To Cook: Chicken Curry

Good afternoon everyone!

Today I want to share with you one of my favorite recipes of the moment: Chicken Curry!
It takes about 45 minutes to make.Ingredients:

  • 1 small cauliflower
  • 2 tablespoons of coconutoil
  • 1 onion, cut in half-rings
  • 3 garlic bulbs, in slices or dices
  • 2 cm of fresh gingerroot, grated
  • 300 grams of chicken or turkey, in dices
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon of siamees ginger (NL: laos)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric (NL: Kurkuma/geelwortel)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of allspice (NL: piment)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon of crunched cloves (NL: kruidnagel)
  • 180 ml of coconut cream/milk

The Recipe:

  1. Cut the cauliflower into florets and grind them with the aid of a food processor until the size of rice grains.
  2. Heat the tablespoon of coconut oil in a wok or frying pan and bake onion, garlic and ginger until they are soft.
  3. Add the chicken/turkey dices and fry until brown.
  4. Mix all the spices and coconut cream into the dish and let it thicken for 5-10 minutes on a low fire.
  5. Heat in the meantime 1 tbsp of coconut oil in another pan and fry the cauliflower rice 1-2 minutes.
  6. Serve the curry with the cauliflower rice. You can garnish it with fresh coriander or parsley.

Bon appétit!

Source: EetPaleo

 

Back On Track

Since, a few weeks I’ve put back on my skates, and am really psyched to skate again. The first trainings were really wearing, and it scared me how much fitness I had lost in the past few months. After 2 or 3 weeks back on wheels, a bout was to be played. Ew may gawd. I had nightmares about our coach the night before. He was yelling at me because of failing during the game. Fortunately he didn’t live up to that expectation. Even though we lost, I’m really proud of our (B-)team. There were some magnificent moves and we fought back fiercely. But I could feel the lack of practice: short of breath, slower reaction time/speed and standing way too straight on my skates. Good thing I blocked/pivoted more than I jammed for once.

These kinds of situations make you realize how important training is, and that you shouldn’t miss any at all. It’s usually my priority numero uno, and I blame myself for missing so many… The progress other skaters have made in my absence are astonishing. I have big time catching-up to do, if I still want to meet my goals and those of our team(s). So next to regular practice, I started going to Fresh meat-practice as well. Instead of focusing on strategy, it makes you go back to basics, but also gives you the opportunity to train your footwork and skills, such as braking, hockey-stops, 360s, etc…

And I started swimming. That’s right. I don’t really do it for cardio, but just to relax and empty my mind. And it makes my whole body work, and not just my legs and core like I’m used to in derby. It would be great if it also stimulates my cardio and my weight-losing process, but it’s not the main goal.

Hopefully I will be up to speed to soon!

#Powerfood

Whoever follows my Instagram (@CriminalCupcake) probably noticed I’ve been baking and cooking a lot lately. During the holidays I went to see my parents, and I was really inspired by my mother’s delicious and healthy cooking. Usually I hate cooking, mostly because of the dishes that need to be done afterwards, but this all looked so simple and easy.

So I got myself the same book: “Powerfood” by Rens Kroes. Yes, our Dutch pride Doutzen Kroes’s little sister. This book is filled with healthy recipes for breakfast, lunch, diner, snacks, sweets, spreads and drinks. So pretty much anything you can think of. Healthy variations on French fries, lasagna, mayonnaise, Nutella and birthday-cakes fill this pretty-designed cookbook.

Breakfast Muffins

Luckily for me, one of Christmas presents was an oven, so I could pretty much start right away. I started with the delicious breakfast-muffins and ended up eating those way too quickly. The following experiment was the breakfast-cake. This recipe is slightly different from the muffins, but just as tasteful. I’m really looking forward to try all the recipes.

Breakfast Cake

The latest news is that Rens is busy writing a second book, which should be available in June 2015. I can’t wait for further healthy cooking-inspiration. But in the meanwhile I have my mum and Google who can spam me with advice and recipes.

Next stop? Bread-baking and making raw Oreo’s!

Rockcity goes Spanish!

It has been a while and a rough couple of months. Got very ill, moved, switched jobs, realized it was quite a tough job, got a knee-injury etc. Now the end of the year is coming closer and I’ve been neglecting this blog…
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But just had the greatest weekend in Barcelona with the Rockcity Rollers! It was our A-teams first gotta-fly-there-game versus Barcelona Roller Derby – Ingles de Acero.

We were 4 RCR-fans versus more than 100 Barcelona-people, so we had quite some noise to prevail. It was amazing and impressive how much people came to see a “regular” roller-derby game. Luckily our team heard us and our cheers, which is the most important (my voice is still a bit raw).
The first half was very exciting; BRD was keeping up well, leading to a score of 101 – 64. Fortunately for us/RCR, our skaters dominated the second half. It was really great to watch, seen as there were some interesting technical and penalty mix-ups, but after a few whistles and arguing from refs with nso’s it was clarified. Apparently there was also an expulsion for a BRD-skater, which I missed (but apparently she kinda tackled one of Rockity’s jammers), and foul outs on both sides. The game ultimately ended in a victory for the Rockcity Rollers with 230 -132.
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Not sure how the after-party went, seen as I chose sleep over a hangover for a change. Next day we explored the city and went to the beach. . It was great seen as it wasn’t really hot and/or busy. The food was also a highlight. We mostly cruised from café to restaurant until it was time to grab our stuff and take the bus to the airport.

Thanks again Barcelona for your hospitality and hopefully see you soon!

Workout Log Week 16

HalestormSecond post of this kind and I’m already late.. Guess I’m having some kind of writer’s block. So weird. Some weeks I could write every day, some other weeks I don’t even feel like turning on my computer.
Anyway.. I couldn’t remember what I did last week (probably nothing, or something not worth mentionning) so I’ll just start off with the past week.

Monday & Wednesday (14th & 16th of April)
Roller-derby practices! We started off with a few new drills, and like Suzy Hotrod says “Edges, edges, edges!”. It seems so easy, but in the meanwhile it is anything but.. Finally finally managed to skate 27 laps within 5 minutes. This was my neverending battle but I did it!

Tuesday (15th of April)
Shame on me, I didn’t do anything. I was so tired and didn’t get enough for a few nights. And then I decided I wanted to finish my book, and still didn’t get enough sleep.

Thursday (17th of April)
So this friend of mine is going to the gym. something I haven’t done for about a year or so. Too expensive, not motivated, etc.. I had tons of excuses. But his gym has a special rewarding system. The more you work out, the less you pay. Which I thought was I really good deal. So after work I went there for a free practice.
– 20 min Warming-up on my favorite machine: the Crossover. Unlike a regular crosstrainer, you make a movement just like you’re skating.
– Planking, crunches, push-ups, etc..
– Running for 20 min, 8km/hour.
– And stretching!

Friday (18th of April)
Once again: gym! Pretty much same routine as the day before, except that I ran a little but faster: 8.5km/hour.

Saturday & Sunday (19th & 20th of April)
No gym today because this was bout-day! Unfortunately not for me, but for one of my favorite leagues, the One Love Roller Dolls from Antwerp, Belgium. With a few teammates we went to see their double-header against Paris. The OLRD played against Paris B-team, and Go Go Gent (also a Belgian league) against Paris A-team. Really great to watch these teams battle each-other.

Sunday the gym was closed, so I took this day to do a lot of cleaning and other little things on my To Do-list. That evening we went to see Halestorm in the Melkweg, Amsterdam! So awesome to end the week with some good rock ‘n roll.

Workout-Log Week 14

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I’ve decided to keep a structured log of my work-outs. First of all it’s a good to have an overview of all my different work-outs, their development, my progress, and of course if I’m even working out or if I’m being lazy. “Borrowed” this idea from Andrea, who’s been keeping track right from the start.

Monday & Wednesday (31st of March & 2nd of April)
These days I always have my 2-hour roller-derby training including warm-up, strength/stretching, endurance, different moves and tactics and scrimmage.
The previous two weeks I wasn’t allowed to get hit or hit anyone, seen as I somehow hurt my shoulder. It’s mostly away now, and I hope it stays away. Good training to avoid checks though.

Tuesday, Thursday & Friday (1st, 2rd & 4th of April)
It’s really time that I started running regularly again, not only for all the obstacle- and mudruns, but it’s also good cardio for roller-derby. So I’ve been doing this lap which is about 7km. I start out from my home and run along a road for about 3 or 3,5km. After that I start my way through the woods. At some point I reach the road again and start running back home. Most of the time this is the best part of my run, knowing that I already completed about 5km and that I’m almost there.
After coming home I do squats and after that I start stretching my legs. Somehow this is the moment I start sweating.
This week my left calf has been hurting while running. This made me stop several times during my run to stretch. It was really annoying. After each run I make sure I stretch it enough as well, and massage it with muscle-balm to make it relax as much as possible. Anyone ever experienced this?
Friday I ended up sprinting the 100m, because one of my roommates kept texting me, asking me where the hell I was, because dinner was ready. Nothing better than running towards drinks or food.

The weekend (5th & 6th of April)
Friday-evening I had a party, but didn’t drink. I really really hate hangovers. They screw up my entire day. Anyway, one of my derby-trainers told me to take a break, and not work out too much.
So during the weekend I took it slow. Went to the fair-trade market and got me some fresh food from the farm. I stood in the supermarket and the only thing I saw were preservatives and “plop-chicken” (industrial meet). It really is starting to make me sick. And the whole drama of hair being in bread coming from China. No thanks. So I went to get myself fresh spelt-bread from the bakery. At the end of the day I made myself a hamburger of mostly biological ingredients. Delicious!
Sunday we went to to see the awesome double-header in Amsterdam, but more on that later!


I hope this week is going such a great work-out week as well!

Survived 18K Mud Masters

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Saturday it was time for the mud Masters. No real training, no real preparation, no breakfast, no looking up the obstacles, nada! A suicide-mission, it was. But finish, I did.

To go back a little, I was very excited to participate for the second time during the Mud Masters, and not just the 12K, but the 18. About 6 months ago I thought it would be very doable, seen as I’d been running quite some races. But after a massive winter-blues, I wasn’t so sure anymore if it was a good idea. But no turning back now! Put on my Dutch Mud Men-gear, packed my Mudclaws and clean  clothes and I was off to Vijfhuizen. When I arrived, the excitement started to show and I really felt like running towards the site. At the registration I got my race-number and got it also written on my forehead. And got myself a sandwich, seen as I didn’t have a real breakfast yet. Little by little I met up with people from DMM, and also met new members, and of course, Andrea! She was probably going to sprint through the whole thing but I was going to take it slow, together with Theo.

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Finally there was the kick off, and we all ran. Well, I soon noticed my lack of training. First off all there were these massive stairs. Unending stairs. I squat about 2 minutes daily, but this made my upper legs burn like hell. This is also the term I’m going to use for the next 4 or 5K. realized that that sandwich hadn’t been a good idea. Theo told me I said that during every race. Really?! Do I keep making the same mistake every damn time? Must be my blond hair. But I still had about 13K to go. But luckily, after that, I was in my zone and just kept running. The nausea left and I crawled, climbed, swam, and carried a heavy sandbag for about 700M. To my own surprise, everything ended up going way better than last year. I climbed further before falling into water and I even made it over all the great walls this time, with the help of a few guys. The only thing I just didn’t want to do were the sizzlers. I just hate those dangling electric cables, but going around it wasn’t an option for me, but I didn’t to go through it either. So I found the solution: I was going to crawl underneath them. This resulted in me crossing the finish line covered in mud, earning myself quite some curious looks. But at that moment, the only thing I cared about was my free Finishers-beer. This is truly the most rewarding beer ever. The second one as well. And the hamburger. Nomnomnom. Andrea finished first together with a friend by the way, I’m so proud of her!

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Now, about 2 days later, I still can’t come down stairs or get out of a chair without excruciating pain. Every muscle in my body hurts. One of my co-workers can’t stop laughing and said that, next time, before going to sleep, I need to take a few paracetamol. She says it magically makes the pain go away before it shows up. Definitely going to try that one at the end of the month, because upcoming: Strong Viking Mud Obstacle Run!

Did you participate during these Mud Masters? Do share your experience!

Run on!