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.

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

Daiya Ⓥajita

With ease, comfort and deliciousness, Ⓥajitas are ever customizable and fun. Cooked brown rice was tossed with Earth Balance ‘butter’, ‘parmesan cheese’, Paprika, Tomatoes and Black Beans.

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A skillet was heated. Veggie Broth, Peppers, Onions, Gardein ‘chicken’, Corn, Garlic & Onion Powder were simmered before being tossed in Flour Tortillas.

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-Intermission-

Depth perception isn’t always our greatest friend. When assumption collides with confidence, someone is bound to fall on their ass.

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Spending all week mastering riding road tires decently quickly on ice/snow, a tree branch brings ya down. And brings ya down hard, reminding you how old you truly are.

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Recover, Forget, Persevere.

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I needed to redeem my original Ⓥajita concept. HERE IS DAIYA ⓋAJITA.

Oriental Cash(tof)ew

Happy Tuesday, readers and picture viewers. I hope your socks are as warm and comfortable as mine, if not more. To me, nothing is more rewarding than working hard all day only to get home to prepare a wonderfully delicious Vegan meal. Play with your food.

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Oriental Cash(tof)ew was created winding down from a busy and productive workday with a couple of Good Beers and Fun with Food.

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Tofu was marinated in Vegan Garlic Sauce, grilled, marinated in Vegan Garlic Sauce some more and than diced. Raw Cashews were pan-fried in super light oil before adding the diced Twice marinated Tofu. In this stir-fry, ingredients on hand were utilized. Seasonings instead of fresh ingredients were used.

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Frozen Veggies were in the mix. As well as Garlic, Onion, Ginger & Poblano Powders, Balsamic & Rice Vinegars, Sesame Seed Oil, Sea Salt and Pepper. Rice Noodles & Soy Sauce were the final additions to this amazing mixture of ingredients.

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Cheers.

Happy Wednesday

Yesterday was a fun-filled awesome day. With some lows and some extreme highs. I awoke at 4:00am thinking that I was late for my 6:30am shift. At 5:45am and around 25 degrees F, I commuted via bicycle to work. Dressing in various layers, the commute was absolutely comfortable.

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#WORKHARDPLAYHARDER

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The sun was present throughout the day. Being a sunshine addict, I suited up after my shift (without all of the layers) for a beautiful November day and rode on to enjoy a few hours of remaining daylight. After picking up a 4-pack of beer, I ventured to a wildlife refugee before heading to a brewhouse for a few more amazing beers.

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Fall into Winter months are progressively dying, cold and dreary. Utilization of warmer//brighter days is a must, in my book. Overcoming the cold and the death is essential to becoming stronger and prepared for any further difficult situations.

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It is game time. Here in the midwest, the next five months will not be pleasant. Optimism and drive will get me through.

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Cheers to an early Spring.