Pancakes, Hills and the Sunday Slob.

I had an awesome Sunday. Sundays are just generally great, a) because there are pancakes involved, b) because it means a hill run, and c) because it means being a Sunday Slob.

a) Pancake Sunday!! Did you know I am officially the worst pancake flipper in the world? Case in point:

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Course I scraped it outta the pan and ate it anyway! 😉

Katie’s Red Velvet pancakes (go check hers out- they’re delish and look so much better the way she made them!!), sans the red part because I had no food colouring…

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Topped with coconut butter and choccie chips, with PB+J for dippage 🙂

The Katie obsession continued that evening with yet another Banana Bread Muffin For One, topped with raw chocolate pudding as frosting and shredded coconut:DSC06900

Sorry for the Katie obsession. I am not joking when I say you HAVE to try these and her recipes in general because they will send you into a FOODGASMIC COMA.

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The Sunday Pancake theme was carried over to dinner, with a Triple Chickpea plate.DSC06899

Socca (like a chickpea pancake), topped with spinach, nooch and Angela’s delicious crispy chickpea bites, with a side of roasted red pepper hummus. Gotta love those chickpeas!! Open-mouthed smile

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b) Hill run!! I have a love-hate relationship with hills, because they totally kick my butt! I did manage to up the speed of the 30 min pre-set hill workout this week slightly, with the first half in 8.00min/mile and the second half in 7.47 min/mileyahooo! DSC06872

7% inline is no joke, and equalled a very sweaty beast afterwards! Chilled out on the elliptical for about half an hour afterwards with Paula Radcliffe.DSC06448

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Her book is amazing. If you are interested in running, I really recommend it! Open-mouthed smile

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c) Sunday Slob

Slob Example #1: A lie in.DSC06915 When you have pancakes to make, and a church service to get to, a lie-in means sacrifices. And that meant no hair-brushing, no make-up, and not even changing out of my PJ top. Priorities people!!

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Shhh...they'll never know...

 

I just didn’t take off my coat. Our secret, k? Winking smile

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Slob Example #2: Work procrastination. I settled down with the laptop and vegan instant soup-in-a-mug to tackle some work, and then doing no work at all, and instead bookmarking 1000 more recipes to make.DSC06669

This happens every time. Bad Emma!!

Slob Example #3: Cereal munching straight from the packet. I couldn’t be bothered to make a proper snack after my workout, so the cereal and I got well acquainted on my bed, and got caught in the act by my momma.

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Oooops!

Must. Get. Every. Last. Crumb…DSC06910

Shameless.

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So now I’m off to finish possibly the only productive thing I did all day: washing these bad boys after yesterday’s run.DSC06890

Obviously the most efficient way to do it is in the bathtub. You have to get in there too of course.DSC06883

That’s how I spend my Sundays.

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So how did you spend your Sunday? Bonus points for anyone who wore their PJ’s to church too.

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Are you a pancake person, and if so, what is your fave flavour or recipe? Please tell me you love pancakes as much as I do, or I will cry.

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What are you looking forward to this week? I’m looking forward to tomorrow! I’m going with a friend to the Hummus Bros hummus bar for lunch, and then to Whole Foods! Hopefully I’ll get in a run too, and it’ll be the perfect day methinks! Open-mouthed smile

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Hope you’ve had a great weekend friends!!

Morning no-brainer

Apparently, I’m not so good in the mornings. I love them and all, but apparently my brain can’t function well…but I did learn three very important lessons today when I did my first ever super-early-pre-church workout!

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1. Breakfast means getting up earlier. Especially if you want Pancake Sunday! Otherwise you’ll just have to go with the cereal+banana combo, cos that’s all you’ll have time for…

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Optimum blueberry and cinnamon flax cereal+coconut milk and banana

Still yummo of course, but nothing beats pancakes on Pancake Sunday.

2. Pack gym bag the night before. That way you won’t be running around in the dark throwing clothes everywhere because you can’t find the capris you live in normally…and then couldn’t find in the end anyway.Nike-Be-Fast-Womens-Nylon-Training-Capris-412628_010_A

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3. Don’t forget to shave your legs. Because you will be forced to wear your Nike Tempos with hairy legs

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You can breathe, I'll spare you the close-up! 😛

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Despite all that, I had an AMAZING workout, with the my hardest ever treadmill run! I opted for a 30 min pre-set hill session, and it was so hard that after 10 mins I had to reduce my speed to 8 min/mile!DSC06651

The incline climbed up to 7% TWICE, which is way more than I’ve ever done before, and held it there for a few minutes! The second time round I almost died. It was SO awesome, and totally kicked my ass! I was dripping sweat, which combined with the Super Hairy Legs must have made for one helluva attractive sight! And I can’t wait to tackle it again next week! Open-mouthed smileDSC06653

I cooled down on the elliptical for a bit, then sprinted to get changed in time for church. No, I didn’t shower until after the service. So everyone hated me for that, and for *quietly* munching away during the service…

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I’m one of those weird cool people that eat all the time. Even when just walking from place to place, I usually have food in my mouth. But next time I think it might be wise for me to swap the CRUNCH bar for a banana or something next time though…funnily enough eating that bar quietly wasn’t very successful…!Smile with tongue out

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In other news, I USED MY FOOD PROCESSOR FOR THE FIRST TIME!! Wahoo! After about half an hour of serious confusion, I managed to work out out how to turn it on. Actually, that’s a lie. I got help, and it was as simple as screwing on the bowl properly. What can I say, I’m a bright kid.Light bulb

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Chocolate PB banana soft-serve, with chocolate chips on top.DSC06659

One frozen banana, 2 tsp Dark Chocolate Dreams processed for a few mins. Bliss.

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And can you guess what is going to be my Special Monday Breakfast tomorrow? I’ll give ya a hint:DSC06664

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Can’t wait! Open-mouthed smile

Dinner was also amazing!!

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Hummus in a WW wrap, roasted bnut squash and Eazy-Cheezy Scrambled Tofu

Eazy-Cheezy Scrambled Tofu

  • 1/3 block firm silken tofu (I used Mori-Nu)
  • A few sprays of EVOO oil
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1.5-2 tbsp nutritional yeast flakes
  • 1 tsp paprika, or spices of your choice
  1. Put the tofu into a small pan, and chop into small pieces. Spray tofu and pan with oil.
  2. Add everything else, stir, turn up onto a medium heat, and sauté for a few minutes.
  3. Enjoy!!

This was delicious! I loved adding the paprika to give it a little kick! SmileI also went back for more squash, and ended up eating pretty much the whole thing! And it was a big’un too! Feeling just a little over-fibred now! Disappointed smileNo regrets though…too darn YUMMY!DSC06673

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Are you good in the mornings? I love mornings, because it’s breakfast time (<—best time of the day!!), but my brain doesn’t actually switch on until about mid morning!

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If you’re a runner, do you do hill runs? I’ve only started doing them recently, after reading how beneficial they are for your running! But up until last week I was too chicken! Hills scared me (and still do a bit! Smile with tongue out). I now incorporate a hilly run and hill sprints into my schedule.

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And  what are you looking forward to this week? I’m looking forward to experimenting with my processor! A hummus recipe coming up soon! I’ll also be making my own Dark Chocolate Dreams! Open-mouthed smile

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Have a great week friends!!

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P.S. I changed my Twitter username a fortnight ago, and forgot to mention it!! It seems to be causing some confusion still! It’s @SweetToothRunnr now for when you wanna chat 🙂

Giveaway winner and melodrama

Hey friends!! Hope you’ve had a great weekend! Smile

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First up today is the winner of my yoga giveaway! Thank y’all for entering by the way!

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True Random Number Generator: Result: 4 Powered by RANDOM.ORG

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That is…the amazing and lovely Keri over at Blue Eyed Runner!!

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Keri, on February 2, 2011 at 10:36 pm said: Edit Comment

Oooh love this giveaway! I love yoga, but should definitely be doing it more, so this would be great! Plus, it would be a fantastic bday present :)You are already on my blogroll. And I follow you on twitter!

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Not only did she win the giveaway, but it is also her birthday, and she got engaged too this weekend!!  Congrats Keri and Happy Birthday! Open-mouthed smile I’ll shoot the Yoga Download guys your email address and they’ll contact you, k?

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I am a pretty melodramatic person. Everything is either “AMAZING!!” or “THE END OF THE WORLD!!” Today, as with every day, there were a few panic situations

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Panic #1: Unplanned lie-in. This morning I ignored my alarm. I slept in until 8.30, which is super late for me!! So usually I have Pancake Sundays….

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Cocoa oatmeal pancakes

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Pumpkin Spelt Pancakes

…but I woke up just half an hour before I had to leave for church!! So I instead had a lovely cereal bowl.

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Optimum cinnamon+blueberry flax cereal with strawbs and coconut milk

Panic #1 resolved: I had pancakes for dinner instead!DSC06407

Okay, those aren’t exactly pancakes buried beneath the tempeh, spinach and nooch. They’re socca (kinda like chickpea-flour pancakes), which I leaned about from Heather’s post. Darned tasty!

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Panic #2: Getting in a run. I had so much to do today, and fretted about not being able to fit in my tempo run. END OF THE WORLD.

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Panic #2 resolved: Thankfully, after church, I managed to get to the gym for a quick tempo run before lunch. (Fast mile in 7 min/mile pace, and warm-up and cool down miles in 8.20ish min/mile). And 20 mins on the elliptical too. Such a runner’s high! I LOVE ENDORPHINS!DSC06399

Panic #3: Lack of food essentials. I finished off my normal peanut butter on Friday OIAJ style, and had run out of all my other favourite foods! DSC06325

Serious panic ensued.

Panic #3 resolved: Running straight to the supermarket from the gym to stock up, looking like a schweaty tomato.

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It's ok, I did actually take the towel OFF my head before leaving the gym! 😛

Got ma essentials! We can all breathe easily now Smile

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Broccoli, crunchy PB, smooth PB and chocolate chips

Panic #4: The chocolate monster hit. I needed a yummy+ filling chocolate fix immediately. A few squares of chocolate just wasn’t going to cut it. Not even delicious raspberry dark chocolate…DSC06228DSC06288

Panic #4 resolved: Raw Chocolate Mousse. The gorgeous genius that is Chef Katelyn saved my life (are you getting the whole melodramatic thing yet? Smile with tongue out). I topped it with chocolate chips (duh!) and ate the whole thing.DSC06412

Katelyn, your recipe is amazing. Seriously. Girl, will you marry me? We can feast on this and vegan chocolate chip cookies every day. Sound good? Winking smile

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So are you melodramatic minnie, or a chilled chica? If you didn’t get the message already, I’m a tad melodramatic! Smile with tongue out

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And what ‘little’ things cause you to panic? What foods can’t you do without? Peanut butter, dark chocolate, fruit+veggies and oats. I think if I have all these things I could just about make it through life!

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Have a great week lovelies! Some savoury recipes for once coming at ya tomorrow!

GIVEAWAY WINNER and a failed challenge

Hey friends! Open-mouthed smile

You know I love you all. But you also know that only one person can win the giveaway, much as I would love for you all to get 10 boxes of this amazing stuff!

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Okay, so the giveaway winner!!

(I’m afraid I have absolutely no idea how to insert the Random Number Generator I used into this post, despite many attempts, so you’ll just have to trust me!)

It was…NUMBER 22!! Which is…………………..Cosmic!!!

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Submitted on 2011/01/24 at 7:33 pm

“You’re giveaway and lovely bloggy infectious presence excites me(thanks lovely Emma:) Ignore any negativity(it’s not real or true:). I’m subscribed to your blog. ”

Aww what a lovely comment Cosmic! YOU are lovely! 10 boxes of Alara Goji Berries and Pineapple muesli will be on their way to you soon! Smile

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I have to admit to another food obsession. This one is slightly more normal.

Oats.Rolled-Oats

I have it every day for breakfast in some form or another. Every. Single. Day. Don’t believe me?

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Yesterday's breakfast: banana oatmeal with dates

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Yesterday's afternoon snack: banana oatmeal with blueberries

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Monday's breakfast: choco-banana oatmeal

Even my weekend ‘shakin things up’ breakfasts had oats in them!

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Sunday's breakfast: chocolate oatmeal pancakes

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Saturday's breakfast: Oaty breakfast cake

But this morning, I threw caution to the wind.

A personal challenge: A day without oats.

“To hell with oats!” I cried, and instead, threw cereal into my bowl.

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Optimum cinnamon and blueberry cereal with coconut milk and strawberries

Now don’t get me wrong, I love cereal, and this was delicious, but usually have it as a snack. Or at least have oatmeal later in the day. But I was determined. Determined to go just one day without oats, just to see if I could.

I failed. All I could think about all day was oats. So I caved. As soon as I got back home, I made a recipe I’ve had bookmarked since The Dawn Of Time.DSC06036

Averie’s Microwave Banana Oat Cakes. That woman is an absolute genius. I literally have bookmarked almost all of her amazing recipes. And this did not disappoint.

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#2 Topped with peanut butter

I’m so glad I gave in to myself. I think it was beneficial to my mental health. And never again will I ever utter or even think the blasphemous words “to hell with oats!”.

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So tell me, what is one food you don’t think you could go a day without having? For me, that’s obviously oats. And Dates. And dark choccie. So that’s three really, but I’m allowed to cheat! Smile with tongue out

And please share with me a recipe or something that you are dying to make! I had wanted to make those oat cakes for ages, and Averie’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls are totally calling out to me too! I also came up with a great idea for how to make a killer vegan chocolate torte, so I’ll have to test that out soon, and hopefully it’ll work! Open-mouthed smile

Have a great rest of the week lovelies!

Attack of the Snack Monster and FAQ’s!

Hello friends! Smile

I just got back from another BodyPump class! Love them!DSC05472

The results you get are very noticeable too- I’ve only been going once/twice a week for less than a month and I’m already lifting heavier weights and seeing a real difference! Open-mouthed smileCan’t wait to start my Tone Up challenge on Monday too, and it’s not too late to join me if you like! Smile

Breakfast was applesauce oatmeal (a new combo!)…DSC05671

…topped with granola (duh!):DSC05677

I love how oatmeal is so changeable! And I’ve almost finished my huge jar of PB, so I can’t wait for OIAJ! Open-mouthed smile 

The Snack Monster seriously attacked me today.

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Grilled large mushrooms filled with red pepper houmous

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Rice cakes, one topped with red pepper houmous, the other almond butter.

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Delicious Raw apricot and almond snack bar

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Honeydew melon and grapes

Cereal and coconut milk

So I fed him! Winking smile Nothing would satisfy the Snack Monster though…but everything tasted goood! You know, someone said to me today that it was a “good thing I exercised, otherwise I’d be so fat”! Not sure whether that was a compliment or not…!

Of course, I still had room for dinner though! I made a curried lentil and potato dish.DSC05668

Lentils are awesome! High in fibre, iron and protein! Open-mouthed smilePerfect post-workout food! As is this…

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Soya yoghurt and GRANOLA

 

Seriously, somebody stop me! Or at the very least check me into a Granola rehab! They surely must exist for ‘special’ people like me…!

Announcement: One of my ‘reader’s requests’ was a FAQ page. Now I feel a little…self-conscious/vain/egotistical(?) about making one, but it was a request, and I do love reading other’s FAQ pages, so please send me your questions! You can leave a comment below or email me your questions. I’ll answer (almost!) anything!

Coming up tomorrow is some baking, which I haven’t done in a few days, and so am getting withdrawal symptoms from (typical signs include constantly reading cookbooks, stockpiling ingredients, stalking food blogs, etc.)! There are some great recipes I have to try out! What is on your To-Make/Bake list? Mine is literally a mile-long and mostly recipes from other bloggers like Mama Pea and Oh She Glows! Smile with tongue out

TGIF tomorrow! I’m exhausted, don’t know about you! Bring on the weekend! Open-mouthed smile

Goodnight lovely readers, and don’t forget to ask away!

It’s all about the exercise variety!

Hello friends! Smile

Today was all about the exercise variety! This is really important to me when it comes to exercise motivation. Yes, I have a routine that I like, but now and again it’s good to keep things fresh, y’know? Gabriela wrote a great post about this today- check it out!

So, I tried out a new group exercise class today! Livin’ up to my 2011 goals so far! Any guesses as to what class?

BODYCOMBAT!body-combat-poster

As you may know, I am a huge fan of BodyPump (as are many other bloggers!), and both these are two if the Les Mills exercise classes.

So what is BodyCombat? Taken from their website:

“BODYCOMBAT™ is the empowering cardio workout where you are totally unleashed. This fiercely energetic program is inspired by martial arts and draws from a wide array of disciplines such as karate, boxing, taekwondo, tai chi and muay thai. Supported by driving music and powerful role model instructors, you strike, punch, kick and kata your way through calories to superior cardio fitness.” source

A typical class (45 minutes) includes a short warm-up, followed by the main cardio section (lots of kicks, punches and jumping around!), and finally the cooldown which is strength training.

My thoughts

Positives

  • Very high energy! Great cardio- really worked up a sweat!
  • Enjoyable! The cardio section especially is a lot of fun, like dance crossed with martial arts!
  • As with the other Les Mills class I have taken (BodyPump), the instructors (there were two) are great. Really passionate and enthusiastic.

Negatives

  • Didn’t like the music very much! Okay, personal taste and a minor thing, but this was the new release, and a lot of the tracks was not new stuff and was a bit cheesy really!
  • The strength training section was only legs. It would have been great to get in some arms/abs etc.
  • Not long enough? Again, personal preference, but BodyPump is an hour, and I think that’s a better time for this class, as it would allow for more cooldown+strength training.

I did really enjoy the class! Not quite as good as BodyPump in my opinion, but a really great cardio option! I was red, sweaty, and highly unattractive looking when I left the class! But like with all things, you get out as much as you put in. There were people there who were half-heartedly doing the moves, and it didn’t look like they were having fun or getting much out of it! Unlike me of course! 😉

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Be afraid, be very afraid...

Don’t I look kick-ass! Smile with tongue out Tried (and failed) a few kick shots too!

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Fail #1

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Fail #2

Why did I post these again? Smile with tongue out

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I fuelled my class with Ultra Bran cereal+coconut milk+sliced banana:DSC04323

Did you know that Ultra Bran cereal has 15g of fibre per 45g serving!! And I usually have way more than that! That’s a lot of fibre! Surprised smile

After BodyCombat, I finished up the hour’s workout with 15mins on the elliptical doing speed intervals, then headed off to Starbucks to meet a friend for lunch. And did you know that Starbucks have a vegan offering now!

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Yummy falafel panini

You won’t believe this, but I was told by one of the baristas to put my camera away! Cheek! Baring teeth smile I didn’t argue though, but silently cursed him…

Later in the evening, I did some yoga and strength training.DSC05343

Instead of the usual flow I do that I learned from my class, I did a strength flow from yogadownload.com. After all, today has been all about the exercise variety! Smile

Tomorrow, I’m getting my bake on! I read through this recipe book that I bought yesterday (see previous post for details)…DSC05309

…and so far, it is my all-time favourite recipe book! Yes, it may well have overtaken the Vegan Cupcakes recipe book and Veganomicon! Surprised smile But I obviously have to test out some of the recipes to see if it lives up to its title! Winking smile

I’m also going to BodyPump tomorrow morning, as well as another new exercise class for me- spinning! Can’t wait! Open-mouthed smile

What are your favourite exercise classes? Have you ever been to any of the ones I’ve mentioned? My favourite has to be BodyPump so far! And what is your all-time favourite recipe book?

Buffet Monster

It’s Christmas Eve!! And that means…SANTA’S COMING! Can you tell I’m excited? Winking smile

I also had huge excitement over my purchases from yesterday! So as soon as I woke up,  I set to work ON Katie’s melties!

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Starry ice cube tray

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Coconut buttah! LOVE it already!

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One coconut meltie, one Dark Chocolate Dreams meltie!

They’re in the freezer now, and will be consumed soon! Open-mouthed smile

Breakfast was another one of my purchases:DSC04810DSC04817

Oh…cinnamonyness…mmm…. Loved this cereal! It couldn’t not be great though, since it had cinnamon in it! Smile with tongue out And it’s good for you!DSC04821

I didn’t have a humungous breakfast, as I was heading off to a friend’s party. I had planned to make chocolate vegan cupcakes to take along, but I ransacked the kitchen and couldn’t find any cocoa powder! Surprised smile All I could find was ‘light’ instant hot chocolate powder!DSC04874Thought about using this instead, but I’m pretty sure it wouldn’t work very well! Smile with tongue out 

There was a huge buffet for lunch at the party, and bless her she provided vegan food (HOUMOUS!) and even told me at the start exactly what foods were and weren’t vegan! Smile  I am a Buffet Monster. All food is decimated by me.DSC04830

Looks alright doesn’t it? Well that was my innocent first plate. Numerous other helpings followed, then the plate was thrown aside, and I dived right in there! Smile with tongue out

As soon as I got back from that party, I went out for a dinner with old friends! We’ve known each other since we were kids, but don’t see each other as much any more sadly, so it was great to catch up today!36184_1671704756287_1347423739_31724938_6393186_n

It gave me an excuse to get a bit dressed up too! Smile

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We ate at Pizza Express, which is a lovely Italian restaurant if you’ve never heard of it.pizza_express_peter_street_manchester

We ordered doughballs to share for our appetizer, and since there weren’t any vegan mains on the menu,  I just ordered the huge ‘Bosco’ salad without the mozzarella:

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Warm garlic mushrooms, baby mozzarella, avocado, roasted tomatoes, baby spinach, rocket, balsalmic syrup and dressing

It was so big, I couldn’t finish! Trust me, that’s a rare occurrence! Smile with tongue out

There weren’t any vegan desserts either, but they did have an almost vegan ‘dolcetti’ (small dessert), which I ordered without the mascarpone. However, the waitress forgot that part, so I just ate around it:

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Baby figs with cinnamon & white wine spiced syrup with mascarpone

 

The baby figs were lovely! I’ve never had a whole fig before, but they were delicious! The whole meal was great, and I successfully proved to my sceptical friends that vegans can eat out at ‘normal’ restaurants! Smile

This morning, I’m off to the gym to get in a quick workout before starting the busy Christmas preparations! There’s my dish (Festive Squash Jalousie) to veganise+bake ahead and freeze:untitled

And of course, tons of presents to wrap and cards to write! Since this is technically Thursday’s (late) post, I might do another one later tonight for you lovelies…

So what are you hoping Santa will bring you tomorrow? I know one of the things he’s bringing me (he left his receipt lying around! Smile with tongue out) and can’t wait to show you tomorrow!! And how are you spending your Christmas tomorrow? With family, friends, or both? We’re having our usual of all the family round! And our family from New York our flying in today to spend Christmas with us, so I can’t wait to see them again!

MERRY CHRISTMAS! Open-mouthed smile