Chinese New Year in Koh Samui was great.
But I think I equally enjoyed the last four days I've had around the house. Although I slept through TWO hot yoga sessions I did manage to get some good exercise in and make some food.
Thursday I tried Zumba for the first time. For those of you who don't know, Zumba is an aerobic dance class with mostly latin-inspired music. For me, it's a chance to flail my arms around like a lunatic and burn a few calories. I didn't like it as much as Body Jam, but it was still fun.
Both Saturday and Sunday Justin and I got some good long walks in. Saturday we left from the condo and walked along the Park Connector until we got into the city and then picked up groceries. I wasn't wearing my Garmin watch but we estimate that we cleared around 8k's. Sunday we headed to MacRitchie Reservoir and power-walked our way through about 9 or 10 k's. I was wearing the Garmin that time but I didn't charge it and it died around the 7k mark. I'm really not very reliable.
In terms of recipes...well I made a good attempt, at least. And I even tried to cross a few things off my bucket list but since I wrote "something good with lentils" I can't cross it off, because I was not happy with the outcome. They were watery and bland. Fortunately Jenna at EatLiveRun has a fantastic looking stew involving red lentils so I'll try that for round two. I love this girl's website - if you need a new recipe - check her out!!
I also attempted to cook some VERY expensive lamb shanks from the Swiss Butchery. I don't know what happened but the meat was not satisfactory. There was tons of fat running through it which made it hard to both cut and eat. I think I needed to keep it in the oven for longer but who knows. I will consult some friends down under to see if they can help me next time!
I did manage to make a great pizza on Friday night. The crust came out very crispy considering I don't have a pizza stone. I also baked some super easy chocolate chip muffins. You can find the recipe here and they turned out very good. Luckily I made a half-batch because there is only one left!!
'Twas a great week off of work - here's hoping for good things to come in February!! With Houseguests, Waitangi Day, Valentine's Day, and other great reasons for good food I'm sure I'll have lots to share!