Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Day 11: What happens when I make dinner

 The time is 8:26pm and I am just getting around to making dinner. I’m going to make one of my favourite meals, which also serves as good run fuel: a black bean red lentil quinoa dish.

I’m not sure if I’m in a calorie deprived state anymore as I filled up on cupcakes after my run – tempo followed by 30 second hill sprints times 12. The run was awful in an awesome kind of way. Mostly because I was seriously calorie deprived going into it and the run was at 5:30pm. After the run I ended up at a local run store's customer appreciation night. 50% off clothing meant I left with a new Moving Comfort Jacket and a belly full of cupcakes. Now back to making dinner.

Tasty black bean red lentil quinoa dish!
Forgot to do dishes the night before so I’m going to do that first. Only because I need two pots and one of them is dirty and instead of just cleaning the one pot I feel the need to clean everything. Can you say OCD? Actually before I wash the dishes I can get the quinoa started.

Quinoa is on the stove waiting to boil. I’m going to make 2 cups of cooked quinoa (1 cup dried, 2cups water, bring to a boil and simmer for approximately 12-14 minutes).

 I should warn you, just in case you haven’t figured it out yet, I am seriously going to take you through the whole process of me cooking dinner tonight. Some of you may suggest that I am struggling to come up with content for my blog posts, so if you have any content ideas please suggest it already!! We can’t let Chris win!!

Personally I think this post is pretty awesome as it gives great insight into what I do on a typical night. Just in case you were wondering. Or were somehow under the delusion that my life is a life full of debauchery. I assure you those days of cocaine and naked hot tub orgies are over. That is so Andrea version 1.0. 

Now to wash dishes! The thought of washing dishes always seems so daunting despite the fact that whenever I wash dishes it takes less than 5 minutes of my time.  

8:35pm - Why hasn’t someone come up with a pot that whistles at you when it starts boiling? You know like a kettle. Then I can stop checking the pot every 30 seconds to see if it has started boiling yet!

8:38pm – finally the quinoa has started boiling!

8:40pm – dishes done!

Now to start on the rest of the meal. Fuck I’m starving I need to snack on something and it can’t be cupcakes, even though I brought a bunch home with me just for that purpose. I think I will settle on carrots and almonds.

I like to sauté garlic, mushrooms and red peppers (high in vitamin C) in 2 tablespoons of coconut oil first. The beauty of this dish is you can use whatever vegetables you want.

The runner’s diet should be mostly an anti-inflammatory diet. So this dish is mostly centered on that. Check out the website Eat 2 Run for more details.

8:52pm – quinoa is pretty much done and now I’m cooking up the rest. Thinking about the hill sprints today. They kind of flared up my plantar fasciitis, which is why I should be following more of an anti-inflammatory diet to help reduce those flare-ups. Can you guess what is not in the diet?? You guessed it, cupcakes! And neither are gingerbread people.

Awesome powdered ginger!
After I sauté the vegetables I will add in some turmeric, ginger and cayenne spices. I don’t really measure this but I would say probably a teaspoon or 2 of each. It really depends on you and your tastes.

For ginger I go for the powdered stuff and forget about the fresh stuff. I can never get through the ginger fast enough when it’s fresh.

Next I will add Kale! If you run or just want to be healthy add Kale to everything you possibly can. Since I’ve started having it every day I haven’t gotten sick. Kale consumption and good health are likely just strongly correlated, so don’t confuse with causation. Also people who eat kale are likely healthier in every other aspect of their life. Wow! This sociology shit just doesn’t die does it!

9:03pm – the time of night I would have liked to have been eating at. For quicker results I recommend not writing a blog post concurrently with cooking.

I think it's starting to boil!
9:10pm – added the lentils. Normally I would use ¾ cup but there was only a bit left in the bag so I added that too. Added the purple potatoes as well (6 small ones – cut into small pieces). You save time by boiling the potatoes in with the lentils instead of cooking them separately. Add a bunch of water so it covers everything in the pot and wait for it to boil. Once it starts boiling it will take about 10-20 minutes to cook. I like to set the timer at this point because I will forget about the food. And yes, if I were elderly I would likely be diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment.

At some point when it is close to being done I will add in the black beans (probably only half the can). And then just let the flavours meld together for about 5 minutes.

9:15pm – Chris tweets his blog post on twitter! Damn that Chris, now I really have to publish this crap!

9:17pm – tweet back at Chris “Egad! The #writing is going but I don’t know if I would say it’s going well…Damn you for not quitting!!”

9:18pm – still not boiling yet

Cocky gingerbread snowman!
9:19pm – turned element up to high instead of below medium where it was previously at – FYI If you want things to boil faster turn up the heat. Just saying.

9:20pm – Some of the gingerbread peoples got out of their bag. I should punish them by biting off their heads!

9:21pm – turns out it is a gingerbread snowman… “Off with his head!!”

9:22pm – ate the rest of the gingerbread snowman

9:24pm – food is starting to boil – turning up the heat really did help! Now that it’s boiling I turn the heat down to medium and let it boil there for about 10 minutes and then I will check on it again. You may need to add more water or wait another 5 minutes at check in.

Headless gingerbread snowman!
9:31pm – thinking about my run coach and wondering if our meeting next week will go well. I’m hesitating on finalizing the time. I think I’m just nervous because he will be evaluating my stride to see if there has been any improvement since he first started working with me.

9:33pm – checked food, turned heat down. It looks almost done. I will test it by eating one of the potatoes. I figure it takes the lentils approximately the same amount of time to cook as the potatoes. I base this on previous cooking adventures. Or I pretend to at least.

9:34pm – not bad. But wait!! I almost forgot to add the black beans!

9:38pm – decided to add the whole can. Why not? I’m hungry and I need all the protein I can get. I’m going to give it 5 more minutes.

The real reason I make so much food is for leftovers. I love cooking but not all the bloody time! This should yield me about 4 fair sized meals.   

9:42pm – smells so good!!! While I wait, I do some stretches. My hip flexors are sore! Damn hill sprints!

9:45pm – food is ready to eat! I wouldn’t recommend eating this late at night especially if you have to run early the next day. However, it is a rest day for me tomorrow, so it’s all good.

Bon Appétit!!