I'm marathon training once again and my long runs are getting longer ... once again! When you're following a training plan, running 3, 4 or maybe 5 times a week, post training recovery is so important. I know I will have burnt through loads of calories and used up my bodies glycogen (carbohydrate) stores during my long run. I will also have challenged my muscles, that will need rest, recovery and repair. So I know to help me recover quickly from my run I need to eat carbohyd
Don't you just love pizza! I'm not a girl who skimps on her carbs and now I'm training for autumn marathons carbs are back on the agenda! And there's nothing better than a really good pizza. The trick to making pizza is to rollout and stretch your dough as thinly as possible. That way you'll get a thin and crusty base, rather than an uncooked slab of dough! I made this from scratch using regular strong flour, but you could use a pizza or cibatta bread mix for the base too.
It's baking day today. I love bread. No, I really love bread and anything baked with dough. Fresh white loaves, crispy French sticks, Chelsea buns, hot cross buns, muffins, bagels and bloomers. Complex enriched breads like brioche and simple flatbreads like naan. And I love to bake bread, to knead dough and feel it come alive in my hands. The smell of freshly baked bread is heaven, and to taste a roll still warm from the oven is divine. Before I started to read up on a study
Having a taper week is freeing up my time for some creative cookery, with two of my faoritec foods, beetroot and black pudding! For months I've been careful about what I'm eating, going large on fruit and veggies for vitamins and nutrients, focusing on getting more protein in my diet and being careful about fats and carbs. Yes, despite the plethora of "cake" posts on here I don't have my snout permanently in the treats cupboard! I've not indulged in fast food or take aways, a
Searching for some new veggie meals to try out today I came across an interesting loaf recipe. This is the easiest bread you could ever make. No kneading. No endless proving in "a warm place". No preheat your oven. It's just Mix-And-Cook! Nigella was the inspiration, but I've adapted to make it a savoury seed filled loaf (Nigellas used muesli packed with fruits & nuts). Baking bread might seem a complete faff, but this is so easy. It makes a dense somewhat chewy loaf, but wit
I found a brioche recipe with only 80g butter (vs 250g in another book). Had to give it a try! Since it was simply delicious I thought I had to share the recipe. Baking is easy, I made this yesterday evening, and it took no time at all, and was delicious for breakfast. To start I disolved 1 tsp fast acting yeast with 1 tsp sugar in 70ml milk and left it for a few minutes until it was frothy. Whilst the yeast was "doin' its thang" I weighed out 500g plain flour, 35g sugar and
Naan is dead easy to make. Give it a try. I mixed 250g plain flour (you don’t need bread four for naans, so no need to buy anything special), 2 tsp sugar, ½ tsp salt, 1 tsp dried yeast and 120ml milk to make a smooth soft dough. Add a little more milk if the dough seems dry. Turn the soft dough out onto a floured board and knead for a few minutes. Once kneaded, place the dough in a clean bowl, over with a tea towel and leave to rise for an hour or so. I made these naans on a
No bread in the house, and it's almost lunch time. So I decide to quickly rustle up some seeded soda bread. Delicious! And so, so simple, quick and easy to make. I sifted 600g wholemeal flour (tipping in the "bits" that didn't go through the sieve), with 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda, 2 tsp cream of tartar, 2 tsp salt. Then mixed in 300ml milk and mixed with my hands to form a soft dough. I gave it all a bit of a soft kneed, rolled in seeds (about 75g pumpkin seeds) to make th