Let me think....what's been going on this month? Oh yes, Her Indoors at the gym. I wasn't there when it happened (worse luck) so I'm retelling this second hand. The other day, said good woman, was trying to achieve a full 2k on the treadmill at her fastest ever pace. There she was puffing away (no-not on a fag), legs and arms pumping away, faster than they had ever pumped before, edging up past 1k, then 1.1, 1.2, 1.3......she was 'feeling the burn' as they say, hanging on in there, begining to see the finishing line (as it were), imagining she was in the Olympic stadium leading the world's best, when the guy next to her swung his leg to get off his exercise bike and caught his leg on the wire that connected her machine to the mains, out popped the plug and her treadmill suddenly came to a grinding halt and she lurched head first into the console in front of her! Would she have made the full 2k? Well, we'll have to wait and see, look out for her in July 2012!
I'm now inexorably edging towards the half century, I'll be 49 this year. So, as the new year begun, Her Indoors (who isn't far behind me) and I decided we better take stock of our diets. You're all well aware that I'm not averse to a nice piece of cake, and even with running 30 miles a week, I was gradually expanding! So, we had a good hard look at everything else we ate; margarine (not good), bacon (not good), chocolate (too much-not good), Fruit and Fibre (too much sugar-not good), red meat (fatty-not good) and roast dinners etc etc just about everything you shove in your bouche is bad for you! So, now what? I'm eating things I'd never have dreamt of eating before; flax seeds! Quorn sausages (delicious!), soya yoghurts (the jury is out), low sugar muesli, turkey rashers, skimmed milk, soya milk, rapeseed oil, walnuts........and do you know what I like it all! Oh yes, I (not Her Indoors) have three fruits every day. Since I started this new regime I've lost half a stone, and as far as I can see there's only draw-back to it all....have you guessed it yet? WIND! 'nuff said!!!!!
After last month's newsletter I was hit by a volley of emails ticking me off for saying Bangor was in Wales, not Ireland. Well of course I knew that, I was just testing! Funnily enough though, there is a Bangor in Ireland too, in county Down, and one in Pennsylvania, oh and one in Maine, and one in NSW! Any more?????
Chicken Noodle Soup
Ideal lunch on a cold winter's day! (I had it today)
900 ml chicken stock
1 boneless skinless chicken breast
1 tsp chopped fresh root ginger
1 garlic clove finely chopped
50g rice noodles
2 tbsp sweetcorn, canned or frozen
2-3 mushrooms thinly sliced
2 spring onions shredded
2 tsp soy sauce, plus extra for serving
Pour stock into a pan and add the chicken, ginger and garlic and bring to the boil, then reduce the heat, partly cover and simmer for 20 mins until the chicken is tender. Remove the chicken to a board and shred into bite-size pieces using a couple of forks.
Return the chicken to the stock with the noodles, corn, mushrooms, half the spring onions and the soy sauce. Simmer for 3-4 minutes until the noodles are tender. Ladle into two bowls and scatter over the remaining spring onions, and herbs. Serve with extra soy sauce for sprinkling.
Two confirmed bachelors sat talking, their conversation drifted from politics to cooking. "I got a cookbook once," said one, "but I could never do anything with it." "Too much fancy work in it, eh?" asked the other. "You said it. Every one of the recipes began the same
way - 'Take a clean dish."
Here are a few cookery tips from 1957 courtesy of Pathe: tips