Monthly Archives: March 2012

Holly Bell’s Joyful Caramilised Banana and Fig cake

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Holly Bell was the runner up in last year’s Great British Bakeoff and her recipe for Joyful Caramalised Banana and Fig Traybake has become something of a staple in our house. I cook this cake about once a fortnight now, for 3 reasons: Mr L has declared it good running food – either before or

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Willpower

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Just had an absolutely wonderful run after work; the weather couldn’t be more perfect! Beautiful sunshine with a nice cool breeze, who could ask for more? A couple of days ago Mr L  let me know that we have a ‘Fetcheveryone’ support team assigned to us for the VLM (team 7) at mile 22. I’ve

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The Manhattan Diet

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There is a really interesting article in the The Times today about the eating habits of Manhattan women., following the release of a new book called The Manhattan Diet by Eileen Daspin (darn it – another book on dieting / food that I’m just going to have to buy now, I’m thinking it’s likely to

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Lorraine Pascale’s Shortbread

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I hadn’t baked in a while (a whole week) and I was having withdrawal symptoms. I was, however, also very tired after a full week at work and a long run. So I baked some shortbread, very very easy to do and contains no chocolate; my little boy has given up chocolate for lent, he

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Food as fuel

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Training for a marathon has really forced me to re-assess my relationship with food.  I’ve always had a rather strained relationship with food, I think at some point in life a lot of people have, especially women. I went to an all-girls school and it was just part of everyday life to obsess about food,

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My first 18 miler

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On Saturday I ran 18 miles. I can’t quite believe it really and it almost doesn’t bear thinking about. I think that as with all these things, it’s better to ‘Just Do it’ as the Nike ad goes. My brother decided to come with us, so after depositing the children at my parents’ house and

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T – 6 weeks to VLM

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On Sunday I had to abandon what was supposed to be a 12 mile run so I was feeling pretty low. I have to really fight the urge to say ‘I can’t do this marathon’ all the time and then having to give up after 5 very very slow miles was hugely disappointing and made

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I can’t make muffins

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I do love baking and I’ve always baked a little bit since being taught, at the age of around 6, by my Grandmother on my Dad’s side to bake Fairy Cakes. This spark was re-united a couple of years ago by a Cupcake recipe in Sainsbury’s magazine and I haven’t stopped having the urge to

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The Milton Keynes Half Marathon – the one where it snowed

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Yesterday I learned a lot about myself. I learned that mentally I am an awful lot stronger than I had previously realised as I completed the MK half under my target time of 3 hours (2hrs 45 mins) in what has been largely agreed on www.fetcheveryone.com as one of the worst race experiences ever. As

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