Lawrence’s quiche

Ahhhhh, the humble quiche. Definitely one of the French dishes that I cook on a regular basis, and one that I taught Lawrence how to make. I usually prepare the classic quiche Lorraine. However Lawrence always gets creative and comes up with different variations.

Here is his latest favourite, which he cooked for us recently.

Ingredients

  • 1 pack of puff pastry
  • 4 eggs
  • A little bit of milk
  • 1/2 onion
  • 2 leeks
  • 2 carrots
  • Goat cheese
  • Seasoning to your preference
  1. Pre-warm your oven to 180°C
  2. Roll out your puff pastry and prick it. We sometimes slightly blind bake it first.
  3. In a pan, cook the onions, leek and carrot and season to taste.
  4. Add the vegetables to the pastry
  5. Add your egg mixture (also seasoned to taste)
  6. Add the goat cheese
  7. Cook for 30-40, depending on your oven
  8. Enjoy

Tip: Use baking paper

It’s really easy and can be declined to many combinations, eaten hot or cold. It’s perfect to have extra for your lunch the following day.

IMG_4532.JPGHis non-vegetarian version consists of swapping the goat cheese for smoked salmon. It’s equally delicious!


Have you cooked a quiche before? Let me know how you get on!

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What’s next?

It’s been one month to the day since I ran the Bristol Half Marathon (if you haven’t read my recap yet, you can do so here) and after some time off partly due to lack of motivation and partly due to an injury (I managed to slip on wet leaves on my way to Uni and gash my knee open), it’s time to think about my next goals. Signing up for a race is one of my favourite motivation tip when it come to running. I have chosen two races so far for my 2015 “season”.

Δ The London Winter Run (10K)

I really like the 10K distance but most importantly, this will be my last race with the beautiful Leah, probably followed by brunch, because that is how we rock. The good news is that I have a discount code for you if you would like to join!

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Δ The Bath 1/2 marathon

It’s just one month later and I keep hearing that Bath is absolutely beautiful. Considering how much I loved the Bristol 1/2 marathon, I think this will be an amazing race!

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What’s in the mean time?

In the mean time, I am going to focus on strength training with Becky from onesixeight:fitness who has designed a strength training programme suited for my running goals.

I am also going to keep casually running around Bristol in the lovely company of Claire and Steph whenever she comes to visit. I am yet to try the Ashton court parkrun so this is on my project list, as well as runs with the Sweaty Betty run club. Unfortunately this latter doesn’t fit my timetable as well but I had a lot of fun the time I went. I think I will start “proper” race training as from the 10/11.


What are your next goals?

 

 

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Music Monday #6 Laureen’s selection

My sister Alice is the music expert amongst the two of us and has been in charge of the Music Monday posts so far. However, I’ve been listening to these songs on repeat and I thought I’d share them with you.

The way you make me feel (Michael Jackson) cover by Kawehi

You HAVE to watch this video (number 12 on her playlist). Kawehi’s amazing and does this MJ cover using a loop station and the result is truly impressive. I have since discovered her own music, which is equally cool (listen more here under the sounds tab)

Habits by Tove Lo

Us by Regina Spector

Sirens call by Cats on trees

None of them are really new, Alice is the expert for new releases.

What are your current favourites songs?

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6 blog posts I’d like to share with you

Lately, I have come across some great blogposts that I wanted to share with you.

Are you tired all the time? by Jess from Twins in trainers. If you are feeling tired all the time, this article might point you out in the right direction to change some lifestyle aspects or seek some help.

yoga ♥ 6 yoga poses for tight shoulders  Published by Elle from Keep it simpELLE. Now that I have started lectures again and that I am sitting in lectures theatres everyday, I find my shoulders quiet tight. These are great exercises!

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♥ Steph’s Bacchus marathon report I am so so proud of Steph for completely smashing her second marathon. I had run part of her 20 miler with her during my 7th week of training It definitely makes me want to attempt another one. Alas I did not get through the London marathon ballot so I need to think of another one to run. #DoItInADress Jessica has pledged to run 50K this month in order to support the One Girl charity, which focuses on providing education to women. As a girl studying her third degree (ahem), I couldn’t support this cause more. What will it take to run a sub 2h MARATHON? I still haven’t mastered the sub 2h HALF marathon so I really cannot imagine how someone could literally run twice as fast as me for 2h. The article mentions that you’d need to be confident, fearless and have fast friends to achieve this. I already have speedy friends (see above article) but I think I need to work a bit more on the mental aspect of running. Screen Shot 2014-10-15 at 23.13.11

Have a good weekend!

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♥ I also need to share with you Charlie’s completely honest blog post where she opens up on how life is not completely “sweat and roses as our blogs would sometimes have you believe”. I can relate to a lot of the things she mentions in it.

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Bristol Half Marathon recap part 2 – The naked race

As mentioned at the end of part 1 of my recap, I was really looking forward to racing the Bristol Half Marathon. One of the reasons is that racing = carb loading and LOOK AT THIS PIZZA! I highly recommend the White Lion pub at the Avon Gorge Hotel in Bristol for amazing pizzas and a great view of the suspension bridge. IMG_4314.JPG Fast forward to Saturday evening, I enthusiastically prepared my kit and was going to wear my usual race capris as pictured below. However, and after much debates,  I decided to go for the skort (skirt/short) in the end as it was supposed to be a very warm day. I also decided to wear the T-shirt I wore for my Paris Marathon as 1) If I ran a marathon in this T-shirt, I could totally run a 1/2 marathon and 2) having your name on a T-shirt during racing is the best thing ever. You get SO much support from the crowd and it really keeps you going.

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I could not find any safety pins so I STAPLED my bib to my top haha

On Sunday morning, I got up bright and early to get ready and have my race breakfast consisting of a massive bowl of porridge and a cup of tea. Hang on, this is my weekly breakfast… As soon as I finished said cup of tea, I remembered that this was a mistake and that I am supposed to stick to water on race days… After a last toilet break at home, we made our way to the town centre and it was a gorgeous day indeed. Sunny with a bit of wind so that you don’t overheat. Perfect race weather.

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probably looking at my phone…

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Pretending that I will look fresh like that at the finish line…

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READY to go

After a quick warm up, I went for another toilet break and ate 1/2 banana and two shot blocks. I also had two shot blocks before my 10Km PB and thought that this would be a good strategy for this race too. It worked, I was super high on sugar and caffeine before starting the race and was READY TO RUN…and ready for another toilet break. My bladder is quite sensitive to caffeine and despite going 5 min ago, I wanted to go again. I thought that this was perhaps in my mind and that I was over-thinking things, that it would probably go away once I started running… While in the starting pen, my Nike watch would not sync. I took it as a sign to run a “naked race” i.e. without looking at my pace. This was a huge step for me. I am not someone that lets go of things very easily. So to let go of my time goal despite working towards it and talking about it for 12 weeks and choose instead to run this race for the pure pleasure of running was quite a big step. It made me realise that in various aspects of my life I could just focus on the positive. My watch eventually synced but I just put it on “elapsed time mode”. 3…2…1 off we go. The legs started moving and the tears starting rolling down. I was just so happy to be running, the sun was shining on my face, the view was amazing and it just summarised all the accomplishments of this year. There I was, finally starting med school in Bristol. I just enjoyed the freedom of running. The route was not congested at all, we could just set in a pace and not worry about waving between runners. IMG_4342.JPG I finally spotted some portaloo around the 3.5K mark and thought that I better go so I could have a better race.  The queue was a bit longer than I would have liked but it was really worth it as I could then carry on my race without having to think about my bladder. I then reached the first water station which was much appreciated since I decided not to carry any. However, I must have drank too fast as I got a massive stitch from it, which lasted for about 2K. I remembered that this was my exact problem during the Paris marathon: hydrating/fuelling too fast and not being able to stomach it and that I should therefore be careful and pace myself on that front. We looped at the 6.5K mark and the race distributed some energy gels but I didn’t take any and carried on a bit longer. I then S.L.O.W.L.Y started having 1/2 of a GU salted caramel energy gel (this flavour is the bomb), timing it with having a bit before and during the next water station as these gels require water. Since we looped, I then focused on looking out for familiar faces running the races and what a distraction!!! By this point I had completely forgotten about my legs, I just focused on spotting my friends and I was delighted to see Harry and Claire!!

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Harry and I at the start line

IMG_4344.JPG I then saw another unexpected familiar face… Someone running on the opposite way on the sidewalk and cheering us, looking like such an elegant gazelle and looking vaguely like…Chrissie Wellington!!! I thought that this was not possible but that whoever this person was, she had AMAZING posture and that I better focus on mine for the remainder of the race. I then saw her once more, except that this time I could confirm that it was Chrissie, gave her a massive smile and she said “well done”. What a booster!! That definitely kept me going! We then headed towards the city centre and the public was just amazing, I got lots of cheers and I was feeling super good in general. I then had 1/4 of my GU gel, timing it with the water station again.I then realised that I was probably developing some chaffing on my thighs. Indeed, I had broken the most important rule of racing: nothing new on race day! I had changed my mind last minute for skort instead of my race capris!!! For sure I had run in them before, but never such a long distance. I didn’t even think of putting Vaseline in the morning. If you are anything like me, you might have heard about chaffing, you might have heard the “nothing new before race day” rule and yet, you might wonder if it can be that bad. Let me tell you, it is really, really painful and horrible, you don’t want this, stick to the rule. I then arrived in the city centre and WOW what an amazing atmosphere!! The public was so awesome! I was just smiling and smiling. I also hoped to see Lawrence and my sis so I was on the lookout for them, which once again was a perfect distraction! I spotted them and was so happy that I sprinted towards them to give them a kiss and a hug. I immediately regretted that as this sudden change of pace gave me a massive stitch which considerably caused me to slow down.

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I had just spotted Lawrence and Alice

I happily carried on around the town centre. When we reached the 10 miles mark, I had another quick look at my watch to see where I was standing and for a minute I thought that I could perhaps run it sub 2h but then I remembered that a 1/2 marathon was 21K and not 20K. I did some pace calculation and decided that there was no way I could Run the last 5K in 25min (or so I thought because looking at my splits now it seems like I had 29min to run 5K). At this point, I wanted to give up. I was perhaps hitting a mini wall. Then I realised that this whole race was about discovering my new city, celebrating my new career in medicine. Also my people were there to support me so I wasn’t allowed to give up. I repeated my favourite mantra “I’m a runner, not a quitter” and pushed past the pain. I gave it my all, picked up my pace, cursed loudly in French at the hill towards the end, tried to pick up my pace some more and finished with a massive sprint.

Giving it my all...

Giving it my all…

I stopped my watch and saw my time: 02:02:43…and I am fine with that. I had so much fun and I hope my recap shows that. It does describe some slightly negative points but that is because they are what made the race “eventful”. The rest of the time I was just on a pure runner high, absolutely enjoying running in this new scenery, loving the Bristol public, super happy of my life right now. Ok, I will admit that it stings just a little bit that my best time is from my first 1/2 where I had barely trained, definitely didn’t do any strength training and didn’t even fuel during the race. In think that the main difference is that I didn’t have a watch back then and I ran for pure fun. Remember how I said earlier that I decided that I couldn’t run the last 5K in 25min? The truth is, why did I decide that? I think that it will keep running “naked” a bit more often and let go of all the PB hunting in order to focus on my love for running. Other lessons from this race? Don’t have tea, don’t forget the Vaseline, keep letting go and having fun. IMG_4347.JPG

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