The Great Plotnik

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Four Way Selfie

Nefnik and Lilli came up for the weekend. Of course we got in some recording time at Decibelle.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Home From the Galapagos

And guess who flew to Boulder to pick her up at the Denver airport, as well as bring those flowers? 

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The Golden Gate from Space

We have gotten kind of hooked on the NASA channel (346). Last week we saw two astronauts talking from the International Space Station, floating in space, tossing the microphone back and before between them. It's kind of low-tech boring, but also unbelievably fascinating. One of those astronauts (Samantha) took this picture that appeared on SFGate this morning.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Happy Rosie

Talking to Danny on the phone...

Thursday, January 15, 2015


Following yesterday's post about Guacapitty, we offer this recipe from The Great Plotnik Avocado Plantation:


4 avocados from backyard tree.
1 hacksaw, sharp
1 sledgehammer, medium
Liver Loaf
Brussels Sprouts

Allow ample time for avocados to ripen. If they actually do, proceed to GUACAMOLE.

If they never ripen, place rock-hard avocado on concrete floor. With hacksaw, slowly slice through avocado, exposing pit. Set any avocado meat aside. It is inedible.

With sledgehammer, smash pit to smithereens. Watch out for toes, fingers and eyeballs.

Gather all avocado pit shards and inedible avocado meat into mixing bowl. Add 1/2 pound liver loaf and hundreds, no, thousands of brussels sprouts.

Serves 0.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Avocado Maintenance

Huge pruning going on over here. The avocado tree has been reduced by at least a third. Next year we can take a little more off until it is down to manageable levels and more sun can get into the lower acreage. The last time we did this we got three or four years of better sun so we could grow more things, which then died as soon as the tree leafed out again over the top of them.

Frank's pruning team found three small avocados already, the two in the picture and one still up on the tree. Which is to say this tree is ready to exploit global warming to its maximum effect -- I fully expect a bushel or two of avocados over the next few years. They might even turn out to have smaller pits, which would make guacamole possible instead of guacapitty. But regardless, for you serious investors out there, the market for organic avocado pits can only expand.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Open Kibbe

Bulgar and saffron crust, lamb, onions and pine nuts filling, tahini and and lemon juice topping, sprinkled with parsley and more pine nuts on top, and then baked. Thanks to Ottolenghi's "Jerusalem," from which I keep pulling new and delicious recipes. This one's a bit labor intensive but it's really good.