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Ocean Beach Picnic

Who would have known that you can experience so much by concentrating on doing nothing at all.

We could tell you a million stories about this week. About how crazy beautiful the weather has been, how many great places we have found in our neighborhood, how we have been taking long walks up and down and up and down and up and down (phew) the hills of San Francisco, how Elsa made the funniest face ever with fresh sprouts all over her mouth. Or the story about when David was helping a sweet old granny by carrying her blanket to her car from Dolores Park, and was offered a bag of pot! as thank you (it’s a true story).

But the story we will focus on this time is when we on a beautiful day decided to have a picnic at the beach.

As we wrote in our recent post, our kitchen is very simple. We found salt and black pepper when we moved in, any other spices we have had to buy. And since we are only staying here for another week we have been cutting corners, making it easy for ourselves and been trying to use the same ingredients in several dishes.

On this picnic we made a salad with brown rice leftovers from yesterdays dinner, adding a bag of trail mix and fresh pomegranate that we also use on our breakfast yogurt, and seasoning it with organic peanut butter that you apparently can’t live without in the U.S. Even though it’s kind of simple, this salad is really nourishing and tasty.

15 Yum.

Ocean beach is not like most other beaches. It’s kind of windy, at times it can be quite foggy, and honestly, as soon as the sun starts to set it becomes really cold.
Still, it’s a 4 mile long and beautiful beach that you during October can have almost for yourself. Take bus #5 way out west (they will let you bring the stroller if you beg the drivers nicely). Bring a sweater. Bring a friend. Be there while it is sunny. Watch the brave surfers (the currents are strong, the water is ice cold). And have a picnic.

Brown Rice & Pomegranate Salad
Serves two persons

3 handfuls mixed baby leaf salad (rinsed)
2 small leaves green kale (chopped)
1 cup brown rice (cooked and mixed with olive oil and chopped parsley)
1/2 fennel (sliced)
1/2 cucumber (chopped)
4 small plum tomatoes (sliced)
2 avocados (chopped)
2 carrots (sliced)
1 pomegranate (seeds)
1/2 bag trail mix (seeds, nuts and dried fruit)

2 eggs (hard boiled)
4 tbsp peanut butter

Put salad and kale in the bottom of a box. Pour over the rice and top it with cucumber, tomatoes, avocado and carrots. Drizzle over the pomegranate seeds and the trail mix. Toss it around lightly with your hands. Cut the eggs into quarters and put them in one corner and the peanut butter in another or in a little box.

Frozen Fruitsticks with Chocolate & Pistachio

1 block of 80% dark chocolate
mixed fruit, like bananas, plums, berries and persimmon)
1 small handful raw pistachio nuts or shredded coconut

Cut the fruit in large pieces. Put fruit on toothpicks and place in the freezer. Meanwhile melt the chocolate by using a waterbath or in a small pot over very low heat. Remove the fruit from the freezer and dip each fruit in the melted chocolate, drizzle with chopped pistachio and place on wax paper to set. Serve right away or place back in the freezer until you are packing for the picnic.


  1. Louise
    Posted 17 Oct ’10 at 08:36 | #

    Hi! I just wanted to tell you that I love this blog. Your photos are always crispy and beautiful and your recipes fresh and healthy. That pistachio covered strawberry looks delicious!

  2. Posted 17 Oct ’10 at 08:42 | #

    Beautiful photos! It goes to show that you can make the most healthiest and tastiest dishes with the most simplest of ingredients! Thank you so much for sharing this with us! Maria x

  3. Posted 17 Oct ’10 at 10:01 | #

    beautiful, beautiful photos!

  4. Posted 17 Oct ’10 at 15:11 | #

    Looks like you’re having a wonderful time! Beautiful food and photography. Thanks for sharing :)

  5. Posted 17 Oct ’10 at 17:25 | #

    Amazing photography! The chocolate-dipped strawberries look amazing. I love the chocolate/pistachios combination. Brilliant!

  6. Posted 17 Oct ’10 at 23:53 | #

    I’m so glad to hear your travels have started off wonderfully! I can’t wait to follow your adventures! Enjoy!

  7. Posted 18 Oct ’10 at 19:29 | #

    yummy looking salad and those strawberries…how divine.

  8. Posted 18 Oct ’10 at 20:57 | #

    oh my goodness. delicious food and beautiful photos, this is the perfect blog. Hurrah!

  9. Posted 19 Oct ’10 at 13:49 | #

    I’ll be out in San Francisco next month and again in November… and this reminds me how wonderful California is and how much I’m dying to be there.

    You show here that you don’t need an elaborate kitchen set up to make a wonderful meal. Gorgeous… just gorgeous!

  10. Janina
    Posted 19 Oct ’10 at 18:26 | #

    I´m very lucky to find this blog. The way you using other products is very creative. I want to know and wish me more about your lifestyle, for example over your home-styling, because I think it looks wonderful too.
    Greetings from Germany

  11. Posted 20 Oct ’10 at 01:33 | #

    Your pictures are beautiful! I really like this salad – adding peanut butter, what a cool idea =)

  12. Posted 21 Oct ’10 at 15:24 | #

    It all sounds absolutely wonderful. Thanks for sharing your happy moments with us, and the recipe, oh a must-try! xx

  13. Posted 22 Oct ’10 at 22:36 | #

    Men GUD SÅ VACKERT!!! gissar att ni inte saknar snöblandatregn just nu ;)

  14. Posted 23 Oct ’10 at 02:09 | #

    So jealous of this post! I want to live in it.

    Stunning like a postcard. Thank you for it.

  15. Posted 25 Oct ’10 at 08:16 | #

    Your pictures get better with every post! I hope you are enjoying your travels!

  16. Posted 1 Nov ’10 at 18:52 | #

    Welcome to San Francisco! I love your site & I can’t wait to follow along as you discover all the beauty & creativity this city has to offer.

  17. h
    Posted 5 Nov ’10 at 05:05 | #

    I´ve just discovered your blog today. SO happy for that. Words, recipes and photos are so “naturally and organically” beautiful.

    And yes, probably fruit covered with chocolate is old, but you guys make it look new and delicious (as well as the salad).

    Will keep coming back for more.

  18. Posted 6 Nov ’10 at 03:41 | #

    Your blog is breathtaking!I need to stop by more often. The photos at the beach are so serene & those chocolate covered fruit sticks are perfection!

  19. Posted 6 Nov ’10 at 15:03 | #

    I accidently ran across your blog while going through some of the images on taste spotting and I love it! Your photography is absolutely gorgeous…

  20. Valeria
    Posted 6 Nov ’10 at 16:57 | #

    Thanks for this post.
    It’s a great lunch for long days of class in the University where there aren’t many options (meaning there is only one option) for vegetarians.

  21. Posted 7 Nov ’10 at 08:03 | #

    The photo of the strawberries is like a piece of art! LOVE IT!

  22. Amy
    Posted 11 Nov ’10 at 23:13 | #

    Great post! I’m looking to make some changes in my own eating habits, so I appreciate your insight a lot! Thanks for the post!

  23. Caroline
    Posted 24 Sep ’11 at 19:09 | #

    I love photography and I love cooking. This is amazing, I’m so inspired by your stories. Thanks for sharing with us.

  24. Glenna Morris
    Posted 5 Sep ’14 at 22:56 | #

    Fantastic ideas for food and photos are beautiful. I too would love to hear about your homestyle. Thanks much glenna

  25. Tanja
    Posted 7 Nov ’14 at 14:36 | #


    I absolutely adore your blog and am slowly but steadily eating my way through all the posts, but I’m a little confused by this one. There’s no dressing or is the peanut butter the dressing? It’s nowhere to be found in your picture… :-)

  26. Posted 20 Apr ’18 at 05:09 | #

    Thanks for the recipe.That is great food when going to the beach. I am very happy to see your photos <3

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