Since I didn’t post last week, let me start off by backing this review up to the week before last. Specifically, to showing off my Valentine’s Day baking. Because Valentine’s is really just an excuse to make a fancy dinner and dessert (my husband’s in charge of the dinner part).
The baking part
I wanted to make a vanilla matcha cake, but I wanted it to stay matcha green…not turn ’70s green like most of the recipes I was finding appeared to do. After scanning way too many matcha cake recipes, I started to suspect that buttermilk was the secret to keeping the color. But the buttermilk-containing recipes were mostly for pound cakes and I wanted layer cake, so I went in search of a vanilla buttermilk cake recipe I could modify….
…Short story long, I ended up combining this recipe with a vanilla buttermilk cake recipe from a cookbook by the same author, and scaling down to make a 6-inch cake. And subbing some flour for matcha powder, of course. Finished off with a white chocolate cardamom cream cheese frosting. And look – it stayed green! More importantly, it was really good cake, if I do say so myself. I might post the recipe…but then I might need to make it again to get some decent pictures. Rough life.
In other baking news, I went to the library booksale yesterday, and see that book in the top left? It contains an entire chapter of cornbreads and an entire chapter of biscuits. Not the kind of chapters that only have a few pages – we’re talking dozens of recipes for each. How many cornbread and biscuit recipes does one person need? All of them.
The running part
So I signed up for a 12K trail race that’s on April 15. The race location gets much less snow than we do here, despite being only about an hour away, so the trails are usually clear by mid-April. The rash thing about it is….the last time I ran farther than 10K was last April. And that wasn’t on trails. This month I stuck with my plan of running 4x per week – but I didn’t meet my goal of increasing the distance. I also included a short treadmill hill run weekly. In order for this race to not feel miserable, though, over the next 6 weeks I need to 1) increase distance, obviously, and 2) run outdoor hills for longer distances. Fortunately plenty of nearby trails have packed snow that makes 2) manageable. I just need to get myself there.
On the gym side of things, I’ve done 3 workouts each of the past 2 weeks and I think that’s the right amount for now. I’ve started replacing the 4th workout with a couple minutes per day of injury prevention exercises, which are less taxing and hopefully more beneficial. I’ve also kept up with yoga once a week – I might even make it twice this week if I can fit it in tonight.
Cornbread or biscuits? (I know, it’s a cruel question.)
Have you ever trained for a trail race during winter?