For this week, we have most of your favorites available. Orders for Monday (and the North Bay deliveries) should be placed by Saturday night/Sunday morning. Wednesday orders (and East Bay delivery...don't worry Annie, we will have ragu!) should be placed by Monday evening.
Enjoy the sunshine if you can. Listen to the birds. Take good care of your bodies. Be kind to yourself and those around you. Hug your people, and hug yourself for me. xoxo