Good afternoon friends! With all the long weekend excitement I have missed posting two great dinners... so here they are!
The first one was made by my brother.. unfortunately I was out with a friend for dinner but I got sent pics of him in action.
Chicken stirfry in the making… a big tick for all the fresh and colourful ingredients, as well as the perfect chopping, slicing and dicing!
I don’t have an exact recipe for this, but plenty of fresh vegetables, a protein (Jon used chicken) and some olive oil, chilli, sweet chilli sauce and a drizzle of honey = stirfry perfection!
Then it was my mum’s turn! It was extra special having Josh with us, as it had been a while. Slow cooked lamb curry… SO good!
It had been cooking in the slow cooker all day, and literally fell off the bone. Noone makes curry like my mum. The lamb was browned on the barbecue first, then added to the slow cooker with browned onions, carrots and my mum’s delicious curry sauce.
The Voice semi final, a delicious dinner, great company… what better way to farewell the long weekend
I want to share with you the new initiative happening in my parents’ household. Time at home is very precious at the moment, with my siblings and I still at home. I am getting married in January and my brother is soon to move out, so we are really trying to enjoy our last few months of craziness with us all at home.
With us all working away, and loving our dinner times together, we have come up with a roster where we each take a night to cook dinner for the family. Unfortunately Josh is working most nights and not home very often for dinner- he is most definitely missed in our household!!
We were all so excited and inspired last night when my sister got the ball rolling – she set the bar high! We were all a bit enthusiastic and suddenly the talk got onto creating a book of our recipes… which (by the way) would totally never happen with us lot! And let me remind you this was only night one of this new initiative . In times of excitement we all do seem to get a bit extreme. But I would love to share some of our recipe hits on my blog, and I hope you can enjoy them too!
Baked Tuna Cakes with a Beetroot and Feta Salad Ingredients:
2 Large tins of tuna, drained
1 red onion, diced
2 celery sticks, diced
Juice of 1 lemon
1 tsp cayenne pepper
2 eggs , beaten
Mix all ingredients together
Form the mixture into patties and place on oven proof tray
Bake for 20 minutes on 190 degree oven
Whatever other veggies you have in your fridge!
Chop, mix and serve with love!
Generous pouring of olive oil and white vinegar!
Serve with love, laughs and with the people you love!
On Saturday night I ran the Nike She Runs 10km night run.
Think a stream of 6000 girls, running ‘the night’ together in matching glow in the dark orange singlets. Awesome!
It is always fun having a friend to hang out with before and after race. Thanks Dina (aka The Fitness Naturopath, check out her site for all things health and fitness)
The course was loopy which meant many opportunities to spot my *fiance* cheering me along from sideline!
Throughout the race I felt pretty good, but as always I gladly welcomed the 3 drink stations along the way. During the race there was great entertainment along the way; from the lit up trees, smoke machines, big screens with motivational messages and speakers pumping out tunes. But I find the best motivation to keep running hard is seeing the volunteers and spectators cheering on the sideline!
The last 100m was lined with people on either side, and thats where I decided to push it and use up every extra ounce of energy! I sprinted to the finish line and happily snatched myself a cup of refreshing powerade. Mmmm.
I set a goal to complete the 10km in 50 minutes and I achieved my goal! Yay!!
After an awesome night I am feeling very pumped for the SMH Half Marathon in 2 weeks! I am truly hoping Josh’s soccer injuries speedily recover so I can have my running partner back in time for race day (and of course more importantly so he can get back on the soccer field)!
Thats all for now. Happy Monday, have a great week!
Happy Saturday! Finally the weekend. Coffee, juice, newspaper…
Josh booked us an appointment at The Running Company this morning – where we were both fitted for sparkling new sneakers. Such excitement in the house, nothing beats new sneakers!
The customer service at the Bondi shop were great – your running style is assessed through a special machine as you run on the treadmill. It captures in slow motion how you land, and then the experts fit you out with a pair that complement your natural movements. I went with this Muzuno pink pair -they are Japanese shoes which are apparently good for the narrow footed amongst us ;).
So – our visit to the store wasn’t SO random. I have officially converted Josh into running and we have both signed up for the Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon (on Sunday May 19th), which I completed last year and I have signed up for the 10km Nike womens run (4th May).. so lots is happening and training time is starting right about now!
Here is a rough idea of how I am planning on training each week:
1 x Short run focusing on speed – interval training
1 x Weekend long run focusing on time/distance
1 x Body pump class
1 x Body attack class
Ideally I would like to get another run in during the week, to focus on hills and and get my weekly km’s up.
That’s all for now; I am off to watch my fiance run-around-like-crazy-trying-to-get-the-ball-in-the-goal aka play soccer
It has been a whirlwind of a time getting back from our amazing travels and ofcourse getting engaged to the man of my dreams.
I have taken my time settling into work, beginning wedding planning and settling back into everyday life. But now, I am ready to return to my baby – this blog which is my creative outlet and my space to just be.
So I hope you will continue to ride read along, comment and stay tuned! Lots of runs, eats, big day updates, recipes and fun to come.