Ⓥegan Stromboli

To overcome various obstacles is never an easy feat, but sense of accomplishment can be so great once overcome.

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Illinois, this month of January, has been bipolar and basically psychopathic. This one commute home on a Sunday evening was very unusual. The air was thawing the frozen ground like a shock thaw, that some of the most dense fog was literally in the air. On this commute, I had to overcome the fog and a portion of that commute was dealing with the thick fog and the road traffic barely visible. Eyewear was useless because of the heavy moisture in the air. The ground was still mostly frozen with some ice and water. Getting closer to home I chose an off-road path on the softest ground that had some snow, some mud and some puddles. Never had I ever had to deal with all of those obstacles in one ride.

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#RideOn

Today, through an indecisive process, a Stromboli was made. A Celery Blush Sauce was utilized to compliment this Vegan roll of awesomeness. The Celery Blush Sauce was a combination of Celery Soup:

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Celery Soup Recipe

High Quality Tomato Puree, Basil, Garlic, White Onion, Sugar, Cayenne, Sea Salt & Pepper were simmered and slightly cooked down before combining with the Celery greatness.

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The Ⓥ Stromboli’s key ingredient was a Plant-Based Protein mostly from Lightlife products.

Chopped Smart ‘bacon’, Garlic & Onion Powder, Cayenne, Parsley, Liquid Smoke, Sesame Seed and Ⓥ Parmesan was infused with Lightlife ‘sausage’ and ‘beef’.

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Dough was rectangled and seasoned to be then stuffed with the Plant-Based Protein and Daiya. After being rolled up and splashed with Celery Blush Sauce, this massive loaf was baked and cooled to be sliced up and served.

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Cheers.

 

Hammed Up On Tofurky

On my bicycle commute this morning, ice got the best of me and I hit my head pretty hard. Attempting to stand, I fall again. I called off of work today.

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Yellow Potatoes, Celery, Carrot, Red Onion and Garlic were chopped up and put into a mixing bowl. Along with the veggies, Ⓥ Bouillon, Dill Weed, Sea Salt, Pepper, Sugar, Liquid Smoke and Cayenne were mixed up and added to a pot with a little Veggie Broth.

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The Tofurky (thawed) was placed in the center and covered with their provided Ⓥ Glaze. Tomatoes were sliced and literally thrown on top of the Veggies.

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Baked and Roasted for a good while, the dish was allowed to cool and the Tofurky was successfully sliced with a mandolin slicer. As most Vegan food, it wasn’t the greatest looking, but it was delicious.

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Cheers.

Tripel Beer Ⓥratt

Onion, Broccoli and Cauliflower were diced and riced. Previously Beered Brats from Tofurky were utilized. Beer, Tripel if ya got it, was heated in a pan. Seasoned with Sea Salt, Pepper, Garlic & Onion Powder, the Brats, veggies and seasonings were simmered. The Brats were grilled. The Brats were put in the Simmering Beer and thrice beered.

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Topped with Daiya and melted, Veggies and BBQ Sauce, these bastards were bunned and SERVED.

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CHEERS

Pita Papa Mexicana

Mother Nature is a literal bitch. Rain and Fire in California is utterly devastating. Extreme temperatures in the midwest are brutally frigid. Of course, the day the temperature rises, there’s dangerous ice everywhere. Snow, freezing rain and sleet fell right around 32 degrees this Sunday evening. I made my commute home, but had to overcome a few obstacles. A screw to my right Old Man Winter cycling shoe came out while clipped in on my Trek. I could not unclip on the right. The only way to get my foot loose was to take my boot off. Turning around on an icy trail was challenging. Let’s make some food.

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Leftover Vegan Tzatziki was Infused Mexican-style with Cayenne and Cilantro. Cucumber, Dill, Vegan Yogurt and various seasonings consisted of the Tzatziki sauce.

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Yellow Potatoes were chopped and boiled. After draining, the Potatoes were pan-fried with light oil, Smart ‘bacon’, Corn, Cilantro, Sea Salt, Pepper, Garlic, Poblano & Cayenne powder.

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The Pitas were warmed and stuffed with the Mexican potatoes, Tzatziki sauce, Avocado and Tomato.

Winter Cycling

Cold weather and air is adaptable. Getting sick cannot be fun. Constant boosting of my immune system is key to my survival through the Winter commutes. Often, the choice of bike depicts exactly how fast you will get to point B or point C. Weather forecasters and I all suck at predicting the weather. Here in Illinois, the weather forecasts change hourly.

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As long as the Winter cyclist is dressed appropriately, the cold shouldn’t truly effect a cyclists well-being. Of course, it is not good for anyone to be out in negative degree Fahrenheit temperatures for longer than 60 minutes.

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Layers are more important than bicycle choice. Correct footwear, headwear and handwear are most crucial to comfort.

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My commutes range from 6-8 miles to and from 6-8 fro. The time ranges from 20-45 minutes each way. In-between my rides, the work hours range from 7-13 hours. Lights are essentially a must. At the moment, two front (both 700 lumens) and one rear attempt to keep me seen. I have just upgraded to a brighter rear light as I’ve been riding more road lately on my cross bike. The All-Weather hard-case tires are amazing in sloppy conditions. My FatBike, the Arrogant Bastard, is so heavy and slow and hard to commute with unless an utter snow massacre has just happened.

#RideOn

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#BeSafe

Happy 2018

2017 has been an interesting and turbulent year for myself. Ultimately, it was a good year. Is it really possible to have a bad year? Not for me. My goal of trying 2500 different beers has been accomplished. Goodbyes were said to Untappd, the social drinking network. I have progressed with my company and still somewhat enjoy my job.

 

2017 Cycling Summary

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Good, healthy and mostly Vegan food has been plentiful. May your 2018 be amazing!

 

Cheers