Sunday, February 20, 2011

Some New Soaps!

We have some new soaps listed on our Etsy Shop. Check'em out! You will be very happy you did and we will love having you as a new customer!
Dragon's Blood Resin

Spicy Lime Ginger
Both of these recipes are well-rounded with olive, soy, coconut, castor oils, a large helping of raw, organic cocoa butter (fair trade from Ghana) and a splash of coconut milk.

Dragon's Blood Resin has Red Reef Aussie clay and red glitter on top. The scent is derived from a blend of sandalwood, amber, vanilla, myrrh and incense. To my nose, it is a powdery smell.

The Spicy Lime Ginger is more ginger than lime and is more spicy than sweet. This beauty is colored with mica and sprinkled with raw, organic sugar.
Peace :)

Snake Gourd Curry!

Trichosanthes cucumerina aka Snake Gourd is a popular indigenous vegetable used in many Indian cuisines. I haven't bought this vegetable in many years and so when I found it at the Indian Supermarket yesterday, I bought 7 pieces. Each one of the pieces I bought was at least a foot long. Actually, that's on the small side for a Snake Gourd.
With the Snake Gourd I bought, I made Snake Gourd Curry tonight. Here is how I made it:

Ingredients:
  1. 1 Large onion, diced
  2. 6 curry leaves, whole or shredded
  3. 7 Red Chilies
  4. 1 Tbsp chopped ginger
  5. 1 Tsp Mustard seeds
  6. 1 Tsp Urad dal
  7. 5 Tbsp Channa dal (soaked overnight in water)
  8. 2 Tbsp coconut oil
  9. 4 Tbsp shredded coconut (fresh/fresh-frozen/dry)
  10. 6-7 Medium sized Snake Gourds: peeled, diced 
  11. 1 Tbsp of coarsely ground black pepper
  12. 1 Tbsp Sambar Powder
The garnish!
The channa dal, soaked overnight, is now nice and tender! Adds a unique flavor to the Snake Gourd Curry!
Snake Gourd, peeled and ready to be diced!
Preparation:
  1. In a large pan, heat up the coconut oil. Add the mustard seeds, let splutter.
  2. Turn down the heat to low and add the red chilies, Urad dal, curry leaves and the ginger.
  3. Next, add the diced onions and cook for a few minutes on medium.
  4. Add the diced gourd, the channa dal, and the coconut and mix it all together.
  5. Add the Sambar powder, fresh-ground Black Pepper, Curry powder and a pinch of salt.
  6. Mix thoroughly!
Serve hot with rice, chappathis, roti, naan or Pita bread or if you want to minimize the intake of the breads and the rice, you can simply eat this curry as your main dish
    This curry may be a bit spicy for some. If you want to tone it down a notch, use half the number of red chilies and halve the black pepper.
    Bon Appetit' :)

    Velo Banking!

    I say, "Right On"!

    Peace :)

    Cycling Economics!

    Looks like cycling themed adverts/commercials are back!
    This ad was seen at the GAP!

    Peace :)

    Friday, February 18, 2011

    Spotted at Whole Foods!

    Dinosaur Kale!

    This is gonna make a really nice Veggie Breakfast Smoothie!

    Peace :)

    Club Ride!

    Spotted at the Table Tennis club gathering tonight!
    The kid that rode the little bike was wearing a full-face helmet. It was so nice to see another bike at the club.

    Hope you had a great day also!

    Peace :)

    Sunday, February 13, 2011

    Bicycle Sighting!

    It was a very beautiful day in DFW today. The skies were blue and the temps rose to possibly around 60 degrees today. The snow is melted and it was a great day to be out riding. I spotted two cycles today. I didn't spot the first cyclist, but I saw his/her Bianchi at Whole Foods.

    The other cyclist was on Beltline, a really busy multi-lane road with lots of crazy fast (40-50 MPH, in many stretches) traffic. When I saw this cyclist, it was after dark, but this guy's clothing was bright and his bike was well illuminated. I wished he had worn some kind of a reflective vest --- my preference!
    Hope you had a great day!

    Peace :)

    Be Romantic. Be Happy - Ride a Bike!

    If you zoom-in, you will see my loot from Sam's Club - a dozen Red Roses for my lovely wife and two pillows for me. People at Irving Sam's Club were quite surprised to find a cyclist in "non-traditional shopping attire", shopping at the club, on his bicycle.
    Well, there is nothing strange or bizarre about it really, except that out society has managed to out-mode bicycling to the store. I am not exactly sure what all the causes are, but I wouldn't be surprised if a few agreed with me that causes could be a) urban sprawl, b) laziness, etc. No matter what the reasons are, I am happy that there is still a lot of us who want to ride our bikes to places.

    Hope your day was a great one!

    Peace :)

    Saturday, February 12, 2011

    Breakfast!

    Ingredients to today's breakfast - actually, very much the same on most days!
    And --- Breakfast is served!
     Bon appetit' :)

    Texanized!

    In some sense, I guess I have become Texanized. That's right, you heard me say that!

    While I have commuted extensively and regularly since 2007*, I have not ridden in super-cold, freezing-donkey temps since Jan-Feb. 2008, when I was still in St. Louis, Missouri.

    I rode to work M-W this week and Wednesday was a very cold day. I think the low on Wednesday was around 12 degrees F. I didn't feel terrible riding into work on Wednesday. But the ride back home was not fun. I felt my hands were gonna freeze and fall off. I couldn't feel'em after a while.

    Here is some of the gear I used:

    I tried beating the frigid 15 degree weather on my morning commute with my Pearl Izumi AmFib gloves. They didn't help much. I was in fact warmer with the Manzella Wind-Stopper gloves and the glove liner. I guess the former provided better insulation due because of the layering? What do you guys think?

    This made me think about all those who ride in frigid temps all over the world and especially my blog buddies from up North. You guys are very dedicated.

    I have become Texanized and I am not liking riding in below zero temps, at least for now. Who knows what the future has in store for me?

    Warm wishes to y'all!

    Peace :)

    *I have not included my pre-1997 days in Missouri and Canada, when I was car-free.

    2011 North American Handmade Bicycle Show

    The 2011 North American Handmade Bicycle Show is during Feb. 25-27 in Austin, Texas. I am planning to go to Austin to attend this event.

    Anyone else?

    Peace :)

    Sunday, February 6, 2011

    Obesity and Other Disease Vending Machine!

    I am actually surprised that our schools and work places still have vending machines that sell all kinds of junk. Some of these foods are cleverly labeled "Healthy Choices". Here is one such a machine at a work place!
    How about selling things that may actually do the body some good?

    How about a machine that vends fresh fruits and raw nuts?
    I am sure there is a market for it, just as there is a market for all the candy and chips.

    How about more water fountains and less soda machines?

    What will it take?

    I wonder...

    Peace :)

    Back in the saddle!

    I did not ride all of last week due to icy conditions in DFW.


    Much of the ice has melted now.

    This means it is time to get back in the saddle!

    Have a great one!

    Peace :)

    Monsanto Nation: Exposing Monsanto's Minions

    Definitely worth reading!
    Monsanto Nation: Exposing Monsanto's Minions

    Peace :)