Experimenting in the kitchen

Hello all

First things first- I had planned a 5.5 mile run today, but due to the weather (it keeps on getting it wrong recently) predicting rain from about 9am, I decided to do the 3.7 mile run before breakfast instead. As I am not training for anything, and already had one run in the rain this week, it was what I fancied.

The run was good, 35 minutes (so only one min slower than last time, I think I have sped up a bit). I started off slow (10.33, then 10.14) but finished quick (8.48)-not sure what happened. I think I got hungry and decided the faster I got home the sooner I could eat! (IN fact I had forgotten to put the hot water on so I had to wait before my shower, so didn’t get breakfast for a while).

I have been out shopping (I seem to have done loads recently)- had to get a pressie for my brother, and decided to pop to the health food shop to get a couple more clif bars. Also, check out my haul from Morrisons the other day- I thought they had stopped doing Nak’d bars so imagine my excitement when I saw the best 2 flavours- gingerbread and cocoa orange! Plus some so crispy bites for when I fancy something salty after a long run.

When I got home I was hungry, so I decided to experiment with a smoothie- coconut water, frozen watermelon and a few blueberries. It was ok, (refreshing) but as soon as it came out the blender it started seperating and wasn’t very thick. I also had a peanut butter clif bar, which was delicious, but not as nice as the oatmeal raisin one.

I also had to do some work (boring) and did a great job of distracting myself on the internet. I did however get it done.

Now, onto dinner. I fancied another experiment, so am having a sort of concoction of 3 different dishes. On no meat athelete I saw a pineapple, beans and rice dish, and in my Veganomicon book there is a quinoa pineapple cashew stir fry, and also baked tempeh. So from that I have already boiled the tempeh and marinated it in a little oil, along with almond butter (not cashew), some paprika and ginger. Then I am going to make some quinoa with spinach, and serve it with some grilled (or maybe baked) pineapple. Sounds a bit hotch potch but I am hoping it will be sort of tropical with the pineapple, and the nuttiness of the quinoa and the almondish tempeh.

EDIT- Here is my dinner. It was quite nice, the pineapple and quinoa were lovely, think I need to practise my marinading skills!

We shall see!

Gosh this weather is horrible, I had a cup of tea and even contemplated putting the heating on! Imagine! In August! (But I didn’t).

I watched some of the great british bake-off and I must say I really would love one of those KitchenAid mixers. I have seen a cream one which is so pretty. But I only have a little kitchen, plus it is a lot of money to spend on one thing. So I will make do with my bowls and utensils at the moment!

So, any hotch-potch meals that you love?

And any “treat” things that you would love?


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2 thoughts on “Experimenting in the kitchen”

    1. Aw thanks Joslyn- it was a recipe from Hummingbird for carrot cake, only I made it into cupcakes. I do love their recipes- easy to follow and delicious!
      They were good too- one friend said she doesnt normally like cupcakes but she liked those ones 🙂

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