44 Limes…

So, I went out to check on my lime tree yesterday.  I ended up picking 44 limes.  Yes 44!

What would you do with them??

Post a comment and give me some ideas…  I am already going to make a “key lime” pie, though these aren’t key limes…

Something I came across on freshly pressed that sounded interesting

The Domestic Man

Let’s talk about corn a little bit. Although it’s a grain, it is considered moderately safe depending on individual tolerance, so this year our family has decided to try and re-introduce it into our diet. We don’t plan on eating corn that often (heck, I mentioned that I was going to eat corn six months ago and I’m just now getting around to it), but we like the idea of adding a little variety to our eating habits. Mainly, we plan on eating it in the form of tortillas, popcorn, and these little pieces of heaven you see in this recipe: arepas.

Arepas are corn cakes that are popular in Venezuela, Colombia, and other parts of Latin and South America. They couldn’t be simpler to make – ground corn, water, and salt – but they bring a unique texture to other foods. Something about the crispy outside and slightly-mushy inside…

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San Francisco Sourdough Bread

Well, tonight I had leftovers from lunch, so I decided to make sourdough bread for my trip to Taylor Tx and  Southkake Tx this weekend. 

1 cup sourdough starter
1 cup lukewarm water
7-8 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon yeast (because I like a lighter bread)

Mix starter water and 1/2 flour, sugar and salt together and let air in a warm place covered with a towel for about 1 1/2 hours, then add remaining flour, kneading until smooth and elastic.  Let sit 1 1/2 hours to double in size.  Punch down dough and knead into loaf shape of your choice.  Cover with towel let rise 1 1/2 hours.  Bake in 400* oven with a hot pan of water pm the bottom rack for 20 minutes.  Brush with water/cornstarch (1 tbspn corn starch and 1 cup boiling water mixed together and then cooled) mixture and bake for another 20 minutes.

Remove from oven and allow to cool completely before cutting.

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Fish & Bicycles

Well, I guess it’s just a bicycle kind of week, here at Fish & Bicycles.

After Monday’s post about a women’s cycling group in Seattle, this morning I came across a wonderful photo essay at the Boston Globe, an homage to my favorite human-powered form of transportation.

This really is an amazing collection of images, 49 of them, in fact, from all over the world, representing the bicycle in all of its many flavors, some immediately familiar, and some I’d never even dreamed of. That these are beautifully shot, high-quality photos makes them all the more enjoyable.

Here are some of my favorites, but be sure to check out the whole gallery, where you can read captions describing the subjects. (Also, you can click on all of the photos below and see them in a larger format.)

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M&J Blog

As avid DIYers, we understand the value of a great camera – but we’re not so keen on the boring straps that come with most DSLRs. Fortunately there are plenty of tutorials for adorable DIY camera straps, so we picked out a few of our favorites to inspire us. Which one do you like the best?

1. DIY Painted Camera Strap by Design Love Fest

2. DIY Chain Camera Strap by A Pair & A Spare

3. DIY Toy Camera Strap by Pocketful of Pretty

4. DIY Adjustable Vintage-Looking Camera Strap by Sketch 42

5. DIY Studded Leather Camera Strap by Syl and Sam

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Chicken, Pasta and Homemade Marinara Sauce

Tonight’s dinner consisted of bow tie pasta with homemade marinara sauce chopped  grilled chicken, and fresh green beans.

For the marinara sauce I first sauteed onions until translucent, added minced garlic and cooked until fragrant, then added fresh tomatoes that I had peeled and seeded earlier.  Added some Italian seasoning and simmered for about an hour.  Let the sauce cool and put in air tight container in the fridge over night.  Reheated and put over pasta, chicken and beans.

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Church garden harvest

Today I stopped by the church garden.  Harvested 5 bags of tomatoes and these wonderful cantelope

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I also checked on the okra we planted about a week and a half ago.   The baby plants are looking good!  Soon we will have to thin them out and I am sure they will grow like crazy!

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Take Me To The River

This past weekend was spent hanging out with old and new friends on the Guadalupe River in New Braunfels, Texas.  They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so here is a video I put together from the weekend, food frenzy and all.  The video is to the music “Take Me To The River”, and because the file is so big, I had to upload it to YouTube (WordPress wouldn’t load it).

Hope you enjoy!

http://youtu.be/rMEETfz27no

Mango Tree Project update

Well, it has been about a week since I started trying to get the Mango seeds to germinate. It looks like they have a couple of little sprouts on two of the three seeds.

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If they do they should be more evident within the next week or so.

French Onion Soup…sort of

Well, I had a couple of small onions, and three rather large leeks that I needed to use before they went bad, so I decided to improvise.

Chopped and cleaned both the onions and the leeks.  Sauteed them for about 1/2 hour until they were well carmelized.  Added two garlic cloves, minced and cooked until the garlic was fragrant.  I didn’t have any beef broth in the house, so I decided to use the beef bouillon granules that I had in the pantry.  Made 5 cups bouillon, and added that to the leek/onions.  Let it simmer for 15 minutes.  Added 1 teaspoon corn starch diaolved in a little water to thicken the soup just a bit. 

For croutons/bread I toasted a piece of homemade sourdough bread and cut it into pieces. 

Ladeled soup into bowl, topped with bread and some shredded cheese I had.

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I also made a simple cucumber tomato and onion salad of sorts.  Just chopped them up, tossed with a little bit of olive oil, salt, pepper and chopped basil.  I seeded the cucumber as well. Toasted sourdough with goat cheese to go along with the salad. YUM!

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