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Putta Socca In It

Oh dear.

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My flies on my favourite jeans died! It didn’t stop me wearing them though – I just had to be creative with longer tops 🙂

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I bet you’re sick of either seeing socca ALL OVER the blog world right now, or seeing crappy titles that incorporate the word ‘socca’ into them..right? 🙂 Wellll, if that’s the case – what’s one more right?

I’ve seen socca about loads, and kept thinking ‘I’ll do that tomorrow’ – then I realised that ACTUALLY, I had socca a few months back, before it was cool :p Remember my chickpea flour pancakes? Well, that’s just socca izntit! Anyway, so the intense desire to make socca hit again last night, so this morning, I made sure that MAKE SOCCA IS WHAT I DID.

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Socca FAIL.

I used 50g/1/2c. chickpea flour mixed with salt, Italian herbs, baking powder:

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And 1/2 c. my own blood:*

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*that’s actually water and tomato puree, but blood sounds more interesting.

Mix mix mix, bang into the oven at 160 for 45mins. Hmm...I didn’t grease the dish, and I don’t think my socca liked it, not one bit. In fact, when it first came out, I almost threw it away (even though FREYA DOESN”T SHARE FOOD [except replace ‘share’ with ‘waste’, and you have a) a crap Friends reference, and b) a joke gone terribly wrong). I was gonna take the socca into uni for lunch, thinking I could slice it like a pizza and I’d look really cool, but after scraping it out of the dish, it looked like this:

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Mangled mess, much?

I was miffed at Attempt #1, so I decided to do Attempt #2, except stick to what I knew would work – frying. This time, I did the same weight + liquid ratio, but put in agave, cinnamon and vanilla 🙂

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Uuumm….success?

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They sure didn’t look like that last time I made them…but at this point, I was starvinmarvin for breakfast, was running late & needed to leave, and so didn’t give a toot anymore. To make it more appealing, I got out my leftover *curry* flavour soya mince, and stuck some inside, rolled and ready:

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Taaa DAAA!

I wrapped it up when it was still a little warm, and when I ate it at uni, I was kinda dreading what I’d find…but you know what? It was DELICIOUS! Very moist (sorry, to all you moist-word haters out there) and cakey-pancakey-wrap-y-yummy. I’m really not sure how it worked, or how it tasted nice, but it really truly did 🙂 and now I badly want to make more socca, wrap some hummus or peanut butter up in it, and eat it like that 🙂 New uni quick [non-bar] lunch – sorted!

In all that socca-madness though, I barely got time to enjoy my bowl of chocolate pudding oats:

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Sick of seeing pictures of that same bowl yet? I hope not, cos I’m not sick of eating it 😀

The cookie on top? Why, it’s a COOKIE BUTTON!

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Gifted to me by Jess t’other week! They are SO delicious, and SO addictive – I can tell I’ll be eating them the same way I ate the Snackimals (which are all gone now :'() – every time I walk by them, I eat one. ‘aaah it’s only one, they’ll last for ages….’ or not.

Moving on:

As soon as I got home today, I was on a banana shaped mission! I’ve been saving these babies up for well over a week now –

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Don’t we all love banana shots? Can I get a YES WE DO!
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– cos my mum had a baking request and I had my eye on a recipe – Angela’s rustic chocolate chip banana oat cake with a peanut butter banana glaze!! Try saying THAT fast three times over with a mouthful of cookie buttons 😛 The banarmaramas were so darn ripe they were furry on the inside – I would’ve given my right eye to have frozen them for some Green Monsters 😥 I’m so generous to have sacraficed them.

To cut a long baking story short, the cake was made:

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The glaze was packed:

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And my mum, stepdad, and their friends will be very happy campers tomorrow when they get to eat it 🙂

Oh, and World’s Best Smoothie was consumed too, aka….

Banana Peanut Nutmeg Smoothie

1 frozen banana

a few leaves of light green cabbage

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2+ tsp vanilla

1/4-1/2 tsp nutmeg

15g peanut flour

1/2 tsp xanthan gum

1/2 tsp agave/maple/etc

1/2 c. milk of choice

Blend thoroughly and enjoy the thick, nutmeggy goodness 😀

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If there was natural light out/I had a lightbox/my kitchen didn’t have such yellow lighting/I could use my camera better, you’d have a far more glorious picture. But as it is, none of that stuff came true, I still suck – for the most part – at phototoggleraffy, so that’s the only photos youz is gonna get! Sorry :p

Question – have you ever made socca?

What was your last kitchen fail?

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/ That’s What He Said / A Humpday Miracle

Sometimes, one title is not enough 😛

Sooo I saw the sports physio today! Oh boy….he is a HOTTIE! For realz! But yeah, I’ll get onto that in a minute 😛

First up, I shall start this post with some lovely blog search terms, cos I know you all ❤ them!

– deer ( x 42!!!! Obvs a lot of people like to search about deer on the internet. Huh.)

ελάφι (x 4 – if anyone can tell me what language that is…please do!)

pretty men (that makes me happy :D)

– what’s green and runs (me, when I feel ill. Yes, a poor joke, I know)

– madonna operation before and after (Madonna had an operation? News to me!)

– madonna’s ageless (first Kate Moss, now Madonna! Well I never)

– bark-like cereal (I think you mean Fru-Grains?)

– swap ur wife with us (Lol)

swapyourwife.com (I NEED to go on that website!)

– world’s best main course (ha, you won’t find that here!)

– amazed facial faces channing tatum (LOL)

hey brit chick runs, where’s the funky new blog?

Well, in answer to the last one – when BlueHost help me out with getting the header changed! I’m actually not kidding when I say I am trying SOOO hard to get it changed, and I just CAN”T. FRIGGIN”. DO. IT There’s been tears, let me tell you! If I hadn’t already paid BlueHost, I would give up, but I’m not gonna waste that £££…

Anyway! Moving swiftly on – I started the day The Oat Way today:

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Actually, that’s melon and yogurt – the oats came after:

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Chocolate pudding oats in fact 🙂

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On top of the parish magazine, cos I’m hip like that.

Between oat-eating and leaving for physio, I went for a 1hr walk, and did Level 2 of Jillian, skipping all the cardio (cos it hurt my injured ankle). I thought the walk would be ok – but it actually made my injury feel mucho worso, which = no walking now! Obvs I HAVE to walk (ie to get from my car to my lecture hall!) but no WALK walks. Boooohiss (I wonder if I can get a ‘boohiss’ into every post!? Man, I’m such a Scrooge!)

Late morning, my mumma and I headed out on the town – not to party, alas, but to go to the bank, the store, Boots and Holland & Barratt for my vegan drugs (aka vegan multivitamin :p). Whilst we were there, we made the most of Costa, the inferior, crapper version of Starbucks. Sorry Costa, but Starbucks really did have my heart at hello, and always will 🙂 I still got a kickass cappuccino though!

Whiiiich totally spoiled my appetite for lunch – in fact, I didn’t even eat it til 4pm, and even then I wasn’t hungry! What I DID do howeverz, was go and see the sports physio!

[I’m shallow, but thank GOODNESS I put on a full face of slap this morning, and took extra time to moisturise my legs – crikey, I would’ve died of embarrassment otherwise!]

Mr Fit Physio (from here on out, known as Mr FF) was, well, brilliant!

a) he was cuteness personified

b) he made me feel totally at ease

c) he has run 3 marathons (includ. 1 sub-3hr…cripes…and his first was in Hawaii!)

d) he runs in general

e) most importantly, he sure does know what he’s talking about (who are we kidding, a) is most important 😛 I KID!)

Here’s what the What is:

– he reckons my leg pain on a whole is compartment syndrome – whereby the sheath that goes round the muscles is being spazzy and nasty and not helping (to put it in my terms, so it makes sense!)

– my other injury – I can’t remember what he said it was, but he gave me ULTRASOUND on it to promote healing, as well as supercool massage to get rid of the swelling! He also told me to ice it (I have black eyed beans stuck to my ankle as i type), and to rest it – ie no walking. But he thinks it’ll clear up in a couple o’ days.

– when my ankle is healed, he said continue with the walk/running and see what’s what – he gave all my lower legs a good massage too, to loosen everything up, so hopefully they’ll be an improvement.

– he gave me this (excuse the horrific picture):

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Which is one of those elastic band things..to do foot exercises with (it’s hard to explain here) when my injured ankle is healed, annnnd I’m going back next Friday – he’ll see me run on a treadmill to look at my style (I have ‘loose hips’ apparently, which is why I run like a doof) and to look at treatment stuff.

Most importantly – he is confident there is no stress fracture, he didn’t laugh me out of the room when I said there was a marathon in Oct I want to do, and he didn’t need to amputate my leg(s) –

A HUMPDAY MIRACLE!

Sooooo plan of action: rest. Then run 🙂

Wahey! i feel a lot better having seen him, so fingers crossed I’m on the path to SuperFitness again ay! 😀

‘Lunch’ today was some soya mince (I made it curry flavah) mixed with roast veggies:

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Followed by a buttload of cereal and yogurt and an apple when I got home. I was somewhat rushed when we got in the door – i realised I wanted tempeh for dinner, which needed MARINATING immediatosso!

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Annnnd my mum had requested yet more oatmeal bars, as she’s seeing a longlost friend tomorrow, and wanted to bring gifts of joy 🙂

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Her wish is my command 🙂

Thheeeen I got to have my dinner – said tempeh, fried:

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With a load of roasted kabocha, aubergine and parsnip, and a banana-peanut flour – cinnamon/nutmeg-vanilla-soya milk-CABBAGE (!) smoothie on the side:

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A delicious meal, if ever one did exist 🙂 Plus, I seriously need to use nutmeg more. Nutmeg + banana + cinnamon is really rather scrummeh, if I do say so myself.

Buuuuut now, my bed calls, my Heat magazine calls, and my ankle is frozen solid and needs its’ bean cocoon removing, pronto.

Au revoir!

Ps – thank you to all your comments yesterday – it meant a lot to know that other people feel the same/have been through something similar/had wise words to say – I felt 10 x more at ease after reading them.

Question – favourite smoothie combination? Mine is withouta doubt, banana, peanut butter, cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg. SO GOOD!



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…then I don’t ever want to be right.

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Seriously, is there some crazy side effect that comes from overdosing on that weirdo white carrot hybrid? Part of me thinks I should research it, in case there IS (seeing as I eat about 6 parsnips a day), but then if I found out something negative…well, I don’t know what I’d do. Be very sad I suppose 😥

Have you ever had parsnips? They are seriously the most amazing vegetable out there!! And my love for them comes truly from the heart – I was not paid in any way by The Parsnip Company – whoever they may be – to give all the affection! An affection that is so strong, I’ve had them three times today. Once at lunch, once at dinner, and once in some muffins.

Yes.

Yes, parsnip muffins! I did THIS recipe, but instead of making a cake, I made muffins, and I replaced the walnuts and raisins with dates. I’d run out of walnuts (sob), and, I don’t know, raisins irritate me in baked goods. Weird….Anyway! Look at the baking extravo:

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My first time using a pestal and mortar, or whatever the correct spelling is! I needed cardamon, but only had the whole pods, so I did the grindy-grindy thang, and that’s what i was left with 🙂

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These took pretty much a full hour to prep – and I didn’t even do the parsnip grating! That tedious job was left to good ol’ Vincent, who worked his Vita-magic like the trooper he is.

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DONE!!! Oooh my gosh, they smelt SO good! Now I’m a self-confessed ginger hater, but these had ginger in and it totally worked 🙂

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Amazingly good; probably some of the best muffins I’ve ever made – in my many, many years as a baker….- flavourful, moist, a good spice kick. One was in heaven. One would like to eat many more of these. One has found what one’s birthday cake will be made of (FYI: 27th May, I turn 21. Mark it in your calenders folks, I expect cars, holidays and free money as presents!)

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Eating muffins is also a good way to balance out a vegelicious-parsniplicious lunch 😀 Before you ask – yep, I do have a stomach of steel!

Whilst I was busy making parsnip muffins, I knocked back a beer, which was moonlighting itself as maple syrup walnut coffee with Aerolatte-frothed milk:

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Trying saying that fast over & over again….Impressive froth right!!?? I literally used 20ml of soya milk for that :O crazy times.

Other crazy times? My pink breakfast this morning!! Cooked oats, poured into a baking dish with BLACKBERRIES (Waitrose, reduced to clear. Joy!)

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Then baked for 35mins or so, til it looked like this:

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Ha, quite the eye sore right!!?? It looked a little better when I turned it out –

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– and then topped it with none other than……BANANA SOFT SERVE!!!

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And here come a million and one pictures of the same thing 😛

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Dreaaaamy!

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Holy cow it’s been a long time since I’ve had me some of that! And oh how I’ve missed it 🙂 But I totally deserved a speshal treat today 🙂 why why why, you say?

WELL.

This morning I was up and at ’em bright and early, to go on a nice little walk/run. However, when I started running, I felt pretty good…so I kept going. And going, and going. Before I knew it, I’d done 6miles (!) and had hardly walked or stopped! My Angry Legs still were a bit sore, but mucho MUCHO reduced in soreness, even from Sunday when I last ran. And it was mainly achey calf muscles – the shins hurt for maybe a total of 5mins today!! I finished the run with a big old smile on my face – I feel like I’m getting proper real glimpses of being heeeaaaled 😀 I iced down zee legs with some frozen chips whilst my oats were cooking, and it felt sooooo lovely – just what they needed.

HAPPY TIMES!

In fact, today has been a pretty darn good day on the whole! Good run, good baking, good food, and 2 other good things which I’m very excited about and will tell you aaaall about tomorrow 😀

Let me give you a hint though – it links to this:

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I’m very excited 🙂

Tell me – do you like parsnips? What’s your favourite way to eat them?

What was the best thing to happen to you today? Or if you’re feeling negative, what was the least bad thing to happen!?

ps – We have a car-name winner!!!

Meredith!

Thank you everrrr so much to Fi, at Sparkling Snowflake (who oddly enough, won my give away the other week) – Meredith and I are eternally grateful 🙂

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Detox follow-up

Ok – after reading the comments on my ‘detox’ post from yesterday, I don’t think I made myself completely clear (I was SOOO tired!! 11pm is not a good time to write a post :p).

The detox idea is NOT about weight loss, food ban, excessive restriction, or a long term thing (it’s more of a challenge – thank you commenter who suggested that!). There’s also nothing wrong with oats (in fact they’re a super food!) BUT – I am stuck in a food rut, eating the same limited things – at the expense of other nutrients from foods like lentils, spinach and chickpeas – over and over. Not cos I don’t have enough time, just cos I’m in a rut and it’s easier. I also feel crummy and rundown physically, and I know this is cos of my limited diet at the moment.

I’m also someone who responds well to rules (that’s just me, my disposition…I also often need to go cold turkey on something to stop it); if I give myself a rule, I WILL stick to it. SO, to help me get out of a rut, try new recipes and foods, and make myself feel better physically, I want to say NO to the foods I’ve been relying on far too heavily for, literally, a week, JUST so I can make myself experiment more. I don’t plan on cutting coffee, Clif bars or oatmeal out of my life for good! I just don’t think I should eat ONLY those three!! (Diet Pepsi on the other hand? Yeh, I probably should live without that :p). I don’t want to lose weight or anything of the sort, I just want to be more free with my eating habits. Oh, and again – nothing wrong with repeating meals, BUT I actually want to be creative and eat different things! Just I often go for the easier option out of habit, and it’s a habit I want to break 🙂

Ya get me?

Ok! Moving swiftly on.

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Ohlala, I slept terribly last night! In fact, I dreamt – when I eventually did get to the land of nod – that I was driving and was so tired I crashed the car into a field! When I dragged myself out of the wreckage, I proceeded to fall down a waterfall. As you do. At that point, I woke up :/

Needless to say, this morning my eyes actually hurt with tiredness 😦 All the more reason for a ‘what makes me happy‘ post dontcha reckon!!?? I like doing these posts 🙂

1) Blake Lively and Florence of Florence and the Machines fame:

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I love those two! Why? Well – they’re both small giants, like me! I’m 5ft9, they’re both 5ft10 (and proud) and that makes me HAPPY! They’re also super role models, being healthy physically and oh-so talented. Well, Florence is – not so sure about Blake…my experience of her skills is limited to Gossip Girl, and we all know that every actor on that show obvs gets overshadowed by the wonder that is the (British!) Ed Westwick/Chuck Bass. Duh.

2) I’m driving along, happily singing to my CD on the way to uni today (Bruno Mars, Grenade) and about 37secs in, I decide to see what’s on the radio. The exact point where I paused the CD was the EXACT point where the same song was playing on the radio! Like – on CD ‘But darlin I’ll still…[pause]’ —-> on radio ‘catch a grennaaaade for you’ :O it was incredible! Little things people, little things!

3) Oatmeal:

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I used the same method as yesterday (cooking 1/2c. with lots of liquid, then leaving it to sit in a warm place for 45mins) and OHY MYYYY again! I really can’t describe the wonderful texture:

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Either I’m on to some new amazing method, or I’ve been doing oatmeal wrong all this time 😛

4) New issue of Runner’s World

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This issue was all about motivation, and ohmydays, I am countin’ down the days til I can run properly again! I am DYING to get back out there! Especially after reading all the great speed training workouts in this issue. As soon as I am back to my full training ability, I am going to start doing some real good drills :p so excited!

5) Peanut banana sauce on tempeh 🙂 1/2 serving peanut flour, mixed with water, salt, maple syrup and melted mashed banana…

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(my last bag, bought when I ran the marathon in Washington DC. I made my mum traipse through the streets in the heat, getting lost, for about 2hrs, JUST to find a Trader Joe’s :p)

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…bliss!

6) Blog search terms 🙂 This week, we have gems such as:

– I just walked 14miles and I feel really sick

– cat named darcy

– nosebleed in cold weather

– old cereal

– pink sparkly things (i love whoever searched that! And must’ve trawled through thouuusands of pages of results before finding my blog!!??)

– kate moss smoking just to annoy freya (cheers for that)

– i’m doing this so I can be on brit chick runs blog search list, holla (it worked!)

And, this is odd – someone clicked off of the following website to find my blog;

link-t2news.co.cc/woman-claims-yogurt-sample-tasted-of-semen

Er…..???!!!! No words.

Just…no words.

What’s made you happy today?

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Horse photos coming!

Just call me Bob. Bob the Builder, that is. Is he as famous overseas as he is in England? If not, you had a lucky escape, cos my GOSH is he one annoying character.201101301801.jpg

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However, we do have one major thing in common; building skilllz, innit!!

He builds toy constructions, I build sandwiches. Oh yes.

Just like he mixes cement, I mix my sandwich fillings. In this case – boiled parsnip and butternut (I did drink the water the veggies boiled in, fyi; I love veg water! Think of the vitamins, the VITAMINS!! Gah), mashed with a blob of soya yogurt, a splash of cocoa-balsamic, mixed herbs, agave, salt, pepper and mixed spice (or cinnamon, I cannae remember which):

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Appetising, non?

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That went onto layer one:

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Layer two = good old Tesco value cooked beets!

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Layer three – squishy roast aubergine (or eggplant, if you roll that way)

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Lidded:

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A beastie boy of a sandwich!!! Beats a house any day :p

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A cabbage garlic soy sauce left over butternut stir fry acted a side dish 🙂

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I also built jelly donut CUPCAKES this weekend!! From the wonder that is Veganomicon, no less-

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They may be ugly, but they sure did go down a storm!! Booooo yeah.

What else did I build….oh yeah, OATS with peanut flour/melted banana/cinnamon sauce:

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I had to snap it quick before that lovely peanut banananananary sauce just sunk right in…

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But OH boy it was good! The next day, I gave almond extract a run in the oats:

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Didn’t work as well as vanilla…good, but not good enough, in my expert opinion. Hurrumph. I still repeated it this morning (Sunday) though, for whatever balmy reason:

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Pre-mix above, post-mix below 🙂

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Why do I never learn – don’t fix what ain’t broken! (even if Bob encourages you too…‘Boooob the Builder, CAN WE FIX IT!? Booooob the Builder, YES WE CAN!’ NO. We CAN”T. No idea what I’m on about? lookey here)

Ok, so I’ve done the Bob half of the title…how about the Thrills and Spills part!?

Thrills:

I RAN!!!!!!!

Ohemgee.

I got up, laced up my shoeloos, ate an apple the size of my head, 2tsp of wheatgerm and a finger full of jam, and headed out. My aim was to run about three miles – but I did six!

SIX!

I actually ran/walked seven miles, with LOADS of little breaks to stretch, walk, have a drink etc etc, so all in all it took about 1hr20mins, but I actually RAN a total of about 6miles *happy dance*! The pain that began in my calf muscles (way back when) and moved to my shins (2 weeks ago) is retreating back again, HA! Shins were cool, calf muscles a little achey. But not, ohmygosh-we-want-to-die achey, just-we’ve-worked-hard achey. I’ll take that 🙂

I reckonz another week off of running, and by next weekend I should be raring to go. I cannot contain the joy! FYI: The doc appointment on Friday was pointless; he can’t refer me to a sports physio on the NHS 😦

Another thrill – yet more Veganomicon produce! Chewy chocolate raspberry cookies this time, except made with gran-made bramble and blackberry jam, as opposed to raspberry 😀

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I don’t know about the cookies (they’re for my mum’s work) but damn did that dough taste good :p

The final thrill of the day? Why, gram flour pancakes for lunch of course! Topped with boiled mashed parsnip (mixed with agave and cinnamon) and a blob of melted banana:

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Parsnip mush:

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Banana mush:

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You’d be amazed at how well parsnip and banana go together – seriously! Plus, I am LOVING gram flour pancakes – packed with protein, and oh-so chewy 🙂

Now, let me tell you about the Spills:

Hannah took Tig (her horse) out for a hack today, which is fair enough. She’d been out for 20mins or so, when – whilst i was upstairs – my mum got a phone call from the sister herself, saying she’d come off and Tig was on the road! ERrrrr cue PANIC from sweet mutti bear! She dashed out of the house, and a few mins later, I came downstairs (unawares) and my step dad said to me ‘Hannah’s fallen off on the road and Tig is loose’!!

Obvs, I shoved my trainers on and ran out of the door and down the road. I couldn’t see my mum ahead (as it turns out, she hitched a lift with a random car – she couldn’t drive her car out cos if Tig was loose, she’d need to catch him) but as I ran further down the road, I could see the tell-tale white marks on the road, from Tig’s metal shoes. I kept going, turned up the path where Hannah had gone, and saw my mum.

As it turns out, Tig and Hannah had been galloping in one of the stubble fields about 1.5miles from home, and were going to cross from one to the other. As they got closer, the bit she thought was a track for crossing, was actually a huge open ditch! It totally took them both by surprise, Tig slammed on the breaks and spun, and Hannah went out the side door. Tig then cantered off (feeling somewhat shaken! Horses don’t like losing their riders) and crossed a MAIN road, back down the track he’d been up, and then was caught by my mum, cantering down the road leading to our house!

And do you know what the crazy thing is? LOADS of cars passed him – loose, on the road, with no rider – and not one car stopped. What the-?

So anyway – my mum caught Tig and led him back up the track to meet Hannah (who was unharmed – the ground was soft and muddy, she’s young and still bounces :p). She got back on, and finished her ride, including going over the ditch. Phew!

Whilst all that was going on, my poor lady Chika was in the field, freaking out! She gets terribly upset when her boyfriend goes anyway, but today, I think she knew something was wrong – she spent the whole time neighing and galloping circles round the field (i took these before The Phonecall):

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Her poor stressed lil face 😦
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Le sigh. She is so silly sometimes! At least she got a half decent workout 😛

Soo that was Sunday – somewhat eventful! I spent the afternoon baking, mucking out, and watching eBay like a hawk; I was bidding on a (very cheap, we’re talking £200) car cos, now Hannah is working full time and I need the car for uni, we’re in a predicament! Alas, I was the highest bidder til the LAST second when i got pipped – by £10! – at the post. Bah. I hate eBay sometimes.

How was your weekend? Have you had any thrills (or spills!?)?

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Holla holla!

Aight? How’s Humpday treating you? I’ve had a tiring one! And a cold one, and a wet one, and a busy one and a jar-filled one. Let’s start from the top:

Woke up from a terrrrible night of sleep; at 3.30am, I awoke thinking I had a runny nose. I touched my nose, and it turned out I had a nose bleed!!?? And not just any old one, a real bad one! Wtf? I hadn’t banged my nose, I don’t have a cold…I just got a nose bleed, randomly in the night. I got one randomly the other day too :s eek!

Anywayz, that kept me up for a good 1/2hr +, so I was not a happy camper when the old alarm buzzed this morning. Nothing an apple, wheatgerm and Jillian won’t solve :p I put on my shin sleeves today, to see if they would fall off/cut off circulation to my foot and turn it blue. As it turns out, the latter was the case – they were too tight, and I think they actually CAUSED me pain! Sooo I’ll be sending them back 😛 Nice try, sleeves, nice try.

Post Jillian, I went for a walk/run (whilst feeling very, very sorry for myself. I just want to RUN! Properly! None of this pain-faff). Now, if before, the pain was 8/10, today it was maybe 6/10! That’s LESS!!

LESS!!!!!!!!

Still there, and still stopping me from running….But

LESS!

I’m still gonna see the doc though. I’m not convinced I’m healing…..(oohh – do you think a lack of sleep + stress could be causing me problems?)

Breakfast came in the form of melon, frozen grapes and coffee:

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Why oh why do my photos look dark on here? They’re BRIGHT on my camera! Booooo hiss.
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Alongside 1/2 c. oats, cooked wiiiith salt, cinnamon, vanilla and lots o’ water, with a soya yogurt and milk swirl at the end:

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There are oats in there :p

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Very scrummeh 🙂 (hating the dark camera work. Seriously.)

I spent the morning doing animal instinct research – the topic of my coursework for my animal behaviour module (the ONE module I actually LIKE at uni!!!). I feel like I accomplished soo much, it was fab! Don’t you love being on a work-related role!? And it was the perfect day to be stuck inside – outside was cold and wet and windy and looked like junk. I’ll take a warm kitchen and a laptop any day 🙂

At lunch, I really wasn’t very hungry, but that’s besides the point – I decided to do a roast veg tutorial! See, one of the most common email questions I get from readers is how do I roast my veggies? So today, I’ve decided to reveal my method….

Step One: Get a roasting/oven tray, and grease it/spray it/do whatever you want to it so crap doesn’t stick to it (dang I know how to phrase things well!)

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Step Two: Gather your veg together:

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Today, I went for celeriac, parsnip (the best thing to roast!), butternut squash, leek and aubergine.

Step Three: Cut up all your victims into little bite-size ish chunks (if you want a quicker cooking time, like me) that are all roughly the same size:

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Now – with parsnips, I do something different – I alllllwaaaaays cut out THIS bit:

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The core-y section. For some reason unbeknownst to me, that bit never seems to cook and always stays hard, so I just cut it out (and eat it whilst I’m cutting – I love raw parsnip :p)

Step Four: Season!

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Salt, pepper, cinnamon, thyme, dried herbs, cocoa, agave nectar…whatever you want! I went for salt, pepper, mixed herbs, and HP sauce 🙂

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Spray/drizzle oil/etc and then you’re good to go! I bake mine in the Aga hot oven, which is…er…hot. I don’t know the exact temp! I’d reckon it’s probably 180degrees/350F plus, but I’m not sure. The Aga is also a genius at keeping in moisture, whilst the fan oven we have is a NASTY piece of work and dries food out. So you’ll have to experiment 😀

I roast for abbbout 20-25mins, turning and spraying half way through. You’ll know everything is done cos if you stab it all with a knife, it’ll be soft (and hopefully gooey, if you like ’em like me :p). Then – serve!

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There you have it, a plate of perfect roast veg 🙂

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Soooo good!

Oh – that jar on the side? An empty PB jar….I ate the WHOLE thing JUST by dipping my knife in it whilst cooking! Holy cow. There was basically zero PB left, but even so, I stuffed in some lightly boiled sprouts and broccoli:

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What can I say, I had a green craving. (FYI – cinnamon raisin PB residue and Brussels sprouts DOES work! You heard it here first.)

I’ll get onto lunch part two in a minute 🙂

Firstly – oh yum:

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Oh yes:

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Oh yay!

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Baked for Mamma-Bear’s place of work 🙂

Next up on the OhYum-OhYes-OhYay scale? OATS IN A JAR! Lunch’s veg-in-a-jar just didn’t cut it, so I did it the reaaaal way 😀

  • 55g oats
  • salt
  • agave
  • vanilla
  • cinnamon
  • 1 serving peanut flour
  • water
  • an empty-ish (crunchy!) PB jar

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Bowl for overflow:

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I’m so grateful my Mamman AND my sister eat peanut butter now – a steady stream of empty jars comin’ my way 🙂

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More squishy roast veg (cooked in apple balsamic, cinnamon, agave, mixed herbs, salt)

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Dessert:

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Stellar ingredients list!
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The last of my frozen grapes! *sadface*
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Yum yes yay 🙂

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Now, back to lunch. This bit links up to the Dairy Debate Part Deux! I’m sure y’all remember the Dairy Debate Part Une (I don’t have a link…gah, just scroll down the blog a bit :p), and I think this picture explains my conclusion:

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Greek yogurt (and a banana).

I’ve actually been pretty…worried? about writing about this on the blog, but now’s the time. Here’s the thing:

I decided to TRY having a pot of Greek yogurt a few weeks back. The first time I had it, it was like ‘oohh yes, I needed that’. Since then, I’ve had a handful of pots, but already I don’t feel the need for it as much (today, it was a bit blah). However, at this time in my life, I don’t feel quite confident enough in my food choices (if that’s the right phrase) to branch out more into new foodie-territories. TBH, I’m so stressed and all over the place right now that my diet is pretty limited and ‘safe’ cos I’m not in the right head space to go mad experimenting, which is a shame; mentally, half of me does NOT want to eat that yogurt (ethics). But the other half knows I need non-soy protein, and is telling me to eat it. I’m not happy as such about eating it, and I can’t wait for the day when I feel calm/collected/brave enough to venture out into non-soy related proteins and use them to my advantage….if that makes any sense. But right now, I’m just not brave enough! I’ll get there soon.

I do however still think of myself as vegan. Ok, a lot of you may disagree with me there – but I will ONLY eat the odd pot at home, and on rare occasions (literally, once a week). If I went to a restaurant or was on a plane or whatever, I would describe myself as vegan, and I still believe in veganism. I’m just trying to do what’s right for me RIGHT NOW, and sometimes that means stepping away from the label and following what I need.

It’s a weird one!

Any thoughts?

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I have trouble sleeping!

A LOT of trouble sleeping! Last night I was practically falling asleep, I was so tired..yet I couldn’t actually sleep. My mind was busy with a billion different things (hence why I have a little notepad by my bed) and last night, I was thinking about blog posts. In a moment of sheer genius (or exhaustion?) I came up with a theme for my post this evening, so i quickly scribbled it down – ‘under the sea…swan lake…friday night…’….saayyaa whaaa-?

I had no idea what all that meant today :p

Til just now, when i looked at my photos, saw the sea spaghetti I ate, and everything came flooding back! See, look: sea spaghetti:

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Funky stuff. Dry as a bone, soak it for an hour, it expands like mad and tastes like seaweed;

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I paired it with my remaining tofu sea cake at lunch on Sunday:

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Along with soy-sauce/garlic stir fried cabbage, and lots n lots (n lots) of veggies.

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Can you tell I love my veg? Oh yes. It’s addiction. The sea spaghetti though…meh. I bought it AGES ago as a speshal treat for my fine self, had it once, then forgot about it. I think it had dried out a bit too much and wasn’t as impressive 😦 either that, or I’m losing my health-freak charm :/ alas.

Do pancakes count as healthy? I think they do when you make them with spelt and some other flour and mashed banana right in the batter, with a yogurt/peanut flour/Dessert Dukkah sauce, 1/2 a mashed Nah-Nah, frozen grapes, and puff cereal:

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Boi boi!

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Obvs, as I liked these, there’s an abundance of similar photos. You know me…

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Mini nubbin pancake:

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Bliss! That was Sunday’s breakfast though – my rushed Monday morning breakfast did little for the imagination –

  • 1/2 c. oats
  • 1.5 c. water
  • salt
  • cinnamon
  • vanilla extract
  • cold soya milk splashed over at the end

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I sat it on Women’s Running magazine so you’d at least have something interesting to look at 🙂

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I love plain oats now 🙂 I also love frozen grapes:

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And perfectly ripe bubbah pears:

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Lunch ( a protein bar, an apple and a cup o’ coffee – yep, told you my eats were dull at the moment! I didn’t have time for anything else before my lecture :() didn’t hold me over thaaaat long, so 3hrs later, it was time for cereal+milk, as soon as I walked through the door:

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Actually, the pear came first, cos I wanted to eat something before I did the important-immediate things I had to do asap when I walked in, but whatevz. Noone cares about chronological orders in this day and age.

Dinner was oats. Again. Cooked with carob powder, fruit syrup sweetener, salt, and cooked mashed butternut squash and cinnamon. No picture cos it was ugly and dull :p There was squishy roast parsnips covered in bbq sauce on the side though! Yum 🙂

Dessert today – yep, I’m still at the dark chocolate!

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I also had a bite of a chocolate-banana muffin (E,D&BV baking) that I baked as soon as I got home:

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Sadly, I wasn’t that impressed 😦 BUT I did change the flours from the recipe without altering anything else, so they were a little dry 😦 I also overmixed. Oh well!

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Now, back to the beginning of the post – my weird ramblings that I wrote on my pad? WELL – I remember now – I WAS going to say that the sea spaghetti reminded me of my favourite Disney film, The Little Mermaid (LOVE. it. I fancy Eric!), which reminded me of the highly underrated film cartoon The Swan Princess; dang that was a good cartoon! Odette, I used to love her 🙂 I was THEN going to suggest that you crazy folk head over to Blockbuster on your next Friday night and rent it…but now, this whole blurb doesn’t make as much sense as it did at 1.30am last night. Maybe I’ll stop typing.

Running update!

Still hurts 😦 tomorrow, I’m gonna phone up the Quack and try and get an appointment. It’s SO horrible not being able to run. This morning, I set out on a 3mile power walk, but ended up doing a 50minute 4mile walk-run, running til it started to hurt, then walking. I know, I know – not ideal. But oh my GOSH I miss it. When I was running pain-free, it was so effortless and blissful and I felt amazing….I feel like Ben Affleck in Pearl Harbour, when he has crappy eyesight and he says ‘don’t take my wings from me!’ (re his plane). I feel JUST like that; after all, my life is very comparable to a Hollywood world war 2 blockbuster film about blokes 🙂

Question: What’s your favourite Disney film? And don’t say you don’t have one – EVERYONE has at least one Disney film they like!

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