No challenge is quite complete without incredible feats of strength, so on Sunday morning, I hopped on my bike and rode 40 miles, from the Platte River at elevation 5280 ft to the top of Lookout Mountain at elevation 7064 ft, and back. I sped down the back side of Lookout Mountain, down Hwy 40 at 35 mph, blinking only once. And then I came home to french the rack of lamb, cut it into "popsicles" and marinate it in wine and mustard, all while still wearing my bike shorts.
I got to making the sauce, and as it turns out, I wasn't in love with Vij's sauce. So I went back to my spice cabinet and doubled down on the fennugreek, added some indiscriminate amount of garlic and cayenne, an extra dash of turmeric, and an extra half a lemon. I found Vij's lamb recipe in need of more than a little embellishment. But his dessert recipe was spot on: Jasmine basmati cardamom rice pudding. Simple and aromatic and delicious. It was a good way to end the evening.
No food shots or biking shots to show for my efforts, but note the jaunty pose and glass of wine in the foreground. It's obvious that a good time was had by all. Especially me.