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Summer is here!

Summer is here and we will try to do some more blogging 🙂

Unfortunately we have had another long pause. I guess the past month has been too busy and we have not had the time to write as much as we would have liked. We have still been cooking though, but when there is less time our dishes become less extravagant 😉

So, a short recap of what we have been up to might be good. I (Sofi) have just finished work for the summer. I work as a teacher and now I have a whole long summer vacation to look forward to 🙂 Jason has to work for a few more weeks but then we are going on a long holiday together. We will go to England first for a few days and then we are off to Korea with my sister and her boyfriend. They are joining us for the first part of our holiday. We are going to Seoul first and then will travel to both Busan and Jeju. We hope that we can share some exciting food experiences when we are there. It truly is a different type of cuisine than what we are used to.

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2 years ago in Seoul

We went to Korea 2 years ago together and after coming back we both felt like there was so much more to see. So we are really looking forward to going back 🙂 If you are curious about Korea we think you should keep reading the blog and we will share our experiences.

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The past few weeks have been a lot about exercising. The week after we came back from Italy we ran the Gothenburg Half Marathon. I found it really tough, much tougher than I expected it to be. I have run the distance only once before. I enjoyed the experience and I will definitely run it again next year. Jason is a bit more uncertain because he felt it took too much time to train for it and he wants to focus more on his cycling.

The weekend after Jason’s sister Jasmine was here to visit us. The whole weekend was spent cycling 🙂 We are all doing the Ride London-Surrey 100 in August. Jason has cycled it twice and I did it last year, although a shorter distance due to heavy rain. The ride is 160 km and starts in London. You then cycle around Surrey and finish at the Buckingham Palace. It was a great ride and I am really looking forward to cycling it again.

On Friday we cycled to Kullavik. The weather was perfect and it was nice to show Jasmine one of the places we really like cycling to. On Saturday we went to a hill in Gothenburg to do some hill repeats, and then had a nice gluten-free dinner and face masks!

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Jasmine is gluten intolerant so we also made some gluten-free bars that we could take on the ride on Sunday. On Sunday we went for a long ride, 100 km in the wind. We cycled north and had a nice stop for coffee and sandwiches (gluten-free in Jasmine’s case, of course).

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The week after Jason took part in a cycling race here in Gothenburg. He has wanted to start racing and this year he will try to participate in a few races. He raced in the sports class. I went to watch and got to see him finish second, so proud 🙂 ❤
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This weekend is the midsummer weekend in Sweden and we are going down to Skåne to see my parents and my siblings. Hopefully we can get some cycling in as well.

We hope you have a great weekend and there will be an update next week of course 🙂

/Sofi and Jason

 

 

Gluten-Free Nut, Seed and Fruit Bars

The perfect snack if you are gluten intolerant and need a healthy snack to eat before, during or after training. They contain a lot of energy and they can be adapted after what you like. You can use the nuts, seeds and dried fruits that are your favourites. Continue reading

Cauliflower Pizza – Gluten Free

As some of you may have read, we were in England this past week and my sister Jasmine (of Shedding the Wheat) cannot eat gluten. When we were discussing what to have for dinner, we had all heard of cauliflower pizza and had wanted to try it, so that’s what we did!

It was incredibly simple to do, and didn’t take much longer than a regular pizza base (seeing as you need to leave the dough to rise normally). We decided to have roasted vegetables on our pizzas, and me and Sofi had cheese on ours, but my sister had hers without as she doesn’t eat dairy products. Continue reading

Our Weekend, Week 11

This weekend was quite long. Sofi came to England Thursday evening, and we went straight out for dinner with my family, at a nice Italian restaurant in Woking. The food was great, but it was especially nice to have everyone (most people) together!

On the Friday me and Sofi cycled to see my mum in Sunninghill before she and Jeremy went up north for the weekend. We had a nice lunch and fika with them 🙂 My dad then met us in Sunninghill and we cycled back to Woking through the army ranges near Farnborough. It was a lovely ride with great weather 😀

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In the evening me and Sofi made dinner for my dad and Lesley, and Jasmine and Nick. We made melanzane for starter and then made gluten-free pesto pasta for main. (Recipe for gluten-free pasta will be up soon.) We then had rum baba for dessert, with a gluten-free sponge my sister had made – delicious!

On Saturday we had a nice ride to Seale. It was me, Sofi, my dad, my sister, and Iain (one of my dad’s regular riding buddies). It was a fairly cold ride, but my sister did really well and our average speed was much higher than the weekend before 🙂 We stopped at Seale Tea Rooms, and had a nice warm drink and some cake – that’s the main reason for riding a bike though, isn’t it!

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After our ride we packed and then headed to Harrow on the Hill, where we were staying for the wedding. The Saturday was the traditional ceremony in a mosque, which was interesting to experience. Neither of us had ever been to a Muslim wedding before, so it was nice to see how it was similar and different to what we consider “normal” weddings. After the ceremony we had a nice Indian meal in the mosque. For me, it was really nice to hear what people had to say about my friend Sameer, as I could only agree with all the nice words that were said! 🙂 Neither of us had met his bride Madiha before, but she seemed really lovely and people only had nice (if not nicer) words for her too.

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Sofi in a nice Indian shalwar kameez 😀

After the ceremony was over and most people had left, we went back to our hotel to change before heading to the local pub for a drink and to talk. (Sofi hasn’t been able to talk to me face to face for a week, so she had a lot to say! 😉 )

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The wedding reception was on the Sunday and the invitation said “13:00 sharp”, so we were there at 12:55 and were surprised to find we were the first people to show up! After speaking to the caterers, they said most Muslim wedding receptions start 30-60 mins later than advertised. So we waited for more people to come before we went in 🙂

Both Sameer and Madiha’s families were very hospitable and caring, and looked after us (as the only real outsiders) during the whole weekend. It was really nice to get to know some of them and find out more about both Sameer and Madiha this way too. Sameer and Madiha looked great, and we were the first people to get a picture with them as a newly-wed couple (mainly because we had to leave to catch our plane back to Sweden).

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We hope they have a wonderful honeymoon and can’t wait to invite them over for dinner once they get back to Sweden.

It was a great weekend, and a great week as well. Today we went for a run after work and then made our quick Asian salad. Not a bad start to the week 🙂

We hope you all had nice weekends!
/Jason and Sofi

Crunchy Granola Bars

These crunchy granola bars are perfect as an afternoon snack before training or as something that will give you some energy (and carbohydrates) straight after training.

The bars can also be eaten as an afternoon snack when you need extra energy or in the morning to get you started. It is important to have a regular intake of energy to ensure that your blood sugar is constant. If you don’t, you might feel fatigued. The risk is then that you eat something unhealthy just to get that extra energy fast.
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Peanut Power Bars

These peanut power bars are perfect before, during, or after training. They are packed with carbohydrates and protein, as well as sodium and fats, so are ideal for an active lifestyle. You can add some protein powder (soy, whey, or whatever you prefer) in place of the seeds if you want more protein as well.

They are really delicious, and you can alter the flavours by changing a few of the ingredients. Another nice touch is to melt some chocolate and drizzle that on top, or dip one end of each bar in the melted chocolate and allow to set – sometimes you need that extra sugar kick! 😀 Continue reading

Gluten-Free Vegan Flapjack

Flapjack is an ideal snack, whether it be to have with a cup of tea or an on-the-go breakfast. And this recipe makes a delicious flapjack that is gluten free, vegan, and delicious! 😀

The recipe is incredibly quick, and the thing that takes the longest time is waiting for it to cool once it comes out the oven. You can easily adapt the recipe as well, to suit your own tastes or to vary things a little if you make them regularly. Continue reading

Our Weekend, Week 5

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.

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Me before the session!

 

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 😉
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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.
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In Helsingör we went to Madame Sprunck and had brunch. A lot of food and all very good. Then we had a stroll around town before going back to Helsingborg.
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We then had some fika 🙂

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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!
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Me with the yellow, world domination!

Me with the yellow, world domination!

Today we had a nice long breakfast before driving to my parents’ for a short visit and lunch.

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We hope you all had a nice weekend!
/Sofi

Corn Pucks with Roasted Beetroots and Potatoes

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