A Mathematical Cakethrough

I’m training for a 10k run with a team from my work for which I was shamelessly lured in by the promise of free running shoes tailored to my specific needs as identified following a free consultation that would analyse my gait and stride in the performance centre. I liked the sound of it – it sounded like maths and science combining to make me an elite runner through free new shoes alone. However, I have since made an altogether different mathematical breakthrough, a numerical relationship if you will. And it is this:  the healthiness (h) of the food I consume at home (FCH) is inversely proportional to the day of the week (Dn)

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Put another way, on day 1, Monday, I eat like Olympic running machine super Mo  – all protein and raw/steamed veg – but by day 5 on Friday it’s less like super Mo more like sumo – Patty & Bun burgers, kebabs (not the doner variety mind, local ocakbasi restaurant 19 Numara Bos Cirrik 2 on Stoke Newington High Street does the most incredible Adana kebab – juicy minced lamb shish marinated in Turkish spices and cooked on their charcoals before being wrapped up in a blanket of fresh, soft turkish bread) and of course anything combining pastry with…well anything.

The other week was a case in point. I started the week with a healthy salad for dinner. It contained mixed leaves, celery, radishes, beetroot, runner beans, cous cous, fresh mint, flat leaf parsley and smoked mackerel. Seasoned well and dressed simply with extra virgin olive oil and fresh lemon juice. It was delicious and looked like this.

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Super start to the week Salad

By Wednesday I was adding a load of chorizo to my otherwise healthy home made leftover vegetable soup. Again very tasty but this time I suspect the chorizo and all its meaty, fatty juices were largely responsible.

juicy meaty vegetable soup

Juicy meaty vegetable soup

Come Friday it was a full on fried platter for breakfast – eggs, chorizo (yes again, you know you love it too) halloumi, plantain, beans and toast. A gut-busting way to start my long weekend.

Friday's Fry-up

Fatty Boom-ba Breakfast

Luckily for my trousers there are only 7 days in the week. Back to the greens on Monday.

 

Super Salad for a Not So Super Tuesday

Today was a little bit rough. My sister suffers from depression and the last seven days have seen her feeling really low and struggling to cope with the everyday activities and chores that we all take for granted. One of those being taking the time to prepare and sitting down to eat a decent meal at least once a day. So having spent a very emotional day with her she has come to stay with me for a couple of days and I wanted to cheer her up this evening with my version of a superfood salad we both opted for the other week at The Riding House Cafe on Great Titchfield Street – a top notch joint a brief canter away from Oxford Circus for great lunch, brunch or in fact any kind of munch.

As Yotem will tell you, being a salad it’s a doddle to knock up and only uses one pan so easy to wash up afterwards too. Chicken breast fillets cut into strips seasoned and marinated in olive oil, tarragon and garlic for 10 minutes then chucked straight into a very hot griddle pan to which squash (cubed), zucchini (strips), cherry toms (halved) were all added in that order. The whole lot was tossed into a bed of watercress, baby spinach rocket, spring onion, chopped parsley and cous cous all liberally drizzled with olive oil. Finished with an extra pinch of rock salt and a l’il twist of black pepper. I’m pleased to say that the day has finished better than it started and my sister really enjoyed sitting down to tuck into a decent (and healthy) home-cooked meal for the first time in a while. I hope it cheers you up as much as it did us.

Superfood salad (bad shot the blame of fatigue)

Super close shot of super salad

Tri’s Salmon Pappardelle

So, I’m extending my blog to include a few other dishes that people cook for me as requested by said people and the first such post follows dinner at the Pulhams’. Tri made her classic salmon and asparagus pappardelle in a white wine sauce with lemon zest and parsley. Proper tasty.

Tri's Salmon Pappardelle

Tri’s Salmon Pappardelle