Poblano Corn Chowder ~ One Wheel Short of a Bike

A few weeks ago, Sister Madly was on her way home from the Market when she was passed by a man on a unicycle.

Now, she knows what you are all thinking: how does one even begin to master the unicycle? Does one utilize training wheels? Where does one keep the spare tire? And who was the madman that came up with the concept in the first place? Indeed, it was this train of thought that momentarily distracted Sister Madly from the fact that the cyclist was completely naked.

Yes, Sister Madly had just wandered into the outskirts of the World Naked Bike Ride.

As it turned out, the World Naked Bike Ride- which began as a protest against society’s oil dependency while promoting positive body image- was meeting at the park in her neighborhood. The Good Samaritan in Sister Madly considered hunting down the Unicyclist to inform him that he was, sadly, one wheel short of a bicycle- it was the Naked Bike Ride, after all- but she was quite overdressed for the occasion.*

* The World Naked Bike Ride is bit of a misnomer, as riders are encouraged to wear shoes and helmets, making it the Nearly Naked Bike Ride with Special Guest: the Unicyclist Without a Spare Tire.

While the Ride itself was to commence at 9pm, a few carefree activists decided to get a head start on the demonstration by assembling at 2; and though Sister Madly is all for that Consume Less Fuel thing, she was unable to participate in the Ride as she, unfortunately, does not own a bike.

But even if one does not participate in the Ride itself, there is much to be learned from the demonstration; indeed, much to be shared:

– Riding a bike without certain undergarments can be extremely uncomfortable and is accompanied by many 4-letter words.

– Unicorns exist; they are environmentally conscious and roam about on their hind legs. Unfortunately, Sister Madly is unable to provide photographic evidence as Unicorns are also body positive, and roam about completely naked.

* Nessie and Sasquatch, however, are clearly gun-toting, non-Prius driving, cloth-wearing body-shamers as they were nowhere to be found at the Bike Ride. Savages.

– Fairies also exist: they tend to be 6 feet tall, have butterfly wings, and sparkly Peace Signs painted on their tummies.

– Barbecuing in the buff is an extreme sport due to errant ash and the potential to singe off more than one’s eyebrows. A child’s bike seat, however, is a perfectly legitimate way to transport a bag of charcoal, provided it is properly strapped in and wearing a helmet.

* Fully nudity does not appear to be addressed in the current Food Handler’s Handbook. It seems that the Health Department does not give a hoot about one’s attire as long as one wears a hairnet.

Extreme Barbecuer was not wearing a hairnet.

– Now, that man is wearing a helmet. That’s right sir: safety first.

– Not all hippies sit in a circle and sing One Tin Soldier while weaving flowers into their hair. Sometimes they sing the Scooby-Doo Theme Song while smoking dubious plant life.

– A pair of red stilettoes is considered adequate footwear, the lady with the ombre hair insisted. Sister Madly has to admit, there’s talent in stiletto cycling- after all, if she so much as even looks at a pair of stilettoes, Sister Madly will break her ankle; she’s sprained it twice just thinking about it these last few seconds. Hats off to the Stiletto Cyclist.

– If you order the cheesesteak sandwich from the Hawaiian Food Cart, just eat all the steak with a fork and feed the bread to the ducks: you will be minimizing waste while maintaining a healthy, low-carb lifestyle, and you just might bring joy to a lonely, hungry, down-on-his-luck duck. Just a friendly tip from the cyclist in a loincloth and equestrian helmet.

– A tutu is more often worn about the head than about the waist, something Sister Madly does not remember from Tallulah’s brief childhood stint in ballet- but then, neither were particularly fashion savvy in those days.

– Update: Stiletto-Wearing Cyclist was not a lady. Apologies.


  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 poblanos, roasted, peeled, and chopped
  • 2 cans creamed corn
  • 1-2 potatoes, cubed
  • 1-2 carrots, diced
  • 1-2 celery, diced
  • 4-6 cups vegetable broth
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • ¼ tsp chili powder
  • ¼ tsp oregano
  • ¼ tsp turmeric (opt, for color)
  • salt/pepper, to taste
  • coconut milk ~ or ~ heavy cream (opt)
  • lime juice, to finish

Sauté onion until translucent: 8-10 min
Add garlic and poblanos; sauté 2-3 min
Add celery and carrots; sauté 2-3 min
Add spices; sauté 30 sec
Add potatoes, corn, and broth; bring to a boil
Reduce heat; simmer until veggies are tender; 25-30 min
Blend soup to desired smoothness (opt)
Add cream (if using); simmer 2-3 min
Stir in lime juice and remove from heat

THEME SONG: Riders on the Storm, The Doors

24 responses

  1. Great post. I must try this yummy recipe !

    Liked by 1 person

    July 19, 2019 at 5:35 AM

    • Thank you! Hope you enjoy. ;c)

      Liked by 1 person

      July 19, 2019 at 10:57 AM

      • I’m thinking I will! 😊

        Liked by 2 people

        July 19, 2019 at 11:00 AM

        • For “rearwindowethx”….. Learning, trying my best to cook and not eat too many hamburgers, hey! but I´m still slim… I had to say it on record.
          To “house of heart”- you here? That was fun, so you really are trying to get food advice like me.
          Rearwindow, beautiful healthy plate.

          Liked by 2 people

          August 8, 2019 at 2:12 AM

        • “… had to say it for the record…” – duly noted! ;c)

          I’m still learning, too.


          August 8, 2019 at 10:14 AM

        • Duly noted….. I just b”elieve on keep on learning even though you are 80 when my grandfather passed away, he didn´t teach me “per se”, but I always saw him how to improve by learning, and that man worked in a Factory for his whole life, so I´ll take what I saw and keep on learning, it´s never to late

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          August 8, 2019 at 10:17 AM

        • It looks and sounds delicious

          Liked by 2 people

          August 8, 2019 at 11:12 AM

  2. Interesting what the Naked Bike Ride stands for where you live. In the UK, it is intended to show the vulnerability of cyclists on the road to encourage drivers to be more careful. But the environmental argument is great too!

    Liked by 1 person

    July 19, 2019 at 6:56 AM

    • I suspect that your explanation was the original intention here as well, then the locals incorporated other agendas along the way. ;c)

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      July 19, 2019 at 10:57 AM

  3. As a former urban unicyclist (yes, really) I am eye-wateringly conscious that the effects of cycling ‘a-la-mode’ would be exacerbated manyfold by the limitation of having to steer with your perineum.
    Personally I would not attempt such a feat without wearing at least one sock.
    Red sparkly stilettos would indeed be considered adequate from the rear (!) but front facing reflectors should be white so as not to confuse oncoming traffic. Again, not something I would attempt without socks, but I appear to be missing one.
    And finally, my experience with the buff community has revealed many more spare tyres than folk usually admit to carrying. It seems ironic that the ‘body positive’ brigade exhibits so few truly exemplary specimens. Perhaps, ‘body adequate, attitude positive’ would be a more appropriate epithet.
    You know, sometimes I don’t remember how diverse a life I have led until I respond to your posts. Quite refreshing, in a way.

    p.s. I have been informed that ducks too thrive on a healthy low carb diet. Wild ducks are Paleo, both as a habit and as a meal. Perhaps the loincloth equestrian should have bypassed the Hawaiian cart and gone straight to the pond? I reckon I could take down a duck at thirty paces with a red stiletto.

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    July 19, 2019 at 4:17 PM

    • I would love to hear about the adventures you have experienced throughout your life. You and your stories have always intrigued me…

      Also, how does one master the unicycle?


      July 20, 2019 at 5:01 PM

      • One does not master the unicycle. One may ‘adapt and overcome’ and if one is particularly persistent and learns quickly which parts of ones anatomy are not intended to be sat upon, then one may survive the experience. Pain is a great teacher. Points are awarded for style.
        A journey by unicycle is really a very protracted pratfall, striving to keep the unwieldy contraption beneath one’s ‘person’ until a landing may be effected with sufficient grace to mislead any observers, hopefully close enough to some significant feature that one may claim to have arrived at an intended destination. Unintended dismounts along the way should be covered by ostensibly looking at the view, tying shoelaces, smelling flowers and such other diversionary tactics. Turn away from spectators before picking gravel out of knees/elbows/chin, and avoid visibly bleeding in front of small children – they lack discretion.
        “Mummy, why is that man crying?”
        “Come now dear, it’s probably hayfever from smelling those roses so enthusiastically. I’m sure he’s perfectly capable of untangling himself if we leave him alone, and those scratches will be healed in just a few days… two weeks at most… probably. He must be very skilled to be able to get his unicycle quite so high up a tree. Don’t stare, dear.”

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        July 20, 2019 at 7:28 PM

  4. Lol if you were at world naked bike ride you may have seen my parents. And yes, unicorns exist and if you see one.. run. You know how many faeries they have to eat to get that pretty? They are killing machines! Ever seen a unicorns teeth? No one has! Because they got eaten! Run I tell you! Run!

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    July 20, 2019 at 8:05 PM

    • As long as I don’t see MY parents at the ride!

      I will, from here on out, run from the unicorns- although I am proud to find that I had stared danger in the face and laughed.


      July 21, 2019 at 6:56 PM

  5. Would have joined the bike ride but I sold my bike about 5 yrs ago 😊 The recipe was great…Madly…, skip the peppers and sub beer for broth 😈

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    July 21, 2019 at 1:30 PM

  6. locksley2010

    Now that, dearest Moppet, Sounds like it was one fine day!

    Liked by 1 person

    July 30, 2019 at 12:02 AM

    • Twas a fine day indeed, my friend- although I got a little sunburned. And if I got sunburned, I can’t imagine what happened to those cyclists…

      Liked by 1 person

      July 30, 2019 at 1:48 PM

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    October 9, 2019 at 3:36 AM

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    October 9, 2019 at 3:36 AM

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