Hello hello my lovely readers. You may not recognise me any more, but I’m still here! I’ve been ridiculously busy lately, and thus haven’t been trying many new recipes, and haven’t had a minute to blog! However, am finished on my attachment at the minute so I plan to get this back on track. I do think, however, given my new priorities, the blog will also include my new getting fit schedule!
At the end of exams, I decided to finally bite the bullet and do something about my long awaited want to start running. Now I have tried and tried, but I always always end up with shin splints a few weeks in and having to stop. It’s gotten to the stage where it even hurts to walk. Now I’ve read in many places that there are a few contributors to this pattern. One is tight calves and hamstrings, and another is not running correctly. So I decided to do this properly and go to the lovely Tina – who runs classes all around Dublin. I went for a private consultation as I didn’t have time to go to classes, with exams taking up all of my spare time. Tina went through all of the basics with me, and we decided on a schedule to start me off. I’ve been in touch with her via twitter and email and she’s just been fantastic. I’m now on week 6 and have signed up for a 5k run in Sept to have something to aim towards. Moral of the story – Go to Tina! I’m really happy with how it’s been going. I never thought I’d run for 7 and 8 minutes straight, but not only am I running it, I’m not even out of breath because I’ve learned how to run properly and control my breathing. And at the minute, let’s just say all these cakes and treats I’ve been showing you are quite evident on my figure, so if I can do it, you most certainly can too! I’ve also been running some of the earlier weeks with my lovely friend Louise, who’s also doing fantastically- Louise, should you read this, see you Weds!
Don’t you just adore it? It has a basket that fits my camera perfectly. So far I’ve been doing from 3.5 to 7.5k cycles depending on who tags along, half mostly uphill, and it’s getting easier. Have found another safe road to add some extra k to it now! I have a variety of cycling buddies, including Louise (as mentioned above)- who accompanies me post run (applause please), Sinead – who has been dying to go cycling forever, and my mum, who is now thinking about getting her own bike and not stealing my sister’s to go out! I love it. I’ve gotten so much fitter and my family has been mentioning the effects are visible! Hurrah.
Now, for some reason, I cannot for the life of me think of what recipe to give you, so I’m going to give you a nice simple one that was part of our #20milecookalong in June. The veg I could get that was all local included the most glorious mushrooms, courgettes, and lettuce that was grown about 7 miles from me, and stocked in the lovely Kate’s Kitchen. There were also some mangetout and lovely looking beetroot. I decided to do a very simple super fresh local salad with beetroot chips and an local honey (&mustard) dressing!
Seasonal raw vegetable summer salad with baked beetroot chips and honey mustard dressing
What you need:
Any fresh produce from your locality, I used
Dijon or wholegrain mustard, depending on your own favourite
Rapeseed oil has become widely available in Ireland. I use the Donegal rapeseed oil and love it in dressings.
Wash and slice your vegetables as thinly as possible. I love paper thin raw mushrooms in a salad. The courgette from my local veg grower was the best I’ve ever tasted! Here’s my ingredients getting ready before I chopped them up. The beetroot chips were ready at this stage. Mix everything in a bowl and set aside.
Dressing: Add 3tbsp rapeseed oil, 4 tbsp honey, 1.5 tbsp mustard, and about 1 and a half tbsp lemon juice in a jar, screw on the lid, and shake well to mix. Add a little more lemon juice to taste if it needs it!
Here’s my salad, sorry about the bad light!
I had it with a fabulous pulled pork sandwich on ciabatta- recipe upcoming! I also made nettle soup (can’t get more local than that!), some ice cream from local cream (I collected myself from up the road, a lovely farmer let me have some of his fantastic cream), some local beef with a homegrown onion and mushroom stuffing, and a gooseberry crumble made with our own gooseberries. All were amazing. Recipes all upcoming (I regret just throwing things together for the crumble because it was amazing and I’m not sure of the exact quantity now!)
Phew, that was a long and complex post! Anybody else out there on a workout and fitness schedule, do find me on twitter, there are a few of us keeping each other motivated there and on the forums at http://www.beaut.ie, so come along and say hi there or here!