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Outdoor Cooking: Cilantro and Tomato Bruschetta

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This summer, I embarked on a bicycle tour – a pedal-powered book tour, in fact! – from my house, west of Seattle, all the way down to San Francisco. As was to be expected, I cooked a lot of food along the way, and now that I am back in front of the computer (far less interesting than being on a bicycle, I assure you) I’ve been busy compiling all the recipes.

The first one went up this week on Adventure Journal and I wanted to share it here because it’s perfect for using up late summer tomatoes. And even if you’re not on a bike trip, this works well as an at-home appetizer too. But soak up those final rays of summer and go enjoy it outdoors!

Cilantro and Heirloom Tomato Bruschetta

  • 2 to 3 medium-sized heirloom tomatoes
  • 4 to 5 cloves garlic
  • A small handful of cilantro leaves, chopped (about 1 to 2 tablespoons chopped leaves)
  • Salt
  • Ground black pepper
  • 8 to 10 slices of bread
  • Olive oil

Chop the tomatoes into small pieces and place them in in a bowl or pot. Finely chop two of the garlic cloves and add them to the tomatoes, along with the cilantro and a pinch of salt and pepper. Drizzle a little olive oil over it and mix together. Taste. Add more salt and pepper as needed.

Place a frying pan or pot over medium heat on your stove and pour in a little olive oil. Grill a slide of bread on both sides, until both sides are a golden brown. Remove the bread slice from the pan and place on a plate. Take a clove of garlic and lightly rub the grilled bread with it. Top with a generous scoop of the tomato and cilantro mixture.

Repeat until you’ve grilled all the bread and used up the tomato and cilantro mixture.

Read the full post here.

Written by Anna Brones

September 9, 2016 at 17:19

Bikepacking the Olympic Adventure Route with Komorebi Cycling Team

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Bikepacking on the Olympic Adventure Route with Komorebi Cycling Team

This is an essay I wrote over on Adventure Journal, which also includes a list of tips for meal planning and cooking for a bikepacking trip, along with a few links for recipes. 

This is all the email said:

Riding bikes in the backcountry, camping, making food on the trail…June 17-19. Interested in details?

Like any sane person, I responded with an “um…okay!”

It was a proposal to join a bikepacking trip with Komorebi, the Portland-based women’s bikepacking team. The fact that I had never been bikepacking didn’t deter me, and after all, that was the whole point of Komorebi: to get more women adventuring on two wheels. Okay, actually it did freak me out a little bit, and as soon as I said yes the thoughts started swarming in my head:

Will I be able to keep up with women who bikepack all the time?

Will they judge me if I am not fast enough?

I don’t really ride mountain bikes, what if I fail?

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Written by Anna Brones

July 24, 2016 at 09:13

Book Special: Signed Copy of ‘Hello, Bicycle’ + Limited Edition Stainless Steel Pint!

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Hello, Bicycle + Limited Edition Stainless Steel Pint Glass

In honor of the release of my new book Hello, Bicycle, I had a few limited edition stainless steel Klean Kanteen pint glasses made up in celebration (the graphic is actually a papercut that I made). Why pint glasses? Because book releases deserves some cheers-ing, and if you’re celebrating a bike book, then you want to be cheers-ing outside. Practically unbreakable pint glasses help to facilitate that.

Oh, did I hear you say that you want one too? Well lucky you, I’m pairing up a copy of the book and a pint glass for a super sweet summer bike deal. You can snag the two for $25.

Hello, Bicycle Limited Edition Stainless Steel Pint Glass

Why do you need this pint glass in your life?

Stainless steel pint glasses are perfect for summer bike picnics! Toss them in your backpack or pannier, and don’t worry for a second if they’re going to break. They’re also good for ensuring that you don’t use any single-use disposable cups from here on out. A win all around.

Why do you need a copy of Hello, Bicycle?

  • It’s a signed copy
  • You’re supporting an author
  • You’ll get some good recipes for tasty bike snacks (HELLO peanut butter bars)
  • You’ll feel really good about yourself
  • You’ll want to get on a bicycle immediately
  • You’ll turn into a superhero

$25 gets you a signed copy of the book and a limited edition pint glass+ shipping and handling depending on where you live. When you click on the link below, you’ll be taken over to Paypal to complete the payment. Thank you for supporting!

Buy Hello, Bicycle + Limited Edition Stainless Steel Pint now.

Written by Anna Brones

June 15, 2016 at 12:31

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Support Indie Publishing and Preorder ‘Comestible: Summer 2016’

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Comestible: A quarterly journal about food, the places it comes from and the people who grow it

Earlier this year I did something a little crazy: I launched a small print publication. It’s called Comestible and it’s a quarterly journal/zine all about food. But it’s not another food magazine. Comestible is a little different (or at least, I am working hard to make it so).

Since it came out in April, I have gotten a lot of great feedback on the spring issue. It’s so wonderful to see it out in the world being enjoyed by people!

Comestible: An Indie Quarterly About Real Food

A spread from the spring issue of Comestible. Illustration by Jessie Kanelos Weiner

It’s now time for the summer issue, and I am doing the same thing as last time: raising the production funds on Kickstarter. Why? Launching a small print publication is hard, and while I would love to, I don’t have the capital to pay for the printing up front.

That’s where you come in. Taking part in this Kickstarter campaign is an easy way to preorder a copy of the summer issue and ensure that you are part of the first group of people to receive it.

What will be in the summer issue?

  • More beautiful illustrations (like the one above – which yes, you can color in!)
  • An excerpt from Simran Sethi’s book Bread, Wine, Chocolate : The Slow Loss of Foods We Love
  • A trip to coffee origin with Eileen P. Kenny
  • An exploration of the vineyard and the world of natural wine with j.brix winemaker Emily Towe
  • A look into the world of natural dyeing by Sasha Duerr (my goal is to have more food/fashion/fiber crossover like this in the future!)
  • Seasonal recipes to take advantage of summer ingredient favorites, like sweet corn, tomatoes, cherries and more.

You can preorder a copy for $12, and there are also some good deals in there if you want to pick up a bundle of them, or if you want to stock up on the spring issue as well. Not to mention there is a limited edition Comestible coffee cup!

Support indie publishing and preorder a copy of Comestible: Summer 2016.

Written by Anna Brones

May 18, 2016 at 09:16

Preorder My New Book: Hello, Bicycle

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I am on the less-than-a-month countdown until my new book Hello, Bicycle comes out. Starting to get the pre-book birthday jitters.

As you might gather from the title, the book is all about bicycles. It’s illustrated by the talented James Gulliver Hancock and is a guide to embracing the two-wheeled lifestyle. How to change a flat tire? That’s in there. What you should look for when you are buying your first bicycle? That’s in there too. How to plan a bike trip? That’s in there as well. Recipes for bike snacks? Oh yes.

The book is officially out June 7, 2016, but you can preorder a copy now now and ensure that the book arrives at your doorstep at the beginning of June. That way you know you will be set for all of your summer cycling adventures.

I am working on planning a pedal-powered bike tour for later this summer – more on that later – but if anyone has any recommendations of great bookstores and/or bike shops on the West Coast that would be good for an event, please tell me!

Now, get off your computer and go get on a bicycle (after you order the book that is).

Preorder Hello, Bicycle now.

Written by Anna Brones

May 12, 2016 at 10:34

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#womancard

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Woman Card papercut by Anna Brones, 2016

Since I know some of you have been looking for your #womancard and can’t find it, I went ahead and made one for you.

Inspired by this fantastic article by Alexandra Petri.

[Original papercut by Anna Brones]

Written by Anna Brones

April 28, 2016 at 10:42

This Week’s Stories: Paris Coffee + Natural Dyeing

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Another week, another list of stories, including one I worked on last fall before I moved from Paris, and which finally made it out into the real world. In a print magazine!

Paris Coffee Revolution – My story on the specialty coffee scene in Paris is the feature in this month’s Fresh Cup magazine. But you can read it online too.

Are Self-Cleaning Fabrics in Our Future? New Research Says Yes – Did I say self-cleaning fabrics? Oh yes, I did. You might not have a self-cleaning t-shirt tomorrow, but research is leading us in the right direction.

Planting a Dye Garden to Make Your Own Natural Dyes – Kristine Vejar, author of Modern Natural Dyer and owner of A Verb for Keeping Warm, helped me put together a post on natural dyeing and five great plants to put in your garden that you can dye with.

Rice Pasta, Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Hazelnut Parmesan – Another adventure-friendly recipe over on Adventure Journal. Super easy and perfect for warmer weather outdoor cooking.

Images: Kristine Vejar

Written by Anna Brones

April 22, 2016 at 14:19