Too Busy to Prepare Meals? Let Your Bicycle Do the Cooking for You
Oftentimes friends and readers who are getting into cycling encourage me to share what they refer to as "practical tips." What gives them the idea that I am an appropriate target for such a query, I do not pretend to know. Nevertheless, on occasion I make an effort to oblige. For instance, recently I was asked whether I have any tips for getting out on the bike in the evenings while still managing daily housework and meal preparation. And while, as far as the "housework" bit, I might not be just the best person to ask, as my way to dealing with it is usually to eliminate it from the equation altogether, as far as the other thing it just so happens that I do have some rather valuable information to share. You will be delighted to know that I have discovered a secret that has not only saved me time, but has solved the dangerous problem of hungry post-ride cooking (Ever tried to dice an onion in the throes of bonkium tremens? I need hardly say more!).
Imagine then, if you could ride your bicycle and arrive home to find the dinner cooked for you? Sounds too good to be true, I know. Yet I assure you that it is perfectly attainable. As an example of how to make the magic happen, I give this secret, exclusive velo-roasted chicken recipe:
chicken, whole and gutted
Pre-heat oven on highest setting.
Stuff chicken with quartered onion and place on roasting tray.
Surround with mushrooms, potatoes, more onions.
Crush garlic, then mix with oil, rosemary, salt, pepper and douse chicken liberally with resulting mix.
Place tray in oven, then lower heat setting to low-medium.
Wash hands, don wheeling suit, and go for a fast-paced bicycle ride 1 hour 30 minutes in duration.
Upon return, move tray's contents from oven to plate and eat (sharing optional).
Spin in a lower gear for a golden glaze finish, or mash in a higher if you prefer a crispy skin. Note that a smooth pedal stroke will always result in a more even roasting.
There is much beauty and value in this recipe. Just think: Without any involvement on your part whatsoever, your chicken will be roasting as you enjoy your bicycle and the evening scenery, each pedal stroke bringing your meal closer to completion. But in addition, if you've ever wanted to motivate yourself to improve your cycling "on the clock" skills, this method of meal preparation will help you do just that - introducing the extra challenge of finishing your ride within the allotted time frame, lest your food be ruined or your house burned to the ground.
As you can see, the velo-roasted chicken recipe is super practical and highly motivating! Looks like my job here is done. And remember: the harder you pedal, the better your food will taste.