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Showing posts from September 23, 2012

L'automne ... six photos

I was going to try and write something profound here...something to the effect of how amazing Mother Nature is and the incredible beauty that surrounds us always--that all we need to do is open our eyes to it--but I don't need to, or at least I can't put this natural beauty into words. These images--and the palette of colors found quite literally just outside my front door--speak for themselves...

Urban Simplicity.

Things That Can be Carried on a Bike (#392)

Three plastic crates, nine foil hotel pans (1/2 size) full of food, and a large chunk of leftover wedding cake on their way to a local food pantry.

Urban Simplicity.

The Fire in the Center of the House and a Rooster's Beak...two recipes and the brief stories behind them

For some reason I haven't posted many recipes lately (not sure why...I still cook and eat everyday), so here's a couple. One I made yesterday at home for dinner just for myself, and the other I made at work today for 180 people (but the recipe below is for just a few). Both of these are equally easy and delicious, and while I didn't make them together they themselves compliment each other, but I'm jumping ahead as I often do.

The first recipe is for focaccia, or Italian flat-bread. The second recipe is for classic salsa pico de gallo. I made the focaccia as an extra accompaniment for the breadbaskets on the tables today for a large luncheon, and the salsa was made with ingredients that are still growing in my garden (look at how red the tomatoes are); and I ate it as an ingredient with tacos last night (and tonight) for dinner.

Etymologically, both of these recipes are interesting. Fococcia is said to be derived from the Latin word focus, which meant hearth (or fireplace…

A view from my handlebars...and a brief comment

I was on my way home this evening and stopped to snap this photo. I love the autumn and was so taken by this scene I literally stopped in the middle of the street and snapped a few photos. And I've stated many times, one of the many things I enjoy about being on a bike (opposed to being in a car) is the total experience. Yes, of course you would see this same scene through your windshield, but at the same time it would not be the same. You would be protected from the elements...which are all part of our life, right? I was on Allen Street in the Allentown section of Buffalo, looking west over Days Park and the West Side, and then farther over Lake Erie from where those clouds were coming. As I stood I felt the cool autumn breeze on my face and heard the sounds of the street around me. I watched as the sun set and the thick grey clouds rolled past overhead. I sold my truck about six months ago and have not regretted it for a minute (especially with the local petrol prices), but bei…

Things That Can be Carried on a Bike (#390 & 391)

#390 (above photo)...$233.67 worth of groceries on a v3 Mundo and Bike Rev trailer.

#391 (below photo)...Two cardboard boxes on a Torker Cargo-T containing six large foil tins stuffed full of food leftovers (one of them leaking olive oil on the rear fender...which my pugs loved) on its way to a local food pantry.

Urban Simplicity.

Things That Can be Carried on a Bike (#389)...and a bit of positive graffiti

On the bike...a canvas bag containing a laptop computer, two books, a notebook, a journal, a cell phone, and a camera (amongst other items).

I've photographed my bike at this location before. It's a vacant building (obviously) and it's colors and structure make for a nice backdrop (I think). The steel door behind the bike is loaded with graffiti, and like most graffiti I never really look at it but for some reason today I did. The one that caught my eye is below. Barely visible in the above picture, it is located at the lower left portion of the door just above where the rear rack of the bike is shown. Anyhow, I thought this was great...something positive. I hope whoever is the author not only showed this to her/his mom but tells it to her as well. Something tells me they have :)

Urban Simplicity.