Clearing my head

Cycling Covid

Wow this week has been brutal. How are you all doing?

Looks like COVID-19 is here to stay – so my whole company has been told to work from home.

Not a huge problem for us (I work for a tech company) and we’re all set up for remote working and accessing everything from the cloud. However, it feels like the whole world has been turned upside down.

I jumped on my road bike for the first time in a years and went for a 20km spin around the river. The speed, the handlebars, my body position, my quads, the sensation of rubber tyres flying across the bitumen, the click of my derailleur changing my chain… It was all fantastic. I’ve missed this so much.

I didn’t mind that I totally forgot how to use cleats and hand signals. I legit forgot how my gears worked. And I wouldn’t have been able to change a tyre tube if my life depended on it!

Anyway, here’s to social distancing and caring for your body and mind, before full quarantine kicks in.

Finding 30 Minutes to Exercise at Work

Walking at Work

Ever since I started my new job (three months ago), I have been struggling to find time to exercise.

(Geez that sounds so cliched.)

Ahh I used to be so fit!

I used to cycle 80kms in the morning and go for a light 5km jog in the evenings! I used to run 15km every weekend and wind down with a hot yoga session! Who was that person?

Now I’m completely wiped out by a 2km run and need a 2 hour nap.

Yeah I feel regret and deep annoyance that I have to start ALL OVER again.

Buuut at the same time, I know it won’t take long to work up my fitness. And the actual trick is to… Just start, today.

So how do I get 30 minutes of exercise at work?

Brisk walking and stair climbing.

My new job involves me sitting in front of a computer for 8 hours a day. So I make sure I take a walk and climb some stairs during my lunch breaks. I do some light stretching in the evenings. And I go for a run on the weekends. It’s not much at the moment, but at least I’m starting somewhere :)

I’m wearing:

Anine Bing Bar Silk Skirt

Chuck Taylor All Star Converse

Musubi Mini Bag by Acne Studios

My Easy Nourish Bowl Salads

I love buying nourish bowls in cafes – they are always so delicious and healthy.

But they can get quite expensive at $18 a bowl!

They are pretty easy to make and I make them all the time, especially when I do meal prep for the week for myself and my husband.

To make things EXTRA easy for myself, I like to make a roast lamb for  dinner (the night before), and I just bake extra potatoes, pumpkin, zucchini that I’ll use for my salad the next day.

Nourish Bowls

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Cinnamon Scrolls (with reduced sugar)

Cinnamon Scrolls

This recipe is based on a combination of this recipe and this one.

I reduced the sugar, used half the butter, half the egg, and it still tasted aaaamazing!

I also reduced the steps to save on washing up haha.

Cinnamon Scrolls (with reduced sugar)

Dough Recipe
60g butter
1 cup milk
2 teaspoon of dried yeast
1 egg, beaten
2 tablespoons of caster sugar
1/2 teaspoon of salt
3 cups plain flour

20g of butter, softened
3 tablespoons of brown sugar
1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon

30g of butter, melted
2 tablespoons of icing sugar
1 tablespoon of milk

1) Melt the butter in a large heatproof bowl (I just pop it into the microwave for 30 seconds). Add the milk and heat again. Add yeast, stir and set aside for 2 minutes.

2) Throw the rest of the ingredients (egg, sugar, salt and flour) into the yeast mixture. Stir well for a good 5 minutes. I don’t use a mixer, I just use a big spoon and my hands, for easy washing up. Cover with cling wrap, set in a warm spot for 1 hour for the dough to double in size. I put it on my bench top in the morning sun.

3) Make Filling: Mix butter, brown sugar and cinnamon in a bowl and set aside. OR you could skip this step and save on the washing up!

4) Make Glaze: Melt butter in microwave. Mix in icing sugar and milk. Set aside.

5) Lightly flour your surface. Give your dough a really good knead. Roll it into a log shape, about 40cm long. Use a rolling pin to flatten it out into a rectangle about 40 x 25cm.

6) Spread the butter, sugar and cinnamon filling evenly over your dough.

7) Start with the longest side, roll up the edge, and tightly roll into a scroll / log. Cut into 12 even pieces (I did 16 pieces). Place them side by side on a greased pan. Set aside for 30 minutes.

8) Preheat oven to 180C. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven, drizzle over the glaze. Eat while hot! It can keep for up to 3 days in an airtight container.



My Favourite Cauliflower Rice Recipe

I loooooove cauliflower, especially big chunks of roasted cauliflower.

I don’t usually make cauliflower RICE, because I can’t be bothered to use and wash my food processor.

But I made it recently and I really enjoyed the texture and flavour. And now I’ve been making it once a week for myself, and eat it instead of rice.

Super easy to make! Not soggy or mushy!

Cauliflower Rice Recipe

My Favourite Cauliflower Rice Recipe

1) Cut and wash a head of cauliflower. Process it in batches.

2) Add these ingredients:

3-4 tablespoons of olive oil
2 cloves of garlic, crushed
1 teaspoon of ground cumin
1 teaspoon of chilli flakes
1/2 teaspoon of salt
small bunch of fresh coriander, chopped

3) Toss, spread over a pan. Put into 180C over for 40 minutes, take it out midway to stir.

Notes – I sometimes bake it at 200C for 30 minutes. I like it with a bit of raw/not over-cooked crunch.

Cauliflower Rice Recipe

It’s so yummy!

The only problems is: if I eat it on it’s own, it doesn’t fill me up, so I end up having 3 (maybe 4) heaped bowls of it – oh well.