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Another round from the CSA this week. I traded out 2 zucchini for a green pepper and a bag of mini-white cucumbers for another head of green cabbage. We have so many cucumbers and still waiting to pickle them all... hopefully it will happen this week since I wasnt able to find pickling salt yet. Does "pickling salt" make a difference?
2 lemon cucumbers – certified organic – Elm Tree Organics
2 head green cabbage – certified organic – Green Valley Organics
2 green zucchini – certified organic – Bellview and Rolling Ridge Organics
1 bag red and yellow slicing tomatoes – certified organic – Green Valley Organics
1 bag red potatoes
1 green bell pepper
Tonight we used some of the CSA groceries to make ourselves a little slaw. We first julienned the green cabbage, green zucchini, lemon cucumber, yellow zucchini, carrots, beets, and cilantro. And a quick dressing of soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, sriracha, a touch of agave, black pepper, chili flakes, and granulated garlic.
First time using lemon cucumbers. They have a thicker skin than regular cucumbers which a slight scent/taste of citrus.
Lauren also threw together some skillet fried chickpeas and red potatoes. Add in some cashew cream, corn, and a sprinkle of cilantro and your set.
Like most people in America, Eric and I had off work on Monday. We had thrown around the idea of going swimming, and we were excited when Adam called us to see if we wanted to go to Devil's Pool. None of us had been there, but we had heard about it. It's a swimming hole located in Wissahickon Valley. Eric and I actually went hiking there a few weeks ago, and had been wanting to go back.
Eric and I hopped on our bikes and rode over to Adam's were we were greeted with a few friends. It was about 23 miles roundtrip to Devil's Pool, kind of far, but it was a lot easier to ride bikes then drive.
We rode on the Kelly drive path for most of the way.
Then we hopped on the Wissahickon Trail, which took us to Forbidden Drive, then we rode that the entire way. Part of the trail is paved, the other part isn't, which sucked.
We weren't too sure of where we were going, but figured we could figure it out. Eventually we stumbled upon a bunch of people and we were in the right spot.
They had a small cliff you could climb up and jump off of. Of course I slipped while climbing up and have giant scrapes all over my body.
The guys we were with were a lot braver with jumping off.
It was great to find a swimming hole not too far from the city.
Eric and I rode home, quickly changed, then rode our bikes to South Philly for dinner. We were too lazy to go to the grocery store and figured heading to Royal Tavern was a better option. This definitely made riding 23 miles worth it.
Happy (day off from work) Monday! I hope everyone had an awesome weekend. We've been busy and when I was going through photos I didn't even remember taking some of them.
Eric and I got out of work early on Friday and after running some errands we got to work on dinner. We usually fix burgers or pizza on Friday nights, but we decided to change it up and made pineapple cashew quinoa stir fry. It turned out delicious. (side note, it seems these bowls are getting popular again...my mom actually bought these for me abotu 4 years ago! i didn't even know they were still made)
We stayed in Friday evening so we could wake up Saturday to work out before the heat. We set out on a 8 mile run, but some how got messed up and only did a little over 7. I really wanted to go 8, but didn't feel like running circles around the neighborhood so I called it a day. After showering and re-hydrating Eric made us tacos for lunch.
Kitta Marie hung out too.
We had grand plans of heading up to the Piazza to see the band Matt & Kim, but instead we met up with a guy on craigslist to look at a bike. I have been wanting a road bike for a while, but most bikes on craigslist are either overpriced or not even worth your money. Well our patience paid off and I bought the bike! I have some photos further into this post.
We headed up to the Piazza after getting the bike, then walked over to Bar Ferdinand for some eats and drinks. We had started with some olives and almonds.
And then I got the garbanzo salad. It was good, but a small portion and kind of expensive.
Atleast the company was good.
Later on a few people come over and we went to a party, only to head out right after we arrived.
Sunday morning Eric and I woke up again to go workout, only this time we were going on a bike ride! So the bike...I bought a Cannondale CAAD9. The frame is a few years old, but most of the components are fairly new.
I'm excited to have a legit road bike, since I have been wanting to get into triathlons. We rode about 13 miles, and while it was awkward at first, I think I got the hang of it. I am used to riding fixed/single speed and shifting was definitely different. I think Eric stalked for sale bikes for about 7 months, and I am really happy we waited until the right one popped up.
We came home from the ride and got to work on breakfast. We made the crepes from VeganYumYum and decided to make them a little bit more patriotic with some raspberries, blueberries and sweetened cashew cream.
Those definitely hit the spot.
Early afternoon we went to our friends Adam and Chris' house for a BBQ.
The majority of our friends are vegetarians, so going to a BBQ is no problem. They had a pretty awesome spread: fruit, (vegan) potato salad, salsa, guacamole, mac and cheese, bok choy, etc.
Veggie dogs and burgers took over the grill. Adam made the veggie burgers and they were awesome. There were beans, carrots, parsley, corn and quinoa in them.
Eric wanted to be very American and ate three different veggie dogs.
At one point we had a taste-off of Earthquake, Joose and 4 Loko.
Earthquake was the worst, borderline disgusting, Joose was meh, and 4 Loko probably tasted the best.
Juli's family came to hang out!
Once it got dark we walked over to the Art Museum to watch the fireworks. While waiting we played with sparklers.
And then the fireworks started! We ended up sitting directly underneath them, so much so that the shrapnel was falling on us. But atleast it made the fireworks look HUGE.
I hope everyone else had an awesome 4th of July, or atleast an awesome weekend! Today is supposed to be the first day of a weeklong heat wave, ugh, so I think we are going to go search out a pool!