Truth be told I’ve never watched the Sopranos and I don’t plan to any time in the future. I’m not big on mafia style shows mostly because it’s all a bunch of bullshit. Old guys doing shit they really shouldn’t be doing and the story is basically always the same. Just a bunch of thugs wearing suits. I was looking for a bit of motivation to get myself back into gear though. One of my friends on MFP started up a challenge based on this show.
Aprile Crew – apparently I’m in this dumbnuts group. At least he’s put down the fork. That’s a start!
The challenge is easy enough. We are all divided into different groups and each is assigned a Capo – or captain who basically motivates the buttons aka soldiers to complete challenges and earn points for the group. Weigh ins also earn points and basically that is the premise of this game. Today’s challenge is 100 push-ups. Yeah, I laughed and then I rolled my eyeballs hard too.
Amazingly enough the Winter has remained and Spring seems to have forgotten to return. The sun barely came out today after a week of pure, dark misery. After my
*eye rolls* 100 push ups, I’ll head out for a short jog and see if I can finally get back into it. I over did my jogging and ended up with a calf injury. So it’s had me benched for a couple weeks. The pain was incredible and I hope to never go through that again!
I suppose I should also mention my weigh in this morning. It sucks and I am not happy with it but what ya gonna do?
94.2 kg (207 lb)
Completed the 100 push ups challenge! Bada Bing! and a short 35 minute jog! Bada Boom!
Then I had the most calorific meal of rice, salmon, avocado and teriyaki sauce…wah wah wah. Still remained under my calorie limit for the day though. Take that yous!..umm talking mafioso gangsta style ain’t happening..lol
Sorry I haven’t been around much guys..just been one of those months. Still Winter here..snowstorm and hating every minute of it. Spring is just not coming through yet.
I start a challenge tomorrow based on the Sopranos. I think it will be fun. Will post some more info on the challenge and start anew! I hope you are all doing well.
My husband and I decided on cooking a meal together once a month. It came about both of us wanting to get healthier but also enjoying those great meals once in a while. Spending time together is of course a very big part of this too.
He had been craving Rotkohl (red kraut) and duck breast so I decided I would make the second side dish – dumplings! They are called Serviettenknödel (napkin-dumplings) because the mixture is normally rolled and cooked in a napkin. But I used the more common method now of plastic wrap and aluminum foil. This is a recipe for two people but I found it can actually feed about four. This was the first time I made this so I didn’t want to modify the recipe yet. Expect it will be a bit higher in calories and fat than usual.
- 3 pretzel rolls
- 1 white bread roll
- 1 small onion
- 50g bacon
- 1 tbsp butter
- 100ml milk
- 2 eggs
- 2 tbsp parsley
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg – or to taste
- 1 tsp marjoram
- salt and pepper to taste
Step 1 -
- Preheat oven to 180°C/350°F. Dice the bread rolls into small pieces and combine together in a large bowl. Transfer half of the bread pieces onto a baking sheet and drop small pieces of the butter over the bread. Place in the oven to roast for 10-15 minutes, tossing once or twice to coat them with the melted butter.
- While the bread is roasting, chop the onion finely and roughly dice the bacon strips. Heat a frying pan on high and fry the bacon until browned. You don’t need additional fat for this. Add the chopped onion and fry with the bacon pieces for a couple of minutes. Add the marjoram, stir for another minute or two, turn off the heat and place to the side.
- Warm the milk in the microwave (do not boil). Add the onion-bacon mixture into the bowl with the second half of the bread pieces and then add the warm milk. Let it rest for 5 minutes.
Step 2 -
- Chop the parsley. Take out the roasted bread from the oven and add them to the bowl with the other ingredients. Add the eggs, parsley, nutmeg and salt and pepper to taste. Combine together well.
Step 3 -
- Take a large sauce pan and pour in 2-3 liters of water. Bring to the boil as you roll the Knödel.
- Cut two equal sized sheets of aluminum foil and plastic wrap. Place a piece of aluminum foil mat side up on your working space. Place an equal sized piece of plastic wrap on top. If you do not wish to use plastic wrap, brush the aluminum foil with a generous amount of melted butter. It will prevent it from sticking. Make sure you are brushing on the mat side or else they will taste metallic. Or use the traditional method and use cloth napkins! But you will need some thick string to tie both ends after you roll it.
- Place half the Knödel mixture on the edge of the foil closest to you and shape it into a sausage-like mound. Roll it carefully but don’t press it too hard or the mixture will expand to the outside edges. You want this to fit inside your sauce pan so be mindful of the length you end up with. When you finish rolling it, take the ends and seal the sides by pinching and rolling to opposite directions-like candy wrap. While you have a hold of both sides press towards the center to give it a gentle squeeze and shorten the length a bit. Repeat the process with the remaining mixture. (These can be made a day or two in advance of your meal. So if you aren’t eating them today, place them in the fridge until you are ready to cook them.)
Step 4 -
- When the water has boiled, lower the heat, add the rolled Knödel and submerge them in the water carefully. Simmer for 35-40 minutes. Don’t be alarmed if you see the aluminum foil has turned black after this time. I first thought I had burned them but it turns out they were just fine! You should find them floating and that is your signal they are done.
- Take out the rolls from the water, unwrap and slice into equal size pieces.
Lastly, fry them in a little butter and they are ready to serve! They only need a couple minutes on either side to brown. I found these to be very delicious, specially with the duck, Rotkohl and the port wine sauce my husband made with the duck fat.
It was an extremely delicious meal. I don’t even want to think about the calorie bomb this was but it was definitely worth all the effort. I hope you decide to try these and pair them with any delicious sauce of your choice.
I woke up earlier than usual today so I went out for my jog in the sunshine! But it was still -6°C..yikes! But yes, there was a little bit of sunshine this morning. My jog still suffered though. I might be over doing it by jogging almost every day (only missed one day this week) and my calves are screaming for mercy!
- Workout: Jogging & Brisk Walking
- Distance: 6.8km
- Time: 66 minutes
- Calories Burned: 500
I had to do a lot more brisk walking than actual jogging today. At some points I even felt my knees kind of buckle. I stopped for a bit and stretched out using a bench for support and then I was able to jog for a bit longer. Is it insane that I’m more pissed off about not getting a great workout in than about being injured? lol I kept thinking that at this rate I would never be able to improve my time and distance. Get your priorities right girl…priorities! Geeshh..!
As soon as I finished taking a shower and looked out the window..a snowstorm. Yep! I got very lucky I didn’t get caught in that white crap.
Some snow came back last night. Thankfully not mountains of it and most was melting away when I went out for my jog today. I didn’t work out yesterday so I knew I had to do something today for sure. Luckily the sun came out for a bit in the morning and it warmed me up a bit. The wind was so cold it was really hurting my skin and fingers. Definitely needed to wear a thicker jacket.
- Workout: Jogging & Brisk Walking
- Distance: ~7km
- Time: 60 minutes
- Calories Burned: 643
I was a bit sleepy and frozen even after 4kms..lol
I’ve been watching a lot of Japanese food videos on you tube lately….I know..I have too much free time in my life. So anyway..I really wanted to make some Onigiri sushi today but I didn’t have all the ingredients for that. I had to get creative. My creativity only took me so far as my changes really didn’t make it as tasty as it could have been. Not only that..it was super calorific!
Those rice balls are filled with tuna, mayonnaise and wasabi. I definitely should have made the trip to the Asian market and gotten the proper sushi rice and toasted Nori sheets. I improvised and used some iceberg lettuce leaves.
I made a little mashed avocado with lime juice and stuffed some of that in the egg omelet with a little rice and some tuna. This could definitely be better. For starters the rice I used was unprocessed natural rice not the fluffy sushi rice that is sticky and easy to shape. Those balls were hard to put together as the rice kept falling apart. I also missed the pickled ginger. All in all it was okay..but for that amount of calories I rather have the real thing!
I am so over this foggy, dark weather! I decided on an indoor workout (zumba) yesterday because the weather looked so gross and I really didn’t feel like working out outside. I really didn’t want to begin this trend of not jogging for weeks on end again though. So I gave the fog the finger and made my way outside.
- Workout: Jogging & Brisk Walking
- Distance: 5.85km
- Time: 52 minutes
- Calories Burned: 534
Jogging was specially hard today on my calves. They are very, very sore and even brisk walking was a challenge after a while. It’s funny that the one part of my body I thought would never shrink seems to be the one with the most progress so far. My calves are actually gaining a lot of definition and have shrunk quite a bit, specially at the ankles. The boots I couldn’t wear a year ago can now be worn with thick jeans tucked in. I guess what I read was true..jogging is great to slim them down! If that’s one of your issues..get cracking!
Today is also a fasting day so we shall see how this goes! A non scale victory for me today: my Lands’End XL rain jacket fit a little looser on me since the last time I wore it on a few months ago. Normally I look like a stuffed sausage in that so perhaps something is finally working! The scales are against me as usual so I’m not even going to bother with any weigh in. Just want my fat rolls to shrink already!