Digestive biscuits and a lecture!

imageDecember was full on and whilst I did work out, I didn’t quite stick to my usual rigid workouts. With the kids at home on holiday, I grabbed whatever little bits of time I could get. You’d find me out in the garden doing Metafit usually around 5.30 whilst the dinner was cooking. Not the best time as the ferocious mosquitoes were just coming out and with the sweat and odour lashing out me, they had a field day.

I am still applying tea tree oil to my bites. I also had to fight one of my dogs for my yoga mat and don’t forget Quinn shouting in the background “you cheated mum. You only did 9 tuck jumps”. Remember that I’m blowing out of arse and politely swearing at the mosquitoes. The last thing I need is to be joined by a 5 year in a party dress dancing along to my music telling me I’m cheating or not working hard enough.

I find it really hard to fit in gym classes etc as I’m busy working and I have kids who use me as a taxi service, to check homework and I need to feed them; and don’t forget my pain in the arse of a husband who gets me up at 5 every morning to prepare his food box for the day. They all have hollow legs. I thought as my kids got older, it would be easier and I thought that when I got married, I’d find my Prince Charming who’d whisk me off and care for me but holy shit…..this wasn’t in the manual! I hate to disillusion you guys with little ones, but once they get past 3, you can’t strap them in the stroller any more or shut them in their room in their crib with the vacuum running to drown out the noise or give them Calpol to get them to sleep (no of course I didn’t do any of that) but remember; I love mine to bits and wouldn’t swap them for all the Lululemon gear in the US and Canada (well……..maybe I could be persuaded………….).

I’d love to be able to schedule an hour a day to head down to Crossfit in a nice calm and relaxed state but it ain’t happening. I can’t manage the times of the classes. End result, I go to the gym on my own and fit in exercise when I can. In seriousness though, the important thing for me is fitting it in and to do that, I do plan. It just so turns out that on most occasions, the best time for me is right in the middle of the afternoon when there aren’t really any classes running.

I bet this is the story of your life too. It’s all about compromise but if you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. The kids were all back at school yesterday and at 2pm I hit the gym. That was my free hour. I had a choice of tidying the house or going to the gym and I chose the gym. I can’t imagine that when I’m 102, about to run my Porsche into the big garage in the sky that’ll I’ll be wishing I did more housework. No, I’ll be admiring my guns as I hug that steering wheel.

Today my free hour for training is at 7 and tomorrow it’s at 1pm.

The morale is…….you’re not too busy and you can fit it in!

Now onto food, lots of you have been asking for my digestive biscuit recipe. I made these because my son wanted to make cheesecake on New Year’s Day and we’d forgotten to buy biscuits for the base. I’ll never buy biscuits for the base again though. These are delicious. Feel free to add some sugar if you like. I chose not to as we put a little sugar in the cheesecake mixture and had decided to serve it with raspberries. No need to add sugar just for the sake of it. Also, as there was no sugar, I was able to eat the biscuits with savoury food.

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Ingredients (this made 18 cookies of about a 10cm diameter)

  •  175g of spelt flour (you could use wholemeal too. I only had spelt)
  • 175g of old fashioned oatmeal
  • 150g of diced butter (I used unsalted and added some salt. I didn’t have salted)
  • 1/2 of tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tablespoons of water (only add if the mix does not come together to form a soft dough)
  • 40g of dark sugar like muscavado (optional – I’ve used it before but didn’t this time) 

Method

  • Add the oatmeal to a food processor and whizz for 10 seconds.
  • Add the flour and mix.
  • Add the butter and whizz until it looks a bit like breadcrumbs.

If you don’t have a food processor, put the oats into a tea towel and rub them together to break them down. You could also buy a medium cut oat. Mix in the flour and rub the butter through to get the breadcrumb consistency. 

  • Stir in the bicarbonate of soda, sugar (if you are using) and salt. Add just enough water to bring it together into a dough that will hold together. Put the dough in clingfilm and chill for about 30 minutes.
  • Heat your oven to 350F.
  • Roll out the dough between 2 sheets of parchment paper or foil and then cut into your rounds. 
  • Line a baking sheet and bake the cookies for between 12 and 15 minutes until golden. Leave on the tray to cool for 5 minutes before transferring them to a rack to crisp up.

I’ll confess that we did spread dark chocolate on a few of these!

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