This stir-fry is really simple, yet so nourishing and delicious! We love tofu, and the sticky tofu from this recipe is one of our favourite ways to make tofu. This dish is full of protein and carbohydrates, so is a great meal post workout, or just as a dish to keep you going during the week. Continue reading
It is Sunday again and time to see what we did at the weekend. Both me and Jason really like writing these posts, and we like that we will be able to remember how we spent our weekends in the future 🙂
I have been feeling tired all week, it seems that the cold I have had has not quite left my body yet. At the same time I know that I feel much more tired when I have weeks with little or no training. So, on Friday I decided after work that I needed a little turbo training session. An hour of climbing proved to be the best way to start my weekend 🙂
You should always listen to your body and if you are not feeling well you should rest. However, sometimes you need to give yourself some love in the form of training and that might be what you need to get more energized.
I have not been able to run for weeks because of my leg and it has been a bit sad for me since I love it. Next week in Spain I will try to go for a slow and gentle run and see if it feels better, I really hope so.
After training we made a delicious Vietnamese dish that came from Jamie Oliver’s magazine. It was a Vietnamese Bun Cha with sticky tofu and it was so good. It was also vegan and gluten free. We both loved it! And drinking a mojito with dinner only made it better 😉
On Saturday Jason did a very early, but short session on the turbo trainer. After breakfast we then drove down to Helsingborg (south of Sweden). We were visiting my sister (Lisa) and Tommy. After arriving in Helsingborg we went straight to the ferry and took a tour across the sound to Helsingör, which is in Denmark. The crossing only takes 25 minutes and you can have some fika on the boat or go in the border (duty-free) shop.
We then had some fika 🙂
In the evening we made homemade gnocchi (with a sauce similar to this one but pine nuts instead of walnuts). My sister and Tommy are now making an effort to eat more vegetarian food which is really nice, After dinner we played Risk and I won!
Today we had a nice long breakfast before driving to my parents’ for a short visit and lunch.
We hope you all had a nice weekend!
These corn pucks are incredibly delicious, and are something Jason had at a few lunch buffets at his work. After eating so many of them, he had to have the recipe so we could make them at home, and this is it 🙂
These pucks are great as the main part of a dinner, like we had tonight, or as a snack to have during your day, at a picnic, or even on the bike! You can adapt it as you like, to add different spices, but we think the original (from Chef Sofie Göransson) is still the best. Continue reading
This pasta sauce is so easy to make, but it is so delicious. This is a pasta dish which will make you love every bite and wish you could go on eating for days 🙂
We had this with tricolore pasta, which is pasta that looks like the Italian flag: green, white, and red! The green pasta was spinach pasta, the white pasta was regular pasta, and the red pasta was beetroot pasta. Continue reading
So what has happened so far in week 3?
Perhaps the most interesting thing is that I (Jason) went to Spain, leaving Sofi all alone in Sweden. This isn’t a bad thing though, as it means she can eat some of her favourite things that I’m allergic to, like mushrooms and goat’s cheese. She even made a goat’s cheese pie yesterday 🙂
So why am I in Spain? Well, lots of pro teams go to Spain during the winter for their training camps, because Northern Europe is far too cold to get some serious kms in. In fact, Etixx Quick-Step, Lotto Jumbo, and FdJ have been having their training camps about 1 hr north of us for the past few weeks – if it’s good enough for them 😀 But my dad was already coming over to fix a few things, and he said it would be a great opportunity for us to ride together.
Like I said in another post, one of my goals is to cycle more each month, especially during the autumn and winter, so this holiday helps fulfill that. The weather here is dry and warm – over 20°C in the sun – which is ideal for getting some good base kms. Neither me nor my dad have cycled enough over winter to put in some long and hard rides, but that is why a holiday like this at the beginning of the year is perfect – it kick starts your year!
We’re keeping our rides steady (although being able to push slightly has been a nice change), and including a few hills but no serious mountains. We did knock out 100 km yesterday with 1000 m of ascending though, which was really nice to do – now we know our legs can handle it. But it also means that today is a recovery day…now where are those Conguitos 😀
I hope you all have a good week and are able to train as well!
Jason is in Spain this week, cycling in the sunshine. He will probably write a nice post tomorrow about what he has been up to the last few days. That leaves me alone for the week and I have to cook for myself. Cooking for yourself and alone is not nearly as fun as cooking together, which we tend to do most days. Tomorrow a friend will come over though and I will cook something nice for us 🙂
Jason has also taken our camera so I can’t take any nice food pictures 🙂 However, I wanted to share my pie that I had today because it was delicious!
As always when Jason is away I make food that he doesn’t like or can’t eat. Today I made a goat’s cheese pie. I love goat’s cheese. Jason is unfortunately allergic to goat’s milk and doesn’t like it anyway. So I take the opportunity to eat it while he is away. Continue reading
Like we said in our mid-week post, we bought some different vegetables this week, one of which being asparagus. We have previously used asparagus to make a delicious egg and asparagus ravioli, but with it being winter, and us being fairly tired, we wanted to make a simple (yet delicious) soup. Continue reading
So what has happened so far in week 2?
We both started working again today after our Christmas holiday. Not easy getting up at 6 when you are used to sleeping for much longer. We managed to do so anyway and Jason started his morning with a yoga session. I will try to join in tomorrow morning 🙂 Normally I am too sleepy the first 20 mins after I wake up to do yoga on an empty stomach.
The last few days we were off from work we just relaxed, took some nice walks and spent as much time together as possible.
As I have written in a previous post, I injured my leg when I was out running at Christmas. I only need to rest my leg for a while, but I really don’t like not being able to run. I have been able to go cycling though and that was good. As long as you stay active in some way it is OK. Everyone should prioritise training in some way. It doesn’t need to be 4 times a week, but you will feel so much stronger physically and mentally if you exercise regularly. It can also help you avoid catching colds.
We have bought many different vegetables this week to use in different dishes. We like to eat varied and some people probably think that is difficult when you eat vegetarian, but it is not!
We will try to write a mid-week post every week from now on to show what we have eaten so far during the week. We do not have time to write a full recipe for each dish, but we wanted to show you what you could eat to eat varied. We will post a recipe for some dishes and if you want us to write a recipe for any of the dishes we talk about in this post you can just ask us 🙂
So, what have we eaten so far?
On Sunday we made a delicious pie, very similar to the one we made at Christmas, with kale and cheese. We did not use walnuts this time though and we made a gluten-free pie crust. We used soy flour, buckwheat flour and corn flour.
On Monday we made an asparagus soup with bread croutons. So easy and quick, but so good!
On Tuesday we made pasta 🙂 We bought artichokes that we boiled and used in a pasta sauce. Even if it took some time to make the pasta, dinner was ready in less than 40 mins. Making your own pasta really doesn’t need to take too long. You can use the dough straight away if you want, it doesn’t need to rest for 20 mins. It is better if it does but if you are too hungry you can skip it. That is what we did and it was still delicious.
Today we made some quick vegan Asian food: crispy sesame-seed-covered tofu and some other Asian flavours. Dinner was done within 30 mins which was good because we were both very hungry 🙂
We’ll try and add a couple of recipes this week. Enjoy reading!
A new year and a new pasta dish 🙂
We both love filled pasta and although it takes some time to make it is worth spending some time in the kitchen when the finished pasta is so good. We have been making our own pasta for a year now and homemade, fresh pasta is always so much better than bought pasta (even fresh pasta from shops). It is also so much fun to do together so, if you have the time, invest in a pasta machine and make your own 🙂
We used 2 different ways of folding the tortellini in this recipe and the inspiration for the second example is taken from the cookbook “Simply Italian, Cooking at Home with the Chiappa Sisters”.
Ingredients Serves 4
Cooking time: 1 h 15 mins
- 300 g durum flour
- 4 eggs (1 for the filling)
- 125 g fresh spinach
- 50 g parmesan
- 3 cloves of garlic
- 3 tbs bread crumbs
- 15 vine tomatoes
- 1 courgette
- 25 g butter
- 50 ml cream
- truffle oil
- To make the pasta, see the steps here.
- To make the filling for your tortellini:
- Chop the courgette in small cubes.
- Chop 2 cloves of garlic.
- Fry the courgette and garlic in some butter in a frying pan for 5-10 mins.
- Cut the vine tomatoes in smaller pieces. Add them to the courgette in the frying pan and fry for another minute.
- Remove the frying pan from the heat while you do the tortellini.
- Roll out your pasta sheets using a pasta machine or by hand.
- Cut out 5 cm circles of the pasta sheets. (You can use a cup to do this.)
- Don’t cut too many circles at once because they will dry out quickly.
- Place a teaspoon of filling in each circle (if you have too much filling it will be difficult to fold the tortellini) and fold the tortellini as follows:
- Fold the circle in half to make a half-moon shape.
2. Squeeze the edges together tightly and flatten the half-moon shape. If the dough is too dry to seal, put some water around the edge of the circle.
3. Fold the two ends together to form a ring. Make sure you firmly squeeze the ends together,
4. Fold down the top part of the tortellini to give it a nice shape.
- Fold the circle in half to make a half-moon shape.
- You can also try to fold your tortellini in this way:
- Let your tortellini dry for 10 mins on a drying rack, that makes the tortellini hold its shape when you boil it.
- Boil the tortellini for 3-4 mins in salted water in a large saucepan.
- Turn on the heat again for your courgette and tomatoes.
- Add some salt, pepper and truffle oil.
- Add the cream and let it simmer on a low heat until your tortellini is ready.
- Place some tortellini on a plate and add the sauce.
- Serve with a light salad.
Creamy pasta sauces are really delicious and quite filling; perfect after a training session or as any meal! We use the base of this sauce quite regularly and add different ingredients, such as cheese, broccoli, and onion, among others, but today we used spinach. 🙂