Superhero in San Francisco

Did you see Batkid hard at work in San Francisco this week?  I wish I had been there.


Read this lovely story about superhero Miles and the make a wish foundation :
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2507890/Batkid-San-Francisco-transformed-Gotham-City-today-grant-year-old-cancer-victims-wish-Batman.html

So many people got involved with this - it was heartwarming to hear about people getting together and making a difference.  A fitting celebration for Miles being in remission of his leukemia.
Na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-Batkid!
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Camerata Retreat

We had our choir retreat this Saturday - and the perfect weather for it.


It was a lovely day with it warm enough to eat both lunch and dinner outside  - and then time for a little snuggle under the blankets by the fire to watch the stars come out.



A lovely day and the food went down well. I'll be sharing some of those recipes in the next few days.



Now we are all ready to sing together  at Grace Cathedral, San Francisco on Thursday evening and a late night Easter Vigil service Saturday night.

PS Looking back at these photos - it looks like all we did was lounge around - but actually we did sing!!!  in between our social time :-D
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Truly Scrumptious - Sun-dried Rainier Cherries


Yum, yum, yum! My favorite food this week has to be sun-dried Rainier Cherries from Cipponeri Family Farms.


I was meeting a friend for lunch yesterday at Greens in Fort Mason, San Francisco and when I got there, there was a farmers' market.  As I wandered around, what first caught my eye were unpasturized almonds - meaning that, unlike the majority of almonds - these are truly raw.  Even those you buy that are labelled "raw" tend to have been steam pasteurized and thus have lost some of their micronutrient content.  I did buy some almonds, but haven't even tried them yet.  Maybe they will be next week's "truly scrumptious"?



But as I went down the line of nuts and dried fruits at this stand, I spotted the rainier cherries.  I've never seen dried Rainiers before...and they had some samples. Gosh, their texture is still a little moist and "spongy" - not too dry,  and so vibrant in flavour.  They have some tartness - but it balances nicely with a little sweetness.

I can see that I am going to have to call in to that particular Farmer's market regularly to keep up a good stock of these!


I guess the only thing that would have improved them was if they were organic and didn't use sulphur dioxide.....but I did ask them about their pesticide use etc.

What was your favorite taste this week?
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White Christmas

My favorite Christmas song:





I'm off down to Grace cathedral in San Francisco to sing the service there now.  Shame we don't get to do this one - with reindeer!!! But some lovely other music instead. If you are in the city, do join us this evening.

And a Happy Christmas to you all.  Have a wonderful day.
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