Category Archives: Lola the Bike

Slow Cooker Caramalized Onion Pasta

Hello! Apologies for the long delay between posts, I’ve just started a new job and I’ve been running all around Portland, Seattle, Atlanta and back. Thing are back to normal (for the most part) so I’m hoping to be more pro-active with my posting! It’s my favorite time of year, and I can’t wait to finally settle in and decorate with the leaves I made last year, hang out around the fireplace, and eat delicious fall foods. We’ve vowed to use the Crock Pot more this year and have been looking for recipes left and right. Dan found this recipe on the Seattle Times. I braved the wind, got on Lola the Bike and went to Trader Joe’s to get ingredients for dinner. Just a little word of advice – If you haven’t biked in quite awhile, it’s not the best idea to start again on a windy day with a 50lb backpack full of food. Whoever created the analogy “it’s like riding a bike,” didn’t do it in those conditions.

If any of my readers are out on the East Coast – stay safe and warm! Our thoughts are with you!

Caramelized Onion Pasta

Caramelized Onion Pasta *recipe from here

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 6 hours

Ingredients:

  • 3 onions sliced thinly
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 pound whole wheat fusilli pasta (or whatever kind you like)
  • 8oz sour cream
  • 3 cups arugula
  • 1/2 cup sliced sun-dried tomatoes
  • Salt and black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons crushed garlic
  • Dollop of garlic chili sauce (only if you want a little kick!)
  • Parmesan

Onions after 6 hours in a Crock Pot

Directions:

Throw the onions and olive oil in the Crock Pot, turn on high and leave for 6 hours. After the onions have caramelized, heat a pot of salted water, and put the pasta in after it has boiled. When the pasta is ready, drain it, then put it back in the pot adding sour cream, onions, arugula, and sun-dried tomatoes. Salt and pepper to your liking and mix until the arugula starts to wilt. We topped ours with parmesan and I added some chili sauce to give it a little heat. Enjoy!

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Weekend Review

It was another gorgeous weekend in Seattle. The sun was out and the heat finally came. I spent most of the weekend on a bike and eating around Seattle. Friday night I went to Black Bottle to say good-bye to a friend who’s moving to Paris, then Dan and I grabbed dinner at Satay in Wallingford. The food at Black Bottle looked really good (I just stuck to my cocktail), though I did nibble on some flat bread which was delicious. I’ve never had Malaysian before which is why we stopped by Satay. I got chicken satay and Dan got a curry dish, it reminded me of a mix between Thai and Indian food. On Saturday we biked around Fremont and Ballard, stopping at our favorite Indian restaurant – Qazis, then going through the Ballard locks, my first time ever! We met up with friends who are back in town from Chicago that night and watched the Sounders lose their first match in awhile. Sunday we went on a 42-mile bike ride to Red Hook Brewery and back. I love sunny, Seattle weekends.

Starting the weekend out with a Rising Sunrita

Flowers in the Locks

Watching the water lower to sea level…

Hiram M. Chittenden Locks Visitor Center

Watching the water rise….

Much deserved beer sampler from Red Hook

Forecasters

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Weekend Review

This weekend I traveled to the Great White North, also known as – Canada. A few girl friends and I went up to our friend’s house in Whistler and enjoyed a quiet weekend away with hot tubs, hikes and shopping. We had breakfast both days at my favorite place – Crepe Montagne, and made burritos to celebrate Cinco de Mayo Saturday night.¬†We got back to Seattle in the late afternoon on Sunday, which gave Dan and I time to bike down to the Fremont mobile food rodeo (it was his second time through). Although the lines were long, I got to try a few new things, but sadly a lot of places were out of food by the time I arrived. It was the perfect weekend after a stressful week.

Also – When spending time in the wilderness with me, don’t say “snake”. I will promptly shove whoever is nearest (sorry, Kerry!!) towards said thing and run screaming.

Lost Lake, Whistler, BC

Nutella Crepe

Eggs Over Hard

Flatbread Taco from Off the Rez food truck

Coconut Chicken Sandwich from Charlie’s Buns N Stuff

Homemade Tzatziki

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Weekend Review

Hello there! Do you guys remember who I am? I apologize, I know it’s been months. There was not a lot of cooking involved this past winter, and I was getting tired of taking photos of nothing but grey! The sun has returned to Seattle (for the most part) and I’m hoping to keep this blog updated with new recipes and fun things!

My new bike, Lola!

View from the Burke Gilman

Appetizers at Costas Opa

I was a bit too hungry and forgot to take a "before" photo...

After running snack

Gave the car a little wash

Barbecue

We finally got to use the barbecue for the first time this season! (And yes, that is a glob of chili paste in the middle of the chicken and vegetables...)

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