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Penne e Carote con Aglio e Olio (variation on a theme)

Tonight when I looked in my fridge for ingredients for dinner the pickings were slim. I'm abstaining from meat during Lent (I know, I know, you're not supposed to talk about it) so this narrowed things considerably. My crisper drawer held one vegetable: carrots; I also had onions and garlic in the pantry. I had gone to the gym today for a steam and swim, and also rode about 5 miles in today's heavy snow...in short, I burned a lot of calories and my body craved something both delicious and substantial. Of course I thought of pasta, one of my favorite foods.

This is a variation of the classic Italian pasta dish spaghetti aglio e olio (spaghetti with olive oil and garlic). It is peasant food at its finest, and it is one of my favorite pasta preparations...you can cook nearly anything in your fridge or pantry this way and it is guaranteed to turn out delicious and nutritious.Anyhow, this is how I made it:

Saute carrots and onion in olive oil over medium-high heat for a few min…

It's Been Snowing...and Snowing...and Snowing

French Onion Sellers and French Onion Soup

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Images of Onion Sellers on Bicycles Were Found Here
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Soupe a L'oignon Gratinee (French Onion Soup) Yield: 5-6 cups2 tablespoons unsalted butter2 tablespoons vegetable oil4 large onions, peeled and sliced thinly2 cups beef broth 2 cups chicken broth6 slices French bread, toasted4 ounces grated Parmesan cheese 2 ounces grated Gruyère cheeseSalt and pepper to tasteMelt the butter and oil in a heavy saucepan. Add the onions and sauté over low heat until onions are golden brown, about 40 minutes. Stir in the beef and chicken stock, bring to a boil, lower the heat to a simmer and cook the soup for 30 minutes. Season the soup with salt and pepper. Ladle the soup into oven-proof bowls and top each soup with a slice of French bread and the grated cheeses. Bake in a 375 degree oven for 10 to 20 minutes, or until cheese is melted and golden brown.
Onion Soup Image Found Here

This is Scary

Image found at Riding Pretty.

1898 Fongers Military Bicycle

I think this photo is so interesting; it was found at this flicker photostream. Here's what the caption says about it:

"1898 Fongers militairy bicycle, this bicycle could be separated in two peases [sic]. Picture came out of a recently discovered crate from the old Fongers-factory filled with glass negatives. What you see is also a picture made from the 1898 glass-negative."

This photo was taken 112 years ago but this bike could be as useful today as it was back then. I love how the leather bags are integrated into the frame, and that there is actually a spare tire. I wonder what operated the headlight (kerosene?). It looks as if it were a single speed...look at the size of the front gear to the rear one...this thing must have flew.

Things That Can Be Carried On A Bike (#137 & #138)

A canvas bag containing, among other things, four books.
A freshly baked loaf of Ezekiel Bread.
A u-lock
A cable lock
A bottle of water


Two plastic crates containing $73.62 in groceries.
A u-lock.

Scary Situation (and stupidity on my part)

So there I was...coasting down a slight incline this evening. I had just left the gym and felt refreshed; had a couple slices of pizza for dinner on the rear rack. I noticed the front break is rubbing against the rim. Not unusual, I thought; the caliper just needs some adjusting. So I lean forward as I coasted and pushed it aside a little. A minute later it did it again. When I came to a stop light and inspected a little closer I realized it wasn't the break at all, but the rim, more specifically the bolt attaching it to the fork. Yup, both bolts were so loose that I could have easily lifted the tire off the bike...and I coasting down a hill like this (on a sixty pound bike).

This is a v1 Mundo and when I ordered it a box arrived basically containing all of the pieces (when I say pieces I mean it; almost nothing was put together) ...it took the better part of an evening (and some cursing) for me to put this thing together in my living room (according to their website the v3 arrives…

Day and Night

I love the winter...I really do. And I feel blessed to live in a region that has four distinct seasons. But I have to admit that by late February the bleakness can really bring me down (maybe it's the lack of sun). Today was such a mix of weather I did not know how to dress to be out on a bike. Early in the day it was warm (for this time of year) and a little sunny, then it was overcast and drizzly, and now it's cold and snowy.

I'm toasty warm sitting next to my little wood burning stove as I type these words...but I'd be lying if I didn't say I was looking forward to a sultry summer's night.

Things That Can Be Carried On A Bike (#136)

A box of wine.

Lately I've been noticing more and more wines in boxes. It used to be that a boxed wine was a crappy wine...well this doesn't seem to be the issue any longer. Tonight I purchased a box of my favoriteeveryday wine...and it cost 40% less than if it were in a bottle. It tastes the same, but I have to admit I don't really like drinking wine from a box...I really enjoy the ritual of opening a bottle. But like many things, that may soon be a thing of the past. If you want to read a couple quick articles on what others have to say about the new influx of boxed wine click here and here.

Things That Can Be Carried On A Bike (#135)

A folder containing various papers.
A day planner.
The book, In the Sanctuary of the Soul, by ParamahansaYogananda.
Three slices of pizza between two paper plates wrapped in foil.
A cable lock.
A u-lock.