I cant believe that last weekend I was running in the Spring sunshine…
As sadly, Winter made a re-appearance today and I headed out for my long run with the temperature having reached only 5 degrees!
Good bye shorts…and hello tights!
Although some of us were still not having any part of the chilly day.
While it may have been cool, aside from a nasty headwind, it was actually a nice temperature for running 14km. I must say that last night’s pizza was not, however, a nice pre-run dinner as it sat heavily in my stomach for most of the run.
I did a couple loops of the ‘lake’ adding some extra distance on at each end to make up the 14km.
Don’t be fooled by the seemingly blue skies – it was COLD!! Although these guys didn't seem to mind…
After finishing the run, and grabbing some lunch, I then headed to the pool for a “short” 1km swim. I say “short” as owing to the 2km training sessions earlier in the week, the 1km session felt like it was over super quick – and before I knew it it was time to get out.
You will be pleased to hear that when I arrived home I finally sat down and started my tax return. It didn’t take long, however, before I was looking for a distraction and a visit to our new house to check the progress was a perfect one.
I literally squealed in delight when I saw the living room.
Now complete with kitchen joinery!
I cannot begin to tell you just how excited I am about our new kitchen – especially now that it is starting to take shape.
I can only dream of all the wonderful meals that are going to be created in this room. Many of which will be inspired by the Mystery Box I am sure.
Like tonight’s dinner for instance…
Did you know? Mint was originally used as a medicinal herb to treat stomach aches and chest pains. During the Middle Ages, powdered mint leaves were used to whiten teeth.
Sometimes when I draw an ingredient it takes me a while to work out what to make, other times an idea springs straight to mind. Tonight it was the latter…
For I simply love fresh mint when it is included in rice paper rolls. And although these rolls take a while to make, most of the time is spent in getting the ingredients chopped and ready.
I sliced red capsicum, carrot and lettuce, and prepared the basil and rice vermicelli.
And set out some prawns (for me) and roast pork that we picked up from our local Chinese BBQ house (for Mr BBB).
Then it was time to “roll”. Rice paper sheets (softened in warm water),
Vermicelli, carrot, capsicum and lettuce,
All rolled up.
Time to repeat….
Until you have a plate filled with tasty rolls!
Served with GF hoisin sauce and crushed peanuts…
And piled high...
So fresh, and oh so tasty…
But the star of these rolls is seriously the mint.
What about you? How do you like to cook with mint?
Happy Baking :)