Friday 30th August 2013

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30/08/2013 at 06:43


Lyrics - Race, life’s a race

I'd like a PW like that postie!

Glad to hear that the rib is ok OH. Sorry about the typo.

Hope you're feeling better today emzap.

What:                     swim
Why:                      I've only swum once this week
Last hard:              haven't done hard for a while
Last rest:               4/8

30/08/2013 at 08:06

Unusual to be 2nd on thread
What: rest or gentle swim
Why: racing tomorrow
Last hard: Tuesday
Last rest: Wednesday
Lyrics: ?no (although sounds familiar)

Edited: 30/08/2013 at 08:07
30/08/2013 at 08:20

Actually definite no to lyrics .

However one of the kids used to say to Elspeth when she was getting hurrying for something (unecessarily) : "life's not a race ... you'll only get to the end quicker!"

30/08/2013 at 08:37


Yesterday's lyrics were: "Abraham, Martin and John", a tribute number to Lincoln, Luther King and Kennedy, who were all assassinated. Must confess had to look up who did the original (Dion); covered by Marvin Gaye.

Today's lyrics: no

What: either rest or a gentle 10-15 mins
Why: legs need looking after. Must stretch though!

30/08/2013 at 08:40

lyric - dont think so
what - easy or maybe rest
why - tired, recovery
last rest - 3 weeks
last hard - Tuesday

have a lovely weekend

30/08/2013 at 08:50


What: see Alehouse above
Why: see Alehouse above (and racing tomorrow)
Last hard: Wednesday
Last rest: yesterday
Lyrics: nope
Last Christmassy thing eaten: yesterday

Feeling much better LMH just a little tired.  I always do the next day after a reaction like that.
I'd like a PB like your PW one day Postie!

Happy Friday.

30/08/2013 at 09:03

Nothing today for me

Tomorrow I'm jumping in the Sea

Then bike and run

Never had so much fun

Hope I don't have to stop for a pee






30/08/2013 at 10:09

morning all

had a n amazing deep tissue massage last night, it went on for 1hr 30 mins!! I was going to sleep until she hit the calves....

wow Paddy, hope it goes well!

what: biked in this morning and will hop back on and bike home later

why: missing my bike is all

last hard: this morning

last easy: weds

have a lovely weekend all, got a lot on myself, 2 mile club relays tomorrow and then the Essex way relay on Sunday where I will be driving more than running!!! Although my leg is 5.7 miles and plan is to run back to my car...

30/08/2013 at 11:09

re cake making, who has a good and easy xmas cake recipe then?  I feel I should have a go this year! My daughter will be impressed...

30/08/2013 at 11:11

emzap hope you are feeling better today

30/08/2013 at 11:25

Wabo: my basic Christmas cake mix is below, although I often tinker with things and may put in, say, some dried apricot, mixed nuts or a little ginger. I'm still on Imperial measures...

8 oz of raisins, 8oz currants, 8 oz sultanas
4 oz mixed peel
4 oz ground almonds
4 oz glace cherries

8 oz plain flour
teaspoon mixed spice
pinch of salt

8 oz butter
6 oz soft light brown sugar although sometimes use dark
4 large eggs

At some points you may need brandy!!

On one bowl I mix the first, fruit, ingredients, then in the largest bowl that I have I mix the flour/spice/salt, then add the butter, then the eggs one at a time. Then add the fruit mix.

I use an 8 inch round tin which I line, and then wrap the outside in brown paper to decrease the chances of the outside of the cake burning. Then bake at around 140c for around 3 to 3 and a half hours. Cool then add brandy and wrap in foil.

Over the next few months add  more brandy! Decorate a week or so before Christmas.



30/08/2013 at 11:53

Last year was my first attempt Wabo but I was impressed with the result (if I say so myself). It's an amalgamation of a couple of different recipes from friends - and has no mixed peel as I detest it!

8” square tin, double lined with greaseproof, outside covered with brown paper, stood on a baking tray.

Combine 312g raisins; 312g sultanas; 255g currants with 170g glace cherries, quartered; 85g chopped dates; 85g chopped almonds. Soak overnight in 4 tblspns brandy and 4 tblspns orange juice.

Combine 312g plain flour; 71g ground almonds; 1 tblspn mixed spice.

Beat together 255g dark brown sugar; 255g softened butter; 2 tblspn black treacle; 5 eggs.

Fold flour mix into butter mix, add fruit.

Bake at 140C for 3 ¼ hours. Test with skewer then again every 15 minutes until cooked. Cover top with greaseproof paper if necessary to prevent burning.

Cool fully in tin, prick holes in top then spoon over 2 tblspn brandy. Leave lining paper around a cake, double wrap in tin foil.

Feed with 2 tblspn brandy every two weeks.

30/08/2013 at 13:17


The two recipes are very similar: I also often put dates in but have never bothered to soak overnight.

What: 15 mins gentle
Why: recipe says so.

Blisters    pirate
30/08/2013 at 15:23

The key with Christmas cakes is not so much the recipe, as in the cooking. (IMHO)

Problem 1-
With it being in the oven for that length of time, the outside edges and corners can catch, almost burn, yet the middle not yet be cooked.
TIP 1)- Insulate the cake tin by wrapping 2 layers of brown paper round the outside.
TIP 2)- 140C is for a regular oven, make that 130C for a fan oven, and keep the cake near the bottom. Rotate the cake halfway through cooking, but don't open the door any earlier.

Problem 2-
The cake domes up, meaning it's a bugger to ice nicely.
Tip 3)- When you put the mix in the tin, hollow out the centre quite severely. It reduces, rather than eliminates the dome.
Tip 4)- Invert the finished and matured cake. I'm afraid that you have to cut off the dome to get it to sit flat.
Tip 5)- Don't bin those offcuts, stir them into a litre of freshly home made vanilla ice cream and freeze it. Ta Da! Christmas cake ice cream.


30/08/2013 at 16:04

Look lads, let me talk to my wife. She makes the best Christmas cake in Ireland. All I know is that there is some mountain of stuff in the bowl when she starts mixing. And I'm fairly sure if you ate too much of it you wouldn't be driving home!! 

30/08/2013 at 16:23

blimey look at all you lot and the recipes and tips!! I will take a bit of this one and that one and a tip from paddy a tip from blisters and ta da!

30/08/2013 at 16:24

blisters I have to say the ice cream sounds amazing!

Blisters    pirate
30/08/2013 at 19:04

Wabo, there's one problem. It doesn't  last long.

I did do a variation once, because I was given some unused Army rations: tinned fruit sponge pudding. A little soaking in rum, a little extra cinnamon and WOW, the base for a great ice cream.

Training: 100 lengths (2.5km) in the pool. That was an odd session. I know that I'm crap at length counting. I get bored. The first 16 felt great, but wasn't. At 32 the pace was holding steady. At 64 I had somehow knocked great lumps out of my previous best. I may have miscounted by 10 lengths! At 100 lengths it certainly looked like a pb, but I was  still confused. Whatever, it is totally irrelevant, but 63 minutes of swimming done.


30/08/2013 at 19:08

Evening all!  Just over 9 miles after work today, nice and easy.  Lyrics - naw!

30/08/2013 at 19:17

Hello fruit cakes... (Aka Christmas cake recipies)

Rest yeasterday as so dammed tired

What 5.25m easyish
Why - Still a tad tired
Last hard - WedsLast Rest - Yesterday

Lyrics - No

Take care


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