Motorcycles and Pancakes

We picked up our motorcycle from the shop this weekend.  Having all this sunshine and no bike was a little painful (first world problem, I know).  Nick, this update is for you.

The previous owner of our ’73 Yamaha TX750 had replaced the original cable clutch with a hydralic clutch.  In the process, he cut a hole in the clutch cover, and always had to have a loose bolt to allow the clutch to engage.  After a summer of unpredictable reliability, we wanted it replaced.  We took it to a fabulous fellow across the street from Ryan’s irrigation supplier.

No longer able to purchase parts for the exact bike, the mechanic went through many orders of clutches trying to find one that fit.  He happened to have an old Kawazaki bike in the shop at the same time, and realized that particular Kawazaki clutch could work on our bike.

And hours of welding the tricky aluminum later, can you see any traces of a hole?  (Upper right area of the shiny metal)

But since he cleaned and clearcoated the clutch cover, we’re going to have to put a little work into making the rest of the engine clean and shiny!  Ryan is pulling the carborators off and cleaning them out, and then we’ll be back to riding!

In other mechanic news, here’s my regular Sunday afternoon view of Ryan.  He’s playing with his new toy, a grinder.  See that twisted bumper frame?  That’s the next victim of the grinder wheel once the exhaust pipes have been removed.

Now in my area of interest: recently, a friend gave me the cookbook stemmed from one of my favorite addictive websites.   The book is gorgeous, of course, and the recipes are yummy, if slightly impractical.  This morning we tried the book’s blueberry cornmeal pancakes along with the Sabbath treat of thick cut alder smoked bacon from our favorite charcuterie at the farmer’s market.

Tossing frozen and thawed blueberries in flour before adding them to the batter  helps them not all sink to the bottom, (berries-on-the-bottom muffins anyone?) and you get the same lovely color once they  cook.

Blueberry Cornmeal Pancakes

 1 cup buttermilk

1 cup yogurt (not low or non fat, please!!)

1 egg

1 cup flour

1/2 cup cornmeal

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

2 T sugar (I halved this and it was fine)

1/4 tsp salt

1 T melted butter

1 cup blueberries

(If you’re into soaked breads, I soaked the grains in the buttermilk over night)

Whisk liquids together. Combine the dry ingredients.  Mix the wet, dry, and blueberries until just mixed.

Fire up your griddle of frying pan and cook up some pancakes!!  I recommend lots up butter and blueberry syrup.

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