Vegan Peach Raspberry Ripple Ice Cream, Racing Weight and Ironman Canada

I probably shouldn’t be testing ice cream recipes this close to an Ironman, but my friend J.J. unloaded a bounty of peaches from his tree onto me.  Geoff had given me Hannah Kaminsky’s book “Vegan a la Mode” for my birthday, and I wanted to try out one of her recipes. She has some pretty decadent ice creams which call for ingredients such as whole cupcakes, potato chips, blueberry muffins and Bloody Mary mix to be incorporated into the ice cream bases (Note: Just because something is vegan doesn’t mean that it is super healthy for you).  I chose one of the tamer: Peach Melba.

Making vegan ice cream is SO MUCH EASIER than making classic egg-n-dairy based ice cream. There are no eggs so separate; no custard to strain (because you don’t end up cooking the umbilical cords attached to the egg yolk which is why, as pastry chefs, we ALWAYS strain custard bases—-how’s that for an “eeeewwwww” factor?). I loaded most of the ingredients into my Vitamix; pureed them and then cooked the custard base over medium-high heat until it started to thicken.  I then cooled the custard, froze it in my Cuisinart ice cream maker; scooped it out and folded raspberry puree ribbons into it.


By |August 20th, 2013|Uncategorized|2 Comments

Bike Technique and a Tahini-Garlic Drizzle

A friend of mine in Vermont once told me that, in order to improve in cycling, it was all about T.I.T.S.  This is also known as “Time In The Saddle”, but Sean liked referring to it as T.I.T.S.  I’m guessing that because he lived an almost exclusively G-rated life; […]

By |August 15th, 2013|Uncategorized|6 Comments

A long bike ride and a can of beans

So a can of beans walks into a bar……

Just kidding, this post starts with:

So I ate a can of beans today dot dot dot.  Scary, I know.  But let’s take a closer look at this.

As endurance athletes, it is practically beaten into us by our coaches that we need […]

By |August 15th, 2013|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Almost Vegan 2013-What are “we”?

I write this kind of blog in my head almost weekly, and about once a year I post some semblance of it on my site.  I received a note the other day from a friend on FB who said that she likes it when I taper because I blog […]

By |August 13th, 2013|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Gluten Free Vegan Banana Bread and how about that Bike Training?

I was sitting (or rather the fruit flies were sitting) on a pile of ripe bananas the other day, so I thought that I would make some banana bread.  I think that bananas and walnuts have a natural affinity for each other, so I set off to the store for walnuts.  I had some Teff flour in my pantry and wanted to give it a try in a quickbread.

Have you ever heard of Teff flour?  Oh, Lordy!  This stuff is THE BOMB. High in protein, fiber and iron (due to the large percentage of bran and germ), it is a nutritional powerhouse. One serving has 5 grams of fiber AND protein (as compared to 3 grams in whole wheat flour).


By |August 11th, 2013|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Tasty Cilantro Dressing

And yep, it is raw and vegan.  Since last week, I’ve been swinging back and forth on a culinary pendulum between “Raw Food” and “Whole Food” days.  On the “whole food but still plant-based” side, we add a nice pile of tiny tiny tiny precious garlic-roasted Brussel Sprouts from Chino […]

By |August 6th, 2013|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Sea and Smoke and Catching up with Julie and John

Last night, we celebrated my birthday (again) with dinner with friends at Sea and Smoke; a new restaurant in Del Mar and the third in the trilogy of restaurants from Matt Gordon.  Sea and Smoke represents “farm-to-table” cuisine, or, as it states on the website “Located in the heart […]

By |August 2nd, 2013|Uncategorized|1 Comment

Coconut Cashew Chia Pudding Parfait and Solana Beach Triathlon Recap

The word “parfait”, which is defined as a layered cold dessert composed of fruit, syrup and whipped cream or ice cream, conjures up images of the Jello 1-2-3s that my mother used to so lovingly make for us in the early 1970’s.  Her dessert was a variation of the […]

By |August 1st, 2013|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Raw Food Week and Vanilla-Cashew Milk

After 3 weeks of Vegas fun, socializing with friends, and a block of family celebrations (coupled with no running), I decided this was the week to embark on a six-day raw food “diet”. I’m not doing a full week as Sunday is my birthday and I’m holding out for some sushi, corn and gluten-free carrot cake.

So what is this raw food diet all about?  It is pretty much just that:  A diet consisting of raw fruit, vegetables, seeds and nuts. Why this diet, you ask?   Without much thought, I actually follow about a 70-80% raw vegan diet.  I love raw veggies and salads, but I do have a penchant for sweet potatoes, most beans, Daiya cheese, coffee with steamed soy milk,  Food For Life’s Gluten Free English muffins with Earth Balance, rice cakes with guacamole, anything from Native Foods Café, French fries, pizza and wine.   I had a bit too much of the good stuff over the last 3 weeks, and it was time to reset my body with 100% raw, organic, nutritionally dense whole foods (and hopefully drop a couple of lbs while I was at it).


By |July 25th, 2013|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Eagleman 70.3 Race Report, Pseudo Juice Cleanse and Recovery Week

To some, it might sound counterintuitive, but for me, straight running races are harder and take more of a toll on the body and recovery than Ironman racing because it is difficult to run as hard in a triathlon as one does in a straight running race.  Think about it. If you have ever been at the finish of both an Ironman and a marathon, you have probably noticed that at the finish of an Ironman, the racers are jubilant. They are high-fiving the spectators; grabbing their kids to run in with them (until WTC banned that) and have huge smiles plastered onto their faces. At marathons, most the finishers (I’m talking the sub 4:30 range) look terrible.  Some are bent over; most are grimacing and for whatever reason they all look 50 shades of white.  I think that racing a stand-alone marathon is way harder than racing an Ironman because in a running race, it is really easy to go all out in the first few miles and then blow up. An Ironman distance race is just one long aerobic day.  With extra gel packs and residual blisters, buckets of Gatorade and Mike Reilly at the finish.


By |June 16th, 2013|Uncategorized|3 Comments