Brew-ming marvellous

Is that title too pun-tastic? Guess what I had this afternoon!

But last night first- we went out for dinner to a steakhouse (yes not the first choice for a veggie but all my friends are meat eaters!) but they have a daily veggie special so I was hoping it would be something good. It was a lentil moussakka served with green beans, and it was lovely. It was a good evening all round.

This morning I woke up to grey skies, drizzle and cool air, so I decided to try the Rude Health porridge.

It was gooooooood! I have made a proper review page here. The apple flavour was lovely, and the bits of dates and apricots meant that each mouthful was different. Totally filling and perfect on a cold day. Great running fuel too ๐Ÿ™‚

Today for my baking I fancied something like oatmeal raisin; my clif bars came from wiggle yay- So I sort of combined the flavours. I used the base of the Hummingbird oatmeal raisin cookie, but I subbed a few things. In place of the plain flour I used wholegrain spelt (gives such a lovely flavour, kind of nutty), and instead of raisins I used some plain chocolate chopped up, and a handful of walnuts and brazils chopped very finely.

Here they are baking in the oven:

They look so lovely and chunky and tasty- am looking forward to sunday tea tomorrow.

I am also making some sundried tomato bread to have with dinner later, so I might add in a picture.

EDIT- here is the bread waiting to go into the oven:

To make it I put 150g malthouse bread flour, 1tsp yeast, pinch of salt and pinch of sugar in a bowl. Then I added some sundried tomato paste and 90ml warm water. I kneaded it all together, and then added in about 4 chopped sundried tomatoes (I used the merchant gourmet ones). Then I put it in a bowl covered by a tea towel. After an hour of rising (approx) it went into the preheated oven (220Cish) for about 25 minutes.

Here it is fresh from the oven:

And here it is on my plate with some vegetable and bean bake:

Now to the brew-ming marvellous part. I tried some of my teapigs tea- this time it was Darjeeling Earl Grey.

This tea is also good (I expect nothing less)- it has black tea, cornflowers (!) and bergamot flavouring, and it was very perfumed. A lovely light tea, perfect for the afternoon. I had it while I listened to Just A Minute- I used to love this and by chance heard some on Sunday, so I decided to listen to it on the website. Very funny as usual.

I had a walk this afternoon as the rain had stopped (it actually got really warm) and have been catching up on TV. I saw some of the e-numbers story and I found it pretty interesting. For example they talked about vitamin C, and how it was disvovered to stop scurvy. It was in fact trial and error; they gave sailors loads of different potions, and they found that citrus fruits stopped it. We have all heard of anti-oxidants, and the program had a good way of explaning it. Basically, oxygen destroys certain things that it comes into contact with- when you cut open an apple pretty soon it goes brown. But if you cut an orange in half, it won’t, and that is because of the high levels of anti-oxidants- they stop the oxygen doing it’s damage.

I also saw some more of the bake off and it got me thinking- what would your signature bakes be?ย  So far they have made their signature breads, cakes, biscuits and puddings.

For me I think I would choose maybe cinnamon and raisin bread, banana bread for the cake (as it is really a cake), and peanut butter white chocolate cookies. I have no idea what pudding as I don’t tend to make those. They made things like suet based puddings, treacle sponge and so on. Actually they did have to make one bread-based pudding so maybe I would make bread pudding with hot cross buns and marmalade. That is always good in the winter!

Over to you- any signature dishes you would love to bake?

Not such a great run

I was really looking forward to my run this morning. I had my normal breakfast of cornflakes and raisins, but I think I may need to think of something to add to it because I got really hungry. I was also have sort of stitches, but not quite, and at one point I had to stop because even walking didn’t let it go away. At first I wanted to “power through” but then I thought about why I am running. At the moment I am not training for any races, but would like to do some 10K runs in the autumn so want to keep my long run to above that distance. I am running because I love it, not to get quicker, or to beat my time. So I decided that stopping for 2 minutes in order to enjoy the rest of my run was ok. I did enjoy most of it- I saw a load of geese by the lake (cue me running at a sprint past them!), and as the sun was out but with a strong breeze I stayed fairly cool. In the end I did around 7.5 miles in 73 minutes (I took off the 2 minutes I stopped for). Ah well I am sure my next run will be better. Perhaps I should try having a different breakfast. When I first started running I didnt lile porridge before a run, even though I love it at other times. But I think my stomach is stronger now, so perhaps I might give it a go before a run one day. Watch this space!

When I got home I was so hungry so straight away alongside a big glass of water was some cherries and a cocoa orange Nak’d bar (after yesterday remembering how good they are!). MMmmmmmmm it was so good.

I am also excited about my sweetcorn- I have finally worked out how it is going to grow. There are some fluffy bits appearing along the stalks, and the seedy bits from the tassles are the pollen bits which need to drop down onto the tassles. So the actual corn will grow half-way up the stalk. Now I just have to wait ๐Ÿ™‚

I have potted onย some foxgloves (pretty flowers that seed everywhere) for a friends’ garden, tied up my little bean plants and also put one of the tomato plants in a bigger pot. I have spied another courgette growing- it won’t be long before it gets picked ๐Ÿ™‚

I nearly forgot- for lunch today I tried some of the dark chocolate peanut butter- wow that stuff is amazing! Like eating a snickers bar, only the best bits, and with dark chocolate instead of milk, and smooth………. so much yummy stuff today! I had it on a wrap with a sliced apple, although I am thinking next time I will try it with sliced banana instead.

I also made some white chocolate peanut butter cookies (mostly for giving away) and some sundried tomato bread for dinner.

But then disaster- I was going to try my frozen watermelon today, but my mini chopper stpped working. The motor was going but the stick that goes up in the blades is not turning. Hmm. I rang them up but bizzairly their phonelines are open until 4.50pm Mon-Thurs, and til 12.20 Fridays. Phone-call on Monday it will be! So I had some watermelon from the fridge instead (boring) but might try the frozen stuff in my blender tomorrow.

I had a nice walk this evening too, so many birds about at the moment. Now I am waiting for my dinner to finish cooking- bean and veggie bake topped with the leftover mozzerella from yesterday, served with the sundried tomato bread. Yum.