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Spinach and Ricotta Tortellini

It has been a while since we did a blog post about food! But now I think it is time to try to start that again. It is a new year and a chance to try something new. So why not try to make your own tortellini 🙂 It is fun and you can make a lot at the same time.
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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.

The Year Ahead – 2016

Happy New Year! We’re a bit late releasing this post as we have been really busy since new year, and we have both been a little ill as well. Better late than never though!

I (Jason) suppose it is best to start off by looking back at our similar post from last year, The Year Ahead 2015, and see if we met our 2015 goals. Continue reading

Long time no blog

We’re back! It has been a long time since we posted anything, and a lot has happened since our last post…we’re sorry for neglecting our blog and all of our followers!

Where have we been?
We have realised that we don’t necessarily have the time to make 2-3 new recipes each week (we do still do that when we cook, but we like to perform a quality-control check on all our recipes and test them a couple times first – this takes time), so our blog is taking a slightly different direction. Our most popular and most fun posts (at least for us to write) have been our weekend and mid-week catch up posts, so we are going more towards being an active lifestyle blog, with vegetarian recipes as a smaller part of the blog.

What does this mean?
Well, for starters it means we will post more about our training, competitions, equipment, and goals. We will also give training tips and look at different methods of training for different goals and sports.

When will we start?
Today! We started our day with a steady 5 km run and then did an intense circuits session, so we will describe that a little in detail this evening 🙂

We really hope that we can keep up our blogging again now – it is something we both really enjoy doing, and we have been talking about starting the blog up again for aaaaaaaaages!

What have you missed?
Big news: we got engaged! I (Jason) proposed to Sofi at the top of the mountain on Jeju, Korea, after we cycled up it in the summer (one of our earlier training goals). Sofi not only got a ring, but I bought her a lovely new bike as an engagement gift as well.
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I also have a new bike…actually two new bikes! I took up cyclocross this season, and have even done a few races. And my beloved Tarmac had a fault in the frame, so I got a replacement frame and have upgraded a few parts as well.
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What are some things to look forward to?
Pictures of our bikes! (I think that’s fun anyway 😀 )
Sofi is running a marathon next year! This will be the source for a lot of her training information and tips, and I know she will do really well.
I will be focussing a lot on road racing (cycling) next season, but am also doing Vätternrundan (a 300 km cycle event around on of Sweden’s lakes) with my club and aiming for under 8 hours (or 8.5 hours depending on the consensus in our group in the spring).
We have a few training camps planned for both cycling and running, so will describe those in detail and hopefully have some pretty pictures 🙂

 

Sorry again for not posting regularly, but we hope this change in focus will make us more active beans!
/Jason

Our Weekend, Week 25 – Midsummer

Happy Midsummer!

This Friday we celebrated Midsummer in Sweden. It is a very traditional festivity in Sweden, and you celebrate the summer solstice. You dance around the Maypole (if you have the energy to make one) which is a wooden pole you decorate with leaves and flowers. You eat very traditional food; herring, salmon, new potatoes and strawberries for dessert. You also have to drink “snaps”, basically flavoured vodka. Swedes tend to retreat to the countryside and various archipelagos to celebrate, no one wants to be in the cities 🙂

It is the one day a year where everyone wishes the weather is nice so you can be outside all day. Unfortunately this year the weather was quite bad. It rained heavily in the morning and  mid-day and it wasn’t until the evening it got better.

We went down to Skåne to visit my parents and brother and to see my sister and Tommy. On Friday we ate a traditional Midsummer’s Eve lunch and then my parents and brother went to see friends and we stayed at the house and had a nice barbecue (once the sun came out – Jason and Tommy even made the most of it and went for a paddle on the lake while the food was cooking). In the evening we played games and just hung out 🙂 A very nice Midsummer! Since Jason is not Swedish he doesn’t really care what we do. There are few things that are more Swedish than Midsummer though, and I love the food you eat! (Note: Not vegetarian – Jason had special food for him. 😉 )

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On Saturday me and Jason had a very nice, long ride to Båstad (which is on the west coast of Sweden) where we ate lunch and then we cycled back over Hallandsåsen (a ridge that goes across Skåne and Halland). The weather was perfect! And there is nothing better than spending hours outside on the bike with my love ❤

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We cycled 120 km and then Jason had a swim in the lake 🙂
My ride, Jason’s ride.

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In the evening we just had a nice dinner (made pizzas!) and cleaned our bikes. One person very meticulously and another one less so 🙂 We then watched the sun set across the lake my parents live next to. It was a beautiful evening.

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Today Jason drove back to Gothenburg and I am staying behind for a day to go to Malmö tomorrow and have dinner with my friends that live down here!

Have a great week everyone,
/Sofi and Jason

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