Today I made a stollen- yum. I used the recipe from Rachel Allen’s Bake , only I added in some dried cranberries to the mix of dried fruit. For people that don’t know, it is a bread made with dried fruits and spices (German version of a christmas cake), that is often filled with marzipan. A slice of it is amazing with a cup of tea.
The final loaf dusted with icing sugar-mmmm. Andy did mention that in Aldi they are £2, but I decided that I would rather make one as I had the time.
This morning I went on a very cold run! I wrapped up warm (tights, craft long sleeved top and a long sleeved top over that, earwarmer headband, gloves) and after ten minutes I was worried I would be hot. But then the wind started up and I was cold! I alternated between warming up slightly and taking my gloves off, then getting into the wind and being freezing, and putting the gloves back on again! I was also very excited as I listened to marathon talk and they read out my “rate your run” from last week! The cross country race one! Took my by surprise! I must have looked crazy as I was also laughing out loud to the Tony’s trials song this week. Anyway, it was a solid run, just under 9 miles in 91 minutes. By the time I got home I was starving, so it was time for another massive USA clif bar.
Plus coconut milk with nesquick. The bar is a whopping 68g, so totally filling.
After my shower I was in a rush to warm up, so I started to dry my hair. Then I smelled burning, and turned it off. When I brushed my hair, a massive clump of hair came out. I mean massive. It covered my hairbrush. Whoops. I must have been blowing the hairdryer on the same patch of hair for a while instead of moving it about. Luckily I have so much hair that you actually cannot tell, but I was still a bit upset. Anyone had a hair disaster like this?
Onto better news- Yesterday I had a very successful shopping trip (while Andy was at the football) and then some time visiting relatives. I got a few pressies, plus something for me;
Little tubs from paperchase! I have some already which I use for my lunch and snacks, and I could not resist! They nest inside each other so take up hardly any cupboard space (bonus). I cannot decided if I love the gignerbread man or the reindeer the most!
I am also pretty excited as I was sent some goodies from Delicious Alchemy- they specialise in gluten free products (and even produce gluten free oats- they are often cross contaminated with gluten in the field so “normal” oats are not suitable for coeliacs.) I am looking forward to some baking for my lovely friend 🙂
Oats, muesli and granola. If you need to avoid gluten I would recommend you check them out on facebook- they have already made a recipe for no-cook gluten free christmas cake- genius!
I am also excited to see that Laura got her teapigs goodies 🙂
Following on from that, I attempted the caramel apple spice cupcakes. I halved the recipe, but somewhere along the way it went all wrong- they went in the oven fine and when I peeped after ten minutes they were rising up. But when it was close to the time, I looked and they had burnt and sunk in the middle. I did try one (in case I could save them) but they tasted burnt too. So, I will try again another day. Was sooooo looking forward to the frosting!
So, if you were to rate your workout from this weekend, what would you give it? And do you rate your run at marathon talk? I think it’s fun to see how everyone else got on, plus you often get some entertaining ones!