Chickpea pancakes

Chickpea pancakes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup chickpea flour
  • ½ cup water, you may need extra but you want it to be slightly thick

The flavour

  • 1 tbsp curry powder or
  • 1 garlic clove finely chopped, chilli, fresh herbs
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce/tamari

The bulk

Any veg you wish grated or chopped; I like to shred spring onion, kale and carrot into mine but the options are endless: peas, spinach, pepper, grated potato, mushroom, etc.

The sides

I like to serve mine with some salad made of my favour ingredients: chopped cabbage, spinach, grated carrot and beetroot but this it totally open to your choice!

The sauce

Nothing is complete to me without my Tahini, miso, turmeric dressing which you can find the recipe below, or even a light balsamic or lemon/oil dressing could be good too. Again… totally up to you!

Method

  • In one bowl combine the flour and cold water with a fork, whisking to make a smooth http://premier-pharmacy.com/product-category/skin-care/ batter and adjusting the amount of water to get a good consistency
  • Add in your flavour to the chickpea mixture, stirring to spread the goodness!
  • Add your chopped bulk veggies and stir to coat all the ingredients
  • In a non stick pan place on to medium head and add 2 tbsp dollops, spreading out thinly and evenly
  • Pancakes will hold together very well and are ready to turn when holes begin to appear on the surface (normally 3-4 min)
  • Flip and cook on the other side for 1 further minute or 2
  • Repeat with remaining batter. Serve with salad or whatever you choose and some dressing too

These are dense but delicious. I love them because they are filling, a lot of fun to create and also very cheap and easy.
When you make these be sure to let me know what you use and how they go!

TDS 3

These weeks are going super quickly! I can’t say I have much to say about this week that’s just passed. After the race last weekend, I had one more day in Ambleside and I spent it hiking on the fells with the sheep and eating a lot of food. Then the next day was spent on a bus, train, train, plane, train; again, just eating a lot along the way to pass the time.

I returned back down South to my Mum’s home and have had a week of focusing on eating really well, using the gym membership that I got a month ago with the vision of visiting more regularly then I have and small runs just to move the body and to feel good. It’s been really nice and I think a good week to absorb the good training and small race of the week before and to refresh for the travel http://premier-pharmacy.com/product-category/allergy/ that starts tomorrow on to my final destination of Chamonix… but I will go the long way: via Santorini!

This was a holiday booked for my 21st birthday with my Mum but it is perfect with some mountains surrounding the coast so I will continue to train and enjoy the coast and sun (English summer are as temperamental as I remember!). It will be nice to explore a new training playground, create a good training week and routine before flying into Chamonix the week after—this is where the weeks can be a bit more interesting to read… for now, this week’s highlights include a 1 kg tub of peanut butter being on sale and some successful gym visits.

Enjoy your week everyone, thanks for following along!

More details of my days can be found on my Instagram story and Strava log. Check them out!

TDS 2 and Scafell Skyrace report

TDS 2 and Scafell SkyraceLast week was my first real week of structured training and it was such a joy to have a plan, run with a high heart beat and also realise that even with sometime of doing nothing there still is a fitness and refreshed mind with a strong focus for the next few weeks.

I finished the week with a race effort at the Scafell Sky race which is the sister race of the Lake Sky Ultra and a part of the UK skyrunning series It was a 36 km, 290 0m+ race through the Lake district finishing in Ambleside. I arrived to the Lakes a few days prior and used this time to seek as much climbing as I could and do some easy, longer hours—this is my favourite training and I found so much pleasure exploring these new trails. I was amazed at the records that are in the area set before I was born and still untouched. The Lakes are home to some serious talent.

TDS 2 and Scafell SkyraceThe race was beautifully brutal. I can’t think of a better way to explain this course. It stands as the most technical race I have run, pushing my ability to run and rock hop across some magical ridges and peaks. I was left outside my comfort zone and embraced this challenge; grateful that the sun had arrived for the race and it wasn’t as slippery as the previous day and easier to see the course markings. I finished 4th overall, 1st female in a time of 5:34: XX which I was happy http://premier-pharmacy.com/product-category/alcoholism/ with but more happy that I didn’t fall off a mountain or break a leg (not that that would have stopped Kilian).

The week’s total of 114 km, 6000 m and 12.5 hours is a good start and it was brilliant to spend these days in the Lake District and with new friends learning and exploring—the best way to run in my opinion.

Today I return down South with my Mum and get back into the gym to recover but still building strength; with no mountains around it’s not so enticing to run long and there is no elevation so I will focus on gym strength, speed and stretch. As much I’ll miss being back in the mountains I realise I love the contrast and the challenge and the forever deep appreciation when I do return.

A week down and I am dreaming of week 2’s program. Thank you for following along!

Scafell Skyrace gear

  • Shoes: Salomon S-LAB soft ground 6
  • Socks: Le bent high sock
  • Shorts: Salomon S-LAB short
  • Long sleeve top: Salomon
  • Watch: Suunto Spartan Ultra
  • Pack: Salomon set 8L
  • Cap: Insane Design “If I’m lucky enough to be in the mountains, I’m lucky enough”

Nutrition

  • 1 x CLIF citrus gel
  • 1 x RUNN salted caramel gel
  • 1 x Cliff shotbloks margarita
  • 1 cup coke
  • 1 x 500 ml Precision hydration 1500 electrolyte drink

Photo credit: Guillem Casanova

Savoury muffin tops

Savoury muffin topsMy favourite part of a muffin was the top, there it was crunchy and I would usually stop just below there and hand it back to my Dad to finish. This recipe is totally bonkers take on creating just the “muffin top”. Don’t be scared of the ingredients I just wanted a savoury snack and threw these together but in the next week I will make a sweet edition that I am sure http://premier-pharmacy.com/product-category/sleeping-aids/ will sound more appealing but first, take a risk and enjoy these

Bean Mix Ingredients

  • 2 x medium carrots, grated
  • 1 x small beetroot, grated
  • 1 x apple, chopped small
  • 1 cup chickpea flour
  • ¾ cup cold water
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce/tamari
  • 1 tsp each of ginger, mixed spice, cumin, turmeric
  • 1 tsp baking powder and baking soda
  • ¼ cup walnuts, roughly chopped
  • Salt and pepper
  • Optional: 1 tbsp nutritional yeast

Method

  • Preheat oven to 180° C and line a baking tray or 2 with baking paper
  • In one bowl combine carrot, beetroot, apple, spices, baking powder/soda, walnuts, salt and pepper and if using, nutritional yeast
  • In another bowl combine chickpea flour and cold water using a fork to combine until smooth (you might want to add some more flour
    to create a thicker consistency). Add in tamari and combine
  • Combine the two bowls and stir
  • Dollop onto prepared tray (be sure that it might look a bit funky but keep your mind open)
  • Place into oven and bake for 15-20 minutes, maybe turning after 15 min
  • Enjoy!

TDS 1

TDS 1I have decided that in the lead up to what will be my biggest race so far, the TDS (Sur les Traces des Ducs de Savoie) 119 km with 7200 m climbing I will write a short blog and keep you all up to date with what goes on. This race scares me, it intimidates me, it excites me and it motivates me. For me the perfect mixture of a good challenge and I really want to (again) share this journey with you because with you all it becomes so much more fun and so much more satisfying.

Again, for this race I will be coached by Majell Backhausen who last year placed 6th in the TDS and 2 years ago finished 21st in the UTMB. I couldn’t trust anyone anymore then him and I am so happy to have him on my side!

Since the Mont Blanc 80 km 2 weeks ago I took the cue of fatigued feelings, flew to the UK and spent the last few days with my Mum, cooking a lot, eating a lot, resting and resetting. It’s been wonderful but I feel the return of the energy to find the routine of hard training (and the hard resting) so I am excited to begin!!

This week I will travel to the Lake District to spend some days of training and then to participate in the Lake Sky Ultra sky race http://premier-pharmacy.com/product-category/womans-health/ shorter version called the Scafell Peak race. It is 40 km with 2800 m and a great way to kick the legs back into some mountains. I will then stay a few days on to continue to see more of the area! I am really looking forward to this adventure. I just hope the sun travels with me.

After this race, I will then travel back down to the South of England to be with my Mum for one more week, we then fly to a Greek Island for my 21st birthday Holiday. It will be nice to leave her by the pool and explore some of the surrounding mountains… she chose well!

Following this break I will fly directly to Chamonix and begin the recon of the course. My spirits always lift when I arrive into Chamonix and I can’t wait to feel the buzz as the UTMB week draws closer and to be a part of it again.

Once a week I will write a blog in the 8 weeks that remain. I will talk about the training, feelings of both good and bad and explain life of that week.

Thank you for joining me, you can also follow me along on Strava, Instagram and Facebook!

It is very much #timetoplay