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I know that I am really and truly exhausted when I have to force myself out of bed with a cro-bar to make it out to a farmer's market.

The farmer's market in Lincoln isn't as great as the farmer's market in Bryan. To the untrained eye, it might appear to be better because it's larger, but the thing is, the farmer's market in Bryan was small but high-quality. At least 80% of the people selling things in Bryan were farmers selling vegetables. The Lincoln market appears to be overrun with "value-added" products.

The last time I made it out, it seemed like there was rhubarb available in abundance, but this time around, it was starting to get scarce. I managed to track down one reasonably priced source and cleaned them out. Now there's a gallon ziploc of frozen, chopped rhubarb, and two canned pint jars of rhubarb sauce. Hopefully enough to last for the summer. No strawberries.

I have also been contemplating nuts. I have reservations about buying large quantities of almonds, for multiple reasons, even though they're delicious. Instead, I've been feasting on Holmquist hazelnuts procured on my last trip to Seattle, but now they've run out. Instead of mail-ordering more, it seems to make more sense to switch to what's locally available, so I bought an enormous two-pound sack of (shelled) pecans.

And two almond croissants from the tent by Le Quartier Bakery, which became breakfast. They were adequate. But remember I'm a Seattle baked-goods snob. The filling was too custard-y, and the dough lacked a certain buttery, flaky element. I'm crossing that destination off my list of things to check out.

I didn't have much energy by the time I got home from the market, so I darned my purple wool hoodie sweater and lounged around before heading to the grocery store. Another item checked off the "make/fix" list.

The co-op had an abundance of cheap overripe bananas, so I had to do some mild creative packing to get everything home:

Some light quaxing

Bananas subsequently dominated the weekend cooking agenda:
This song drives me...

Some went into the freezer. Some went into a smoothie. Some have been spared for the next couple of days. Most got sliced up and I got creative with drying them since I don't have a dehydrator: I'm alternating between turning the oven on briefly to the lowest setting (200 degrees), and blowing on them with a fan.

I also baked spelt digestive biscuits (so delicious with tea!) and cooked up chana dal curry.

This morning, pancakes. For some reason the grocery co-op hasn't had any soy flour, so I tried using chickpea (gram) flour instead. Don't do it. The flavor's too strong.

This afternoon, I mostly just nudged at various different small projects. Yesterday and today have finally warmed up to a point where it actually feels like summer, which is just adding to the feeling of lethargy. I'm trying to get ahead on cooking projects because I'm heading up to Ames next weekend for another brevet, so I also cooked up a big pot of black beans, which will go well in burritos and pasta.

And now I am running out of excuses for avoiding working on finalizing manuscript revisions and resubmitting a manuscript, so I supposed I'd best get to work.


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Jun. 8th, 2015 01:10 am (UTC)
That is a TON of bananas!
So, pecans are localish?
Most of our local farmers' markets show the same value-added creep: maybe 20% farmers, 80% people looking to sell stuff to people who go to farmers' markets.
Jun. 8th, 2015 02:34 am (UTC)
I...might have gotten a little bit crazy with the bananas. Long bike ride fuel.

Yes, the pecans are Nebraska-grown! I suspect there are some local hazelnuts lurking around somewhere, because there's at least one hazelnut orchard in Nebraska City. But when I went to buy hazelnuts at the grocery co-op, they tasted of stale disappointment, because I guess not enough people are buying hazelnuts.

I got pretty spoiled in Arizona. Our CSA gave us walnuts and pistachios. We had to shell them, but still! And tasty dried beans and so many other varieties of tasty things. I miss that CSA.

Edited at 2015-06-08 02:35 am (UTC)
Jun. 8th, 2015 04:59 am (UTC)
I love bananas on bike rides. They work better than anything else for me. Well, okay, about 60 miles in, something involving peanut butter does become pretty attractive, but I _think_ I could ride indefinitely on bananas, gatorade, and water.

I had no idea there were local pecans. That's really cool: thanks! Now I'm going to have to look for them.
Jun. 8th, 2015 02:42 pm (UTC)
I'm getting the local pecans from these guys. So, they're local to Lincoln, but not quite so local to you-uns. But hrm, when I make it out that way, I'll bring some along. That reminds me - a good friend of mine is on the verge of moving to Denver, where she'll be working in a local bike shop. So my incentive to make it out for a visit keeps going up!

The nice things about home-dried bananas are: more dense, less likely to get bruised, and delicious. I grew up eating them, and have never understood those fried dried banana chips that some people eat (they taste disgusting to me!). When we were out at Big Bend, we discovered that they're particularly good as topping on graham crackers with a smear of chocolate-hazelnut spread (or...sub in peanut butter). Or you could make tiny peanut butter banana chip sandwiches.

I used to drink a fair amount of gatorade, but eventually I started to find that the sugar was too much on longer rides. S and I have figured out, over time, that on brevets our bodies come to expect breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so we keep that schedule and then supplement in between with extra snacks while riding hard.
Jun. 9th, 2015 02:53 am (UTC)
Which bike shop?

We tried home-dried bananas many years ago and boy did they not work. They stuck tenaciously to the drying racks. I'm not very into dried fried banana chips, like, at all, but would consider changing my opinions.

Maybe it's a reflection of different body chemistry. I don't feel like there's enough sugar in gatorade. I end up craving grapes, even more than oranges.
Jun. 9th, 2015 05:49 pm (UTC)
She'll be working here. I'll be interested to hear your thoughts if you have any experience with the shop!

Home-dried banana results can vary considerably, depending on the condition of the bananas and the drying temperatures. I dried three racks, and noticed that too-high temperatures start to bring out the sugar, making the chips sticky. I don't know what the sweet spot is, but I would guess that it's easier to achieve with a good dehydrator.

Have you ever experimented with foods that are higher in glucose, instead of things that are high in sucrose? I don't believe the entire "fructose is the DEVIL!" line of reasoning, but I would suspect that fructose isn't especially helpful on bike rides because it isn't so instantly energetically available. The trick might be to obtain the glucose in some sort of "complex carbohydrate" / fiber matrix, so the effects are more slow-release and less rocket-fuel. Lightly boiled potatoes are almost entirely straight-up glucose.
Jun. 10th, 2015 01:03 am (UTC)
Oh, yeah, I know that place. They're where I go when I need to get obscure Campagnolo parts and I can't spare the time to hit up Veccio's. Wheat Ridge is really good. They have a four-person tandem made by Bob Jackson on the wall.

In agreement about fructose. At least some of those awful gel/goo things claim to be mostly glucose, although that's not going to make me try them. But you're making a persuasive case for breakfast burritos being the perfect cycling food.
Jun. 10th, 2015 01:25 pm (UTC)
I'm glad to hear it gets a thumbs-up from you! This particular friend is an awesome mountain biker, and I'm excited for her to go to a city full of Bicycle. She's been doing some phenomenal stuff in Texas, so she'll be an asset to the community, too!
Jun. 11th, 2015 04:39 am (UTC)
I will wander over there and ask for her.
That shop's about fifteen blocks from my old house, maybe 10 km from where I'm currently living, and is my brother's primary repair parts source. Totally a valuable resource.
Jun. 11th, 2015 01:50 pm (UTC)
Awesome! She won't get there until July, I believe. Ask for Ali.
Jun. 10th, 2015 01:26 pm (UTC)
The main thing about the burritos idea is that they do take a bit of forethought. But really, if a person didn't want to bother with that aspect, there are plenty of precooked frozen burritos on the market that would probably work perfectly well, too!
Jun. 9th, 2015 07:09 am (UTC)
Oh, how annoying. Ours have some creep but are better than that. I buy like 80% vegetables and fruits, though. (Mayhem is another matter, heh.)

Also, you can freeze bananas? I thought they just turned black and inedible! Is there some trick to it?
Jun. 9th, 2015 05:33 pm (UTC)
I suppose the main trick to the banana-freezing is what you do with them. When they thaw, they will indeed be brown and mushy. But they can be added directly into smoothies, or used in baked goods. I hear that dipping them in chocolate and eating them is also tasty. :-)
Jun. 10th, 2015 01:13 am (UTC)
I wish to further investigate this banana/chocolate thing.
Jun. 10th, 2015 01:23 pm (UTC)
Step 1, procure bananas, peel and freeze
Step 2, melt chocolate
Step 3, dip bananas in chocolate
Step 4, profit
Jun. 11th, 2015 04:40 am (UTC)
Now that's a business plan I can get behind.
Jun. 11th, 2015 01:50 pm (UTC)
Jun. 8th, 2015 03:28 am (UTC)
Light Quaxing!
Light quaxing you say, Rebecca? Wow! That bike must really have the camper geometry to support such a load. Heaven forbid I ever see what heavy quaxing would look like:)!!

P. S. Drat auto correct on quaxing. Jim
Jun. 8th, 2015 02:45 pm (UTC)
Re: Light Quaxing!
Yep, the Jolly Roger is very well-built for hauling these kinds of loads!

I'm calling it "light quaxing" because I didn't have to plan ahead for this trip. I always carry the spare compression strap used to secure the front load. "Heavy quaxing" would be any trip where I do extra advance planning, like bringing along the bike trailer.

In contrast, here's extreme quaxing - long objects like these 2x3's will dramatically change the bike's balancing. Fortunately, I had a six-pack of beer in the front basket, which helped balance out the conduit and lumber.

Maximal load

I did not manage to figure out how to haul that 4x8 sheet of plywood by bicycle. That's still the one major object that stymies me.
Jun. 8th, 2015 05:39 pm (UTC)
That's amazing. Especially when you consider this is not a Long Haul Trucker or utility truck bike. Everything but a kitchen sink and piano! Got to be quite the balancing act. I'd be wondering if the police might give an"overload"citation or maybe just a warning for "distracting traffic," heh. Way cool. Jim
Jun. 9th, 2015 05:50 pm (UTC)
Re: Amazing!
Hmm, I probably should have been cited for overloading the bike with this particular load. I tend to ride on low-traffic side streets when I'm hauling around stuff like this, so I don't think I distracted too many drivers.
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