What I Ate Wednesday: Jamie Oliver

My favourite chef is Jamie Oliver. Hands down. I love his cookbooks, all of his TV shows, cookware and how he inspires others to eat healthy via Jamie’s Food Revolution.  One of the most shocking moments of this show for me, was when Jamie went into an elementary school in the USA and the children couldn’t differentiate vegetables:

I could not even imagine not knowing what basic vegetables are at the age of six. Jamie took on the task of educating the world on obesity. He won the TED Prize after he presented this speech at the annual TED Conference where he received his One Wish To Save The World:

On these rainy days that we have been getting, I love to turn to pasta as a comfort food. Jamie has the most delicious pasta recipe that I LOVE to make! I have turned turned non-pasta lovers into “Can I eat whatever is left in the pot?!” With this one!

JAMIE’S ITALIAN’S ASPARAGUS FETTUCCINE
Serves 4

INGREDIENTS
• Extra-virgin olive oil

• 1 small onion, finely diced
• 1 small stick of celery, diced
• 1 medium courgette, finely diced
• 1 small leek, white part only, diced
• 16 stalks of asparagus, tips reserved, stalks thinly sliced
• A small handful of basil leaves
• 300ml vegetable stock
• 1 garlic clove
• 400g fresh or dried fettuccine
• 50g finely grated parmesan cheese
• Pea shoots, to serve

DIRECTIONS

Add 4 tsp olive oil to a heavy-based pan over a low heat and sweat onion and celery until soft. Add courgette, leek and asparagus stalks and sweat for a further 2–3 minutes. Add most of the basil leaves and when they wilt, add the stock, then simmer until veg are tender. Remove from the heat and, using a hand blender or food processor, blend till creamy. In another frying pan over a low heat, add a little oil and cook garlic till soft, then add the asparagus sauce and simmer for 2 minutes.

Boil a pan of salted water. Cook fettuccine, and 3 minutes before it’s done, add the asparagus tips. When fettuccine is al dente, drain, reserving a little cooking water, and add to the asparagus sauce. Loosen the pasta and sauce with cooking water, as needed. Stir in remaining basil, and serve with parmesan and pea shoots.


Happy Wednesday, friends!

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Have you ever looked fear in the face and just danced the sh!t out of the floor?

I had an amazing run pace of 4:10 min/km! I really wanted to have a long run but life got in the way. Here’s what happened:

I prepared my dinner before I went to the gym so my food would be ready to be eaten when I got home. I am usually a Jamie Oliver kind of girl but I decided to switch it up and make a meal from Gordon Ramsay’s Healthy Appetite Cookbook. I love making new recipes. It makes your creative juices flow and you are opening your mind to try new things. It’s like being on an adventure– just not a life-threatening, dangerous, or an exhausting kind of adventure. (Unless you manage to cut yourself with a large knife and hold your breath during the cooking experience- then feel free to backspace the previous comments.)

Back to the run!

I got to the gym and I had the “I forgot something…” feeling. What did I forget? My shorts. I had 3 options: go home and get them, go home and forget about the gym- maybe it wasn’t meant to happen? Or, I could always run in jeans, which would be the most uncomfortable feeling in the world. Luckily I was meeting someone at the gym and they had an extra pair of lulu capris. The funny thing about this is, I’m not a tall girl and these capris were 2 sizes too big for me. So the tight fitting capris became wide gauchos on me. (Gauchos definition: wide, calf-length trousers for men or women modeled after the trousers worn by South American gauchos) Amazing! haha. Honestly, they were super comfy this way. I felt like I wasn’t even wearing pants! (hmm… that could be awkward). No really, I would seriously consider buying these pants two sizes too big. And- I just might!

So, I step up on the treadmill in my wide leg capris and I have a new feeling. I feel empowered some how as I place my klean kanteen in it’s holder and start to stretch. I get off the treadmill to do some leg stretches and I see a little black circle beside my foot. It would be one of two things: a fluff ball or a spider. And then it starts to move. Yep, that’s a spider! I’m not scared of spiders but I didn’t want it to rain because the temperature was going to drop so much and freezing rain is not fun. But I also didn’t want this spider to grow any bigger and make babies and infest the gym. So, I stepped on it. That spider is no longer with us. Sorry, friends!

There were so many playlists that I felt like listening to. I couldn’t believe it because lately I have just been picking a playlist without even really knowing if I actually want to run to those songs. I chose my “GB On My Mind” Playlist. It’s filled with all of the tunes that we would “dance the sh!t out of the floor!” during a Monday Jam Nite in GB. It was a great choice. I mean if you imagine yourself giving it all you’ve got on a dance floor to these jams- how can you not give your run all you’ve got? The band just keeps the energy up and- it really helped with my sprints that I decided to do during this run.

Here’s the playlist:
Listen to the Music- Doobie Brothers
Semi-Charmed Life- Third Eye Blind
I Want You- Savage Garden
You Make Me Wanna Shout- Little Richard
Girlfriend (Remix)- Avril Lavigne feat. Lil Mama
Making It Work- Doug and the Slugs
Down Under- Men at Work
Banditos- The Refreshments
Let Me Entertain You- Robbie Williams

I had a great cool down and stretching to:
3 am- Matchbox 20
Be With You- Mr. Big

There is nothing like a Mr. Big monster ballad to end a great run! Even though I didn’t run as long as I wanted too, I was running super fast sprints! And! Wait for it… I managed to clear my thoughts as soon as my first step hit the treadmill. I threw my thoughts away and I became in the moment. I didn’t have any mind games going on. I was a blank slate ready to take whatever challenge I was given without a care in the world. Success!
One of my favourite songs right now is Glitter in the Air by P!nk and it has a great line in it where she sings, “Have you ever looked fear in the face and said I just don’t care.” And that’s the mentality you have to have. Whatever problem you are facing, you are going to get through it. Why? Because you have to.

Stats of the Run
Distance: 8.64 km
Pace: 4:10 min/km
Calories: 374