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Our Weekend, Week 2 (plus week 1 catchup)

We’ll start at the beginning…of the new year!

2016 started with a very tired and lazy day for us, as it usually is the day after New Year’s. You can read about why we were tired and our plans for NYE here. We had a great evening, and my dad was with us in Sweden for a few more days, which meant more freezing temperatures and another frozen ride for him! We also played boule at Boulebar in town (on Saturday 2nd) and then ate some French cuisine there after we had played. Sofi won both games, well done to her! 😀 Unfortunately we then had to go home and it was so cold! We ended up squatting on the bench at the bus stop so our feet weren’t on the ground and our ankles weren’t getting a chilling wind on them!

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I finally got my saddle for my new bike, so my dad and I took some pictures of that one day while Sofi was meeting her friend Alex who has now moved to Brussels.

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After my dad left, on Epiphany I went for a long ride in -12°C! It was organised by Komet Club Rouleur (the guys who do the Thursday sprint sessions we do in the summer), and the plan was to do 120 km, but I knew that was daft when it was so cold, so I turned back early and did 70 km total. It wasn’t as bad as I had expected, but I was glad to not have been out any longer as well!

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After that, Sofi and I both started back at work on the 7th, for two days before the weekend. On the Friday it snowed a lot though, and I was hoping it would snow overnight as well so I could have a snowy ride, and a snowy ride I had! I rode for 40 km in the snow in the forest. It was -5°C and there was a LOT of snow. It was really fun, especially on my cyclocross bike (I had used my mountain bike in the snow previously). 😀

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On the Sunday, Sam and Caroline dropped Leo off on their way to Norway to ski. We were going to have him all week!!! I was wanting to have another ride, but I felt a little bit unwell…not sure if it was similar to what Sofi had or because I had been out in the cold for too long the past few days. So it was a day spent working and wrapped up on the sofa for all three of us, which Leo particularly liked!

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During the beginning of the week, the temperature started to rise, causing the snow to melt, but by the middle of the week it was getting much colder again and we even got new snow. So it was nice to see the shift from white to green to white again. The temperature was consistently cold during the nights though, and now the water in the harbour has frozen and you are able to walk (and skate) on it!

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During the week, we made a delicious Spinach and Ricotta tortellini, and we will post the recipe this week! 😀

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So, finally at the weekend of week 2! Friday was our last day with Leo, and we love looking after him because he is easily the best, sweetest, most well-behaved dog ever! Sam and Caroline were coming back from Norway in the afternoon/evening, so we offered to cook them dinner for when they came to collect Leo. We made our delicious Vietnamese Bun Cha with sticky tofu, and they loved it as much as we did. We weren’t sure what to make because we thought they could be starving but at the same time they might have gone to a fast food restaurant on the way back so might not want something too heavy. So we went for something that is both light and filling! 🙂

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For dessert we had ice cream and made a warm raspberry sauce to have on top of the ice cream with some chocolate pieces and crushed cashews. Delicious!

On Saturday, Caroline and Leo were competing in an agility competition, and we said we wanted to come and watch (and support them). So we went with them in the morning and stayed until after Leo’s run. It was amazing watching all these dogs (and their owners) compete. There were dogs of all sizes, and some of varying degree of ability. Leo came second in the first competition (he was joint first on point because he had no faults, but was second based on time). 🙂 In his second competition, he was unfortunate to jump over one obstacle the wrong way, causing him to fail. (The dogs run out of a tunnel towards the obstacle, but are supposed to go around it and then jump over it from the other side and enter the tunnel again.) He did so well otherwise though and was very quick – it would have certainly been another podium for him were it not for that 😦 Caroline clearly is a dog expert – Leo really is well trained! 😀

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After we got back, we made a butterscotch tart to take round to Malin and Evan’s for dinner. I also did a 45 min high-cadence session on the rollers, because I was finally feeling better again. (I also did a session on Friday before we started cooking.) Malin and Evan had prepared a delicious Moroccan meal for us, with spiced rice (with sultanas), chick pea balls, and two sauces. Yum! We then had the butterscotch tart for dessert with some vanilla quark on the side.

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Yesterday (Sunday), Sofi finally trained for the first time this year as well! She had been feeling better on Thursday/Friday, but I told her to wait a couple more days just to be certain. We did a tough Sufferfest session (me on the rollers, her on the turbo trainer), and then Sofi went out for fika with her friend Sanna. I stayed at home where it was warm – it was -12°C again yesterday!

For dinner, we made a delicious leek and cauliflower pasta bake we had been meaning to make for aaaages from a Jamie Oliver magazine we bought last January (the same one that had the original Bun Cha recipe actually!). It was absolutely delicious and we made enough so that it would last us a few days because I was meant to be at a meeting with my cycling club tonight and will be out at meetings on Wednesday and Thursday with the cycling club as well. We will definitely post this recipe next time we make it, because although there are a few different elements to prepare before baking, the flavours and textures are well worth the effort!

We booked some flights to go and see Sofi’s friend Alex in Brussels for April, to coincide with the Tour of Flanders! Our spring is certainly looking very busy…

Tonight we went for a walk along the river and had a little fika before coming back to dinner and writing our blog posts. We are both exercising tomorrow morning: Sofi will run and I will cycle, and then we will both do a short circuits session. Hopefully we can stay fit and healthy again now and get back to regular training and delicious food!

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We hope you all have a good week!

/Jason

P.S. If you haven’t read our post about our goals for 2016, do that, and tell us what your goals are as well.

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Our Weekend, Week 9

This weekend started a little earlier than normal, mainly because my (Jason’s) dad came to visit us on Thursday evening, for the weekend! 😀

After picking my dad up from the airport, we came home to some delicious tofu burgers that Sofi had made (I helped before I left as well). They were a fusion between our Korean steamed buns and our normal veggie burgers. We made them similar to our breaded tofu, but covered them in sesame seeds instead of breadcrumbs, the buns were normal burger buns, and the fillings were various things we use in our steamed buns as well as homemade kimchi.

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I then made up my new bike, that my dad brought over from England: a Specialized S-Works Tarmac, and my main motivation for training this year. (Well you can’t have a pro bike and be the slowest in the chain gang!)

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On Friday, my dad joined me on my lunchtime badminton session, and then when Sofi came home in the afternoon we went for a little walk to Baka (our favourite café) for fika. For dinner, we made melanzane again (recipe coming soon, as we took photos of the finished product!), and some delicious ravioli with a pesto sauce…again! We can’t help but love making the things we love to eat, and my dad loves both melanzane and pesto, so why not 😀

On Saturday we had planned a long ride (as we knew the weather would be OK). Our friend Evan had said he would join us, but unfortunately Sofi was feeling a bit ill, so she stayed at home. (A wise decision, as it was very cold outside.) We rode 115 km, which included a nice pizza stop 🙂 My dad was a little tired from the ride (his ride), as he isn’t used to the Swedish cold, but we did fuel him with our peanut power bars, which And it was Evan’s first ride over 100 km, and he smashed it by doing 130 km! (He rode to us and home again.)

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We made the most of Sofi being at home and had her on baking duty so we had something to look forward to once we got back! She made some delicious Swedish cinnamon buns, which were exactly what we needed with a nice cup of tea/coffee and glass of milk!

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As you can imagine, we were a little bit tired after our buns – my dad fell asleep before even taking a shower – but we still wanted a nice dinner. So the three of us decided something fresh but more substantial than a salad would be nice. Me and Sofi had the perfect meal: Vietnamese bun cha with sticky tofu! (Recipe coming soon. 🙂 )

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Sunday was a lazy day, and the weather was atrocious, stopping us from doing any riding 😦 We had a lovely breakfast with fresh bread and croissants. The rest of the day was spent together, reading and watching TV. It was a great day for TV actually – Cav won Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne, and then Chelsea won the league cup 😀 (Stannard won Omloop Het Nieuwsblad on Saturday as well, so a great weekend for British sport…well except for cricket and rugby…)

My dad left Monday morning, and it was back to work for me and Sofi. But we had a great weekend, and love when people come over to spend time with us. It won’t be long before we see my dad again – I go to England on Friday and Sofi goes the following Thursday 🙂

We hope you all had a great weekend! Did you get up to anything special?
/Jason and Sofi

Swedish Cinnamon Buns

Cinnamon buns are very Swedish. You can not go to any café in Sweden without them having cinnamon buns. The trick to get them really delicious is to use a lot of butter and sugar 🙂

They take some time to make becuase the dough needs to rise for about 40 mins but they are well worth the wait. They are perfect to eat with a cup of tea, a cup of coffee or with a big glass of milk. Continue reading

Chapssalddeok (Korean mochi) 찹쌀떡

You can’t celebrate anything without dessert, so for Hangul Day, we made some delicious chapssalddeok, a Korean sweet rice cake with a red bean filling. They taste unlike any typical western-style dessert and, once you get used to the red bean taste, are really moreish!

In Korea, red beans seemed to be in practically every dessert. So although it seems odd to have beans in a dessert, it really is very common in Korea (and East Asia as a whole).

This recipe is an adaptation of a recipe from Maangchi.


Ingredients Serves 8
Cooking time: 3 hours

  • 150 ml red beans
  • Water
  • 100 ml brown sugar
  • Salt
  • 0.5 tsp vanilla essence
  • 2 tbs rice syrup (or other syrup)
  • 250 ml sweet rice flour
  • 1 tbs sugar
  • Food colouring (you can use green tea powder as well)
  • 100 ml starch powder

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  1. Rinse the beans in a sieve under cold water.
  2. Cook the beans in 0.5-1 l water.
    Note: This is the most time consuming part, and you may need to add more water while the beans are cooking.

    1. Bring the water to a boil and then turn the heat down to let the beans simmer in the water for 2 hours or until soft. (You should be able to mash them gently under your thumb.)
    2. Once ready, pour the beans into a sieve.
  3. Mash the beans in the pan (or use a food processor).
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  4. Add the brown sugar, rice syrup, vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt.
  5. Mix on a low heat for 5 mins.
  6. Roll the mixture into 8 balls and put aside.
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  7. Mix the rice flour, sugar, a pinch of salt, 150 ml water, and a drop of food colouring in a large bowl.
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  8. Cover the bowl with cling film, ensuring you leave a small gap to let the steam out.
  9. Put the bowl in the microwave for 3 mins on high heat.
  10. Stir the mixture and put back in the microwave for 1 min.
  11. Take the bowl out of the microwave and knead the mixture for 5 mins.
  12. Place the mixture on a work surface dusted with the starch powder.
  13. Wet your hands and spread the dough out into a flattish shape about 1 cm thick.
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  14. Divide the mixture into eight pieces.
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  15. Flatten one piece into a small circle, and place one of the red bean balls on top.
  16. Pull the sides over the ball and pinch the edges together.
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  17. Roll in the starch powder, and repeat for the remaining chapssalddeok.
  18. Enjoy!

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