Four seasons in a run

It did start promising. I actually nearly saw the sun … but then came the rain and the wind and the cold.

All in all a pleasant run … I told myself while thinking HTFU passing people out there swimming … and no people don’t wear wetsuits here in Ireland!

One hour later I was glad to head home.

There shall be sun

… tomorrow that is if the pattern continues. One day sandstorm, one day beautiful sunrise then sandstorms again!

Fortunately I only had to do an easy quick run and  I hope tomorrow’s conditions are better.

Though I could get used to running on soft sand instead of rocks.

No other runners out there either today, even less dogs!

Chili con veg

Anything goes in this one. Love it because I have most of the time all the ingredients at hand and can freeze it well. Can be eaten with potatoes, bread, rice or solo.

One pot only a bit of onion choppin and  over an hour and a whole lot of stirring later:

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Top secret ingredient to make it bling in your mouth is balsamic vinegar.

Must have: onion and olive oil, tomato paste and chopped tomatoes.

Spices: cinnamon, oregano, chilli, garlic, pepper, coriander.

Other stuff that might end up in there: green and red lentils for protein, canelli, kidney and black beans, frozen veg like corn and if I am keen on more chopping, carrots for sweetness.

 

Oh so pretty

Those are the moments I will look back to whenever I lack motivation.

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This is why I run. Don’t ever forget this future lazy self and drag yourself out!

I enjoyed the scenery for 1 slow running hour although my average heartrate was quite high … need to slow down more! Try again tomorrow.

Love for Oats

This stuff is delicious, quick and good for fixing craving sweets!

My favourite is:

Apples & cinnamon

Most eaten:

Frozen berries and chia seeds

Here is the base:

Oatflakes (buy organic and bulk)

Mix in the specials with the oats.

Add something to sweeten (maple syrup, sugar etc)

Almond milk to cover it all

Put in the microwave for a couple of minutes (i.e. 5 for frozen, 3 for the apple).

 

Yummy!

What a ride!

30 minutes run through the Sahara done. Well the 40km/h gusts made it feel like a sandstorm as well as the heat! (12° in winter fighting the wind feels like heat believe me).

Heartrate was all over the place, but I broke several records today:

  • First time happy to wear glasses on the run, can’t imagine how bad hail like sand in the eyes must be
  • Fastest speed and quickest cadence ever! Wind in the back and super smooth beach are awesome!
  • Most amount of sand collected in my shoes

I am not kidding check out the flying sand:

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Happy recovery week is over.

Porcini Gravy

Olive oil

Leeks and garlic

Porcini mushrooms

~ 2 cups Veg Bouillon

Spices to taste (I like to use the same spices than I use in the main dish i.e. rosemary)

Once all is lovely add mixed:

2 tablespoons nutritional yeast

2 tablespoons soy sauce

1/4 cup red wine

Arrowroot starch

Roast potatoes

This recipe was included in our Christmas veg box scheme by www.greenearthorganics.ie and we tested it with some changes. These are the most gorgeous roast potatoes we’ve ever eaten.

Here are the highlights:

Pre-heat oven to 180 degree.

Peel, cut in halves, wash for 5 minutes (removes the starch).

Put in pot covered with water, bring to boil, simmer until smooth (~5-10 minutes after boiling).

Let it cool.

Put a pan with half a centimetre olive oil in the oven and wait until it is super hot. Put in the potatoes together with sea salt and fresh rosemary.

Wait for 1 hour.

Then be naughty and eat them with yam 😀 (yeah I know how that sounds, but try it and report back, cranberry or blackberry worked well for me).

I also tried them with oregano as main spice which was fabulous as well. Now I just need more of those potatoes!

Anti-Pasti

Pre-heat oven to 160-180 Celsius

Trick is to cut it all up and put it in a bag with olive oil and shake it!

Put it on a tray, wait and let it cool. I mean it! Best taste is the day after once it has been in the fridge for a bit.