Archive for April, 2016

2016 Napa Valley Tour de Cure

Saturday, April 30th, 2016

Is TOMORROW Sunday, May 1st.

2016 marks the 25th anniversary of this ride and will be my 8th year riding this event. This ride is near and dear to me. It was the very first organized ride I ever rode and every year it just gets better.  If you’re looking to start cycling more, this is a great way to go. The volunteers are amazing. Every route has something gorgeous to offer every rider and there are routes for cyclists of every level. The SAG support is fantastic and the food is terrific.

Read more about it here.

P.S. Dear weather gods, please get all of your crazy winds over and done with today. I think I can speak for most of the riders on this one. We would really appreciate just a gentle, lovely breeze tomorrow and not these 26 mph winds with 40 mph gusts. K? Thanks in advance!

Ono! So Simple. So Delicious!

Thursday, April 21st, 2016

When times get tough, the tough get to cooking. What’s better than super healthy comfort food?

Ono, curried cauliflower, greens & shiitake mushrooms.

Ono, curried cauliflower, greens & shiitake mushrooms.

Light. Healthy. Nutritious. Delicious!

Ono, also known as Wahoo, is lean and mild-flavored. You’ll want to be very careful to not overcook this fish.  I cooked mine in a little avocado oil with a grind or two of one of my favorite seasoning blends (use your favorite!). I quickly seared both sides then turned the heat to low, covered and cooked gently for a few minutes. You really don’t want to overcook this fish, so watch it closely.

The greens and mushrooms … not much to say except shiitake mushrooms are amazing.  Slice and cook them in a bit of avocado or olive oil on high heat. Sprinkle with a pinch or two of salt to taste. You’ll want to brown the mushrooms a bit, then put the clean greens (use your favorite blend of cooking greens) on top of the mushrooms, cover, reduce heat to low and allow to steam to your desired level of doneness. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

This batch of cauliflower I cut about a quarter of a large head into 1/4-inch thick slices and sauteed these in avocado oil on high heat. I wanted it to brown and caramelize a bit before adding the curry. I used a prepared curry powder (use your favorite!) and added just a bit of heat with some chili flakes. Turn the temperature down to low, cover, and allow to steam just a bit. I like my cauliflower very al dante, and not soft. Cook to your desired level of doneness.

This would be a terrific post-ride meal for a big ride like the Napa Valley Tour de Cure, don’t you think?

Enjoy in good health!

Time Again for Post Work Rides

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

I had to leave work a little early yesterday to meet PG&E at my house to investigate a gas leak. I just had a new dryer installed on Friday and … the installers didn’t do it right. I was very grateful that PG&E came out right away. I was even more grateful that he was able to resolve the issue in a time frame that allowed me to also grab a quick post-work ride.

All in all, I logged about 28 much needed miles total yesterday. A quick ride in the morning and about 1.5 hours after work. Not a fast ride, but a ride.

Here are a few pics from last night.

I'm glowing with delight! Have sunscreen, will ride.

I’m glowing with delight! Have sunscreen, will ride.

Notice my Tour de Cure jersey? This from my very first Tour de Cure – when I rode with Team Golds from Vacaville.

I can hardly believe that the Napa Valley Tour de Cure is now less than 2 weeks away. I am not feeling ready at all this year. If you would like to support my ride, please make a donation here. This is an especially important Tour this year – it’s the 25th anniversary!

Up and over a few rollers.

Must get ready! Spinning up and over a few rollers.

Moonrise.

Moonrise.

No matter where the road takes us, as long as we're together, I'll be smiling.

No matter where the road takes us, as long as we’re together, I’ll be smiling.

Catching Up … Maybe a Little.

Friday, April 15th, 2016

I’ve been off-line for a bit, moving (again!) but this time I hope it will be the last for a while. I am looking forward to cooking lots of lots of healthy and delicious meals in my new kitchen.

Looking forward to cooking a lot of super healthy & delicious meals in my new kitchen!

My new (to me) kitchen!! (Half of it, anyway. I am still working on the other half. In due time … )

Life has had many surprises for me in the past few months. Some good. Some not. Some happy. Some sad.

It’s all good. It’s all life. I just wish I had more time to ride. I’m just a few miles away from some awesome cycling and once a few things settle down a bit, I’ll be back on my bike.