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January 9, 2011

Oh Snap

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Gingersnap that is.

This weekend (and my weekend, despite still having to work Thursday and Friday, started on Wednesday. I like pretending my liver is 21 still) was kind of crazy.  Like last weekend I didn’t spend much (or any) real time in my apartment so I couldn’t update you on how awesome my running has been.

It included a 14.1 miler at 8:35 pace on Thursday in the bright sunshine and a really good 10 mile follow up the very next day at 8:11 pace.  I think that they were “emotional runs” and that I was channeling the awesomeness that was the previous few days. These two runs just felt like nothing.  Unlike Saturday’s 6 miler that…well the lack of sleep probably made this cold and snowy run more difficult than need be.  As far as today goes I think the only running will be of the errand variety.  C’est la vie sometimes.  But coupled with my tempo Tuesday, LR Thursday and great fast run on Friday it was a great “pre-training” week for Boston.

Anyway, since I’m basically living with a girl that I work with at the moment (ahem ran out of oil AGAIN and her and her roomies were kind enough to let me crash on their couch…and then because they had a guest we all had to drink. Because that’s how the world works. Duh) I decided to bake something to show my appreciation.  Of course my friend is a true baker so I felt a bit awkward giving her baked goods but her other roomie is a guy and will eat anything.  I figure this is a good compromise…

And before you think all I do is work and drink we did all take a trip to go snowtubing on Saturday. Before going out and drinking of course

I made two batches of cookies.  The first one is the following gingersnap recipe.  It’s an old family recipe and I love it because it makes really soft gingersnaps and soft baked cookies are always a hit in my book.  So I guess they’re more of a ginger cookie because there is a lack of a snap.

Ingwer (Gingersnaps)


Ingredients:

  • 3.75 cups sifted flour
  • 1.5 tsp baking soda
  • .5 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp ginger
  • .5 tsp cinnamon
  • .25 tsp cloves
  • .75 cups butter (oooooooooor well you know what I used)
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • .5 cups molasses
  • 1 tbsp cider vinegar

Directions

  1. Sift flour once, measure then add the baking soda, salt and spices. Sift again. (most flour nowadays comes sifted so don’t worry and you can just add and mix them all. Can you tell that this is an old recipe? hah!)
  2. Cream the butter (or margarine) with sugar until light and fluffy
  3. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition
  4. Add flour mixture gradually, mixing until smooth
  5. Form into balls about 3/4 to 1 inch in diameter and roll in granulated sugar
  6. Bake in a 325*F oven about 10-12 minutes or until done.
  7. Voila! And enjoy.  They’re really good with tea and/or coffee.  Or as the “bread” in an ice cream sandwich.

I also made this Mint Chocolate Cookie recipe from AllRecipes.  Mostly for me because, while I really do like the above gingersnaps, chocolate + mint is awesome.  Hands down.  I followed the recipe in the link pretty much exactly as is.  Except I always use margarine.  Because that’s just how I roll.

After several days of making those really easy (aka “cheating” hahah!) pies, for Christmas as well as making them for the doctors at the clinic, it was really nice to make something from scratch. And it was nice to have two batches of cookies to dig into after imbibing a bit…

C’mon now: how can that NOT be screaming eat me?

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November 29, 2010

Let Them Eat Chocolate Cheesecake

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Says the girl who does not like chocolate (or at least straight up chocolate. I like chocolate chips or Reece’s peanut butter cups and anything that’s not just plain chocolate).  So better them than me (although did you know that she didn’t actually say “Let them eat cake” but rather “Qu’ils mangent de la brioche” which brioche =/= cake but rather a luxury bread)

So it was probably shocking to my roomie that I chose to make this sucker for a Celtics party I went to:

I forgot to take a pic of the finished product. By the time I remembered this is what remained

It’s just a basic Chocolate Cheesecake recipe, although I stole it offline from The FoodNetwork.

Ingredients:

Cheesecake base:

  • 1 1/3 cups graham cracker crumbs (I made it extra chocolatey by using chocolate graham crackers crushed up)
  • 1/2 stick butter (I used margarine. Duh)
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa

Cheesecake filling:

  • 6 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped small
  • 2 1/2 cups cream cheese
  • 3/4 cup superfine sugar(I used regular confectioners sugar)
  • 1 tablespoon custard powder
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 2/3 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon cocoa, dissolved in 1 tablespoon hot water

If you check out the link above there’s also ingredients and directions for a chocolate sauce.  I opted to not make the sauce because A) I’m not a chocolate fan and B) That’s just too much.

You can also click that link to see what it’s “really” supposed to look like.

Directions:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. (I set it to 375* because after cooking several things in my gas oven I’ve decided to make anything that tastes good requires a higher heat in it)
  • To make the base, process the graham crackers to make rough crumbs and then add the butter and cocoa. Process again until it makes damp, clumping crumbs and then tip them into the pan. Press the crumbs into the bottom of the pan to make an even base and put into the freezer while you make the filling. (Being as poor as I am I didn’t process anything in a food processor because I don’t have one.  Being the perfectionist I am that meant A LOT of arm work to get the graham crackers perfectly crumbly and then add the margarine — in stick form, unmelted because of a lack of microwave.  Thank god I’m doing the pushup challenge!)
  • Put a kettle on to boil.
  • Melt the chocolate either in a microwave or double boiler, and set aside to cool slightly. (I used a makeshift double boiler on the stovetop)
  • Beat the cream cheese to soften it (ahem push ups!), then add the sugar and custard power, beating again to combine. Beat in the whole eggs and then the yolks, and the sour cream. Finally add the cocoa dissolved in hot water and melted chocolate and mix to a smooth batter.
  • Take the springform tin out of the freezer and line the outside of the tin with a good layer of cling wrap, and then another layer of strong foil over that. This will protect it from the water bath.
  • Sit the springform tin in a roasting pan and pour in the cheesecake filling. Fill the roasting pan with just boiled water to come about half way up the cake tin and bake in the oven for 45 minutes to 1 hour. The top of the cheesecake should be set, but the underneath should still have a wobble to it.
  • Peel away the foil and cling film wrapping and sit the cheesecake in its tin on a rack to cool. Put in the refrigerator once it is no longer hot, and leave to set, covered with plastic overnight. Let it lose its chill before unspringing the cheesecake to serve.

Lots of work for this guy! But it was worth it even though it may not have been the best thing to bring to a Celtics party.  None of the boys complained though hahah!

A close up. Before it was devoured.

Even though the C’s game viewing was awhile ago, I’m pretty sure the C’s won.  Granted I watch any game I can so I can’t say for certain (and I’m lazy so I’m obviously not going to look it up hahah) and our record is 12-4 so far.  I do ever so much love my boys.

"Say whaaaaaaaaaaaa Kobe?"

Hope everyone enjoys their Mondays! It’s hard to believe this this week is RACE WEEK for me. Okay so maybe not *just* me.  But in my world, yes.  I’m a princess after all.  I’ve got a tiara to prove it, remember?

And since it’s RACE WEEK I set my alarm for an bit later than the typical Monday.  Because A) I’m running a freaking marathon this weekend and need the extra sleep and B) I’m tapering (although by the looks of my weekend of drinking and running you wouldn’t know it hahah!)

While I can justify any extra running bits the past 2 weeks it’s best that I sleep a little longer and don’t have the time to be tempted to add anything on. While I am a poor VISTA I really cannot afford to loose my measly pay by being late.

Therefore, when my alarm went off, I said “screw that” and set it for another hour later and skipped my planned recovery 4-6 miler.  Meaning today is a rest day (unless I cave and go out after work!).  It feels weird to take a rest day for the heck of it (normally it’s only illness or injury and even then…) We’ll see how I feel post-work 😉

Although I do have a friend who is texting me all day saying “Stay Strong. No Running!” hahahahh

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April 13, 2009

Let There Be…

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REST

Apparently my flirtation with overtraining has moved into the “it’s complicated” stage.  I’ve been having trouble sleeping, and my usual cankerous self has been a little more irritable than usual. Which is why today was a much needed rest day.  And much deserved if I do say so myself.  I ended up running 2.5 yesterday (and not a step more mind you) to hit 70 (!) miles for the week.  I am in such awe of what I’ve been able to do this training cycle.  I decided to respect my body (and specifically), though and let it recuperate.  My legs are seriously suffering from some sort of delayed muscle soreness or something like that.  Definitely time to break out The Stick tonight.

Oh The Stick…

…how I love and hate thee.  The pain that comes from “massaging” my legs is so good yet so bad.  I will fully admit that I am a The Stick novice (and I love that it is The Stick and not the stick) but I have found applying medium to heavy pressure on my muscles (especially my quads) to be quite amazing.  I’m not sure if it makes any sort of difference in my running, and to be honest I haven’t had that much time lately to really dedicate to The Stick-ing (been too busy putting in those 70 miles).  It could just be a placebo effect for all I know but the feeling of pushing out junk from my muscles great.  Any suggestions on how to maximize my The Stick experience?

I can visualize the scar tissue breaking up and floating away in my blood stream and the lactic acid doing the same.  In that sense it really is like a cheap massage, when my massage therapist (and yes, I do have one.  I may not see her on any regular schedule but she is mine heh) works on me I can see the same type of process in my mind.   Whether or not massage therapy is helpful remains to be resolved in my mind but if my mind is happy, my body will soon follow; or so I’d like to imagine.

Since I’ve always been curious about what other people do on their rest days, I’ll share what I’ve done today.  In short, Mondays suck.  I’m in class or lab from 9-6, and then of course I receive work from every single class.  On top of the work I need to do for my Tuesday classes.  And I have to go to work (I’m a physics tutor where I sit typing this now).  Monday becomes a de facto rest day out of necessity.  One of the assignments I’ve just completed is watch Maria, full of grace, for my Spanish class  (don’t judge the youtube, I don’t have any time to go see the viewings my profesora is offering).  Definitely a movie to see, but now I feel like I need to get a 24 or Lost fix now to get my bamf-ness aura back 🙂

And just to make this post extra long, I’ve been dying to share this with y’all:  http://blog.wired.com/gadgets/2009/04/get-a-whiff-of.html . What will science do next? Haha.

Later!

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