Tavelling to warmer places

Today I left the depths of Canberra winter to travel to warmer paces… specifically the Gold Coast.

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The Gold Coast Festival which is currently happening provided an afternoon snack (beef jerky) and an opportunity to browse market stalls on my way to the supermarket.

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Luckily I’m staying in an apartment that has cooking facilities (if you can call a kitchen with barely enough room to bend over, blunt knives, a wonky pan and a stove with dud elements facilities…) so I managed to make a (huge – i missed lunch) healthy dinner.

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Followed by a few treats…

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Now off to enjoy that glass of red wine… 🙂

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Olive oil, cheese and wine

I have a new love… truffle infused olive oil! Mmmm so tasty! But I’ll go back the the start of the story…

Last weekend we had a lovely long weekend away in the Hunter Valley with some friends. The trip included visits to wineries for wine tasting, a trip to the Smelly Cheese Co. for some delicious cheese (later eaten with said wines) and an indoctrination into olive oil tasting.

I didn’t realise it was such an art – you can only sniff once, you need to smack our lips and suck in air to fully appreciate the flavour – at the end of the tasting we all went home with numerous bottles of olive oil of a variety of flavours (blood orange infused, lemon myrtle infused, truffle infused, basil infused). I hadn’t really considered what I would do with the oil but last night while making dinner I was inspire to drizzle a little of the truffle infused oil over the veggies we were having with our steak… Heavenly!! It gave them such a lovely rich earthy flavour there is no going back to regular vegetables… And again on the lettuce and egg salad for lunch a drizzle of basil infused oil really brought the flavours together! I am in love with my infused oils and can’t wait to try them on everything!

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MTB madness

A new toy!!

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I am the very proud owner of a shiny new Giant xtc carbon composite 29er mountain bike! I took it out for the first ride last night and wow it was amazing! Where my old bike used to ‘bounce’ it just glided over the trails! It is also light a as feather – hopping over log rolls or other obstacles is easy peesy! And it feels so comfortable. The geometry and setup make it a dream to ride 🙂 I’m off to go drool over my bike a little more…

If you get a chance to ride one of these give it a go – you never know you might be hooked like me!

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SkirtSports

SkirtSports WonderGirl Tank

This is my favourite running top ever! It has a number of neat features that were clearly designed by a women…
Pros:

  • Top cleavage pocket. This is genius! Big enough for a gel or hankie, easy to access and very secure (unless you tip upside down…) If you put too much in there I guess it might look like you have a mono-boob but functionality wins over weird looks any day.
  • Length. The top is long enough to come down to my hips even though I am on the taller side and often have problems with tops being too short. Obviously for shorter people or those who prefer shorter tops this may not appeal as much.
  • Quick dry material. The material is actually a very fine weave mesh that wicks sweat and helps regulate temperature.
  • Built in bra. I always wear an additional bra but I find that built in bras are good for helping hold the heart rate monitor strap up.
  • Racer back. Comfortable for full range of motion.
  • Awesome designs. A great range of both designs and plainer colors means that there is something for everyone.

Cons:

  • I honestly can’t think of any. Price? But at $65 I think it is very reasonably priced compared to most other tops on the market!

SkirtSports MarathonGirl Ultra Skirt and Lotta Breeze Capri Skirt
I really can’t say enough good things about these products. I absolutely love them! I was skeptical at first (in fact I thought what do you need a skirt for – just wear shorts!) But since I have got these I am a compete convert. Do you ever struggle with shorts ‘riding up?’ struggle no more! The MarathonGirl skirt is the most comfortable item I have wore running. You forget you are wearing anything 😉

Pros:

  • No more ‘riding up’. Once I put this skirt on it just stays in place. It doesn’t budge a centimeter all run 🙂
  • Light and breezy – perfect for hot days
  • Zip pocket on rear. Great for keys etc. Can’t say enough good things.
  • Flattering. It honestly makes your legs look much longer!

Cons:

  • The only con for me is that I need to use antichafe cream between my thighs. Not a big deal and unless I wear leggings (or i’m not going very far) I pretty much always use some cream. I use Silac 15 which is actually a barrier cream from the chemist. A big tub is much cheaper than some of the commercial sports brand antichafe creams.

I also have the SkirtSports Lotta Breeze Capri pants. These are a fantastic cooler weather option. Unlike some leggings they have a tight mesh weave so breath really well.

Pro:

  • Breathable material
  • Two hip pockets
  • Flattering design so you can stop at the coffee shop after a run without a second thought
  • Length. Three quarter length means they are very versatile. I get away with wearing them on slightly warmer days (when I underestimate the temperature or pack clothes to run in the morning and end up running at lunchtime) and also right through winter apart from the very coldest, wet mornings… but who wants to be outside on those miserable days anyhow?! As much as I dislike running on a treadmill some days it is an appealing option.

Cons:

  • They sit a little high on the hips for my liking. But others might find this a pro not a con! I prefer bottoms to sit quite low on my hips and don’t like anything that comes up towards my waist. By no means do these sit on the waist – just a fraction higher than I would usually wear shorts.
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Choc berry paleo pancakes

Every now and again we all need a little indulgence – there is nothing wrong with that and here’s a treat that is not only a delicious indulgence but it’s super quick to make (think sitting on the couch post dinner longing for dessert and you can have this ready in 15 minutes!) and paleo 🙂

Choc berry paleo pancakes

Ingredients

Pancakes (Banana pancakes from my previous post Trying Paleo again)

  • 2 bananas
  • 2 egg
  • 2 tbsp almond butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence

Choc sauce

  • ¼ c honey
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp raw cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence

Berry sauce

  • 1 c frozen raspberries
  • 1 tbsp honey

Coconut flakes to top

The method couldn’t be easier although it does require some multitasking!

1. Mash banana in a bowl. Whisk in egg, almond butter and vanilla.

2. Place chocolate sauce ingredients in a small pot. Also place berry sauce ingredients in another small pot.

3. Place both pots on the stove on low.

4. Heat pan for pancakes on stove.

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5. Continue stirring chocolate sauce and berry sauce while cooking pancakes. By the time the pancakes are all cooked the chocolate should be smooth and the berries reduced to a thick sauce.

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6. Serve pancakes topped with berries and chocolate sauce and sprinkle with coconut flakes!

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What I run in

What do I run in?

Before I buy new gear I always do some google research and see what others think of the product. I have tried a lot of equipment over the years and worked out what I like and don’t like. So I’ll share some reviews of products that I do like and continue to use. These are just my opinions! I have no affiliation with any of these products. I don’t have time to put up individual reviews all at once so I will link new reviews as I post them. I’d love to hear what you think and if you have tried any of these products!

A quick summary of what I run in.

Tops
SkirtSports WonderGirl Tank
2XU Carbon X L/S top (cold weather)

Bottoms
SkirtSports MarathonGirl Ultra Skirt and Lotta Breeze Capri Skirt
Adidas shorts

Shoes
KSwiss Keahou
KSwiss Kwicky Blade Light
Brooks Glycerin

Other bits and pieces
Oakley Radar sunglasses
Headsweats hat
Fuelbelt hydration
Spibelt
Garmin 310XT
Salomon XA 20 W backpack

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Wilted lettuce salad with bacon and balsamic dressing

I was sceptical at first – how could a warm lettuce salad be good – surely it will just go soggy? But I had to try! I read a few recipes for inspiration and then came up with this little concoction which was actually lovely and tasty and not like a soggy pile of lettuce at all 🙂
Wilted lettuce salad with bacon and balsamic dressing
Ingredients
¼ iceberg lettuce (this was all I had in the fridge – next time I am going to use a stronger flavoured lettuce like a butter lettuce), shredded
4 rashers of bacon
2 teeny-weeny home grown green capsicum
1 giant home grown spring onion
½ small brown onion, diced
1 tsp crushed garlic
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
8 cherry tomatoes

1. Dice bacon and fry in pan. Put aside in a bowl once cooked.
2. Cook onion, capsicum, and spring onion in bacon grease for 1-2 minutes. Add balsamic and continue stirring for approximately 5 minutes. Put aside in a bowl.

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3. Toss lettuce in pan for 2-3 minutes. Turn regularly to ensure it doesn’t cook – you want to warm it and coat it in the dressing.
4. Serve lettuce topped with bacon and onion mixture and halved cherry tomatoes.

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(I know it’s not diced – I forgot before I put it in the pan – duh! Round two was and made it much easier to eat!)

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