I have been cooking for once and have turned some veal from my freezer into a simple, hot stew 🙂
Almost enough for six 600 grams portions…
Many exciting things happened in my life in 2012, and I had a plan to go through most of them in post. A huge task in itself. Moreover, I wanted to write about what I’ve done during the Christmas holidays and how I celebrated New Year’s Eve. I have realized, however, that I will never get that utopian post written properly, and that if I did, it would become too long for anybody to read. So many good intentions, so little time. I actually write less on the blog when I experience a lot, because no time is left for reporting… After all, it must be better to live in the moment than to always think about how to present it afterwards.
Here is a few headlines from 2012:
Apparently, “a few” is now redefined to be 24 🙂
I hate to use the term “New Year’s resolution”, so I will not, but I’ve decided to start getting up early and do most of my training in the morning. My circadian rhythm will no longer move daily, at least when I haven’t been to a party and haven’t had my sleep disturbed by work.
My left ankle is sore at the moment, so regarding fitness I’m focusing on eating healthy and doing weight training rather than running. Besides that, I’m playing with a Raspberry Pi, which will be my new media center.
Update, 2012-01-05 07:07:42: Like 2011, 2012 didn’t bring a girl into the picture. It didn’t even bring real desire to go look for one. No, I’m not gay. No, I don’t think it’s wrong to be gay. A few of my best friends are.
You don’t have to wait for it to cool down, which is an advantage a busy morning.
Weight Energy Protein Carbs Fat Fiber (g) (kcal) (g) (g) (g) (g) Water 425 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 Rolled oats 80 292.8 10.4 54.4 5.2 8.0 Linseed 10 48.4 2.5 3.6 3.1 1.8 Total 515 341.2 12.9 58.0 8.3 9.8 Energy dist. 14.4% 60.3% 25.3% Per 100 g 66.3 2.5 11.3 1.6
The dish is low in protein, so remember to add a protein-rich component on the side, e.g. tuna in water, skyr, low-fat cottage cheese or eggs.
My previous version of the dish is from May and it’s available here.
Sometimes I use almonds instead of linseed, but I rarely have almonds in my kitchen, as I cannot keep my hands off them between meals… 🙂
tonight was awesome. It was one of those nights, where I managed to get off my couch and on my bike to the fitness center, even though I was feeling mentally tired from work and physically tired from eating dinner. Covered by a blanket, watching an episode of my favorite TV series, I honestly considered staying at home. But I made it. And it was nothing less than glorious. As usual, I had a lot more energy than I thought. Actually, it was probably one of those evenings, where I even had a bit more energy than usual. The pull-ups, the squats, the hyperextensions, etc. They just felt good. Thanks goes out to two of my favorite bands for keeping me company (Illdisposed and Slipknot). Weight training, metal music, strained facial expressions and sweat go well together.
So, seriously, remember that you have a lot more energy than you think when you’re feeling heavy on the couch. You have to get up and get moving to unleash it. You will feel awesome afterwards. It will be worth it.”
Today I’ve attended a 10 km run in Silkeborg called BakkeChallenge together with my friend Hans Klemmensen. The run is two times 5 km on forest roads and trails, and it contains some very demanding hills.
Apparently, Hans is very fast – he finished third among the men and received a well-deserved round of applause and a gift on the podium after the run!
I did a good job (witnessed by an average heart rate of 171 bpm), but I had to accept the time 54 minutes and 11 seconds. I had to walk at some points… Damn. Click here to see my recorded run. It seems my GPS was a bit off today. As far as I remember, Hans finished in 46 minutes and something.
That was 325 km more in the Aygo. A guesstimate for the trip is 15 km/L petrol, but in the Aygo’s defense, it was certainly allowed to work on the freeway. A brick would have been okay as cruise control…
I have been out trail running yesterday and today. It’s a nice diversion from running on asphalt in the city. You really have to focus on feet placement, and your heart rate is raced up and down continuously. It is with the sight and smell of nature, it is with a bit of risk, and it is with a minimum of equipment, by which I primarily mean without music. I do, however, rarely look at my GPS watch while running in nature – I just want the runs to count in my overall statistics.
Yesterday it was 7.4 km in FiveFingers on the mountain bike route in Kongshøj Skov. Today it was 8.7 km in ordinary running shoes – Asics GT-2160 – on the yellow route in a very muddy Lundby Bakker and Lundby Krat in the rain. Now my Asics are almost as dirty as they were after Xtreme Mandehørm last weekend.
My next goal was a half marathon at Thy Trail Marathon on February 23, 2013, but unfortunately there is no room for more participants. It’s a great event, which I know for sure as I ran it this year, so I should have made up my mind faster. Damn. Running has become so damn popular 😀
Copenhagen Marathon 2013 is still my next huge goal, and, as I’ve mentioned earlier, I have already bought my ticket. I look forward to the event with great enthusiasm and have created a preliminary training plan. Still, I need to find a half marathon of some sort to run around the New Year or in January or February… Hmm, I wonder what it will be…
Let me conclude by showing you two egoistic mood pictures. My good friend Edward Angelo Cerullo in Norway recently sent me a nice Moose of Norway hat to keep my ears warm in winter 🙂 Thanks! I like it! 🙂 The picture to the right shows how impractical rain and mud can be 😉
I’m happy that my cold sore is finally starting to disappear…
With regard to the Danish environment tax on vehicles, I’m paying the lowest possible rate. I pay 278.44 DKK every six months, which, using today’s exchange rates, equals approx 37 EUR or 48 USD.
That’s somewhere between one tenth and one fifth of what most of my vehicle-owning colleagues and friends pay 🙂
What else is new? Oh, yeah, I’ve started cycling to work again. The Aygo has been duly inaugurated and I can’t really defend to continue using it to drive that one kilometer back and forth. I’m also still using my bike to get to the fitness center, even though that’s a round trip of 8.5 to 12 km, depending on the chosen route. Well, one might even claim that the range is [8.5;∞[, but you know what I mean…
Totally unrelated, I have washed my running shoes in Rodalon (a disinfectant – benzalkonium chloride). It was necessary to get rid of the smell they picked up during the “obstacle race” Xtreme Mandehørm Aalborg 2012. Apparently, washing your running shoes in a washing machine might make the their glue disintegrate. So far, I can vouch for the Rodalon approach – the mixing ratio and the procedure is on the bottle.
Yesterday I participated in Xtreme Mandehørm Aalborg 2012 together with two friends – Hans Jacob Møller and Morten Klingenberg. I know Hans from my time as a system administrator at Telenor, and I know Morten through Hans. The name of our team is Tror du det er for sjov jeg drikker?, which can be translated to something along the lines of Do you think I drink for fun?. It is inspired by the Danish heavy metal band Red Warszawa, who has an awesome song with that title 🙂
We ran through muddy, smelly, ice-cold ponds (or small lakes – in one of which the water reached my shoulders and I considered swimming), climbed over containers, slided through tubes into mud, jumped and climbed obstacles, crawled under ropes and nets, ran up steep hills, crawled up steep slopes, rolled around in mud and ran through several kilometers of muddy, slippery forest trails. The route is announced to be 12.2 km, but it seems most people’s GPS watches measured it to be approx 11 km.
The final hurdle is to walk – or run or swim – through a container filled with water, which is actually very nice, as you’re cooled down and some of the mud is washed off. Morten was fastest with 1h 10m 41s, whereas Hans and I finished in 1h 15m 1s and 1h 12m 48s, respectively. The team diploma and my personal diploma:
After the race we drank beer at breakneck speed while enjoying the hot whirlpool in Nørresundby Idrætscenter. All races should end like that. Awesome!
The evening featured a huge, Oktoberfest-inspired party with delicious food, even more beer, drunken nail-punching competitions, award ceremony, boxing and comedy. The comedy was performed by the well-known, Danish comedian Frank Hvam, and it was very entertaining. We ended the great day and evening with nice Hoegaarden wheat beer pints at The Irish House. Xtreme Mandehørm is now a tradition 😉
Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to find any pictures of Morten, but the photographers have certainly caught Hans in some xtreme situations 😉
Today I have had a hangover and have been annoyed by the cold that started to haunt me a few days ago. I’ve managed to wash my seriously nasty running clothes, watch old episodes of NCIS, do grocery shopping, rust protect my Aygo, run 5 km in FiveFingers and write this post.
The first step is healthy food. Tonight I’m cooking a spicy stew with veal, onions, garlic, tomato (paste and chopped), peppers, mushrooms, broccoli and beans. The spices are chili, cumin, ginger, cinnamon, oregano, freshly ground pepper and salt. I have made approx 5.5 liters, so I hope it ends up tasting good. I only know for sure tomorrow, as the spices need a day or so to affect the stew. Second/third/fourth day stew is always the best.
I have discovered, of course via Facebook, that Arnold Schwarzenegger has started blogging about weight training and fitness in general. His fitness blog isn’t an entirely new thing, but it seems the blog has become somewhat more alive in 2012, and especially in June and July. The posts I’ve read so far have been interesting and I look forward to many more.
While I have been writing this post, frequently walking back and forth between the stove in my kitchen and the laptop in my living room, the stew has become ready for a night in the refrigerator:
So… It was a windy Thursday, a holiday, and I was hanging out at home, as I had to take care of my sore shin. A perfect day for coding, washing clothes and baking bread. This post is about the bread – the code doesn’t compile at the moment.
For a while I had been wondering whether it is possible to make a decent no-bread bread, where all of the usual white wheat flour is replaced with whole wheat flour. I usually try to make the traditional recipe a bit healthier by replacing a quarter of the white wheat flour with oatmeal, but it would be nice to “go all the way”. Finally, I had remembered to buy a bag of whole wheat flour and some yeast on a shopping trip, and that Thursday I came across it in one of my kitchen cabinets.
I decided to make a rather small bread, as it was an experiment and because – in my experience – a no-knead bread doesn’t stay fresh for very long. I don’t know whether it is because they aren’t based on sourdough or because they don’t contain dairy products, e.g. yoghurt or milk, but it certainly is one of the many baking questions I ponder upon…
I used 313 grams of whole wheat flour, 250 grams of water, one teaspoon of salt and a 1/3 teaspoon of dry yeast. The dough was allowed to raise twice. Initially eight to nine hours, then an hour and a half. White wheat flour was used to avoid having the wet dough stick to my bowl and kitchen table. I have written about no-knead bread before, but you can just google “no-knead bread” if you need instructions. I should have used a bit more water – apparently the bran and germ of a whole wheat grain absorb more water than the endosperm (what a tremendously freaky word, by the way). It would also be better to let the initial rising take 12 hours.
The resulting bread was really good. Of course, it wasn’t as light and fluffy as the white alternative, but it was still very enjoyable. I cut some slices and ate some of them alone, some with honey and some with neutral cream cheese. Yummy!