Back in the racing game

Ok so tomorrow I’ll be running my first race since my half marathon on New Year’s Eve. I’ve suffered from an extreme case of runner’s knee ever since, but now I finally feel like I’m getting back on track after four loong months. It’s only 5 km tomorrow but it’s a race and I’m just grateful to be back. I’m back in my old running shoes as apparently my Lunarglides does not go well with my knees and hips, but with my Nike Citius 2+ my body is in heaven

Yesterday I had a hell of a run – 6.4 km in 30.43 minutes, that’s a whopping 4 min 50 seconds per km which in my book is really fast 🙂 I was one happy runner when I returned from the lakes in Copenhagen at half past 5 in the afternoon after 30 minutes of sunshine and legs pounding to the ground.

After the world’s fastest dinner and shower I saw this little (albeit long) gem in Dagmar Theatre:

And I was actually quite positively surprised, I can highly recommend the movie it’s truly an amazing story of a crazy dictatorship and an incredibly dedicated and selfless woman. But remember to bring Kleenex! At one point in the movie you could just hear all of the women in the cinema starting to sniffle (yours truly included) 🙂

Now I’m in for some hips stretches and yoga before hitting the covers – getting up at 6 AM tomorrow. Cross your fingers that the race goes well, and if it does I have some big time racing planned this summer! Copenhagen Womens’s 10K in June, Ørestadsløbet, some smaller races over the summer and then the Powerade Copenhagen half marathon in September. Dear knee please behave for the next 5 months…

May 14, 2012 at 21:29 Leave a comment

No regrets…

I never, ever regret attending a yoga class! Or going for a run for that matter but it always seems easier to me to lace up the running shoes than changing into my yoga clothes, gathering my gym pass and yoga mat and getting on the bike (even though it’s just 5 minutes) to go to the gym for a class. [Does that qualify for a “lazy” stamp?] But the past weeks I’ve been sticking to yoga Monday and Thursday and boy do I love it!

Tonight – as always – was my all-time favourite teacher Nanna Kaad, who also happens to be a participant of this show:

One talented lady…

Yoga was followed by scallops á la Nigella Lawson along with a variety of her pea purée on toasted homemade bread – yum!

Here is Nigella’s version in which I swapped green curry paste for parmesan cheese instead, to make it more of an Italian inspired dish. It was sooooo good and left room for a piece of Smitten Kitchen’s raspberry buttermilk cake which I baked yesterday. How’s that for a great Monday night!

Picture of Scallops with Thai-Scented Pea Puree Recipe

[Source: Food Network]

The husband is away for his weekly hunting lessons so I have the apartment to myself which means lots of time for reading! Currently in the middle of this little thing:

Amazon link

I’m snuggling up in the couch – enjoy your evenings!

February 27, 2012 at 22:48 Leave a comment

Cinnamon Muffins

I’m back in the kitchen after some months where work has gotten the better of me. And the kitchen has been neglected… Of course I’ve been cooking, but nothing exciting – and I miss it!

It’s Sunday morning, and I wanted to treat my husband and I with some Sunday-Morning-Muffins. Since it’s officially Autumn in Denmark, I wanted something spicy yet indulgent, so it was absolutely perfect when I found a recipe for Cinnamon Toast Muffins on the Eat, Live, Run blog. I adapted the recipe a bit, so here we go on my Autumn Cinnamon Muffins. They are currently still in the oven, overflowing the house with a delicious scent of cinnamon and vanilla. But as I am absolutely sure that they will be good, I’ll give you the recipe already.

Cinnamon Muffins

Makes 11 cupcake sized muffins

Batter:

1 ½ cup of all-purpose flour

0.75 cups of whole rye flour

0.75 cups of organic cane sugar

½ tsp of cinnamon

½ tsp of cardamom

½ tsp of nutmeg

A pinch of vanilla powder

1 ½ tsp of baking powder

0.75 cups of organic 1.5% milk

1/3 cup of neutral vegetable oil (I believe that coconut oil would also be amazing!)

1 organic egg

Topping:

4 tbsp organic butter

½ cup organic cane sugar

1 tsp cinnamon

Pre-heat the oven to 190 degrees Celsius. Mix dry ingredients in one bowl and wet in another. Combine the two, stirring until mixed well. Scoop the batter into a muffin pan or cupcake tins – I use silicone forms. Bake for around 20 minutes, or until a knife inserted in a muffin comes out clean.

For the topping, heat the butter and mix in sugar and cinnamon. Dip each muffin top in the mixture, and leave to cool slightly. The topping will crisp up.

1 cup = 2.5 dl

Enjoy, preferably with a nice cup of tea and someone you love by your side. I will be serving mine to my husband in bed very soon, with a steaming cup of his favourite french-press coffee. As my camera have been stolen, I cannot show any pictures just yet…

September 26, 2010 at 10:31 2 comments

Food trends

The great new hype in Denmark is RAW food where the food you eat cannot be heated above 42 degrees Celsius, in order to preserve nutrients and enzymes in the food. Naturally most RAW foodists only eat fruit, vegetables and nuts, and are therefore vegan. Some eat raw milk and raw meat, but after scouting the RAW food blog world for a year or so, I can safely say that this is not the majority.

I love fruit, vegetables and nuts, and like to eat fresh food that nurtures my body optimally. But I also believe that you don’t always have to categorize how you eat, put everyone in boxes and get overly obsessed with your diet. Without it being intentional I often eat an all-raw breakfast, a 50-75% raw lunch (salad and eggs, salad and rye-bread or something like that), as well as a salad for dinner alongside my meat/egg/fish/starch probably being 30-50% of my evening meal depending on the day. And when I say it isn’t intentional, I mean that I don’t strive to be a RAW foodist – I simply eat what feels good in my body. Trying not to obsess with it.

I love to read blogs and “un-cook” books about RAW food, simply because I enjoy a lot of the recipes from this lifestyle. But my question is, why it has to be a lifestyle in the first place? Why do we have to constantly label how we eat? I don’t want to be a RAW foodist, an Atkins-girl, a carbohydrate-foresaker or any of the other labels that are often put on people that eat in different ways. I want to eat what feels good for ME and take what I need from any of the self-labeled regimes in the world of food and diet. Or should I say from nature? Fresh, wholesome and non-processed food that does me good. Period.

The question is also, how did raw food suddenly become something extraordinary? Raw food is a natural part of my diet every day, and I was really surprised when I first found out that there is an entire community making a label out of un-cooked food 🙂

A funny thing about this whole RAW food trend, especially in the US, is that it seems as if people embarking on a transition from their old diet to the RAW diet has to switch up their eats from almost no raw food to 75-100%. I must say that I am sometimes amazed by how little fresh and raw fruit and vegetables people eat, and seeing the “Jamie Olivers Food Revolution” programmes just made my amazement even greater. How can kids in American schools go by a day in school, eating only a fresh apple and everything else being processed? Yes I am truly amazed…

How do you feel about labels? Do you like to be able to label yourself with a certain way of eating? Do you even think about it?

May 5, 2010 at 10:02 1 comment

Spring food

Whenever the weather gets warmer and spring arrives, my way of eating tends to change towards more salads and lighter food. The other night I made this fantastic quinoa salad

Tiger shrimps were boiled and shelled. Then marinated with olive oil, freshly chopped chili, lemon grass, fresh ginger, spring onions, garlic and salt and stir fried until the spices start giving of their amazing smell. The quinoa was cooked as instructed on the package and mixed with a bit of sweet chili sauce, the shrimps and cubed red bell peppers. Serve on a bed of romaine salad along with cucumber – fresh and waterfilled, perfect for an evening after relaxing in the sun 🙂

May 3, 2010 at 11:56 Leave a comment

Raw brownie

I love anything chocolate, so obviously I adore brownies! I’ve been feasting on a variety of cooked versions over the years, such as this one

But during the past year I’ve also been indulging in raw brownies! Yes admitted, they don’t taste exactly like normal brownies, but I really like them and think that you should just take them for what they are. Ooey-gooey chocolaty brownies 🙂

The best thing about these, is that they’re really fast to make and can therefore be whipped up right as the chocolate-craving sets in, and satisfy it without having to wait for baking and cooling.

You simply take two handfuls of walnuts and half a handful of cashews and blend up to walnut-meal. Add three tbsp of raw cacao powder and some vanilla powder, a tiny bit of salt and mix. Then you blend about 15-20 dates depending on the size of them, and finally you mix everything together in the blender. It should have a doughy texture by now. Mix in some more roughly shopped walnuts. Taste and add anything needed. When done, form into the shape of a cake, making it as thin or thick as desired. Eat!

May 1, 2010 at 12:51 1 comment

Oat sundae breakfast

I had the most amazing breakfast this morning! Or actually second breakfast, as I started out with a small spinach smoothie at 7.30, and got hungry at 11.30 again 🙂

My Oat Sundae!

I made oatmeal from oats, water, banana and vanilla powder and filled up the bowl with yummy toppings! Raspberries, blueberries, hazelnut butter, walnuts and raw cacao nibs. It was fantastic! The soft, warm and sweet oatmeal with slightly tart berries and crunchy nuts and nibs… Mmmmmm, like an warm ice cream sundae…

May 1, 2010 at 12:07 1 comment

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