I would die if I didn’t have my blender.
Like actually, physically, die. The blender in question has been worked off its’ socks today :) Carrots, smoothies, more smoothies, breadcrumbs….bless its’ lil heart :)
Before the blender action, I had the usual apple/wheatgerm/chocolate snack, and then went on a 5mile run, as per day2 of Marathon Training. Again, it was super super hot out!! I let myself walk for 30 seconds in each mile, so I could drink and – if needed – have a quick stretch. I’ve definitely noticed a correlation between hot weather and achey legs. All I can say is thank GOODNESS my marathon won’t be hot! Anyway, the run was done and dusted in 42minutes :) Though I seriously need a head/sweat band…I could feel sweat drip into my eyes at one point..isn’t that rum!? I long for the days when I used to run in a whooly hat and gloves…….*sigh
Breakfast was [shockingly!] NOT an EGM! Oh no people, I mixed it up today :) I had a big banana-peanut butter smoothie, consisting of:
- 1.5 frozen bananas
- 1/2 cup yogurt
- 1/2 cup milk
- a big blob of peanut butter ( a tbsp maybe?)
- 1/2 tsp xanthan gum
- granola sprinkle
The resulting deliciousness:
SO good. It’s such a novelty having a smoothie that isn’t green!! The carby bit of breakfast was a cupful of mixed cereal with some strawberries:
Fabulous darling. Fabulous.
I then spent a good few years slathering the sun cream on, before taking Poppy out for a desert forest walk. We did a good hour and a half of power walking, which was pretty cool! Though she actually managed to get tired on the way back (it never happens!!) – so much so she had a little lie down :) I think it was cos I didn’t bring any dog water with me (oops…), so she was panting rather a lot. Howeverz the forest is only 5mins from home, so as soon as we got in, she kicked back with an iced pina colada and a Magnum :) I did actually try and give her water on the walk – by trickling my own bottle in front of her – but alas, she is a dumb dog and actually ran away from the water!! And they say dogs are smart….:P
My forest trek took up most of the morning, cos I was hanging out with Chika before I left, and then when I got back, I went to a cafe to hand in an application form…the nice people there gave me one when I went on that epic Find A Job expedition on Thursday or whenever…anywayz.
When I got back, I was starving! I ate a hunk of parsnip though so I was fully able to create a proper lunch :) and what a lunch it was! I picked this up while I was at the cafe place:
It’s a melon…but I have no idea what sort…anyone care to enlighten me!? A few slices of it made up part of my lunch:
I also did some more blending action :D A pear, frozen strawberries, xanthan gum, nutmeg, a tsp of maple syrup, and spinach. It looked so pink and lovely before the spinach grubbied it up :/ Pre-grub:
Hurrumph. Despite the colour, it still tasted wonderful – almost like kiwis!!
I’m not done yet :P The third part was a veggie burger in a wholemeal English muffin, with bbq sauce, and roast parsnip/fennel:
Praaaaaiiiissseee BE for the glory that is all that food! STUPENDOUS meal folks, STUPENDOUS. As were the So Crispy bites for dessert :P
Then the kitchen magic reaaaally got going…first up – Jenna’s lentil loaf. I’ve seen this recipe all over the darn blogosphere recently, and it won her a lifetime supply of lentils, so I figured a) it had to be good, therefore b) it was high time I made it.
The only slight alterations I made were using fennel instead of celery (I had none), using mixed herbs instead of oregano (likewise) and 1/2 cup walnuts, not 3/4 cup (I ran out). Oh, and I made my own ketchup out of tomato puree, vinegar, mixed herbs and sugar, cos we had no ketchup either! Other than that, I followed it to a t :)
Just before topping…
And you’ll have to wait til dinner to see how it turned out :P
Next on my list was these chocolate cupcakes, that I saw baked on Jess’ blog. But..they didn’t work :( For one, the mix only made 10 cupcakes, and they also took about 1/2 hour to bake – yet even then, they were all sinky and weird:
I’m yet to have one, but I was a bit miffed :( Soooo, what do you do when baking goes (possibly) wrong? You bake again! This time, I consulted the expertise of my favourite vegan cooking book:
I love Isa :) The recipe in question:
Carrot raisin muffins! These guys came out much better:
That book is so wonderful – afterall, it holds the recipe for those AMAZING pumpkin muffins from a while back :) If I could marry it, have its’ children, and be buried next to it when I pass, I would.
I ate my afternoon snack of this:
Whilst watching England get proper thrashed 4-1 by Germany. Oof! I’m a little bit ashamed to call myself English :P I swear we once used to be good at football….oh well. We’re good at eventing! Did you know the British eventing team (that’s horse riding, with 3 phases, instead of just one) has won 7 consecutive team gold medals at the European championships, which happen every 2 years? That’s 14 years of being freaking fabulous (and beating those pesky Germans who seem to win everything :p) Pretty darn impressive!!
Moving on -
Looks good right!!?
I had my serving with celeriac, parsnip and kabocha:
It was SO delicious! My mumma and step dad loved it too – that Jenna girl is a genius :D Seriously guys, if you haven’t made this recipe yet, you totally should – it’s worth it!
I’m going to possibly watch Come Dine With Me now..then later have a carrot raisin muffin – they look to good to resist! Have a relaxing evening my lovelies :)
QUESTION – What kitchen appliance could you not live without? Blender, hands down, for me!
Ooooh word just in – my mum saw Chahara’s foal again today briefly; apparently his legs are looking a little bit better, thank goodness! Still not there, but it’s a step in the right direction :)