Tom Collins Toast to a Great British Tour de France Start – All in Pictures

Stage 2 Tour De France Winner and Tom Collins

Inspirationally strong, gutsy rip-from-the-break-a mile-from-the-finish-line win by freshly crowned Italian National Cycling Champ Vincenzo Nibali in yesterday’s grueling climb and descent 2nd stage of the Tour de France from York to Sheffield.

Today, the men ride from Cambridge to London in the 3rd and final stage of this year’s Tour on British roads.  So, how ’bout a refreshingly appropriate  toast to  a blaze-fast Tour start  and incredibly enthusiastic fan support with an unmistakably British cocktail favorite, the Tom Collins, which is just as quick and easy to make as fresh lemon or limeade.

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Breakfast Variation on Yorkshire Pudding – All in Pictures

Breakfast Yorkshire Pudding and Tour De FranceCongratulations to Marcel Kittel (not pictured above) on winning the first stage of the Tour de France from Leeds to Harrogate in Yorkshire, England! At the same time, I’m darn sorry to hear that the “Manx Missile”, Mark Cavendish, might be done for the Tour this year after a nasty crash near the finish line. His determination, savvy, and strength are always a thrill to watch.

Just as the Tour moves on to stage 2 that runs from York to Leeds, still in Yorkshire, we’re gonna’ move on with a very cool and easy to make breakfast variation on Yorkshire pudding that is a great alternative to a breakfast muffin or toast. I had a good blast of the version this morning slathered with fresh, homemade almond and homemade peanut butter, both of which I’ll post here later in the Tour, along with some fresh papaya, strawberries, yogurt and whipped cream (absolutely necessary!) – all of which sustained me no problem for 35 miles on the bike late this morning.

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Yorkshire Pudding: Tour de France Food – All in Pictures

Yorkshire PuddingAll right! The 101st Tour de France rips out of Leeds to Harrogate today – 190km or 118 miles – all in the Yorkshire province of England. Terrific!

I tried this signature Yorkshire pudding recipe for the first time two nights ago - and had a lot of fun doing it (ya, I only filled 10 of the 12 muffin tin holes. That happens – fine.)


10 of 12 holes filled - fine!

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Scrambled Eggs with Sausage, Bell Pepper and Cheese – All in Pictures

Scrambled Eggs with Sausage, Bell Pepper & CheeseThis full-on flavor recipe combines the protein power of eggs and sausage, fresh zest of red bell pepper and shallots and richness of Parmesan cheese – all in one pan.

As mentioned in other scrambled egg recipes here, adding just a small amount of salt to the eggs before cooking them not only enhances scrambled egg flavor, it also ensures the eggs will turn out soft and tender. Eggs cooked without salt tend to be tough and rubbery as shown in the comparison pictures below.

Salted vs. Unsalted Eggs

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Kid-Friendly Grapes and Banana with Yogurt and Jam – All in Pictures


Grapes & Banana with Yogurt & JamKids are out of school for the summer, and they’ll be hungry. Great time to help them help themselves in the kitchen with a fast, fresh and flavorful breakfast or snack recipe they can make safely on their own.

The key to kid-safety is that this recipe doesn’t require the use of knife. The grapes can be eaten whole, and the banana can be broken into smaller pieces by hand as shown below.

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Microwave Cooked Scrambled Eggs – Quick, Easy & All in Pictures

Microwave Cooked Scrambled EggsThe first time someone darn close to me told me about microwave cooked scrambled eggs, I laughed, “No way”.

But then just for humor’s sake, I tried ‘em – nose to the microwave as shown here (I don’t think the surgeon general recommends this) – and couldn’t believe my eyes.

Nose to Microwave OvenEven better, I couldn’t believe how flavorfully they turned out, how easy it was to put them together, and how little there was to cleanup as I could mix, cook, and eat the eggs from the same bowl. Great!

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Pan Cooked Scrambled Eggs: Quick, Easy and All in Pictures

Pan Cooked Scrambled EggsScrambled eggs: they’re quick, easy and my favorite way to have eggs.

Here two easy tips to ensure your scrambled eggs turn out fluffy, not rubbery. First, adding just a light dash of salt to the eggs before cooking them, as shown here,…

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Blue Sky Pre-Ride Breakfast of Champions – All in Pictures

Bowl Pancake, Fresh Coffee & Freshly Made Whipped Cream Pre-Ride BreakfastFirst, Happy Father’s Day!

Second, this breakfast works great any day, but especially on a day like we’re having today in the Northeast with clear blue skies, cool temps, dry air and a pretty good breeze. Just great to get out and rip it up on the bike, which I’m gonna’ do right now with a good friend who hasn’t been out on a bike for quite some time. Gonna’ be fun! Read more »

Waking Up to Freshly Brewed Coffee: Made Easy and All in Pictures

Freshly Brewed CoffeeYou know those days when things just don’t go right, and the harder you try, the louder the voice in your head screams, “C’mon, man. Wake up and smell the coffee!” Yesterday was one of those days for me – OW! –  but instead of raging about it, I took that voice’s advice and laid down a new much more colorful version of Freshly Brewed Coffee Made Easy.

Already I feel better. And I’ve chugged enough freshly made brew along with a coconut bowl pancake to fuel me for an excellent rip on the bike as soon as I get this off.

Freshly brewed coffee and coconut bowl pancake

Like I mentioned in the picture book recipe you can get by clicking any picture on this page, the key to a good cup of coffee is nailing the right ratio  of cold water to ground coffee. Sounds easy enough. The only problem is that coffee makers are not calibrated to a standard “cup” size, and those cups are not the standard “1 cup = 8 ounces”. The way to deal with that is to use a measuring cup to to measure 12 ounces of water. Then pour that water either into the coffee maker reservoir or carafe with “cup” markings on it to see exactly how many cups your coffee machine makes with those 12 ounces of water. As shown in the pictures here, my coffee machine makes 3 cups of water with 12 ounces of water.

Calibrating Coffee CupsHere’s what you need to make coffee using a coffee maker.

Needed to make freshly brewed coffeeAgain, just click any picture on this page for a complete, newly revised, and very easy to use step-by-step picture book recipe.

Freshly Brewed Coffee Step-By-Step Picture Book Recipe pages

Microwave Cooked Coconut Bowl Pancake – All in Pictures


Microwave Cooked Coconut Bowl Pancake

Yeah, there really is a microwave cooked coconut bowl pancake under all that terrifically fresh and flavorful topping. The segmented picture below outlines how it goes together.

Microwave Cooked Coconut Bowl Pancake title

Here’s what you need to make this pancake, which is a very easy to make variation on the microwave cooked bowl pancake that substitutes packaged pancake flour and cereal with high-protein coconut flour, shredded coconut and ground flaxseed for outstanding flavor and long-lasting energy.

Needed to Make a Microwave Coconut Bowl Pancake

Click any picture on this page for a complete, colorful and easy to use step-by-step picture book recipe. Next post: I’ll show an easy and, you bet, flavorful variation on this pancake.

Microwave Cooked Coconut Bowl Pancake Recipe Pages

 

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