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2 hours worth of great music, a bit of banter plus some exclusive Jazzman releases.

Don’t forget that we are LIVE every 4th week between 12-2pm on NTS Radio – next show will be on 14th Feb 2014.

 

Perfect roast beef
Serves 4-6

I like roasting meat because it’s MUCH CHEAPER to buy especially since supermarkets usually have some kind of meat or poultry on offer.

Despite what you might think, it’s actually not a lot of effort either and there’s usually leftover meat.

So basically, by roasting a big lump of meat I get not one, but possibly two or three meals out of one cooking session, which means I save both money and time – perfect!

INGREDIENTS

  • A big lump of beef (Cut doesn’t matter too much but make sure it’s around 1-2kgs and boneless)
  • At least 2 large onions (you can use any kind you want, even leeks!)
  • Olive oil
  • Salt & pepper

OPTIONAL

  • Fresh herbs (I usually use a handful of rosemary)
  • 4 crushed whole garlic cloves
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 parsnip

VERY IMPORTANT INFO:

Roasting time for your beef should be 25 minutes per 500g PLUS 25 minutes.
This means that if your beef weighs for example 1.5kg – the roasting time should be 25 min x 3 = 75 min +25 min = 100 min (which is 1 hour 40 min).

I have followed these time guidelines for about 3 years now and I have NEVER been let down by it!

METHOD

  1. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6.
  2. Roughly chop up the onions (and the carrot & parsnip if youre using that too – no need for peeling!) and add them to a roasting dish.
  3. Pour a decent amount of olive oil over it, salt & pepper (and add the crushed whole garlic cloves & herbs).
  4. Take a big pan and heat it up. Whilst it’s heating up, rub some olive oil, salt & pepper in your big lump of steak. Then VERY CAREFULLY “seal” the meat on all sided – ie fry it on all sides for around 45 sec – 1 min not to cook it but to give it a bit of colour.
  5. CAREFULLY remove the meat from the frying pan and put in on top of all the veg in the roasting dish.
  6. Take the frying pan that has all the oil & meat juices and add a splash of water, then CAREFULLY try to “wash off” the oil & meat juices from the pan with the water so it mixes with all the juices etc – then pour that small amount of water over the meat.
  7. Put the roasting dish in the oven and roast the meat for half the time. When half the time is up, take it out from the oven, CAREFULLY turn it over, and put back in the over for the last half of the roasting time.
  8. When the meat is done, take it out of the roasting dish and let it rest for a good 10 min (you can cover it in foil if you want, but it will “cook itself” in there)
  9. Remove the herb twigs if you added it in the beginning, then use the juices & veg in the dish to make the best gravy ever!

Good luck and give me a shout if you have any questions!

So I started marathon training last week and wow, let me tell you, it is HARD when you haven’t been active for around 5 months.

I always thought going from sofa to finish line was the most difficult thing, but having done it myself 2 years I have to say that I don’t agree.

training week 1 - 1

Please don’t get me wrong, as I am not saying that the journey from sofa to finish line is easy, because it wasn’t easy by any means! But in comparison to what I am going through at the moment, mentally that journey wasn’t as demoralising.

training week 1 - 2

What I mean by that is – I am a person who in the space of one and a half year ran six half marathons and six 10K races –  of which the majority was FOR FUN. And now I am finding myself in the situation where I really struggle to run beyond one mile.

training week 1 - 3

I’ve been in this position before, but that was in the very beginning when I had never run before, so every mile clocked was a massive achievement for me. Now I know that I have been able to run a half marathon without stopping and without great difficulty, so my confidence is taking a complete battering when I can’t even run a mile without feeling like my lungs will explode (don’t even get me started on the speed I have lost…)

training week 1 - 4

It makes me really sad and angry that I have allowed myself to get this out of shape again. But then I remember the reasons why it has happened, and I try not to be too hard on myself. It’s just very hard when every run so far has been a massive struggle and I can just feel how Im overweight and flabby…

Hopefully it will get a bit easier as the weeks go by, and in the mean time I will just have to work harder on silencing that voice of doubt in my mind.

MARATHON TRAINING WEEK 2

MON: 3 miles – Done
TUE: Strength training – Done
WED: 3 miles – Done
THU: Strength training & 3 miles – Done
FRI: REST – Done
SAT: Cross training – No cross training
SUN: 7 miles – Done

Wish me good luck!