Paleo Asparagus, Leek and Prosciutto Quiche

There’s some presents that you receive that can completely change your life. This is probably a stretch for this book, but it’s going to make an enormous difference to mine as I try to find the root cause of all my digestive issues. It’s a well established fact with specialists that I’m lactose intolerant, but that alone isn’t fixing everything, so I need to look for other causes.

My gorgeous KK clued into all the hints (and outright requests!) for this amazing cook book.

Against All Grain Cookbook

Based on her blog, also called Against All Grain (and if you’re not following her, you should be!), Danielle recently released her first cookbook and I’m in love! I’ve been following her ever since my other half and I did the Whole 30 and I stumbled on her recipe for paleo porridge. Amongst all the eggs and bacon we had for breakfast, this was my little piece of SWYPO and guilty indulgence! And if you’ve done the Whole 3o, you’ll empathize!

As you can see by the photo I’ve been trawling through the book picking out recipes I want to try (well…try first! I want to try them all, this book is amazing!). This one that I’ve picked for today was a pain, I’d been to all my local suppliers looking for coconut flour to find they were all out of it…insert grumpy and storming-out-of-the-shop-in-disgust Emma. I’m generally a ‘buy local’ kind of person, but I gave up and went in search of a good online supplier and voila! 3 days later lots of paleo goodies appeared on my doorstep. Not least of which was my coconut flour!

SO! Here’s my slightly modified version of Against All Grain’s asparagus, leek and prosciutto quiche!

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Single Serve Asparagus , Leek and Prosciutto Quiche

Inspired by the Against All Grain cookbook.

Makes 4 individual serves

Asparagus, Leek and Prosciutto Quiche

Ingredients

Crust

  • 2 1/2 cups of loosely packed almond flour
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut flour
  • 1 large cold egg
  • 5 teaspoons iced water
  • large pinch of salt (to taste)
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons of coconut oil

Filling

  • 2 teaspoons grape seed oil
  • 1 leak, thinly sliced (just the white and light green part, well washed)
  • 6 stalks of asparagus, finely sliced
  • 50 grams prosciutto, roughly chopped
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons almond milk
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • large pinch of sea salt
  • dash of pepper
  • dash of nutmeg

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 170 degrees celcius
  2. Place the almond flour, coconut flour, egg, water and salt in a food processor and blend until crumb like in texture as seen in the photo. Pause the food processor and add the coconut oil evenly around the crumbs, pulse briefly to mix the oil in.
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  3. Press the dough around 10cm/4 inch pie molds. This won’t work rolled out like traditional pastry, it’s too crumbly, so get the fingers in there and press it around, the dough will make enough for 4 molds.
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  4. Blind bake the crusts for 10 minutes, then remove the pie weights (or dry rice as I used!) and bake for a further 5 minutes. Take out and allow to cool. Keep the oven on.
  5. Heat the oil in a shallow frying pan over a medium heat, add the leek, asparagus and prosciutto and saute until tender (5 minutes or so)
  6. Beat together eggs, almond milk, coconut milk, salt, pepper and nutmeg in a bowl.
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  7. Spread the vegetable mixture over the bottom of the crust, pour the egg mix over the top, place in the oven for 20-25 minutes, or until cooked through.
  8. Cool to room temperature before serving. Although warm is equally delicious. Serve with a fresh salad, the crust is quite dense and I felt it needed something to lighten the meal. Enjoy!

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I’m not the best cook at the best of times, but these were absolutely delicious, well worth trying!

Officially Registered

It’s official. This morning I closed all escape routes and did this:

GreatOceanRoadMarathon

Great Ocean Road Marathon Registration

It’s official, despite the fact that I’ve been training already for it for the last two months, Chris and I are both signed up, and both in a state that exists somewhere between very excited and completely petrified.

So wish us luck. We’re also going to be fundraising for a cause that’s very close to my heart, but more on that later.

A Much Needed Break

It’s amazing what gets in the way of blogging isn’t it? I am guilty of not posting in such a long time, and while I have been running, it hasn’t been as much as I had been in the build-up to my last 2 half marathons.

Simply, my body needed a rest. I think there is a point where you need to listen to your body, and getting three colds in a row and feeling just generally blah was definitely my wake up call. So I’ve been dosing up on multivitamins, taking it a bit easier and I’m back to my normal self finally!

However I have noticed I’ve been losing my fitness so it’s time to get back to it. My goal was to run a fast 5km before the end of the year, so I’m sticking with that one, but that means getting my butt back into gear and actually doing sprints, hills and speed sessions. Joy!

So what have I been up to? My latest run was a group relay with my run squad. It was to help a gorgeous young woman in her battle against cancer. Her agressive form of cancer is untreatable here, but can be in Germany, unfortunately this means it is expensive, VERY expensive. So we ran an ultra-marathon as a team, 10 people, 100km’s of which we all ran the last 5km together and crossed the finish line high-fiving ex-Olympian Craig Mottram. What an amazing experience! I love this run squad, we’ve had so many incredible experiences together, this would definitely have to be a highlight.

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And the best thing is that it raised thousands to help Elisha fight and be there for her son in the future. It made it worth it for those of our team who were running in 32 degree heat!

And what’s next? I need to get back into the pool for the tri season. I’ve been so lazy lately, but I know my body needed a bit of recovery time. I should have known better and looked after myself more, lesson learned!

So, back to blogging. I promise it won’t be so long between posts this time.

Much love!

My Active Holiday To-Do List

My passion is travel. I remember being a little girl and setting a goal to visit every country in the world at least once. A huge goal, but you’ve got to aim for the stars don’t you? Once upon a time, for me, traveling was all about relaxing and seeing new places.

Not anymore!

I’m more active, and therefore, so are my holidays. My other half and I went to Vanuatu last year with the goal to relax and enjoy for a week on a beach. We’d go on a tour for one day, maybe a dive one morning. Nothing too exerting, right? Instead we ended up spending 3 days getting our diving certification and studying half of our trip because we loved the experience so much!

Now when I look at trips, I wonder what else there is. So I’ve started a list. My active holiday to-do list!

  1. Cycling through Bordeaux: OK there might be an ulterior motive to this one that isn’t all about the physical activity…but what an amazing way to experience the wine region of France than on the back of a bike. There are very few occasions that being in a tour bus is a better option and this definitely isn’t one of those occasionsCyclers in Bordeaux
  2. Diving in the Cenote’s of Mexico: definitely has the prerequisite of having your open dive certification, but honestly? It would be worth getting your certification just for this. For those who haven’t come across Cenote’s before, they are natural caves in the limestone around Playa del Carmen which are filled with perfectly clear, fresh water. At some point in the past the roof of these caves fell in creating sinkholes which are now really popular dive spots. The Mayan’s considered these places sacred and you can see why.
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  3. Hike Machu Picchu: because, sure, you can take the train up to it, but to me half the experience is the trek up. The train feels like cheatingmachu-picchu
  4. Run the Boston Marathon: Probably even more important to me since the bombings earlier this year, but I want to run the first ever Marathon just so I can see why it’s such a crazy, odd numbered length…something that has been bugging me for far too long.
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  5. Skiing the Dolomites: Well, skiing anywhere, but there’s something magical about the Italian Alps.
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So these are a few of my ideas, what are yours? I’m sure this isn’t everyone’s idea of a great holiday, but there are some amazing experiences out there!

Post Race Musings

Isn’t it strange how some runs resonate with you more than others. On Sunday I ran my third half marathon for the year, my forth ever, yet I have no photos from it…the official ones will appear in due course no doubt, but not a single one from my phone from the day. And it should be an important one…I didn’t PB it, but it’s a much harder course than the Gold Coast so I never expected to. The fact that I came within 2 seconds of my PB however is huge!

The Gold Coast there were dozens of photos, the girlfriend of one of my Run Squad took hold of my camera and made sure there was, it was fantastic. There was the fact that my University was helping get as many people as possible into the race and was discounting the entry fee, and had a breakfast set up for us at the end…but Brisbane Half Marathon…I don’t know, it just wasn’t the same.

I said to my coach before the run that I would be happy to match my Gold Coast time, and 2 seconds is about as close to matching it as you get, but I can’t help but feel that I could have pushed a little harder, I could have sprinted harder down those hills and I could have pushed it just a little bit more to beat my time. Admittedly my MapMyRun app decided that it wasn’t going to work on the day and I wasn’t wearing my usual backup watch, so I didn’t know how close I came until I checked the official time.

I know I should be thrilled with 1:56:05, the course was horribly hilly compared to the flat, fast course that is the Gold Coast and frankly I should consider it a win…but now I am looking outwards towards my next run.

The next one will be the Bridge to Brisbane, a cruisy 10km course with a few nasty surprises along the way. I’ve run it before, twice, I know it well enough to know what’s needed to get a faster time and my coach is keen to help us all PB is. My goal is 50 minutes…this would mean taking 5 minutes off last years time, entirely possible.

So now I guess it’s time to knuckle down after this semi-disappointment and beat that time.

Sorry for the rambling.

The Bicycle Dilemma

I have to admit, I’m a gym junkie, I always go to the gym to exercise. It is where my run squad is, I go there for classes and I go there to workout with people who have become incredible friends.

Trouble is, the gym is a good 10 minute drive away, and today I gave my car to the panel beater after being reversed into on Friday to be fixed.

The solution? My bike of course!

The problem? The cleats.

After my last ride a friend helped me transition over to the cleats, he took my old flat peddles off and put on some shiny new pedals…I rode a couple of times up the street and promptly fell off…well…fell on I guess, I was still clipped in.

So now I face the daunting prospect of a several kilometer ride with lots of hills and LOTS of cars on the streets. Suffice to say I’m slightly scared, riding on the road doesn’t scare me, riding on the road without complete control of my feet does. Lots. And I’m still not very good at clipping in.

Wish me luck! And if you have any advice, please, please let me know!

Eeeeeeek!