Category Archives: Food

On Improving Running Performance

I’ve done pretty good in my racing this year. The first 6 events, in wildly varying conditions, resulted in me beating my personal bests over 4 distances and gaining my first ever 1st place at a 10km race whilst the last event, a 50 mile mountain trail race that I didn’t train for at all, delivered an age group podium finish. This short article tries to explain the reasons for this relative success. Here are a few finish line selfies to set the scene. Firstly, 5km in March in 18:35, over 2…

Kichuri, I suppose

I struggle to begin sentences, paragraphs, thoughts, very recently. Oh, woe; yeah, I hear it.  Don’t blame you. When all starts to become one, then much tends to become invisible. And if you can’t see, hear, feel or touch something, even if it is a sentence, a concept, a previously clear idea that’s merely a reply to several questions of a similar nature, then it’s tricky to begin to talk about it. No, no, tricky doesn’t touch it; it’s soul scratching, looking into the sun pointless, like watching a loved…

If I run fast enough, fancy trying out being a Vegan?

Yesterday I made this social media post; “The weekend of June 11th, 2016 will be the 10 year anniversary of a very special experience for me. It was at that time, in 2006, that I caught a glimpse into the next world and came back determined to enjoy this one more, whilst it lasts. There are 2 things to say about this; firstly, I understand that some fear death but take heart, if my own experience is anything to go by, there is nothing to fear when your time comes….

The New Year’s Resolution Thing

It started a few weeks ago, at work, when somebody asked for my phone number. My first, split second reaction, was to ask them to wait a minute whilst I looked at my phone to retrieve my number. I have always had a terrible memory, I can never remember anything. But then, in that same split second, I decided that I didn’t have to accept this from myself. It’s amazing what you can think in a fraction of a second. It kind of went like this. ‘I don’t have to…

The Microbiome

A Nigerian, a Filipino, an Indian and an Englishman are sat around eating with their fingers out of the same bowl. This isn’t the start of a joke, it’s what happened yesterday when I shared my lunch with my mates. In times past I might have been unnerved by the thought of people from a different culture than mine sticking their fingers into my food (“do they wash their hands as well as I do…?”), but now I’m a little more educated I think it’s positively brilliant. The average western…

Fried Zucchini Balls

The Athens Marathon is one of my favourite races ever and it’s coming up soon, early in November. I can’t get to it this year but in honour of it taking place I made these Kolokithokeftedes, or fried zucchini balls. Every time I would go into an Athenian taverna I would order these, and loved them. They weren’t vegan – they had eggs and cheese in them – and I was just starting out on my vegan journey at the time so should have passed them over really yet still…

Coconut Roti and Mango Salsa

The Sri Lankan Marathon is coming up next weekend and since it’s a race I’ve taken part in several times and have fond memories of I took to the kitchen to make a Sri Lankan style dish. I was actually asked to take part in this years’ race but the invitation email came through on the very morning I flew to Toronto so I had to turn it down; shame that as Sri Lanka really is a very special place but there’ll be other chances to return to that beautiful…

Fuul, and the Egyptian 100km

There’s a lot of fantastic races going on nowadays. Some of them are in places I know well and have fond memories of. So when I hear about these races I often get nostalgic, which leads me to think about food (because I love to eat, and thought’s of a country often conjours up remembered tastes and smells, and visa versa), and so I thought I’d celebrate whatever race that catches my eye by cooking a national dish from the country that the race is going on in. Two days…

Vegan Raw Chocolates

I made these vegan chocolates today, they’re lovely! A little soft, a little crunchy and very rich! INGREDIENTS 1 cup cacao butter (leave it in the sun to melt, or use an organic nut butter instead, which is already loose enough) Quarter cup coconut oil (once again, leave it in the sun to melt) Three quarter cup cacao powder Half cup maple syrup Dash of salt 2 tsp vanilla extract Quarter cup raisins or cranberries Quarter cup goji berry Quarter cup almonds, broken up Quarter cup cacao nibs Quarter cup…

A Day of Smoothies and a Tricky New Recipe

I got a basket-load of very cheap food at the supermarket a few days ago that was almost past it’s sell-by date and ever since I’ve been trying to create new recipes from it. I saw it as something of a challenge, as an opportunity to increase my cooking skills, and so far it’s worked out well. Today’s dinner was always going to be a challenge though due to it’s subtle-ness, and so it turned out to be. During the day I made a couple of smoothies. Before I went…