My oldest daughter, Rachel, came to visit us for a week. While she was here we drove to Sonoma to check out the cheese trail, which I will rant about in another post, then continued on to San Francisco and spent the night in Japantown at the Hotel Kabuki. We spent the next day wandering Japantown. My favorite place is the $1.50 store in Japantown. We had more fun going up and down each aisle. I managed to pick up a few stocking stuffers.
After a drive down Lombard Street, the very crooked street, we headed to the Ferry Building and Saturday's farmers market.
Our first stop was for macaroons, Rachel's favorite, at Miette. We got a bakers dozen. Our only complaint was we wished they were color coded so we knew what flavor combination we were about to eat as we had purchased two of each with a chocolate extra.
We also picked up some sourdough for Jim from Acme Bread Company , a seeded wheat from Della Fattoria and some sausage from Boccalone to add to the cheese we had bought the day before in Sonoma.
Along with some delicious Warren pears from one vendor we found green olives at another. If you bought a pound from this vendor you also received a recipe to cure your own olives.
I LOVE olives, black or green, so we bought a pound. Why only a pound I'm not sure.
Today was brining day.
To prepare the olives for brining I first slit them lengthwise.
Next I sliced jalapenos, lemon, celery and peeled some garlic.
I split up my pound of olives in to two pint jars layered between the lemon, celery, garlic and jalapeno.
To this I added brine, fresh lemon juice and red wine vinegar.
Now I have to wait three months for it to ferment.
Check back February 2nd for the unveiling.