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Smells Like Spring

Today was my first after-work outdoor run in … quite a while. In short, it was beautiful. Except for some nasty side stitches. Again. Whatever.

The Stats:

  • Distance: 3 miles (4,8 km)
  • Time: 34:30 minutes
  • Average pace: 11:30 min/mile
  • Feeling: Sunny

The weather was really nice today. Mild and partly sunny. And it’s supposed to stay like that. I think I see some more after-work outdoor runs in my near future.

See you!

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I just got this recipe from the Guy’s mother and had to try it right away. This delicious gooey cake is incredible easy to make, contains no eggs and no wheat, and could probably made vegan by using non-dairy milk and cream.

Sticky rice cake

Sticky Rice Cake (Chapssal Tteok)

  • 2 cups glutinous rice flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup cream
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup chestnuts, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp walnuts, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp raisins

Line a 9-inch brownie pan with parchment paper. Preheat oven to 375 °F.

Pour the first seven ingredients into a big bowl and mix until fully combined. Then stir in the remaining ingredients. Pour batter into the pan and bake for 45 minutes.

Let the cake cool for about 5 minutes, then remove from pan and cut into small squares.

Cover leftovers tightly in plastic wrap and store them in the fridge.

Enjoy!

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Lately I’ve noticed that I run better after a few days of rest. If I only have one rest day, my next run is so much harder. Seems I need to find a way to speed up recovery. Today I did a nice stretching session after my run. I usually neglect that. Duh!

The Stats:

  • Distance: 2.5 miles (4,0 km)
  • Time: 29:50 minutes
  • Average pace: 11:56 min/mile
  • Feeling: Tired

So, let’s see if stretching helps me to feel better.

What do you do to recover quickly after a workout?

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Back to the gym, that is! I took a break from running for a week. I was so stressed and worn out as work has been totally crazy lately, but I’m slowly catching up and things are almost back to normal now. Phew!

The Stats:

  • Distance: 2.86 miles (4,6 km)
  • Time: 34:00 minutes
  • Average pace: 11:53 min/mile
  • Feeling: Tired

And I broke my record today! I ran for 20 minutes before I slowed down to a walk. Great! But after those 20 minutes the treadmill turned itself off. What the? That totally messed up my rhythm for the rest of the run. Meh!

My legs are tired now, and so am I. Time to hit the couch and relax.

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I can’t help it, I’m in the mood for soup lately. Let’s blame it on the dreary weather, ok?

This recipe is based on the French Vichyssoise, but I decided to add some beans for extra protein.

Creamy Potato Soup

Creamy Potato Soup

Serves 2

  • 2 c. of vegetable broth
  • 1 small leek
  • 3 medium potatoes
  • 1/2 c. white beans
  • 1 T butter
  • 1/4 c. cream (soy or dairy), optional
  • salt and pepper

Peel potatoes and cut into small cubes. Wash and trim the leak, then cut into thin rings. Melt butter in a pot on medium high heat and cook for a few minutes. Add vegetable broth and simmer gently for 15-20 minutes, until potatoes are tender.

Add beans and let them warm up for a minute. Blend soup until smooth or leave a few chunky pieces. Add cream if you like. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Dessert teaser

Chocolate Chip Brownies

I also made some Chocolate Chip Brownies today, but I’m not entirely satisfied with them. I need to tweak the recipe a bit more before I post it.

Oh boy, I need to find out how to make better photos!

See you!

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Here’s the next recipe in my German Classics series. It’s one of my all time favorite soups, hearty and comforting on a chilly day.

In my previous post of the series I talked about Pancakes, and also mentioned that if you have some leftovers you should cut them into thin stripes and store them in the fridge in an airtight container. They also freeze quite well! Now here’s a great way to use those leftover pancakes.

 

Pancake Soup

 

Pancake Soup

Serves 1

  • 1 to 1.5 cups of vegetable broth
  • 1 cup of chopped vegetables (e.g. carrots, broccoli, peas, etc.)
  • 1 cup of pancake stripes, loosely packed
  • salt and pepper

Pour the broth into a small pot, add veggies and bring to a boil. Cook until the vegetables are done, that depends on what you use and how small you chop them. Finally add pancake stripes, season to taste, and serve.

Now this is what I call comfort food! I topped my bowl with some garden cress. Fresh parsley or chives are great, too.

Enjoy!

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Going for a run today was not a good idea. I’m so sore from yesterday’s weights workout, I can hardly move. When things get rough I’m usually quite good at pushing through, but not today. Oh well, two more miles done.

The Stats:

  • Distance: 2.0 miles (3,2 km)
  • Time: 23:50 minutes
  • Average pace: 11:54 min/mile
  • Feeling: Ouch

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