Biking for Apples
4 Tue, 2011 § 8 Comments
Last week I really wanted to get out on the bike before the storm hit. There were errands to run, so I decided to pedal it. First to take lunch to Dave [he forgets food too often], then to restock groceries.
Not too shabby of a grocery haul, eh?
I really love shopping for food & have a tendency to get so into it that, even with my bike shoes staring at me in the cart, I forget only two wheels are taking me home — & everything in the cart has to fit on my back.
A little finagling & everything settled safe & sound [no crushed bread!]. It did not even feel that heavy until I was nearly home. We will call it added resistance for…training?
Since that commute, I have been debating whether wide sidewalks are better than bike lanes on the road. Twice drivers making a right turn failed to notice me coming. The first I anticipated & simply slowed to avoid a collision. The second I was sure saw me as he “waited” at the stop sign, or so it seemed. He began to pull forward as I was passing in front of his semi [that’s right]. Fortunately he spotted me & braked quickly. THAT will wake you & shake you.
I would love to be able to just get on my bike & go but have accepted I must remain extra aware. Since I am used to biking right along side cars, I would say I am more aggressive than many, but I still error on the safer side & often assume people do not see me [which it seems is frighteningly too often the case]. I am certainly finding the balance of cycling aggressively but also knowing when not to chance it.
Regardless of how I am riding that day, it is always amazing to feel the wind rushing by. Even if I hadn’t enjoyed my ride — which I always do — the risky, near collisions were worth it once dinner rolled around. Without that trip to the store, we would have been lacking one simple ingredient:
Any tart apple will do, but the Ladies are our favorite for this dish.
Apples & sausage are a perfect match, even if your sausages are “sausages” & not actual meat. Whichever way you swing, you will love this dish, especially if you snag nice apple-smoked, sage links [Field & Roast makes a tasty one].
Links & Apples
[inspired by Simply in Season, one of my favorite cookbooks]
- 2 – 3 sausage links [pierced in several places if real sausage]
Brown sausages on all sides in a lightly oiled skillet over med-high heat, turning often, ~5 – 7 minutes.
While sausage cooks, combine the following in a small bowl.
- 2 T mirin or white wine
- 2 T jalapeno or other hot pepper jelly [I am so lucky my mom bottles so many great foods; you can also use apple jelly]
- 1 T grainy mustard
Set mixture aside.
Once sausages are browned, remove from pan & keep warm.
- ½ small onion, sliced in half moons
In the same skillet used for sausage, saute onion on medium heat, stirring often until starts to brown. Add more oil if needed.
- 1 medium or 2 small apples
Add to skillet & stir until starts to brown.
Stir in jelly mixture.
- ½ T fresh thyme
- pinch of pepper
Sprinkle over onions & apples.
*Return Field & Roast or other vegan “sausages” to pan, & heat through.
*If using actual sausages, return to pan, reduce heat to med-low, cover & cook until sausage are completely cooked through, ~10 minutes.
The combination of flavors is delicious. Caramelized onion & apple…pungent thyme…a bit of a kick from the hot jelly…& the sausages round it all out. We added a small winter green salad with mochi croutons & enjoyed a very satisfying meal.
Do you ever bike commute? Sidewalks or road bike lanes?
What is your current favorite, hearty winter dish? [“Sausage” & apples with thyme may have taken the lead for us.]