Wednesday, July 14, 2010

I should be sleeping, but...

Scott and Lacey came over for dinner, cookies and board games tonight, yay! I lost at Settlers of Catan (again) but at least now I better understand how the game is played. Maybe I'll win some day in the future.

I was pleased to have Eric there to help me shape the pizza dough.  He did an excellent job, they were all round! They definitely looked less stupid than when I shape pizza dough.  I  also made some impromptu chocolate chip cookies using the Thick and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe from my Baking Illustrated cookbook, and I've yet to find a bad recipe in the entire book. The resulting cookies were true to form, thick and chewy.  They would make nice ice cream sandwich cookies.

I was able to get my four miles in before dinner.  Today's workout had me run the magic mile in the middle of my run. The worksheet said the first magic mile wasn't supposed to be run at true race pace, but just pick it up a little bit. My time was 9:58 min/mile. Not fantastic and definitely slower than my two previous race paces.  I'm hoping it's just an outlier due to the weather, but we'll see. My training plan says to run a magic mile every week and keep comparing times. I'll just have to shoot to beat my initial magic mile time next week.

I had actually set my Polar RS300X and it's footpod up to automatically record laps every 400m, so I didn't even have to do any button pushing the entire run. That feature is really fancy, especially when you've finally calibrated your footpod.

I'm still not through the dairy chapter in my On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen e-book.  The chapter has moved onto cheeses and I find myself mildly repulsed by the concept of cheese when it's broken down scientifically.  Cheese is essentially the controlled rot of milk, and I've never been a big fan of milk.

I did use some of my new knowledge this past Monday however! I made butter with the leftover heavy cream I had on hand from the cupcakes I made for my other blog (Nuts about Cupcakes!).  Maybe I'm crazy, but I can actually taste a difference when I use it.  It's more flavorful and a touch sweet. I'm looking forward to trying out a baking recipe with my own freshly made butter to see if it makes any differences.