What I Ate Wednesday – Fun, Food and Fitness

I have just joined a blogging initiative entitled ‘What I Ate Wednesday’, hosted by Jenn @ Peas and Crayons.  WIAW is all about celebrating the important role food plays in our lives; for nourishing our body and for giving us the energy we need in order to the things we love.

Peas and CrayonsSo let’s celebrate food! This is WIAW..
I began the day with a hearty bowl of oats and cuppa tea.

I had to park far to catch the train today, so it was a brisk 10 minute walk to the station accompanied by a peppermint tea on-the-go.
I had lunch @ a cafe near work. Today was a toasted tuna sandwich with avocado, beetroot, spinach leaves and carrots..

With a hot chocolate on the side 🙂

On my way home from work I had a Pink Lady apple. Upside is it was so crunchy but downside.. so hard to eat when you are trying to eat it quietly and getting death stares from the nearby passengers.

I got majorly caught in the rain on my walk run from the station to my car. I was freezing so changed into my nice dry gym gear and decided to try and get to a pilates class at the gym. I made it with a few minutes to spare, so did a quick 1km warm up run on the treadmill.

Pilates is something I have always wanted to get into, but have never quite had the patience to fully embrace. I have done a few pilates ‘classes’ with my friend Liv, who is amazing at it (and a great instructor).  Tonights class wasn’t great, the instructor moved quite quickly through the exercises which didn’t really give me enough to time to get into them, but it was nice to spend a bit of time working on my core and stretch out the body. (Please excuse the awkward photo).

After pilates I came home to some of my mum’s amazing heart-warming, soul-soothing chicken soup. It is honestly the best winter dinner. It is nice and filling and has chicken pieces and vegetables in every spoonful. Thanks Mum!

That is WIAW. For now anyway..
What is your favourite after dinner treat? 
Happy Wednesday (and for those Aussies interested GO THE BLUES)!

Bondi Farmers Markets picnic

What a gorgeous morning spent at Bondi Farmers Markets!
A few friends gathered here with picnic rugs to celebrate Loren’s birthday.

I always love walking around markets and checking out what the different vendors have on offer.

We bought some of the delicious bread. Freshly baked and full of all the good stuff

Pink Lady apples (my favourite) en-mass

Tomatoes, avocados, cheeses, peanut butter, jam…

I enjoyed a slice of bread with home-made jam and deliciously strong cheddar…

As well as a slice with peanut butter and jam (first time combo for me, yum!)
And a cappuccino

All had in good company, with relaxing background tunes

It was a great morning spent in the sun and a well organised picnic, thanks Girls!

Happy birthday Loz (and Jared for Wednesday)!

And congrats to the lucky girl out there..

The rest of the afternoon was spent relaxing with Liv @ my all-time favourite cafe ‘Gertrude and Alice’.  It is slightly annoying to pay $4 for a cup of tea but I love that it is served in a china mug and in a pot… and nothing beats the atmosphere in this place.

On the topic of books, I just ordered ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ on my kindle.
After all this hype it is time to see what the fuss is about.

Hope you are having a chilled out Saturday wherever you are in the world!

I leave you with 2 questions today
1) Have you read any good books lately? and

2) Would you like to be proposed to in sky writing???

Dedication to tea-time

Tea is an essential part of my life. It is something that instantly warms me up, cheers me up and comforts me. I love to enjoy a cuppa at breakfast, at morning tea, at lunchtime, at afternoon tea, before dinner, after dinnner, before bed and then… the cycle begins again.

Super-size-me-mug

 

Everyone I know well, likes their tea made in a certain way.  For my dad, it is best served in a thin (preferablly China tea cup), for my mom (who gets her first cup in the morning taken to her in bed by the first person up) likes hers extra strong so milk is delivered in a small a jug on the side, Josh likes his with a sugar, Danna likes it black with a sweetner, Liv’s mum likes it in a pot with full cream milk,  my gran and aunty norms like theirs with 2 sweetener and my late grandfather liked his, until his very last days, with 3 heaped teaspoons of sugar.

Tea is a part of every birthday..

21st Birthday present from Josh 🙂

My Mum’s 50th Birthday smashcake

And accompanies the writing of every blog entry

Early morning blogging

I even incorporate tea bags into my beach paintings..

Hint: What are the houses made of??

Liv and I even purchased a kettle in Barcelona, which we lugged around to every hostel for the duration of out trip around Spain. Now that is what you call tea dedication.

So, to tea, thanks for making everyday that much more TEA-riffic 🙂

I am guessing my obsession with tea is not that mainstream- so, If it’s not tea, what is your *special* drink?

 

Sunday PR and Baking

Sunday morning is usually my Bondi beach run day… however due to the miserable weather this morning Josh and I ended up running around the shopping centre instead.

Whilst Josh was checking out IPads, I used the opportunity to (sneakily) publicise my blog

Lol. I only managed to upload it onto 2 computers… before shame got the better of me.

I then headed home and decided to do a bit of baking.  A seeded-nut loaf seemed like the perfect idea. I called my mom for a rough ingredient list and she enlisted the help of her baking-guru-friend, Ilana.  Thanks Lanz 🙂

It is a pretty simple recipe and a slice of this loaf is the perfect way to fuel a workout.  It is loaded with nuts, seeds and wholegrains; making it high in fibre and protein.

To begin, turn the oven onto around 180 degrees.  Grease a loaf tin and set out all the ingredients, 2 large bowls, measuring utensils and a mixing spoon.

You can choose to use whatever nuts and seeds you like; I went with pecans, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, pepitas and linseeds.

To begin you add all the dry ingredients together in 1 bowl.

  • 2.5 cups wholewheat self raising flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • large pinch of salt

In another bowl, add the wet ingredients.

  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1.5 cups milk

Wet mixture and dry mixture

Combine wet and dry mixtures. Add nuts and seeds to mixture.This is what I added to mine (however you can be flexible in quantities and nut/seed selection here).

  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup linseed
  • 1/2 cup pepitas
  • 1/2 cup sesame seeds

Pour into loaf tin.

Pre-decorating

Combine 1 egg and a dash of water, and brush the loaf. Then sprinkle nuts and seeds to decorate!

Post-decorating, ready for the oven!

Place in pre-heated oven for about 1 hour (keep an eye on it!)

And then my friends… just wait patiently.  An aroma of deliciousness will fill your home and tease your taste buds.

Take out the oven and allow to cool, before enjoying with a cup of tea and your favourite spread.

Ready to be eaten

Happy Dad

Tea time is over and well enjoyed by all. I am off to squeeze in a body attack class @ the gym now. Happy Sunday everyone!

Whats’s on the menu for tea at your place?

Rainy Day

Good morning, friends!

Don’t you agree that it is just THAT much harder getting out of bed on a rainy day?

View from my balcony

Well that was certainly the case this morning. My day is starting nice and early, I am off to teach a Kindergarten class at a school around the corner. I am a ‘casual’ teacher which means I fill in when one of the permanent staff are away. It is great – I love it! But waiting for those calls can sometimes be a pain.

This morning I had my usual oats and tea for breaky

Oats and Tea mmm

and packed my school lunch

Vegetable minestrone soup, apple, banana, picnic and tea!

The plan was to go for a run after school, but this weather is not looking promising.

What exercise do you like to do on a rainy day? (or is it an automatic excuse for a ‘rest’ day?)

Anyway, lets stay optimistic and hope it clears up 🙂

Have a great day!


Race recap

Hi guys!

Welcome to my very first post.  I hope you enjoy your stay and follow me along my journey.. running, eating and all else that I share

I am going to begin my first blog entry with a recap of the Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon that I ran last Sunday. Jeez, it was a tough one.  Some days you just get into the groove, and others are a bit more of a struggle. This was quite the struggle.

I woke up bright and early at 3:45 a.m. Sunday morning (it was still pitch dark outside and freeezing!).  What got me out of bed you might ask.. oats and tea ofcourse! I switched the heater on full blast, got dressed (Race tip #1: Always have your clothes, race-bib, ipod etc ready the night before) and ran to the kitchen to make breakfast.

Now for Amy (my sister) and I, making oats is process which involves what we call ‘nurturing’.  It always involve stirring, adding water, addding milk, testing, stirring, adding banana/prunes/seeds/nuts, stirring, heating, adding more milk, adding honey, tasting, reheating and finally, when perfect, eating! (I will go through the actual method in more detail at a later stage ;).

Oats and tea

I then braved the cold and drove to the station, where I caught a train into the city. When I arrived it was a bit chaotic but I just marched along, following the crowd as I do 🙂 until we reached the starting area where the sun was just rising!

Saint Mary’s Cathedral

I tried to warm myself up by awkwardly running up and down, used the porter-loos a few times and before I knew it, it was 6:45am and time to begin. For the first few kms I struggled to find my rhythm.  There were over 5000 people racing, and the roads were jam packed. Usually I can focus my mind on my own goal and get into my ‘zone’, but I seemed to be a bit all over the place.  Eventually at about 7kms I began to find a good rhythm and wow it makes a difference!

For me, the best part of racing is being able to set a goal and challenging yourself constantly, both physically and mentally to reach that goal.  The second best thing about racing is looking out for your fans a.k.a. Josh (my man) and Amy (my sister) who I knew would be waiting for me at the finish line… it is definitely good motivation to keep running 🙂

At about the half way mark we started passing alot of spectators… and I had my eyes zooming left, right and everywhere in search of Umz (a.k.a Amy and Josh. Ha! Spotted! Half asleep…) I know it is supposed to be the other way around, them looking out for me, but I started screaming “Joshhhhhhhh……Umz…….”.  It was all very exciting.

Spotted! In the fleuro orange shorts

The few kms of the race my knees started to take a beating but I just kept rolling.

I eventually finished and hobbled across the finish line at 2.00.34. 
I was very proud of myself even though it wasn’t a PB.

Josh and I….me attempting to stretch

We then took the train to Bondi Junction and had a good breakfast at Skinny Dip Cafe.  Umz and I had toasted sourdough with ricotta, honey and toasted walnuts (sorry no photos!) – But OMG amazing! Josh settled on poached eggs on turkish toast with a side of avo (it looked good, too).

We then headed back across the Harbour Bridge, home-bound (I live in the Northshore) and I went straight for a massage at our local shopping centre, to get that lactic acid moving! It was painful but SO worth it. The rest of the afternoon involved a hot radox bath, pjs and sleep 🙂

Race day is always fun, isn’t it?

Tell me, how do you relax after a hard workout?