Crystal Anthony is a professional cyclocrass racer, foreign language teacher and self-described foodie. The American is part of the Anthony clan. Big brothers Josh and Jessie have been racing ‘cross since they were juniors. Jessie currently races on the road for Optum p/b Kelly Benefits Strategies. Crystal describes some of the “shyness” she felt around growing up in her siblings’ shadows on her personal website and the way in which she choose to pursue other passions in response to their success – until she caught the ‘cross bug. And there was no turning back.
While I’m familiar with Crystal’s prowess on the bike, I was less familiar with her prowess in the kitchen, but I was intrigued when she posted a recipe for Moroccan chicken on Twitter. I clicked the link and stumbled down her recipe rabbit hole. When I reached out to her, she generously agreed to share her most recent recipe with all of you.
— Crystal Anthony (@CJoyAnthony) May 20, 2015
I grew up in a family of seven kids. My mom delegated cooking responsibilities to us. We had cooking teams for dinner, and that’s how we learned to cook. All seven us kids cook. It’s something we enjoy doing. It’s a way of being social. It’s my other escape besides cycling to relax. It’s my creative outlook, too. That’s where the passion for cooking comes from.
My mom was always trying to get us to eat healthy foods, but what that means has changed a lot. In that sense my philosophy of healthy eating comes from my family, but what you cook for nine people is certainly impractical when you’re buying really expensive organic food.
Tied in with being healthy, I try to use whole foods and variety. I love to travel, and I teach languages, so I try to tie into that whenever possible. This recipe in particular has African, Asian and Indian influences, which reflects my love of other cultures.
I like trying out new ingredients and new dishes. I love making food for people. I feel like it’s a nice way to show love. People are always happy when you cook for them.