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Our Weekend, Week 8

We’ve been a little bit quiet this week, with no mid-week catch up. We had actually started another post but never got round to finishing it. It seems we had a lot to catch back up on after our week in Spain.

This week we made more corn pucks, a delicious ratatouille, a cheese ravioli, and we celebrated pancake day with pancakes, as well as the Lunar (Chinese) New Year with Korean pancakes.

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This weekend has been a very active weekend, although more socially and culinary than athletically. We had friends over for dinner on both Friday and Saturday, and Sofi’s parents came up to visit us during the day on Saturday.

The dinners had a strong Italian theme. On Friday, we made focaccia (with sage and red onion), melanzane alla parmigiana (baked aubergine with a tomato sauce and mozzarella and parmesan) as a starter, tagliatelle al pesto as the main, and we also made a simple layered quark dessert (we also made on New Year’s Eve).

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Unfortunately we forgot (as is often with us when we have guests over) to take photos of the finished food, however we will make the melanzane again next weekend and make a recipe then as well 😀

Our guests, Sam, Caroline, and Leo (their dog…although he didn’t eat our food), really enjoyed the food, and we thought it was nice to spend an evening with them. I (Jason) spend my days with Sam (we work together), but it was really nice to have more time to talk and to get to know Caroline better. Me and Sofi also got a few cuddles with Leo, which was nice 🙂

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On Saturday I woke up early to do a 1.5 hr session on the turbo trainer. It’s part of my new workout regime from TrainerRoad. I’m really enjoying the sessions, and the time seems to go by quickly trying to keep the power at the right level – it’s almost like a game!

Sofi’s parents came for lunch, and we made a nice salad and some cheese on toast. They haven’t been to our flat since we first moved in, so it was nice for them to see how much we’ve done to it to make it our home. We had a short stroll to Eriksberg afterwards, and had a fika in one of the nice cafés there. (It’s our current favourite.)

After Sofi’s parents left, we had an afternoon nap – perfect for recovery! And then started preparing for dinner. We made focaccia again, and prepared things for two types of ravioli.

Our guests, Malin and Evan, were wanting to try out making pasta, so we prepared the fillings in advance but left the pasta making until they came. When they came we made some mojitos and me and Evan watched the track cycling world championships while Sofi gave Malin a masterclass in ravioli making. (We were all happy with that arrangement.) One of the ravioli was a cheese ravioli with a tomato sauce, and the other was a black olive and sun-dried tomato ravioli with a pesto sauce. For dessert Sofi made puff-pastry rhubarb and crumble tarts – they were served with custard and were delicious!

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Today we had a relaxed morning and waited until the sun came out to go for a bike ride. Sofi’s leg was hurting a bit but she still wanted to ride. So we planned for me to do a longer loop and Sofi to leave a bit later to meet her on my way back and cycle the last part together. We timed it very well, and I did 40 km and met Sofi more-or-less where we expected to meet (she had done 17 km by then). We cycled the last 25 km together into the wind, but it was worth it with the sun shining and the blue skies! We then went to our favourite café for a quick fika before coming home and doing the weekly shop and reorganising our kitchen cupboards.

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Now it’s time to start making dinner.

Did you get up to anything fun or try something new this weekend?
/Jason and Sofi

Our Weekend, Week 6

This weekend is the one we have been waiting for – we’re now in Spain! 😀 On Friday, Sofi went to town after work to meet her friend Malin for fika, and I suffered at home by doing an FTP test on the turbo trainer. I recently bought a power meter (a pair of Garmin Vector pedals) for my bike, to help me improve this year, and I hadn’t tested my FTP since the autumn. I’m happy to say that I went up 17 watts. For those that don’t know, FTP stands for Functional Threshold Power and is the amount of power (in watts) that one can sustain for one hour.

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Sofi enjoying herself while I push myself hard, cheeky!

We then made a very simple pasta dish afterwards – homemade pasta, as always, with an olive oil, truffle oil, chili, and garlic sauce. Just what we needed 🙂 On Saturday we got up early (7 a.m.) and ate a small portion of porridge and changed Sofi’s handlebar tape, before Sofi went on the turbo trainer to do a fun Sufferfest session. Afterwards we ate banana pancakes to help with recovery and as a little treat. Then it was all about packing up our bikes and gear, and cleaning the flat so it will be nice when we come home. We then watched the final stage of the Dubai Tour – it was a great stage, with Mark Cavendish winning the final stage and winning the overall as well! DSC06056 We then made a nice spinach, ricotta, pine nuts, and cheese pie for lunch, with a simple salad. My friend Sam came over for lunch and to watch the football on TV. We watched the north London derby and then most of the Chelsea match before me and Sofi had to leave for the airport. After arriving late (we landed at 23:45), we got to the house, turned on some heaters and crawled into bed. We had a lie-in this morning (until 09:00) and then had some porridge before heading to the supermarket to get our supplies for the week. Once we got home, we had a small lunch, built our bikes, and headed out for a 55 km ride. The ride was really nice, and was an opportunity for me to cycle with my power meter outside, and for Sofi to test her new Rapha jersey! We both love cycling together and it’s been a while since we did it in shorts and under the warm sun 🙂 We decided to enjoy the sunshine until sunset, but having a little fika stop on the way back as well – we need to make the most of our opportunity to get some vitamin D. DSC06060 DSC06064 DSC06083 DSC06093 20150208_172347 Dinner was a yummy tomato soup, and now it’s time to unwind watching some TV 🙂 Tomorrow we have a nice undulating 60 km ride planned, as a final preparation for cycling Sierra Espuña on Tuesday (1500 m over 25 km 😀 ). We’ll post an update in our mid-week catch up. We hope you all have had a nice weekend, and enjoy your upcoming week! /Jason and Sofi

Our Weekend, Week 3

This weekend was fairly short for us, as I (Jason) was travelling back from Spain on Saturday, and Sofi went to see her friend and her new baby in the morning, after having made some banana pancakes for herself after a power walk.

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Sofi knew I would be hungry, so decided to make my favourite meal for me when I got home: pasta! 😀 She made some lovely fresh pasta with a creamy spinach, garlic, walnut, and parmesan sauce mmmmmm 🙂 Oh and we had semla for dessert (a delicious Swedish pastry they traditionally eat on Shrove Tuesday, but it can be bought any time between Christmas and Easter).

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On Sunday, we were both feeling a little tired and I was feeling a little jealous of Sofi’s banana pancakes the day before, so Sofi made some banana pancakes while I made my bike back up and unpacked all my stuff from Spain. We had agreed during the week that if the weather was nice we would go for a ride together, and obviously I was in the swing of cycling, so couldn’t wait and the banana pancakes and a freshly-made juice gave me all the energy I needed to go out. Sofi is motivated for cycling at the moment as well, hoping to get into good form for when we go to Spain together in three weeks’ time, but I think yesterday she was mostly motivated by my promise of buying her fika at one of the local cafés after our ride 🙂

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We did a nice 60 km (and Sofi’s ride on Strava), and although it was a bit windy (and 20°C colder than my rides last week), we had a great time together. But, and there usually is a but when cycling in Gothenburg, the heavens opened on our way back and we got caught in some heavy slushy rain, dropping the temperature below 0°C and making us feel very cold, for the first time on the ride. At this point, I reminded Sofi of the fika in store, just 10 km down the road, and that got us there…just 🙂

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The café we had fika at is also a stone-oven bakery that specialises in sour dough, so we bought a delicious loaf and had that with a homemade tomato soup for dinner. We were both tired from the ride and the weekend in general, so a simple soup after a power nap was just what we needed.

We all hope you had a good weekend, and were able to train and eat delicious food!
/Jason and Sofi

Banana Pancakes and a Morning Powerwalk

Today I went for an early morning powerwalk. I made myself a juice before going out.

I always need something before any physical exercise. If it is a low intensity exercise I don’t need too much, but If I was going for a run in the morning I always need to eat something before.

Today a juice was enough. I used 2 blood oranges an 2 carrots.
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It was very windy out today and as I was walking across the big bridge (Älvsborgsbron) here in Gothenburg it was extremely windy. However, I had a nice, winter view of the water 🙂

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Then I came home and made myself some delicious banana pancakes. They are so easy to make and a healthy, gluten-free option for anyone who loves pancakes.

You need:

1 ripe banana
2 eggs
salt
butter

1. Whisk the eggs and the banana together.
2. Add a pinch of salt.
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20150117_1050084. Add some cream, ice-cream, quark, fresh berries, jam or whatever you like.
5. Enjoy!
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I used raspberry quark, blueberries and walnuts on my pancakes and it was delicious!
A very good way to start my Saturday 🙂

Have a nice weekend everyone.

/Sofi