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Archive for September, 2012

Fresh Out Of Dough

It’s not just running that has me occupied with a new curiosity. I’ve also been baking, which of course is the perfect counterpoint to exercise! I have been cooking since I was just a wee little one. Proof:

Beyond a killer banana bread (you know you want that recipe!), baking has never captured my imagination, like cooking, but I suppose it runs in my blood. My maternal grandfather made his living as a successful bakery owner in Queens.  You know you want some of those recipes too! Note to self…

It all started with an abundance of blueberries…I made chocolate blueberry oatmeal cookies, blueberry banana bread, peach coffee cake and then my attention turned to bread.

Thanks to Pinterest (follow me here), I got to cooking up some sourdough starter. I was following this recipe and using this container. Here is what it looked like at the beginning:

Even though the container I got looks identical to the one from the website, I accidentally knocked the lid and it broke, so then I covered the starter with plastic wrap and it actually really took off from there, so I am thinking it kept too much air out of the mix.

Once the starter was ready, I followed this recipe (sorry if you do not subscribe to Cook’s Illustrated, totally worth the money, but I am sure you can Google another). It’s an intense and time-consuming process and the recipe actually needs some tweaking. I will post the final recipe after I get it right. But this is a teaser photo, following the recipe exactly:

I also made a non-sourdough following this recipe. I took the basic instructions and added some olive oil, rosemary from a friend’s garden and a bunch of cloves of roasted garlic. It was a bit dense (might’ve been the yeast I used) and needed a touch more salt, but also delish. Here’s a pic:

Have I made you hungry yet? What’s your favorite thing to bake?

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Catch Me If You Can

I am not an athletic sort of person, but I do try to stay active. Then back in the spring, out of nowhere, my ankle hurt so badly taking my dear pup, Quincy, for his last for the night walk around the block was tear inducing.

Cue obligatory cute Q pic here:

Does it get any cuter than that folks?!

After a diagnosis of tendonitis and months of physical therapy, I am finally back to normal…albeit with a new funky snap, crackle, pop noise when I am on my toes without support. There goes my dream to dance the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy…

Not doing any physical activity for several months left me unprepared to spend all day on my feet and do some hiking on the upcoming trip. I started getting back on the elliptical, but felt like I needed to push further – so what to do? The Couch to 5K (C25K) training program! If you haven’t done it yourself, I am sure you know someone who has…it works. (If you’ve been following me on twitter, you know all my progress so far, #hikemasada.)

I start week 4 of 9 today and not gonna lie, I am little scared about the jump from running 9 minutes to 16?!

Calm his nerves or get the last french fry?!

Running does not come naturally, but I have to say, the feeling of accomplishment when finished with a run is amazing. So any running readers out there have advice for a novice?

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