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Peach-Plum Bread Pudding by eric.louie
Peach-Plum Bread Pudding, a photo by eric.louie on Flickr.

Peach-Plum Bread Pudding

Bread can get old quick. Either unintentionally unused, bought on markdown or given away to the community, coming across a not-so-bakery-fresh loaf happens. Here’s an easy recipe that turns old sourdough and readily-available fruits to a hearty, hot dessert paired against plain vanilla ice cream.

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf old sourdough bread
  • 1 quart milk
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 can peaches
  • Three-quarters pound of plums
  • Half teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • Vanilla ice cream

 

Directions

  • Cut bread into small pieces. Mix with milk and let sit one hour.
  • Mix everything else but the ice cream (eggs, sugar, peaches, plums, nutmeg and cinnamon).
  • Grease a pan and set oven and 325 F.
  • Put mix into pan. Put pan into over one hour.
  • After one hour, heat to 370 F for 15 to 20 minutes to develop crusty parts.
  • When done, turn off oven and take ice cream out to thaw.
  • Cut pieces and serve hot with a scoop of ice cream on the side.

By Eric Louie

The Oakland Art Murmur draws large crowds to Telegraph Avenue around 23rd Street on the first Friday of each month. A lot of galleries open up, but there are also bands and other art on the street. A lot is free. In September The Rockonigles played at the Stork Club. This is a video of that night. My friend Alexis plays bass. I’ve known him forever. It also gave me a chance to post video of the Human Beans, which he was in with my other friends, and my band 3 Hunglo.

By Eric Louie

I was in college the first time I got a flu vaccine. It was the late 1990s and I saw an ad on an SF State bulletin board for experimental study volunteers using a nasal spray. Besides getting a free flu shot, it also paid $10.

I went to a downtown office building off Van Ness Avenue where I learned such sprays had to be shipped fresh. That was harder and more expensive to transport. The trial was to see if a frozen form could work. I was a little let down when I heard a placebo could be used, but almost immediately my nose was drippy and my eyes watering. I got home on the bus and felt really bad that night. The next day I was good.

Since then I’ve made it a point to get a flu shot each year. Funny enough, they never hit as hard as that first one. After graduating and getting a job I had health insurance. Kaiser Permanente had clinics where people lined up in the lobby and paid something like $10. There were also drop-in times. Eventually they were just given. There were even clinics set up at my job. Even though I was in a satellite office, the Bay Area News Group would have a day for shots across its various Oakland Tribune/Contra Costa Times properties.

This year, due to being laid off, I called the Alameda County Public Health Department. They have a listing on their Web site of where and when you can get them, with those that mention a price being between $3 and $5. Some are for children only. Some have specific time and days listed, while others have a wider range. It also says no one will be turned away for a lack of funds.

I suggest both looking up the list, calling the health department and calling the place you plan to go to. I called one on the list and it turned out I had to be one of their behavioral services patients. They asked if I had a psychiatrist with them.

I called the health department on a Monday and they told me about possibilities Wednesday in Oakland and Hayward. I didn’t write it down because I wasn’t sure if I’d be around. But when I called that day a different guy said the next one was Thursday. He said the Wednesday ones were just for babies.

Since I wanted to just take care of it, I ended up going down the list, saw one open and called it directly. It was in Oakland Chinatown with a doctor who is the third owner of a practice that has long served the neighborhood. When I asked for a card he had to remember where they were, saying he hadn’t taken new patients since the mid-1990s. It was $2 if you are uninsured.

There’s different opinions on getting a flu shot, and I know others who don’t get one. Though I’d recover, I don’t like getting sick. I also don’t have sick days from a job anymore, so if I missed some work it would be on me. If you are looking, here’s some links to some local public health departments. Maybe there’s something similar in your area.

Alameda County Public Health Department

http://www.acphd.org/media/272189/flu_clinics.pdf

Contra Costa Health Services

http://cchealth.org/immunization/clinics.php

San Francisco Department of Public Health

http://www.sfdph.org. I called and they said to contact the clinics in each neighborhood directly.

By Eric Louie

Here’s a video of a gorilla on BART after the San Francisco Giants 2012 Championship parade. It was on Halloween, which turned out to be a rainy Wednesday night, so things were pretty low-key. I saw this going on in the next car and grabbed my camera. I don’t think he’ll replace Lou Seal, and would even like to see a Crazy Crab comeback, but it was pretty cool to see. Enjoy.