Kitchen Time

A conversation last weekend has led me to believe that the husband has been telling my family that I “still” don’t know how to cook. Well, I will not claim to be the best when it comes to culinary talents, but I have had my fair share of kitchen time at home. Enough to warrant a more confident “Yeah a little” when asked if I can cook.

In fact tonight, inspired by the chicken soup recipe from “My Little Paris Kitchen” (it’s called something fancier but my crappy Internet connection means I don’t want to google) and the fried chicken recipe from “Paleo Comfort Foods”, I blitzed some chicken breasts with an egg and some almond flour and rolled into the spice mix from the Paleo recipe and Voila! Homemade chicken nuggets — and they’re Paleo too! Not bad for someone who can’t cook :p


Good and Bad

Warm Up
Kabadi game

3 60kg Power Cleans every minute for 6 minutes

Lever work

SDHP 35kgs
OHS 35kgs

I just wasn’t in the game this time around. While the strength and skill sessions went ok, I wasn’t particularly happy with my movements on the power cleans. Then it was on to a short-ish WOD. I never really liked sumo deadlift high pulls, I mean if it was hip explosion that we are looking for I feel there are better options such as the KB swing, cleans or snatches (KB or BB). And then there where the overhead squats, which I don’t particularly hate, but I don’t particularly like either. You have to be physically and mentally focused to get that done quickly and safely.

Unfortunately I was neither, lack of proper rest and crap nutrition I attribute it to. I opted to do 35kgs, but I think I could (or should) have gone for maybe 40kgs (Rx was 42.5kgs) and gotten more out of the workout. I did snatch the bar to the overhead position so at least that’s something.

I have made a decision right then and there to join Socs in her Paleo diet. While she is doing absolute strict, I am doing it relatively strict (actually just bringing food to work instead of buying crap from the train station options close to work) to maintain bodyweight which is always a problem for me. Wish us luck.

Managed to scrounge something up for dinner

So I forgot to defrost the meat I was supposed to cook tonight.  Normally that would mean me rushing off to M&S to find something microwaveable and quick, paired with something sweet on the side (Resistance is futile when you’re there).

What I did instead was opened the cupboard to see what I had and opened my copy of Paleo Comfort Foods.  The end result is my version of their Fish Stick-O-Licious.  I’m supposed to use fillets so that you have proper “sticks”, but I wanted to use what I got (and I didn’t want fish cakes — been there done that.  Lots of times.)

Granted, they don’t look very “fish-sticky”, and they break up when you start eating them.  But they are pretty filling.
(Not posting the recipe for this since I’m not really a good cook / not very good with flavors. What’s good for me may actually be so-so for others.  Had I used the cookbook recipe strictly, then I’m sure it would be waaay better and post worthy.  But I didn’t so there.)

Of food and food processors

Last night, I had to carry two boxes of differing size and weight across the width of a football field and through 5 doorways. Luckily I do CrossFit and am a functional athlete so I managed without much of a fuss. What’s in the box you say? A trash bin and a food processor. Don’t mind the bin, it’s the food processor that got me all excited.

Socs and I have been meaning to buy one and finally it has arrived! It now opens up a whole new possibility in terms of food offering in the Vistan household. I’ve always had trouble adding more vegetables in our meals and hopefully this new gear will help. I’ve always thought it was easier to go Paleo here in the UK than back in the Philippines, but then I realized that being a Filipino in London is actually works out very well. I’m not a bread person so no problem there, rice here isn’t as good as back home so I seldom have them, and some of our home cook meals are actually paleo friendly! What I absolutely love about living here is the availability and variety of food items available. Mind you it sometimes gets difficult to find certain ingredients or cuts of meat but I manage, or just experiment with what is available.

Some say going paleo is difficult. I say keep it simple and keep an open mind and you never know what will come out of your kitchen. Stick with whole foods, eat meat and veg, stay away from grains as much as possible, don’t be afraid of fat and reduce sugar. Simple, tasty and quite exciting really. Alright, no more blogging and on to some cooking! (I’m off to my second dinner)

Catch Up Before Easter

Counting up: Days 5 thru 10  — This past weekend, I tried my hand at even more cooking and baking.  I made my first ever Banana Nut Bread! (Applause please)  However, these are Paleo, again so the texture was a bit different from what I’m used to.  I think I may have undercooked it a little, but overall, better than what I expected considering its the first time I’ve ever made bread.

Voila!  The finished product:


I know I’ve been bad at updating my workout logs, but before I do, my most important news:   Allan arrives tomorrow to spend Easter weekend here with me 🙂

Okay, now on to the workouts from Monday and today:

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