How Weekends Should Be
Hello! I hope you all had a fantastic weekend. Mine was pretty much perfect, but more on that in a bit. I just wanted to let you know that I’m playing with a new blogging schedule for the next few weeks. I’m heading into a busy time of year with work, exams, half marathon training and other more fun things. I don’t think it’s realistic for me to try to post every day or rush posts, but I do want to keep the blog alive. So, I’m going to post on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays – I hope you keep reading!
Anyway, back to my weekend. After a busy week commuting to Sheffield every day last week I was really looking forward to spending the weekend in Leeds pottering about. Peter came up to see me, which has been good as usual, but I’ve also had plenty of time to do the things that I like doing. Saturday morning got off to a lazy start with a lovely lie-in and then I watched Saturday Kitchen for some foodie inspiration. Then I did the 60 minute Yoga For Runners Download, which I’ve done a couple of times before. The download is an audio file, but it also comes with a pdf file showing the sequence of poses, which was really useful to look at the poses that I’ve never done before. Having said that, I think you need to have some yoga experience to do this workout because there’s not a lot of explanation.
This particular yoga session is really tough. It’s quite similar to the ashtanga class that I usually do on a Monday, but the flow is faster and relentless. I’ve definitely improved since I’ve been doing yoga practice at home – my yoga teacher even commented that she thought that I was more flexible than before Christmas. I do have problems with very sweaty palms and feet that slip on my yoga mat though, making downward dogs very awkward. I need to find a really good sticky mat.
After yoga I headed into town to the cinema to watch “The Artist”.
I tried selling it to Peter by telling him that it was a black and white silent film. Somehow that didn’t appeal to him, so I went on my own. Call me an introvert (I am), but I love going to the movies on my own. I like experiencing the film without having anyone else’s opinion affecting mine. I’m not sure that makes sense, but I used to go the cinema solo all the time and I really want to get back into the habit, although my bank balance might not be happy.
I really liked the film, although it took me a while to get used to the fact that there’s no spoken dialogue and it took a bit of extra effort to follow the plot (that could just be my slow brain). I loved the story though and thought that the characters were sympathetic and well-developed. It was refreshing to see a movie that’s a bit different. The next film I want to see is “Shame”. I think it’s probably as far removed from “The Artist” you can get (PG rated vs. 18 rated), but I have eclectic tastes.
When I got home Peter and I caught up on last week’s Sherlock. It was The Hound of the Baskervilles and I found it really scary, so I’m glad that I didn’t watch it alone! I can’t wait to watch this week’s episode – it’s such a good series.
This morning I braved the cold to go out on a 7 mile run. It was below zero (less than 30 Fahrenheit) and really frosty. I was a bit worried that it might be icy, so I choose a very flat route along a main road and did a couple of laps. It was fine in the end and the only patches of ice were where people had poured water over their windscreens to deice them (grr – so inconsiderate). I tried to go as steady as possible, but the cold weather did spur me on somewhat, so my average was 09:25 min/mile. I mistakenly didn’t put my contacts in for the run, so when I got home I was blind for 10 minutes while my glasses de-misted.
For lunch I decided to recreate one of Peter’s favourite childhood meals – pasta, peas and tomatoes with cheese sauce. He’s quite particular about how it has to be and I struggle to make cheese sauce on my own, so he helped me out.
Pasta, peas and tomatoes with cheese sauce
- 30g butter (I used goats’ butter)
- 4 tablespoons plain flour
- 375ml milk
- 110g medium goats’ cheese (our version was very cheesy)
- 3 tomatoes, chopped
- garden peas
- Enough pasta shells for 4
- Melt the butter on a gentle heat
- Add the flour and stir into the butter until a smooth paste. Cook gently for 2 minutes
- Add the milk slowly, stirring the whole time and cook gently until thickened
- Add the cheese and beat into the sauce until completely melted and smooth.
- Add the sauce to the cooked pasta and peas and then stir in the chopped tomatoes
A healthy recipe? No. Tasty? Oh yes! Just what I needed after that cold run.
Can anyone recommend a really good non-slip yoga mat?
What was your favourite meal as a child? Mine was probably fried egg and chips or chicken kiev. I haven’t recreated any of those recently and I’m not sure that I will!