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Sunday, 28 December 2014

New farm parkrun - breakfast(vid kit dr, bre gran)

I had: smashed avocado on seeded sourdough with feta, pesto, lime. ($10.90) and a mixed berry frappe ($6.90) 

Sunday, 28 April 2013

Run run running!

I was very disappointed earlier in the year when the half marathon I had trained for was cancelled as I got to the 11k mark. (This was due to very very dangerous weather, and cancelling was the right call!)

So I got right back into training for the Gold Coast Half Marathon, which is in July. 10 weeks away actually. I would like to run this year at around the 2hour mark. Under 2hours would be magnificent, but anywhere in the low 2's I will be happy with (last year I ran 2:23:?? and was not happy because I was aiming for 2:15).

The tough training sessions are about to kick in. Not tough as in distance, tough as in cold and dark! The only thing I dislike about training as winter gets closer is at I have no choice but to get up and run in the dark, or get home in the afternoon and run in the dark. Hello hi vis clothing!

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Friday, 11 January 2013

and so that was Christmas!


Bit late posting about Christmas, but its better late than never!  We hosted breakfast at our place this year.  I kind of didn't realise this was happening until about a week before.  Because I was confused! anyway, I ummed and aahhed about what to make, and decided on corn fritters with haloumi and roasted tomatoes.


Completely delicious was my verdict!  (for a version of the corn fritter recipe go here - I did not include the chilli or coriander.  TO roast the tomatoes, I simply chopped into quarters, sprinkled with some herbs - oregano, pepper, thyme, salt, and roasted in a medium oven until they were looking mighty fine - probably about 40 minutes!!)


then it was off to my uncle's for Christmas lunch!!


prawns are a fairly traditional entree around here!!  I just eat the seaweed salad!!


for the main part of lunch, we had a rather impressive line up of salads, and some cold meats

I made the chickpea and pumpkin salad again - no fetta this time, and I roasted my chick peas in some soy and lemon juice to make them a little tastier.

I also made this rather beautifully purple beetroot and quinoa salad. recipe can be found here

for dessert, there was Christmas Pudding!!!!

and my favourite of all favourite things......


and just in case there was a smidgen of room left in our bellies, to finish, a few delicacies to have with coffee

that's, cinnamon shortbread, Nigellas Puddini Bon Bons and Nigellas Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups, (I get the recipes out of her books, but those do link to versions of the recipes - I didn't really follow the bon bon recipe, because we have no alcohol in the house, so I used a bit of juice instead!)

Thursday, 3 January 2013

Easy Tofu Burger for one!

Here's a nice easy tofu burger I made for dinner recently! (Feel free to serve it up in a bread roll if you like!)

To make the burger pattie, you simply need - 100g of firm tofu, crumbled into a bowl. To this, add your desired flavourings! I added 2 teaspoons of savoury yeast flakes, and a shake of onion powder and a shake of garlic powder, and a small splash of soy sauce! Mix it all together! I then added 1-2 tablespoons of oat flour (this is just rolled oats that have been whizzed up I a food processor). Tr measurements really depend on how wet your tofu was to start with! Mix together well until mix feels like it is holding together. Shape into a burger, and place in fridge to firm up. Then simply pan fry and serve with salad! My salad consisted of lettuce, grated beetroot, fried onions and mushrooms. And a few oven baked potato chips, with a sprinkle of crispy oven baked beetroot on top!

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Friday, 21 December 2012

A Couple of Easy Ideas for Christmas

Here are a couple of easy ideas for Christmas! (and delicious!!)

First up, a simple Pumpkin, Spinach & Feta Salad!

Christmas @ Sandstone Point

To make this, you simply cut up some pumpkin, sprinkle with the herbs/spices of your choice - I used a pre-mixed "Moroccan Spice Mix", toss onto a baking tray with half a sliced red onion and 2-4 cloves of garlic.  Spray with a little olive oil spray, and bake in a 180c oven for about 40 minutes. You can allow to cool (as I did) or use warm.

Mix together 1tablespoon of olive oil and 2 teaspoons of lemon juice, and add 1-2 of the previously roasted cloves of garlic (chop them up or mash them!).  Take your spinach leaves (or any other salad leaves that take your fancy - I actually used a bag labelled "Aussie Salad" which also had some slithers of grated beetroot in it), and toss with the dressing. Then its just a matter of adding the roasted pumpkin & onion, some chopped feta cheese and some chopped walnuts! 

The second Easy Christmas creation is a fruit salad Christmas tree!

Ken & Alica's Christmas Picnic by Candleligh

To do this, you take a carrot and a cored apple, and put the carrot into the centre of the apple.  You then toothpick your chosen fruit to this structure until it resembles a Christmas Tree! I used Watermelon, Kiwi,  Strawberries, Grapes and Cherries.  Next time, I will be trying to add some slices of stone fruit as well (to cover more of the gaps!!)

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Results are in!

Well, the 8 week challenge is over, and the results are in!

Over the 8 weeks, I lost 13% of my body weight and 30.5cm overall! I am very happy with those results indeed!  As a bonus, I even came second in the competition!! (and I WON the most sessions attended award!!)

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This weekend, we had a special Christmas themed workout, so I of course had to wear my Santa Hat!
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There is another Weight Loss Challenge commencing on the 29th January - you can check out the details here!

or here!

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Monday, 5 November 2012

Weight Loss Challenge!

My poor blog has been a little neglected of late! Its not that I haven't been cooking - nope, we are still eating! I am currently taking part in an 8 week weight loss challenge, so am following an eating plan from a nutritionist.  I was worried before we started that having to follow a structured plan would be too difficult, but I am actually loving it.  Not too much thinking involved, just eat what is on the schedule for the day! Everyone on the challenge is following the same basic plan, so I do still have a bit of lee-way with regards to what I put in my meals, because the plan has been written for meat eaters, so I get to substitute something else for the meat (generally tofu or beans).  So I do still get to be a little creative in the kitchen.  Here are a few of the things I have been eating so far...

Spinach tomato and cottage cheese omelette

Spinach, tomato & cottage cheese omelette (the cottage cheese was my addition - need some more flavour!!)

Spicy "chicken" (tofu)
Spicy "chicken" (tofu) - this was tofu marinaded in a yoghurt, tomato paste and spice mixture, and then cooked under the grill.  Because I had marinated tofu, and not raw meat, I was able to use the left over marinade as a dressing for my salad!

Sweet potato and bean burger
sweet potato & four bean mix burger - on the plan this was meant to be a palm sized piece of meat and 1/3 of a cup of mashed sweet potato.  I mixed my sweet potato with a small tin of 4-bean mix and a table spoon  of cottage cheese, mushed it together and pan fried it (non stick pan, small spray of olive oil)

Stuffed eggplant

Stuffed eggplant

Stuffed tofu
stuffed tofu (was meant to be flattened chicken rolled up with a tomato stuffing - I cut a slit in the middle of my tofu and filled with the stuffing)

So as you can see, I have been having quite a variety of food! And so far have lost about 4 kilos in 2 weeks (I am of course also training hard!!!)