Food

More Cook Less Eat

I have a confession…

I like food.

I also like cooking food.

And currently, I like cakes.

See below for a recent attempt at a large bakewell sponge, and a few mini bakewell sponges.

You can quickly see how the larger sponge died a fiery premature death and its smaller siblings survived the intial bake, only to be devoured by myself moments after the photo.

Burnt Cakes

Bakewells Missing... Last Known Photograph Attached

Bakewells Missing… Last Known Photograph Attached

Do you cook / bake much?

Any healthy treats I can try instead of fattening myself up?

Random picture of Chloe because no post is truly complete without one…

Chloe Coat

I also tried a cinnamon swirl at starbucks today. Was good. Very good.

starbucks

What have you been up to this weekend?

6 Questions…

Ok, I was a little bored but found these on FueledbyLOLZ

Where were you born?
Easy… Coventry

What is the most unique place you’ve been?
Amsterdam… A strange place

What is your favorite type of workout? (running, yoga, p90x..)
Running : Hill Repeats. I always feel proud once I have finished them

What is your favorite food?
Toughest question ever… Pizza / Chinese / Sausages / Steak… I could go on…

What are your plans this weekend?
4th anniversary of Coventry Parkrun so I will be attending dressed in my Iron Man Onesie!

Do you have any February Plans or Goals?
I have drafted a schedule of my training runs (which I hope I can stick to). These lead me up to a half marathon on 23/03. I also intend on trying out some local spinning classes.

Feel free to copy the questions and post a link to your blog in my comments so I can check them out!

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Where were you born?

What is the most unique place you’ve been?

What is your favorite type of workout? (running, yoga, p90x..)

What is your favorite food?

What are your plans this weekend?

Do you have any February Plans or Goals?
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Oreo Cheesecake

Lisa (my better half) made this today and I need to tell everyone how amazing it is!

This combines 2 of my favourite things. Oreos and Cake.

You do not need to bake this so its incredibly easy to make and fun to let your kids help make…

The following recipe is taken from Snackworks.com.

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Ingredients

36 pkg. OREO Cookies, divided
1/4 cup butter, melted
4 pkg. (8 oz. each) brick cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tub (8 oz.) Whipped cream

Instructions

CHOP  15 cookies coarsely. Finely crush remaining cookies; mix with butter. Press onto bottom of 13×9-inch pan. Refrigerate while preparing filling.

BEAT  cream cheese, sugar and vanilla in large bowl with mixer until well blended. Gently stir in whipped cream and chopped cookies; spread onto crust.

REFRIGERATE  4 hours or until firm.

Enjoy!!!

Run / Life Balance

Throughout November and December last year I was experiencing a lot of pain in my hamstring so eventually decided to have a prolonged rest over the Xmas period.

Coming into the new year equipped with a new pair of trainers (Adidas Boston 4), I decided to clock up as many miles as I could in January. I need to get a reasonable level of fitness back before I embark on more quality training in February.

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Fortunately, I’m able to work from home occasionally which allows me time for a cheeky lunchtime dash but most of the time a run will occur in the evenings. Now, a year ago I was able to escape the house whenever I wanted. I could go on longer runs if needed and had more freedom over where I ran. But since 11th Jan 2013, I had to change where / when I ran.

After Chloe was born it became more difficult to find the time to run and over the last few weeks this has become increasingly so. Trying to regain my fitness whilst trying to wrestle a tiger into pyjamas (Ok, a 1 year old – not a tiger but sometimes I swear its close…) can take its toll.

Its not all doom and gloom as I may have led you to believe! Yesterday we went to st nicks park in Warwick and after visiting The Bread Co for some soup and sandwiches we visited the park.

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Some unusual lighting on the soup?! Egg mayo and cress sandwiches with a roasted red pepper soup. Incredible.

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Look at her little face!

How do other parents / runners strike a balance?

What’s the best sandwich filling?

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Day One

To begin the year, I decided to see where my running / fitness was currently at. In September I had ran a 5k in sub 21mins. Since then I had been struggling to maintain momentum and my only running involved attending my local weekly Parkrun.

So after a New Years Eve party at which copious amounts of alcohol was consumed, I decided to zip up the man suit and go for a run in the morning.

Outside it was wet, windy and cold, leaving me with feeling this was a bad idea and a cup of coffee with some chocolate from Xmas would be a better idea. Still, I pushed on and whilst I tailed off in the final km I ran a mildly respectable 24:30.

At this point I felt very proud of myself despite the obvious shortage of breath and drowned kitten look I was sporting…

Despite this achievement, I went out with some friends for a curry in the evening. A new years day curry has become a strange tradition of ours and it was honoured in style (a picture of my planner tikka starter can be found below).

So Day One was a cross of an extremely motivated morning coupled with an extremely satisfying dinner.

Not the worst start to a year…

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A New Year

I have been running for over a year but struggle to couple that with a healthy lifestyle.

There is one problem. One delicious, tasty and amazing problem. Food.

Food to me is a hobby. Just like running. This brings be nicely back to the point of my blog… More run, less eat.

I am aiming to post at least weekly but I may surprise myself if it proves easy to blog off my phone.Enjoy!