Archive for the ‘Breakfast’ Category

Pre or Post Ride Nut Butter and Trail Mix on Toast – All in Pictures

Pyrenees & Nut Butter and Trail Mix on ToastRest day over. The men of the Tour crank it into the Pyrenees for 237 kilometer (147 miles) of serious climbing. Here’s what the profile looks like. Ouch!

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Tour de France Rice Pudding – All in Pictures


Tour de France mountains & rice puddingStage 14 of the Tour de France was another brutal assault up the Alps from Grenoble to Risoul. Now, where the men rode wasn’t quite like the upper left picture, but then again, it wasn’t far from it.

On the food side of life, I got a real thrill hearing recently retired Tour racer and now NBCSN announcer Christian Vande Velde talk yesterday about a typical Tour cyclist’s daily course of meals. One thing that caught my ear was his – and I’m sure other racer’s – particular love for rice pudding as a healthy dessert. All right!

Though I’m a fan, I’d never before made rice pudding myself. So, I checked out some recipes, figured out my own way – and laid it down in picture book format.

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Powering Up with Microwave Cooked Power French Toast – All in Pictures




Stage 13 & MW Cooked Power French ToastWhoa, the men of the Tour de France had a tough day yesterday from St. Etienne to Chamrousse with a numbing 3000 foot climb for the last 8 or so miles. Ouch! And, still, Vincenzo Nibali leads the way.

And, today – almost all uphill climbing from Grenoble to Risoul. Ow!

The men will need power. Here’s a great power meal – with a good shot of French: Microwave Cooked Power French Toast.

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Almond Butter with Dried Cranberries, Flaxseed and Toasted Coconut – All in Pictures

Cherry Pancake with Almond Butter and Fresh FruitNut butter. It’s great stuff for it’s energy packing protein and healthy fat content. It tastes great. And, it’s easy to make. What you see above is what I had after a good ride with excellent cycling bud Ken Kolbe to Wachusett Mountain in Central Massachusetts (below) – cherry pancake with nut butter and fresh peach and mango. Ken Kolbe rippin' it toward Wachusett Mountain Not too long ago, I posted a fresh almond butter step-by-step picture book recipe, which you can get by clicking this link. But, hey, the Tour’s on. It’s all about France, great cycling, incredible scenery, and terrific food and flavor. So, here’s how to make Almond Butter with Dried Cranberries, Flaxseed and Toasted Coconut. Almond Butter with Dried Cranberries, Flaxseed and Toasted Coconut Read more »

Cherry Pancake with Nut Butter and Fruit – All in Pictures


Cherry Pancake with Topping & TDF Stage 11

Tony Gallopin crunched a mountain climbing first French win of the Tour de France on stage 11 from Besancon to Oyonnax while American Andrew Telansky courageously braved finishing the stage despite injuries from earlier crashes that put him far behind the field.

On the food side of life, sure, you can have fresh cherry pancake just the way it is. It has fruit, protein and complex carbohydrates all fantastically flavorfully packaged together. What you see here is just an example of an easy way to take that cherry pancake from simple to exciting by adding a shot of nut butter, laying down some fresh fruit, and topping it all off with a spoon of yogurt and, of course, fresh whipped cream.

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Cherry Pancake on Top of a Tour Rest Day – All in Pictures

Stage 10 win & cherry pancakeAnother gutsy come-from-behind win by Team Astana’s Vincenzo Nibali on stage 10 from Mulhouse to the top of La Planche des Belles Filles in the Vosges mountains. And, though the sun did come out after another incredibly wet day, the road and the weather took another leading contender, Alberto Contador, out of the race.

It’s a rude understatement to say the men of the Tour deserve a day’s rest. Here’s a cherry pancake to make that rest sweeter – or to add fantastically flavorful variety to your breakfast.

Cherry Pancake

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Bastille Day Mis-Fire-Works – And Living to Tell About It

Bastille Day - Day 10 of Tour de France

Here’s what a picture-perfect start to stage 10 of the Tour de France on Bastille Day – complete even with some kinda’ “smoke’s on!” fireworks on the side of the road – and a very fresh and flavorful breakfast looked like this morning.

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Fresh Whipped Cream – Everyday and All in Pictures


Stage 8 win & Fresh Whipped Cream

The skies over the Tour have been whipped with rain. Here’s a much more flavorful cloud: fresh whipped cream – nothing better…and darn easy to make! Definitely going in my coffee as I watch stage 8 of the Tour after a quick ride on my own.

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Wake Up to the Tour with Pan Cooked French Toast and a Choice of Toppings – All in Pictures

Tour & French Toast

The Tour on TV and the smell of butter, eggs, bread, and a good shot of ground cinnamon cooking in the frying pan! Click either the picture above or directly below for a complete, easy to follow step-by-step picture book recipe.

As for toppings, sure, you can use traditional maple syrup.

French Toast & Maple SyrupBut just click any of the pictures below for picture book recipes that show how to put together very easy and terrifically flavorful alternative toppings. As always, what you see in those recipes works fine but is just intended to fire up your imagination. Try something different and make it all yours!

French Toast with Yogurt, Jam & Fresh Fruit French Toast with Nut Butter & Jam

French Toast with a Savory Topping

 

 

Cobble Destroyed Tour de France Day & Crepes Made Easy – All in Pictures

 

Stage 5 win & crepes made easy

What an incredibly tough and destructive day on the cobblestones in the dreaded stage 5 of the Tour de France yesterday between Ypres and Arenberg Porte du Hainaut, still in Northern France. Congratulations to Dutchman Lars Boom (great name!) for destroying a field of tough, tough men and winning today’s stage!

Just one word about the whole event today – and I’m 3000 miles away: “OUCH!” Another few words: cobblestones are part of classic road pavement history – and should be permanent history as far as pro cycle racing is concerned. Too many of the world’s best athletes got smoked today, including last year’s Tour winner Chris Froome, on history’s pavement relics.

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