After a very frustrating walk yesterday morning I wasn’t really looking forward to my 10km walk this morning. Also, last night it was really windy and cold, and I think there might have even been some rain. So I didn’t have high expectations for this morning, weather-wise.
However the walk wasn’t too bad and my pace was better than it has been all week. After last Saturday’s sub-zero temperatures I was well prepared for this morning and was wearing about 4 layers of clothing. This worked – I actually was starting to feel quite warm near the end of my walk! However, admittedly, it wasn’t frosty this morning and I had started a little later than usual so the sun was up. There was a chilly breeze blowing but even so it was far more pleasant than last weekend when I felt like a human ice block.
So I had walked up an appetite before my breakfast with son #1. This was payment for doing his tax return and for getting a very generous refund. Yeah I know, I’m cheap but it’s also a good way of getting some one-on-one time with him and enjoying a good meal at the same time. I had green eggs and ham, which was avocado and herbed scrambled eggs with bacon, tomato jam and yoghurt, and gluten free toast. Delicious and filling. Son #1 had bacon and scrambled eggs with mushrooms and kransky.
Then for dinner tonight I used two of Matt Preston’s recipes from a Masterchef Masterclass. I have to admit – I am totally sold on his style of cooking and recipes. His recipes are generally pretty easy but very, very tasty. Tonight we had lamb, walnut and pineapple braise, served with buttered noodles (in my defence, there was the brown rice option but Mr CJ was having nothing of that), and for dessert, passionfruit sponge with berry coulis and whipped cream. First the lamb braise. This is so tasty – full of flavour and just melts in the mouth. Its one of those dishes where you put it all in the casserole dish (after browning the diced meat), stick it in the oven and leave it to weave its magic for a couple of hours. Fortunately we have plenty left over for tomorrow night as well. As for dessert, the sponge cake, once whisked and poured into individual ramekins, is then cooked for 45 seconds in the microwave. The berry coulis takes a few minutes on the stove, and whipped cream…well, that doesn’t take long either. So you can have a delicious dessert on the table in about 5 minutes. How cool is that!
I must check out his recipe book, Matt Preston’s 100 Best Recipes for more ideas.
Tomorrow I attempt some running…again. Week 1 of the Couch to 5km program…again. Let’s hope I have better luck than last time I attempted this.