Archive | April 2014

The water is open: spring swim

Braved the cold waters again for a pre-summer swim training session. Headed down to Hayama Isshiki beach (more like a bay) with a couple of other brave souls.

From Hayama April swim

It was another early start to the weekend. Why do I find myself getting up earlier on weekends than I do on weekdays (work days). It’s almost as if I look forward to Mondays purely for the sleep in (the luxury of getting up between 7:30-8am).

After the Polar bear dip on New Year’s Day and nearly dying, I donned the wetsuit this time. A summer wetsuit (sleeveless and short legs) but a wetsuit nonetheless. Air temperature was 10 degrees. I’m guess water temperature between 13-15 degrees. Stung like ice and your chest constricts making it hard to breathe. Legs are numb and your arms feel like lead pushing through the water. It takes a good long while (about half an hour) to warm up and not feel numb. Makes breathing really difficult. We managed a loop around the bay and swam about 1.2km all up which is not bad for my first open water swim training session, considering it’s still only April.

Perfect conditions for it though. Flat as. Just the way I like it. Was a bit hard to get into a good stroke and breathing pattern and my sighting was terrible. There were quite a few people out there on SUP boards and in dragon boat boats.

From Hayama April swim
From Hayama April swim
From Hayama April swim
From Hayama April swim

Perfect conditions to SUP:

From Hayama April swim
From Hayama April swim

Am soo looking forward to SUPing again this summer.

From Hayama April swim
From Hayama April swim
From Hayama April swim

It was a struggle getting down there early in the cold temperature, but it was totally worth it. Will be needing to get in a few more open water training sessions.

Last night, I did a really good solid training session in the pool. I’ll share my set with you – good for building endurance and speed and kills the boredom of a straight 5.5km swim:
1km warm up (1km). No rest
10 x 100m sprints (1km). 2min turnaround (ie 100m sprint + 10-15 second rest + start the next set all within 2min)
5 x 200m sprints (1km). 10-15 second rest between sets.
10 x 100m slow/easy (continuous 1km alternating between sprint down 50m, recover 50m swim back). No breaks.
1 x 500m sprint
1km cool down/recovery swim
Total Distance = 5.5km

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The Official Color Run Japan

I did the Power Color Run last month, but last weekend I did the official Color Run. This was the real deal and it was heaps of fun. These themed runs are fun to do. I did the Warrior Dash last year, and I’ve done two Color Runs this year.

The Color Run was well organised, great turnout, and beautiful weather.

From The Color Run 2014
From The Color Run 2014

The run was a little bit of a pain to get too. So far. Took about 2.5-3 hours to get there. That means getting up way too early for my liking on a Saturday morning. The run was at Pleasure Forest aka Sagamiko resort in Kanagawa prefecture. From Sagamiko it was then a 30min bus. Luckily they had frequent buses running from outside the station.

From The Color Run 2014

The run was 5km course through a forest, more like a BMX track, hilly and dirty.

From The Color Run 2014

Time to get Colorful!

From The Color Run 2014

The Color Run is a run inspired by the Indian Hindu Holi festival to welcome in spring known as the “Festival of Colours”.

Team Akabeko representing:

From The Color Run 2014

Got some cool loot in the goodie bag which consisted of a t-shirt, wrist band, sweatband, washable tatoo stickers, bottle of water and a can of red bull.

From The Color Run 2014

Awesome weather and the cherryblossoms were still out:

From The Color Run 2014
From The Color Run 2014
From The Color Run 2014
From The Color Run 2014
From The Color Run 2014

There were about 8 wave starts throughout the day, with people coming and going throughout the day.

From The Color Run 2014
From The Color Run 2014

Time to run, or in our case, mostly walk. It was surprisingly a super hilly course on a dirt track.
Couldn’t believe this guy wearing thongs!

From The Color Run 2014
From The Color Run 2014
From The Color Run 2014

It wasn’t really much of a run. More of a walk. And a hell of a lot of high-fiving and “touchy”.

From The Color Run 2014

At each km we were bombarded with colour powder:

Yellow:

From The Color Run 2014
From The Color Run 2014

Blue:

From The Color Run 2014
From The Color Run 2014

Green – the volunteers here were the most genki-est:

From The Color Run 2014
From The Color Run 2014
From The Color Run 2014

PINK:

From The Color Run 2014
From The Color Run 2014
From The Color Run 2014
From The Color Run 2014
From The Color Run 2014

And then the Finish line:

From The Color Run 2014

Yay us:

From The Color Run 2014
From The Color Run 2014

Check out my arm:

From The Color Run 2014

Covered in Colour:

From The Color Run 2014

They had these really air blowers to blow the powder off your clothes and hair:

From The Color Run 2014

And then Finish Line Colour Toss, just in case you weren’t covered in enough colour:

From The Color Run 2014
From The Color Run 2014
From The Color Run 2014
From The Color Run 2014
From The Color Run 2014
From The Color Run 2014

Random but cool photo of this remote controlled flying camera device so it could capture aerial shots of the powder toss.

Fun day out. Well organised and big props to the volunteers who were all so genki. Just wish these race venues weren’t so far away.

My running training recently has been rather lacklustre. Spending most of my time in the pool these days. I am rather excited about the Electric Run coming to Japan though. Date has been set for July 11. It’s gonna be awesome.

Ivy (Daikanyama) brunch

Been a while since I’ve done some dining reviews. Really need to get back into the brunching and high-teaing.
Seriously, where does the time go these days. I feel like I have no free time. Am also constantly super tired. Not getting enough sleep. Working is really getting in the way of living ne.

Here’s a brunch I did last month. The venue: Ivy. At Daikanyama, fancy, I know. Not an area I frequent much but would love to if I could afford it. It’s a wealthy part to Tokyo full of designers and expensive places and everyone who lives there has dogs. You know the kind of place, where there are cafes for pooches (ie dogs).

Reservations for Ivy are essential, otherwise be prepared to wait in the very long line to get in. Yours truly, of course, secured a reservation about a week in advance (due to someone else cancelling, as I got put on a waitlist). The venue was surprisingly really large with lots of different areas.

A glass of sparkling to whet the appetite:

From Ivy brunch

They do have an official breakfast menu for brunch, but it ends at 11am, so we had to choose from the lunch menu instead.

I had a craving for seafood pizza on this particular day. Just as well, I went for a jog that morning. Also shared some wedges.

From Ivy brunch

The pizza base was really light (more like a flatbread rather than a dough), not so bready, so there was room for dessert.
I didn’t hold back. Pancakes it was then.

From Ivy brunch
From Ivy brunch

Pricey for what it was considering it’s not gourmet food. And overrated. I don’t think I chose wisely from their food menu. You might do better with some of their other dishes. Dinner might be a better option but it’s not exactly cheap.

March challenge: Done

The challenge for March was one that was inspired by my friend: which was a cooking challenge in an attempt to expand my culinary repertoire. To tell you the truth, as a kid, I actually wanted to be a chef. I actually did work experience in a restaurant kitchen when I was in high school. I’ve always loved food. Food technology was one of my favourite subjects in high school. A whole subject dedicated to food. I even came third in the state for 3U Food Technology for my HSC. I am obsessed with food.

The goal for March was to try out new recipes and cook foods I wouldn’t normally cook. Cooking for one is never usually fun so my go-to dinners are something usually quick and/or simple eg rice and stirfry and/or pasta.

On a weeknight, I usually don’t eat until 10pm-10:30pm so I like to cook up meals on the weekend which I can freeze and then re-heat with some vegies.

I mastered making lasagne earlier this year and that has now become a regular staple. Lasagne and lots of vegies. And lasagne is very convenient to freeze. Here is a pic of the bolognaise that I use for my lasagne. Layer this between lasagne sheets. Top with white sauce and cheese. And then bake in oven for an hour.

From March challenge – cooking

I didn’t try out as many new recipes as I had hoped over March, but the thing is, whenever I cook a dish, it usually gives me 3-4 serves which meant it took a few days to get through hence the need for fewer recipe dishes. I was able to try out a new recipe and then freeze a lot of it for later. Cooking for one always means leftovers.

Here are some of the dishes I made throughout the month of March:


Pumpkin soup:

I cheated and used frozen pumpkin. I absolutely hate cutting up raw pumpkin. I boiled the frozen pumpkin till soft. Let cool and then cut off the green skin – but keep the pumpkin-y water. Mash pumpkin in a bowl.

From March challenge – cooking

Return pumpkin to saucepan. Gradually add it a little bit of the pumpkiny-water at a time using it like a broth. Mash up pumpkin as fine as you can get it. Keep on medium heat on stove I don’t have a food processor, so had to hand-mash the pumpkin. Season with salt, pepper other spices, chili powder, nutmeg etc. Keep adding a little bit of the pumpkin-y until soup-like consistently, but not too runny. Add in a small carton of cream. Keep on low heat. Season and stir.
Ready to serve. Now because pumpkin soup is a little too healthy, I, of course added in bacon and grated cheese (optional) as a soup topping. Hey, consider it a very paleo-friendly recipe. The soup would have also been perfectly fine served with some crusty garlic bread as well. This pumpkin soup was super easy, that I’ve actually made this recipe twice.

From March challenge – cooking

Tuna rice casserole/quiche thing:
This is great simple hearty dish that is suitable for freezing. I make a big dish and you can have it for dinner as well as put it in a tupperware box to take to work for lunch. It’s kinda like a vegetarian alternative dish to lasagne. I cook rice in the rice cooker. Once cooked, place about 2 cups in a mixing bowl. Empty in a can of tuna or two. Saute up some onions and capsicum. Add in some cooked broccoli. All the vegies need to be diced. Add that to the tuna and rice. Mix all together. You can mix/match with your own vegie conbination eg asparagus, corn kernels etc.

From March challenge – cooking

Add in a generous cup or two of grated cheese, like so:

From March challenge – cooking

Spoon the rice tuna and vegie mix into a large ovenproof dish. Season with salt, pepper etc:

From March challenge – cooking

In a separate bowl, whisk up 3 eggs, and then pour the egg mixture over the rice dish. The egg is basically a binding agent like in a quiche. Bake in over for about an hour.

And voila:

From March challenge – cooking
From March challenge – cooking

There you have a rice/casserole/pie/quiche thing. Serve with salad or vegies.

From March challenge – cooking
From March challenge – cooking

Great for work lunches or even a snack. I made this a second time, and in the rice/tuna and vegie mixing stage, I also added a few generous dollops of sweet chili sauce and mixed that in. Highly recommend that additional step for extra flavour.


Rice-stuffed capsicum:

This was a dish that didn’t turn out so great. Concept was good. Needed more flavour. I could probably improve on this dish.
I went a bit nuts at Costco and ended up getting a bag of 6 or 8 capsicums, which is a lot of capsicum for a person to get through. Decided to make stuffed capsicums. Basically made up a rice and mince stuffing.

From March challenge – cooking

Put that into the capsicum:

From March challenge – cooking
From March challenge – cooking

Add some grated cheese and then stuck it in the oven for a bit.
Turned out like this – not too appetising ay:

From March challenge – cooking

It was in a word: dry.
It needed more a like a rice bolognaise stuffing and or tomatoes or a salsa kind of topping on it.
Oh, well.

Chicken Schnitzel:
This has also become a new favourite. I never really eat a lot of chicken schnitzel since living in Japan. But decided I would make it myself. Super easy to make.
Flour on a plate, whisked eggs in a bowl, and another plate of breadcrumbs. The breadcrumbs here in Japan are different – it’s the kind used for tempura or tonkatsu etc. So what I do is throw the breadcrumbs in a ziplock bag and then maybe another plastic bag for good measure. And the crush the breadcrumbs with your hands to make the breadcrumbs finer. To the plate of breadcrumbs I add in salt/pepper, oregano, finely chopped parsley if you have it.
I buy chicken breasts and cut them up thinner and smaller. Then coat the chicken in flour, dip them in egg and then coat with breadcrumbs. If freezing, you should freeze them after this process and before cooking. Use baking paper to separate the schnitzels:

From March challenge – cooking

Otherwise cook in a bit of oil (no need to deep fry) and serve. Squeeze some lemon juice over the schnitzel.

From March challenge – cooking

Tasty schnitzels:

From March challenge – cooking

I’ve also taken to making chicken schnitzel sandwiches which I pack for lunch on weekend day trips.

Potato bake:
Everybody loves a good potato bake. Easy to make and so yummy full of lots of nutritional sins like cream, cheese and bacon.
Peel and boil potatoes. Cool potatoes and then slice.
Saute up some onion and bacon.
Place potato slices into oven proof dish. Alternate with onion and bacon. Pour over a carton of cream and sprinkle lotsa cheese. Cover the top to prevent from burning with foil or baking paper. Place in oven for 45-60min. But remove cover about halfway through the process to let the cheese melt.

From March challenge – cooking
From March challenge – cooking

Yummy potato bake. Memo to self: must make this again.

From March challenge – cooking

Lemon Tart:
Tried to make a lemon tart. It was only barely edible. I had a couple of slices but then ended throw it away. It wasn’t too terrible, but not my best culinary creation. Without a food processor, baking desserts is not as good.

From March challenge – cooking

Mini apple pies:
Back in winter, I made mini apple pies. These were actually really yummy, especially with a dollop of ice-cream. I cut out pastry circles and placed them in a muffin tin. Fill the cases with stewed apple – diced apple, sugar, water and butter. Top with a pastry lid and bake in oven for about 30min.

From March challenge – cooking

For the last 3 years I have not owned a microwave or an oven. I was given a free microwave oven about a year and a half ago, and even then barely used it. I have only recently started using the oven function on my microwave unit. I tried to make a mini-roast in it once. Need to work on my chicken roasting skills.

From March challenge – cooking

These are all admittedly really easy dishes to make and freeze. But I did manage to experiment a bit more and managed to try out some new recipes and do more cooking from scratch. I want to try and make this an ongoing goal throughout the rest of the year. I love food and really enjoy cooking, so hopefully I can keep on expanding my culinary repertoire. I’ve also got a housemate which means I have a guinea pig for my cooking experiments. My cooking skills have reclined since living in Tokyo with no oven and very little kitchen space. Cooking more and baking more is something I’m really looking forward to doing more of when I leave Japan. It will be nice to have a real kitchen. Hopefully though, I’ll have some more recipes I’ll try out this year.

March challenge: Done

Cherryblossoms

That time of year where the cherryblossoms bloom. It’s oh so wabisabi.
They were only out for about 2 weeks this year and peak hanami viewing was hampered by rain.
Nevertheless, snapped a few shots of the cherryblossoms.

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Here are some taken around my workplace:

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Here are some taken around my neighbourhood during an early morning walk:

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And here are a few unexpected snaps during the above said walk.
Someone collecting beer cans and lining them up on the sidewalk:

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And a dinosaur playground:

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A dinosaur lizard slippery dip:

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