Nothing solemn about today at all, I just couldn’t think of anything else that began with an ‘s’. 😀
HMmm, so what WASN’T solemn about today….lots of things!
I’ll begin with last night actually – I made a nice silken tofu dessert! I blended about 100g of silken tofu, with 2 tsp cocoa powder, 2 tsp cornflour, about 1/3 cup or so of vanilla yogurt, and some agave. Then I topped it with grated cacao:
It was OK…I need to work on my silken tofu skills. Does anyone have any ideas?
Ohmygosh, talking of yogurt – I was reading up about the horrors of high-fructose corn syrup on t’internet last night, and thought ‘aah it doesn’t apply too much to me – we don’t seem to have that around much in England’. THEN, I came across a thing which said in England, it’s known as glucose-fructose syrup [or something]. Disaster! We DO have that over here! In fact, the beautiful vanilla soya yogurt I just discovered – that’s packed with it!! Won’t be buying that again…..
The other good thing which happened yesterday, was my 2nd package – a big order of vegan books 😀 (and a letter from my gran :))
I looked through the cookbooks – ohmygosh [again], so much good stuff in them! I have LOADS to cook! In fact, I went to the store today and picked up some stuff for my future cooking missions. I’m very excited. YAY! The only downside about the books was that the Vegan Cooking for One book is totally put together wrong…half the pages are stuck together, and the first 30 are printed upside down and are at the back of the book!! Very odd.
Aside from giving me weirdly printed books, you know what I love about Amazon orders? a) the price, and b) that fact that I can change my name and no-one can do anything about it 😀
Yes, that is addressed to Princess Freya The Third, PhD.
Now onto Saturday:
I had a nice morning workout, which always goes down well with me; my legs are feeling much better today, a lot more fresh.
Post workout, it was an Epic Green Monster (with 2 tbsp flax – it made it SO thick and wonderful), with walnuts and dates and pretty much the last of my aunt-made jam….
Alas, I have about 1 tsp left!! Gah.
After breakfast it was work and all that jazz, then I went into town with my sister quickly, which meant a cute little packed lunch: a PB and jam sandwich on one half, and chocolate PB on the other, along with a pear and a mini orange:
Note to self: Don’t eat juicy pears in the car – they drip EVERYWHERE.
I also had my last two squares of this particular brand of raw dark chocolate:
I’ll miss that stuff 😦
While we’re on the topic of…ermm…stuff (??), here’s a picture of Hannah:
Anyway, when we got back, I mucked out the ponies, and had a total Horse Whisperer moment!! [the film]. Chika was lying down in the stable, so I lay down on her (as you do), which she LOVES. After about 10mins, she decided to get up – so I just stayed on her back as she did and ended up sitting on her in the sable 😀 It was TOTALLY like the end scene-ish in The Horse Whisperer….so cute 🙂
Anyways. Snack was a protein flapjack thing:
Natural Balance Foods brand, so obviously it had a wonderful ingredients list, as well as 10g of protein! (That’s my gran-letter in the background – don’t you love her writing!? It’s impossible to read, but it’s so ‘classic’ – loves it!)
Dinner tonight was based on a recipe from The Front Burner Blog – sweet potato and lentil curry stew!
I started off by frying some garlic in avocado oil:
Then I added in diced sweet potato, curry powder, cumin, and GINGER! BIG step for me as I’m a self-confessed ginger hater!! But I’m trying to branch out…
I sautéed that for a few mins, then added in lentils, water and some parsnip, and let it steeeew:
Blurry pic cos my camera is grumpy and crap and hates steam 😛 I also added in a bit of cornflour, cos I went a bit overboard with the water 😛
I served it all with roast kabocha (what else?) and purple sprouted broccoli and walnuts:
:O It was sooo delicious! I can’t believe I cooked something with ginger and liked it…it’s like a whole new world has opened up to me 😛 I’m LOVING this cooking thing. I feel so free!!
For dessert, I’ll be making Attempt Two at silken tofu – I’m planning on using more tofu, real dark chocolate and cocoa powder (for a richer taste) and less yogurt. Time will tell what it’s like….
Sooo…on a different note, I’ve been having second thoughts about my 30 Mile Challenge. I really really want to do it – BUT, I’m worried about injuries – my marathon (31st October, Washington DC, mark it in your diary and come cheer me on!!) is my ultimate main priority this year, and I CAN NOT be injured for it. If I did the 30 Mile Challenge, I’d be putting my body through a HUGE thing, but I wouldn’t be able to have a rest after, cos it’d be the start of my marathon training programme. Plus, it’d mean that I’d be asking my body to work really hard without a rest for such a long time (I started 30 Mile training in April, marathon is October). And to be honest, right now – I am so tired. It’s mental tiredness, from my exams + stress, and I literally feel like I just don’t have the energy right now to train for such a big event. And to top it all off, I’d be doing the whole thing alone! I don’t mind the actual race alone, but all the stuff surrounding it (B & B the night before, the long drive etc) is quite daunting.
So, I was thinking if I didn’t do it this year, I can put all my energies into it NEXT year – after all, it’ll still be there! And if I start training early enough, I could do the full 50miles even!
What do you all think? I do feel bad for possibly pulling out – but at the same time, I’m trying to keep a healthy balance in my life, and stay as sane, injury free, and energy-full as possible!
So, that’s my thing 😛
Opinions welcome!! Have a good night 🙂 I know I will – revision, and the new issues of Zest, Runner’s World, and Horse & Hound – here I come!!