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gear talk!

Wake up ---> Wash up ---->  Hamstring tiiiight ---> 30min Hip Opening Yoga Flow from yogadownload ---> ahhh much better

This was ---> So.Not.Cool.  I only had 1/2T left of my Maple Cinnamon AB this morning!!  ---> Must.Make.More.Pronto!

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2 bowls of oats??  It was a rare morning…Chris wanted oats as well!  I get really excited making people oatmeal.  How strange is that? :) 

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I made my super creamy oats, but doubled the recipe.  Chris likes his oats with a glob of PB and nothing more. 

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My gussied up bowl!  I didn’t add in as much cinnamon as normal when cooking, so I added more at the end.  I topped it with 1/2T of the AB [scraped the jar clean] and 1/2T PB, along with Galaxy Granola and a little plain almond milk.

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I wish I would have had double the AB!! However, overall, it was still delicious + creamy :)

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We were supposed to have stormy weather late in the day.  I never really saw any rain but definitely heard thunder.  Chris + I hopped on our bikes early afternoon while the weather was clear.  It was perfect riding weather today.  Partly sunny + low 60’s

Post-ride.  This was my 2nd time ever riding a road bike!!  I am seriously loving it and it is SO much harder than I thought it would be.  My legs were a bit tired and the bones under my arse were suuuuper sore, even with the padded shorts!!!  I tried to stay in one spot on the seat and it wasn’t as bad.  Youch!  The ride was great though, despite a lot of wind! 

We rode:  14.2 miles in 54min, which is about 15mph

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I don’t know how many calories that burns but I was FAMished!!!  Working out more the past few weeks has upped my appetite even more!!  What do I do?  Feed it!  I am not one that can ignore hunger.  I haven’t lost or gained weight, so I must be doing okay!  I weigh myself maybe twice a month, but lately have been checking in weekly to make sure I’m not losing much/any weight with the extra calories I’m burning.

Which brings me to Lunch #1 – I was in a hurry to eat + run to an appointment.  I shoveled this leftover pesto pasta into my mouth!  I added leftover roasted veggies, extra pesto, sun dried tomatoes, and a glob of tomato paste.

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The tomato paste rocked in this.  Loved the flavor contrast. 

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Love sun dried maters!!!

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Ahhh, much better than kitchen lighting :)

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So, you have leftover pesto, now what do you do???

  1. Freeze in a freezer bag or tupperware in whatever serving sizes you want.  If you freeze in a bag, make sure to squeeze out all of the air.  If you freeze in a container, lay a piece of saran right on top of the pesto and then close with the cover.  Super convenient!
  2. Make up a new recipe utilizing pesto!

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Kale Pesto Chips!!!!!!!

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  1. Whisk pesto and veggie broth to thin out a bit.
  2. Pour over kale.
  3. Toss and spread on a pan.
  4. Cook at ~300* for 30-45min, depending on your desired doneness.  Toss every 10min.
  5. Crunch + enjoy!

Pre-cooked pesto kale chips.  They turned out DEElicious!!!!  Very similar in style, but not taste, to the Nutrtional Yeast “cheesy” Kale Chips, that I have made before.

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A reader asked about my “pour, poke + spread” egg cooking method.  While it doesn’t look pretty in a pan, it is my FAVorite way to cook eggs.  It all started from a sandwich Kelsey + I always ordered, back in Charlotte, at our favorite French Bakery Amelie’s.  We were baffled at how the eggs were cooked in the sandwich, until one day Kelsey figured out what to do! 

So, here is better documentation of this method.

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Farm freshies :)

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Spray that pan! [love this cooking spray, when I’m not using my Misto with olive oil]

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Poke. Spread.

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Cover. Cook.

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Done!  A little overdone because of my photo-taking ;)

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Slide onto a plate! 

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Pour, Poke, + Spread Eggs

  1. Heat a pan over medium heat and lightly spray your pan to prevent sticking.
  2. Crack however many eggs in a bowl, and pour into the pan.
  3. Poke the yolk[s] with a metal spatula.
  4. Spread around the pan, and cover with foil.
  5. Let cook until desired doneness.  [Because of the foil, you do not have to “scramble” or “flip” the eggs to cook them.  The heat will circulate and cook the top.]
  6. Slide out of the pan with the spatula.   

Biking gear overview time!!  I tried on numerous helmets at REI the other day.  This one fit the best.  I would recommend to buy your helmet in store, rather than online, so you can properly fit it to your noggin.  Or, you can always try them on in store and then search for a lower price online.

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Padded gloves are quite important!!  My hands are sore even with these.  There is a lot of pressure that is put on your hands from the position you ride in with a road bike.  I snagged these gloves at a local bike shop and they gave us a great discount on a few items.  I can’t find them online, but they were $30 [pre-discount]. 

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If you’re looking for craZy deals on gear, check these 2 sites:  Bonk TownChain Love – They sell one item at a time, DIRT cheap but it changes alllll the time throughout the day.  If you see an item, you have to act quiCK!!  I already got this sleeveless Pearl Izumi jersery for $15!!!  The original price was $60…SCORE! 

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Also, extremely important to the biking outfit are padded shorts.  Seriously, they are really important.  I’m still really sore but know it will dimish with time.  These are the shorts I bought, which I’m loving.  They are really comfortable and were in the mid to low price range for biking shorts.  I love that they are a slightly shorter style too! 

Look at what the original bike owners threw in with the cost of the bike!!  We got a steal of a deal, especially with all of these extras thrown in.  Chris said that if for some reason I don’t like biking, we can definitely sell the bike for about $200 more than we bought it for!  The bike is around 5 years old but literally looks brand new.  The woman said she rode it 4 times. 

Clip-less Shimano Pedals - $140!!! I’m not ready to use these yet.  I’m going to get really used to riding and then eventually [in a few months] invest in a pair of clipless shoes.

Portable Bike Pump - ~$20

Bike Computer - ~$20

Bike Tool - ~$15

All of that was included!!  Yippeeeee

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As was this pouch that costs around $20 as well.  My bike is a Cannondale R600 SI.  It is lightweight and perfect for a starter bike.  The frame is used on Cannondale bikes that cost $1,000’s but the rest of the bike has somewhat cheaper/lower-end parts.  It’s great for right now but also allows me to upgrade piece-by-piece which is nice.

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Okay…Swimming gear!!  Not much to talk about here :)  I highly recommend a swim cap.  I think this cost $9 at REI.  While I had trouble getting it on the first few times, it is SO helpful in the water.  My hair would always loosen from my rubberband while swimming and then spread all over my face when I would turn my head out of the water.  Also, my loose hair would drain water into my mouth when I breathed to the side.  HUGE difference when I started wearing this!!

I had a pair of goggles from college that I thought were okay, but gave me bruises on my nose when I started wearing them.  It pinched really hard and loosening didn’t help.  I also grabbed these goggles at REI.  I talked about my 1 piece suit on this post and I’m still absolutely loving it.  It’s super comfortable and dries quickly once out of the pool.

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Aaaand by this time, my index finger was quite tired, so dinner when un-photographed.  I made tempeh burritos and they were quite delicious.  You’ll just have to take my word for it!

Let me know if you have any gear-related questions!

Off to bed!


Reader Comments (48)

Wow, all your biking stuff is so pro looking, very impressive! I want to start biking more but I'd look so'd be embaressing :P
LOVE the sound/look of that pesto, I really need to make me soon as my exams are done, I'm literally going to cook every.single.recipe on your blog!

April 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFreya @ Brit Chick Runs

I love all the biking gear! Sounds like now that the weather is warming up, biking is becoming all the rage. I need to pull out my old ride! :)

Ahhh, you must make more of that AB!! I'm actually really sad it's gone, and i haven't even tried it yet. Just from hearing you rave about it, I know it has to be all sorts of amazing. :)

Have a wonderful day!

April 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

Pesto kale chips?! Brilliant! The pasta dish looks really yummy too, even to this veggie-hater!

April 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJessica @ How Sweet

oh man! chain love is AWESOME. i was addicted to following it for a while last year, and got some great stuff, but i kind of forced myself away ;-). there is a sister site for running/camping/surfing stuff called steep and cheap that you should also check out.

i think i need better goggles.

so glad you've discovered how awesome biking is! i adore my road-style bike and clipless pedals.

April 22, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterhaya

I would be super-excited if my sweetie asked me to make him oatmeal. Mostly because what he usually eats for breakfast would stop my heart instantly if I were to try it.

April 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTamara

pesto kale chips?? brilliant!

loev all your gear! you are so official

hurray! so glad you liked chain love...that and are two of my favorite sites for great deals :)

I like your egg method.. I need to try that! I would get excited to make others oats too. No go for me though :( I live with my parents and they aren't quite on the whole oatmeal train yet.

MMMMMMMMM that pasta looks divine. your posts always make me wish I was a cyclist!!

Thanks for the pour-poke-spread lesson! I was making eggs just yesterday and found myself wishing I knew how to do it!
Thanks for reading my mind :)

April 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCamille

Kale pesto chips... genius. Two favorites combined into one greatness! I've never ever found padded bike shorts to be much help with the road bike. They helped a bit for mountain biking over really bumpy terrain. From experience, after a week or so that sore butt will feel okay :). It's like when you first run and your feet will hurt no matter what... think of it as a butt callous. Not that you actually get one because that would be um, gross, but once the "callous" forms it stops hurting. Lovely, right?

I LOOOOOOVE your new bike!!!!!!!! And I am so jealous of all your gear!! I have to go buy shorts, gloves, clip-less pedals and some tools today. You look like a real cycle star in that pic! Love it!

April 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSonja {ActiveFoodie}

I started riding a road bike a few years ago. So fun and such a great workout! I rode with regular tennis shoes for about a year. After I switched to clipless pedals/shoes my speed dramatically increased. It takes a little time to adjust but it's really not that hard. Just practice in a parking lot or someplace without much car traffic. You'll love it!

April 22, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteranne

I don't think it's strange AT ALL that you get excited about making other people oatmeal! I love showing off creations that i'm proud of...whether its baked goods or cooking or oatmeal! :)

I definitely checked out that swim suit of yours. I LOVE swimming, but the only 1 thing that i detest is the freezing cold water hitting my body when i first jump in the pool. SO awful!! Do you have any tips around it, like maybe a swim sweater I can wear?? hehehe :P

April 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

Great post...your pesto looks amazing and I too am a fan of a dollop of tomato paste on my mouth is watering for that egg too, hehe!

April 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Healthy Apple

[...] did Ashley’s pour, poke + spread method [...]

Aww no way!! I am by NO means pro looking...I have a beginner bike and beginner gear!! You have to start somewhere...I feel goofy wearing my big clunky shoes on the bike while everyone else I see has the clip-in shoes!

April 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Wow, it must really look good, lol!!!

April 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I was addicted to steep and cheap for awhile!!! haha

April 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

hahaha ;)

April 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I always wondered how you did that pore, poke, spread method!! Looks great...I must try soon!!!! :)

April 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBow

Official??? lol...I'm a good faker

April 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Oh yah for sure...LOVE steep + cheap! Chris told me about chain love too and that's where my new jersey came from :)

April 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

My dad loves oats but my mom doesn't...she really liked that 3min oatmeal cookie I made while she was here though!

April 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley


April 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Really?? Everyone I know always says how much they LOVE their padded shorts. I definitely know what you mean about getting used to it. It takes awhile to get used to the bike seat at the gym! So you just wear spandex shorts? hardcore!

April 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Well the pedals were basically free! Got pretty good deals on everything else, except the helmet was full price. Cycle star?'s going to be awhile ;)

April 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Yeah, I have heard that about the clipless shoes. Definitely need experience for awhile but can't wait til I can make the switch!! Good idea to practice in a parking lot! Thx :)

April 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Hmmmm, maybe I'm lucky that the pools I swim at are pretty warm! Definitely jumping into a cold pool would not be fun!! A swim sweater? Take a shot of whiskey before you swim lol..that'll warm you right up ;)

April 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

LOVE tomato paste!!! mmmm

April 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

That all looks so good! Great work on the ride! I find that biking makes me so much more hungry than running!

April 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

I think you should do a post on photography! I always love your photos and wish I knew your tricks. Do tell! :)

April 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLaura@youngDCliving

[...] you haven’t tried the steaming egg method, I highly recommend [...]

August 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAll Before 9:30 am

hi-ya, great post.

August 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHildegarde Hrycko

This is the best blog I've ever seen in my life! I really appreciate you taking the time out of your busy day to share your this with everyone.

October 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKursu

[...] Okay, okay, I’ll tell you.  First off, if you’ve never had sweet peas mashed into a sandwich (canned is my preference!), TRY it now.  That is an order   That’s what’s on the left slice.  On the right, we have a wedge of Sonoma Jack’s Pepperjack cheese topped with 1 egg + 1 white microwaved (using the pour & poke method). [...]

I tried this type of egg for breakfast, it is genius! I generally don't like fried eggs because of the white. But using your method, you get more yolk in every bite. Thanks for the idea and keep up the great work! Your blog rocks!

January 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

I'm so glad you liked them!! Thanks so much Jessica :)

January 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

[...] pour, poke, and spread egg with torn spinach [...]

[...] 1 pour, poke, and spread egg [...]

I just had to tell you that I spent the last 20 minutes trying to remember what your egg method was so I could find this recipe- couldn't remember the name or your site (where the recipe was from). But after countless google words like, egg spread, egg cover, egg scrape recipe, I finally remembered the words egg, spread, method! And wala- found you.. and the recipe. Which I will be making soon. :)

I'm done with my story now.

February 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLori

hahahaha I'm so glad you found it again!

February 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Love, love, love the gear freakery! That is a really nice road bike, and there's alway room in my closet for more bike clothing :) I am definitely going to try to cook my eggs this way soon!

July 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNatalie

[...] with fresh thyme and garlic, with thick, center-cut bacon, Pour, Poke + Spread Egg (inspired by Ashley at Edible Perspective), and Fage Nonfat Greek Yogurt + strawbs + honey + chocolate Kashi [...]

I've had this post saved under my favourites for a long time now, but I just made eggs this morning using this method and they were amazing!!

November 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

Yes!! Another egg cooking convert. :) Take care!

November 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

How long do you cook the eggs on average?

February 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSara

It will vary depending on gas or electric, and non-stick vs aluminum pans, but I would say about 4-7min if the pan is fully heated before.

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

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