Moving!

7 Mar

Alright, it’s time for a move!  I’ve imported all my posts and they’re sort of sorted out.  Kind of.  Go!

I Run…

27 Jan
  • For my health. When I couldn’t walk up to the fourth floor of the math building at university with any speed and not wind up breathing heavily, it was a sign that I wasn’t all that fit.  Funny, I ran 13.1 miles on Sunday but I still sometimes get winded climbing to my office on the second floor.  During university, I walked to and from school.  I played badminton a couple of times a week.  Now that I work full time and own a car, it would be too easy to never exercise.
  • So I can eat. It’s cliche, I know.  Everyone says it.  But there is a bit of truth to it.  I love food, but I’m convinced that I put on 5 lbs just looking at a slice of cheesecake.  Like many females, I’ve had my issues with my body and particularly with food.  I was going to talk about it here but I realized that there isn’t really enough space here to say what I want to say, so I’m going to leave it for a later post.  I think it’s something I need to address though, at least for myself, because it’s something that I think about constantly and that definitely impacts everything that I do.
  • To prove that I can. I’ve always seen running as something I just can’t do.  Even as a kid, I wasn’t good at it.  In Primary 4, as part of our physical fitness test, we had to run a mile on a 400m track (4 laps).  If memory serves, I was only ever able to run one lap at a time and then I had to walk/run.  What’s sad is that my raw score was 11:35.  With all the walking, I still ran a mile in 11:35.  My pace is slower than that on training runs sometimes now and I actually run the whole way.  *sigh*  I suppose there is something to be said for youth.
  • So I can run away. I’ve always been a bit afraid of walking around alone in the dark.  I’ve always joked that if anything happened, I’d just have to run away, since I’m 5’4″ and not very strong.  At least I’d have a shot at getting away now, I suppose.
  • For the beautiful runs. Like tonight, which inspired me to write this post.  I ran home from work and most of my run felt like floating.  Even when I was cursing myself for picking that particular route because it is uphill most of the way (I usually run it the other way and didn’t realize just how hilly it actually was), it was a fantastic run and I loved almost every step.  Sadly, I thought it was at least 6 miles and I just mapped it and it’s only 5.6 miles.  Oh well.  I’d only planned on running 4.7 miles tonight so I’m still ahead :)

This is for the days when I go out in -25C and hate every step of the way.  For the days where I swear that I’m hauling around a 20lb weight on my back because that’s just how slow I’m going.  For all questions I get from friends about why I run and whether or not I’m crazy (the answer, for the record, is probably yes).  And for all the times that I wish I’d picked a different sport.

Back And At It… Sort Of

6 Jan

After veganmofo, I stopped posting much.  I was a bit tired of trying to find things to write about.  I also stopped taking as many photos of my food.  Which is kind of sad because I’ve made some pretty yummy things. 

On the running side, lots (ish) has happened.  After my crappy November of mileage, I’ve been back up at 30+ miles per week.  I got new Mizuno Wave Rider 13s on sale in December to replace my Asic Gel Pulse shoes since I was having arch pain in my right foot.  I like the light weight of the Wave Riders but I think they may be just a touch tight… either way, they don’t sit quite perfectly on my feet *sigh*  Well, I paid for them so I’m going to run in them.  As long as I don’t lace them too tight, they seem to work.  They’re kind of temperamental… some days, they’re great.  Others they’re kind of meh. 

I also ran the KW Resolution Run 5k on January 1… 29:46, which is 4 seconds above my Mississauga 5k time, but this wasn’t chip timed and I have my doubts about the length of this route.  I admit that I didn’t run it full out at all (about 3/4 through the race I realized that I wasn’t even breathing heavily, which is a sign that I’m not racing very hard)… it just didn’t feel like a race, more like a group of people out to run 5k.  *shrugs*  I have most of my 2011 races planned out and they’ve been added to the race history page… along with my potentially unrealistic goals.  Ah well.

Back to food…

Dear Soup: I think you are my best friend, especially on cold winter days.  Maybe tied with stew and mugs of hot chocolate or green tea.

 Moroccan Red Lentil Soup: Taken from Alice in Paris add carrots, minus tomato paste, sub sweet potato for normal potatoes, sub 3 tomatoes for canned tomatoes, less sour cream and parsley.  Not bad but needed more spices… more salt.  And I never say that!

veganmofo 18: Enchiladas

29 Nov

I have a confession: I’ve totally made these before so they’re not new. 

But I’ve run out of things to talk about.  i’ve been so busy with work (I’m working in a different town) that my lunch everyday has been veggies, crackers and hummus.  Yeah, fascinating.

I cheated and used canned enchilada sauce.  Sorry, lame, I know, but I’ve never worked with chiles before and decided that I would totally butcher it if I had to use them.  For that matter, I’m not sure I’d know how to buy them… hmph.

Other than that… the filling loosely follows the enchiladas recipe from veganomicon.  Except I used spinach instead of kale because I’ve never had kale before and I like spinach.  I love spinach.

Sorry, enchiladas don’t really make for appealing looking photos :S

veganmofo 17: What Do You Do With Leftover Bagels?

25 Nov

Remember those cinnamon raisin bagels I made last week?  While they weren’t bad, they weren’t great enough for me to want to sit around and eat piles of them.  And the recipe made a pretty good pile of bagels.  I guess I could have frozen them, but I didn’t think of that soon enough.  So what does one do with leftover bagels?

Make bagel chips, of course!

Slice thinly (thinly!), place on a baking sheet, spray or brush top with melted butter or olive oil or canola oil.  Bake for about 15 minutes at 375 (watch them so they don’t burn… timing depends on your oven and location).  Eat.

Great way to get rid of my leftover bagels.  Also the reason that I pretty much sat down and ate something like 3 bagels without even thinking about it.  Oops.

veganmofo 16: Peanut butter nut butter butter butter!

24 Nov

I made the gigantoid peanut butter oatmeal cookies from VWAV and they are totally amazing… best peanut butter cookies ever!  I love oatmeal so I think I prefer my peanut butter cookies with oatmeal rather than without.  I used the large flake oats cause they were all I had left and I worried a bit that they would be too hard in the cookies (they take 10-15 mins to cook normally compared to the 1-3 minutes of the instant or brisk cooking oatmeal I typically use in my cookies).  But because they’re larger, they are more obvious in the cookies and make the cookies kind of chewier so it makes it all better!  I like the added texture.  TEXTURE!

Oh yeah, a pic.

These are the littler ones I made.  I made six gigantoid ones (1/3 cup), six giant ones (1/4 cup) and five little ones with the leftover.  I wanted to stack one of each size in a tower and take a picture but sadly, I didn’t decide that until after I had brought the gigantoid cookies to band practice and we had eaten four and one of my friends “volunteered” to keep the other 2. 

So you just get a picture of the little ones.  “Little”.  The gigantoid ones were crazy big though!

I think I’ve talked about my spice rack but I haven’t managed to post a picture yet so:

You know what’s sad?  Within 3 days of putting it up I filled all of the containers up.  I might need another spice rack lol.  How sad am I?

I also wanted to share that I am now 35,000 words into my novel and nanowrimo!  I’m so happy!  I’m still about 3 days behind (Nano says my expected completion date is now Dec 3) but I’m catching up!  Funny how I’m getting more written now that I’m driving back and forth between London and Waterloo.  Must be the pressure.

veganmofo 15: Sabra Hummus

23 Nov

Hummus is one of those dishes that it took me awhile to start liking.  It seems like such a ubiquitously vegan food – I mean, there’s an entire chapter on hummus and its variations (I’m including white bean dips and spreads, etc) in ED&BV.  When I first tried it, I didn’t “get it”.  Why on earth would I want to dip my chip or cracker in a pool of mushy, cold paste?  Yeah.

A couple of years back, I finally tried hummus at a gathering and actually kind of liked it.  Then I discovered that if I nuked my hummus in the microwave for a couple of secs to bring it to room temperature or a bit above, I didn’t mind it.  Then I made my own hummus and fell in love. 

I’m kind of picky about hummus.  There are some brands I like and some brands of some flavours I like.  Oddly enough, my least favourite flavour of hummus is roasted red pepper.  I like normal hummus and I like roasted red peppers.  But the combination tastes absolutely terrible to me. 

Anyway, Sabra hummus is a brand I’ve heard tossed around on veggieboards and other forums and I’ve always wanted to try it.  I checked out the website and it looked epic!  It seems hard to find Sabra around here though.  I swore for a long time I’d seen it somewhere (they’re kind of distinctive) but lately, when I’ve looked for it, I can’t find any of it.  Anyway, the first time I tried Sabra classic hummus, it was in these snack packs.  Sobeys and metro sells them… about half a cup of classic hummus and half a cup to a cup of pretzel crisps.  They’re reasonably healthy, especially in these days of “these oil-laden chips are healthy because they’re baked and not friend!” or “sugar covered candy coated chocolate and caramel”. 

Anyway, I find the classic hummus good, but nothing to write home about.  I like the pc brand hummus too.  But if I want plain hummus, my favourite is my home made hummus.  It’s pretty simple.  Chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice, garlic, salt and pepper.  But somehow it tastes different.  I like my hummus marginally chunkier than pre-packaged tend to be and somehow even using canned chickpeas, my hummus still tastes better… imo, of course. 

Today I found the roasted pine nut hummus at metro… I’m working out of town and needed lunch.  It’s fabulous.  Amazing.  Smooth, creamy and a little bit sweet from the pine nuts.  Yum.  I think this is my new favourite hummus.  Pity it’s so darn expensive! 

Now I want to try the Hummus Abu-Goush (although I wonder if that will just be just like the roasted pine nuts one) and spinach and artichoke hummus (my favourite dip ever!).  I think that’s it though.  The rest look good but not great just from the descriptions.  Now I just need to find a store near here that sells them… I can’t go driving off to London everytime I want sabra hummus!  There’s a metro in cambridge… maybe I should try that.  Although it’s probably a good thing I haven’t found it near here.  I’d eat nothing but hummus if I did.

Anyone have a favourite brand of hummus?  Any varieties of Sabra hummus I must try?

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