Sweet and Spicy Nuts: A fab treat and one for the trails

Sweet and spicy nuts - finished product

Sweet and spicy nuts – these for me are a Christmas/New Year’s treat, lovely with a glass of something bubbly. But after all the miles I’ve put in this year, and on second thoughts, I think these would also make a fab trail mix. There’s a lovely combination of sugary, salty, spiced, goodness. And it’s all a little retro! This year I made these for a friend of mine and […]

Ultra Training Diary: A Marathon as Training

Marathon in training

If someone had told me 6 months ago that I’d do a DIY marathon as training for my 50k, followed by a run (well, more of a painful walk) the following day, I would have laughed. And that laugh would have been a loud, verging on hysteria. But on Saturday that’s just what I did. But I’m getting ahead of myself… It’s been a strange week. My facet joints in […]

A Fab Snack for Runners – Fruity Flapjacks

Fruity flapjacks are tasty any time! These are simple, cheap, and quick to make with the possibility of endless variations. Try with other dried fruit and nuts? Or leave them out and dip in melted choc once they’ve cooled a little? So many choices. I made these for what should be called #runningclubcakefest2017 and they went down a treat. I managed to bring none home with me! Given them a […]

Nutrition and Fuelling for Marathon Day (Part 2)


In March, I was lucky enough to be invited to an event hosted by Science in Sport (SiS) on nutrition and fuelling for marathon day. The key lessons from that session can be found here. Now the marathon is done, I thought it would be useful to update on how it went. And how it went on the day? I would’ve like a faster time but given a 5k seemed a […]

Great for Recovery – Homemade Baked Beans

homemade baked beans

The miles are upping and I’m focusing a little more on nutrition. As part of this, I’m getting back to cooking food with flavour that can also support recovery – homemade baked beans fits the bill. I make a big batch of this stuff to have for breakfasts and after long runs to help with recovery and also to keep me happy. I throw in some garlic and chilli to […]

Snack Time….Roasted Pumpkin and Sunflower Seeds

pumpkin and sunflower sees

Snacks can be tricky particularly if you’re looking for something healthy and tasty that requires minimal effort. This is why roasted pumpkin and sunflower seeds are so good. Dare I say it, but it’s only possible to eat so much humus. Roasted seeds are a great snack full of lots of things we all know we should be eating, good oils and protein. I make this about once a week […]