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Goat Hill Pizza

19 May

It was one of those lazy Saturday afternoon. Ra and I decided to explore Potrero Hill and to stop by Goat Hill Pizza to have some freshly baked pizza. No Coco this time, but we brought the Canon 5DMK2 we borrowed from Mark Sebastian so we can take good footage of delicious meal we had in this quaint neighborhood.

Damn right… the food was good. We killed it…. Sorry Coco, you will get to taste some of this next time…

 

Okonomiyaki (Japanese Pancake) Party

16 May

 
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Happy Birthday Andy

16 May

This is a video for Annchan’s Dad, filmed & edited by Ratha

 
 

The Real Coco

13 May

Welcome to Coco & The Wagon!

 
 

Welcome to Coco & The Wagon

13 May

Coco and the Wagon, is brought to you by the experiences of Annchan Jones.  Here you can find great photos of the awesome culinary creations she makes daily.  And of course, you can catch a glimpse of Coco and The Wagon.  To start this site off., here’s photos from a recent trip to Santa Cruz, and the beautiful 3-tiered cake that Annchan made, supervised by the one and only Coco. (it was her first time making this kinda of cake..)

 

Okonomiyaki Party

12 May

Here’s some photos of our Okonomiyaki Party

MMmmmmmM!

Annchan & Emz

 

Different Types of Oil

12 May

So I have been really into reading about diet and food politics. I am currently reading a book written by Nina Planck, called “Real Food”. In her book, I read an interesting fact about olive oil that I want to share with you.

According to Planck, there are different types of olive oils and they all differ in nutritional value as well as taste. She classifies olive oil in three different types: plain, virgin and extra-virgin. The healthiest and tastiest is extra virgin olive oil because it comes from the first pressing of the fruit, “has no defects in taste or smell, and has acidity of 1 percent or less.” To make the best of it, try to find extra virgin olive oil that is unfiltered to retain all its nutrients and flavor. And try to look for oils that are in dark bottles for minimal oxidation.

The worst kind of olive oil you can find on market is plain. According to Planck, most commercial olive oil is plain. Plain olive oil is picked by machine which causes bruising further leading to oxidation of the olives. The olives are pressed repeatedly with heat which “diminishes nutrients and flavor”. Planck also notes that heating of olive oil causes oxidation, so it is advised to use half butter and half olive oil for minimal oxidation of oil, which may cause certain type of cancer and heart disease.

 
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The Truth about Milk & Butter

11 May

Long before mass production of milk was in effect, cows happily grazed on an open pasture, listened to birds chirping from near by hill and gave praise to morning sun. Consuming raw milk was regular practice until increase in population lead to increase in demand of milk and thus changed the life of cows and quality of milk in America. Cows were no longer grazing on an open pasture but confined in a little space and fed not fresh grass but grains.

This change in life style and diet drastically changed the quality of milk. Because cows received minimal to no sunlight and ate grains instead of fresh grass,the amount of many nutrients including vitamin D and Omega-3 fatty acids, which are important nutrient in preventing heart disease and cellular health, drastically decreased and increased the amount of Omega-6 fatty acids, which counteract a lot of what Omega-3 does in your body. Because cows were living in such unhealthy condition, they began to produce milk contaminated with tuberculosis that caused many deaths. After this epidemic, a law came in effect to pasteurize all cow milk.

Pasteurizing is done through heating up milk to a certain degree to kill bacterias. This process, you may assume will be beneficial for mlik drinkers, but not entirely so. Pasteurization actually kills good bacteria that are beneficial to our health. If cows lived the lives they are supposed to live: grazing on an open pasture, getting plenty of physical activity, receiving vitamin D through sunlight, consuming plenty of Omega-3 fatty acids through eating fresh grass…etc. this epidemic would never have happened, and there would be no need for pasteurization.

So where I am getting at, is that raw milk that is from pasture grazing cows, is better for you. It has many nutrients that will keep us healthy, including beneficial bacteria for better digestion. So when milk goes through less pateurization, more nutrients it will have. And if cows live like how they are supposed to, more benefitial nutrients it will have. When butter is made from milk that has more nutrients,the darker the hue will be. More yellow the butter, better it is for you. So next time when you are about to spread that butter onto your crunchy toast, take a look at your butter and determine how yellow it is. If it is almost white, chances are, you are eating nothing but empty calorie with anti-nutrients that may be detrimental to your health. You will benefit more by switching to other brand. Afterall, butter coming from a happy cow that lives under sunlight and eating fresh grass taste much better than the butter that come from cows that live in a factory.

Some links to creamery I recommend:
http://strausfamilycreamery.com/

http://www.kaleidoscopeint.com/fanc/index.html

 
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Nutty-Coconut Oatmeal

10 May


I was looking for a breakfast that will energize me before my hot hula workout, and I came up with this recipe. It has lots of dried fruits and nuts in it to add texture and flavor. You can increase the amount of dried fruits and nuts to your taste.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 to 1 tablespoons each: goji berries, raisins, dried cranberries
  • a pinch mineral sea salt
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup oatmeal

Toppings:

  • chopped nuts (such as almonds, walnuts, pecans or combination of all)
  • Maple syrup (for sweetness)
  • coconut flakes
  • wheat germ
  • ground flax seed
  • ground cinnamon
  • milk, soymilk, rice milk, or if you like it rich, half and half.

Directions:

  1. Bring water to boil in a sauce pan over high heat.
  2. Add the salt, dried fruits and oatmeal. Lower the heat to medium low. Let it simmer, stirring occasionally until oatmeal is cooked, about 2-3 minutes.
  3. sprinkle all or some of the toppings and serve warm.

Note:

  • ground flax seed and wheat germ will supply you with tons of fiber, minerals and omega-3 fatty acids.
  • I recommend using Grade B maple syrup instead of Grade A because Grade B maple syrup has more pronounced flavor and it also contains more minerals than Grade A because it goes through less refinement.
 
 

Kale CHips

08 May

So in a quest to try out healthy snack recipes, I came across this interesting snack called “kale chips”. At first, I was skeptical. Very skeptical, especially because one of the reviewers commented that it tastes just like potato chips. To see if that is true, I decided to make this myself. Making this was easy as 1-2-3!

Ingredients:
• 1 bunch kale
• 2-3 tablespoons olive oil
• sea salt and freshly ground pepper

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

1) Cut kales in a little bigger than bite size pieces. Wash them really well since it can tract a lot of dirt. Dry kale thoroughly.
2) Sprinkle olive oil, salt and pepper and massage them into kale until all of the kale are well coated with oil and seasonings. Add more olive oil if kale seems to be bit dry. Do not over crowd kales! This will result in soggy chips.
3) bake in preheated oven for about 10-15 minutes or until kales are nice and crispy. Let it cool. The kales get more crispy once it is cooled to room temperature.
4) Transfer kales to a serving bowl and enjoy them as a healthy snack!