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Nov. 6th, 2011 @ 09:16 pm dahl with cod recipe
Current Location: Harrogate, UK
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Current Music: The Lights : No Match For Genevieve
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this evening for dinner I made dahl w/cod. The following recipe served 5 with ~1 cup of dahl left over. we also had braised cabbage, roast potatoes, and naan for sides.

I started from a red lentil recipe that Joey (jge) posted.

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  • 1.5-2 T ghee
  • 1  yellow onion, approx 1 cup
  • 1.5 T pre-minced garlic 
  • 1.5 T ginger
  • 1 L veg broth
  • 2 cup dried red lentils
  • 2t cumin seeds
  • 1t coriander seeds
  • 1.5 t tumeric
  • 1t masala
  • 1/4t cinnamon
  • 1/4t cayenne pepper
  • 1t salt
  • 1 can diced tomato
  1. heat ghee in stock pot
  2. when hot, add onion, garlic, ginger, seeds
  3. when onions are done, add everything other than the tomato
  4. bring to boil, then cover and simmer on low
  5. simmer till lentils are soft. 20-25 minutes
  6. add tomato, simmer till it's as thick as you want.
should make more of a stew consistency. we don't care much for soups here.
try to start cooking the cod when the lentils have been cooking for about 15-20 minutes.

cod ingredients:
  • ~750g cod
  • 1T ghee
  • salt
  • tumeric
  • masala
  1. heat ghee in cast iron skillet
  2. cut cod fillet width-wise into 3-4" pieces
  3. rub spices on both sides
  4. when ghee is hot, add cod
  5. cook on med 4-5 minutes per side
when the cod is done, it should start falling into chunks. there will be a fair bit of fish oil still bubbling in the skillet.

serve dahl in bowls. use a slotted spatula to place cod either on or in each bowl, be careful to limit the amount of excess oil that comes with the cod.

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Jul. 17th, 2010 @ 11:33 am Joey and I got some pies!
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Today was the end of week 8 of the marathon training program joey and i have been on. The schedule calls for 13 miles.

So we ran to Pateley Bridge. Specifically, we ran to the butcher shop at the bottom of High Street in Pateley Bridge. A taxi driver told us they had the best pies.

Omg, I don't care that I don't usually eat pork. That was probably the best tasting thing I've ever eaten. Totally worth the cold and rain that started at mile 10.

Also, 13.19 miles in 2:27
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Nov. 28th, 2009 @ 10:00 am I kept running this week
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So I guess I'm going to keep up this running business.

I ran on tuesday as scheduled, on a treadmill. I alternated between 2 minutes of walking at 4 mph and 7 minutes of running at 6 mph for 3 repititions, followed by 5 minutes of cool down. I covered 2.79 miles in 31 minutes. I did twice as much stretching as the previous week, and wasn't sore over the next few days. so yay for stretching! and water. I finished my bottle before I got into my second rep.

Thursday I knew I wouldn't make it to the gym because of Thanksgiving prep. So I decided that at some point I would need to try running outside. I gave up on running on Thursday itself, there was just too much to do. But the important thing is that I didn't let that stop me from running later on.

So this morning Nina and I headed out to buy potatoes for our pre-hike scramble on foot, in running outfits. We ran all the way to the store, a little over 1 mile away, did our shopping, and then ran almost all the way back. I walked the last 3 or so minutes, because I listened to Nina's suggestion of sprinting for part of the way. Including the shopping, we were gone for 30 minutes.

The important thing is I ran for more than a mile without stopping! Outside! In the cold! In shorts!
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Nov. 19th, 2009 @ 11:57 pm Running for 2009-11-19
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Well, it's not quite a trend yet but I ran again. Still treadmill. I'm trying to stick with toed shoes of +1 awesome while running, and the weather here requires that I get Flows and those are unavailable until Januray.

anywho, today I went 2.81 miles in 33 minutes. This seems more sustainable and easier to keep track of then my previous walk/run pattern. (thanks noah!)

Times still approximate, but more accurately tracked:


  • 2:00 walk 4mph
  • 5:00 run 6mph
  • 2:00 walk 4mph
  • 5:00 run 6mph
  • 2:00 walk 4mph
  • 5:00 run 6mph
  • 2:00 walk 4mph
  • 5:00 run 6mph
  • 5:00 cool down


Lots more stretching than yesterday. Not sure if it's enough yet, but it definitely helped.

Brenda thinks that I should be spending my rest days working out my core muscles. There's probably something to this, since the first thing that started complaining about running was my abs rather than my legs. But racquetball is fun, and I'm already used to sucking at it. ;)
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Nov. 17th, 2009 @ 09:59 pm Giving running another try
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Pardon my swears, but my friend erin is a total badass who just decided she was going to run all over the place, because she can apparently. She finished a half marathon last weekend and is aiming to do a marathon next.

She has decided that I should do it too. This is crazy, because I don't run at all. But I guess we're aiming for one in 2011, and allegedly anyone can train to do a marathon from nothing in that time. We'll see.

I'm following a schedule she pointed me to. I don't have any particular reason to believe this will work, other then the fact that she just ran 13.1 miles. Which still blows my mind.

So today I started changing my nutritional breakdown and ran on a treadmill. I went for the run/walk for 30 minutes from week 4. Times are approximate, as Joey informs me that we were only on the treadmills for 30 minutes. Plus I pulled the stop tab on accident a couple of times when switching from run to walk.


  • 3 minutes - warm up walk, mix of 3 kph and 6 kph, mostly the former
  • 10 minutes - run 10 kph
  • 5 minutes - walk 6 kph
  • 5 minutes - run 10 kph
  • 2.5 minutes - walk 6 kph
  • 2.5 minutes - run 10 kph
  • 2 minutes - walk 6 kph
  • 1 minute - run 15 kph


I'm pretty sure that 10 minutes is the longest continuous block of running I've done in my life.

Rookie mistakes so far:


  • My tight calves tell me I didn't stretch enough, even though I tried to make sure I would.
  • I had like a 30 or 45 second cool down period, because of that stop tab pulling crap.
  • I should have brought more than just a peanut butter sandwich to eat after running. the addition of an apple helped.


random forces help me.
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Aug. 25th, 2009 @ 04:36 pm Visiting Illinois
For those who might be interested, I'll be in the midwest from late this thursday until sometime next week.

Plans aren't definite yet. Sweet Corn Festival in Urbana, for sure. I'll probably visit Joliet for a couple of days. I'm going to stop in Tennessee for a bit, but I still don't really know when.
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Aug. 7th, 2009 @ 08:46 pm Anthony has just found my phone number.
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Aug. 4th, 2009 @ 10:39 pm I have recovered from the excesses of my 20s
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You may recall that about 5 months ago I started some lifestyle changes. Mostly it's a giant pain in the ass.

When I eat with others, I'm difficult because I don't eat so many things. Whatever I am eating, I log it so I can track my intake of calories and the fat/carb/protein breakdown. With some regularity I eat bizarre meals in order to balance things out to my target split of 25/50/25. I spend an extra half hour or so every day either planning what to eat or with more cooking than before. I eat significantly fewer calories than before and way less volume of food than before, but I spend about the same amount of money.

For exercise I still do walking and pushups. I spend at least a half hour every day exercising. Most days it's an hour. Often times it's closer to two. Last saturday I went for 6 or 7 miles of walking because I was bored.

Essentially, I am lucky that I have the luxury of no time obligations (like kids or pets or a significant other in the same state) and a good source of income that lets me buy expensive, fancy, and really specific foods. Otherwise I'm pretty sure I wouldn't have been able to get the payoff.

and there has been a payoff. I've lost ~43lbs and ~6 inches off of my waist.

I also got some new blood work done last week.

You may recall that in March I had kind of high bad cholesterol, pretty low good cholesterol, and really high triglyceride levels. Well, now I have ideal range bad cholesterol, near ideal good cholesterol, and ideal triglycerides.

I've gone from a cholesterol/HDL ratio that indicated a greater than twice average risk for coronary heart disease to one that indicates less than half average risk.

Pescatarianism for the win. I am basically in better physical condition now than when I graduated from highschool. All those terrible things I did to my health in my 20s effectively don't count!
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Jul. 18th, 2009 @ 09:42 pm I need tasters for mine foods.
When I first made changes to my diet and wiped out milk, eggs, and non-fish meat I did some playing around with new recipes. Mostly it was brownies and I pawned them off on my coworkers for several days.

I'm starting to play around with things again and I'd like to have a more reliable way of getting feedback than a piece of paper with yes/no ticks taped to a tray in cubicle land. Plus I don't want to have to eat the same thing for a week until I know the recipe is rock solid.

So who wants to be a taster? The deal goes like this:

1) You tell me if you have diet restrictions. Most of what I make will be vegan, but sometimes I do fish so it'd be good to know who can also try those things. Plus I don't have allergies so I'll need to know what to avoid. Note that "none" is an acceptable answer. I don't care if you eat cows or chickens or their excretions, I just care if you're willing to try things without them.

2) I give you stuff I cook, usually as 1 or 2 servings, along with nutritional information if you want it. how often I don't know. I'm guessing I'll cook on the weekends.

3) you give me a brief bit of feedback. what you liked, what you didn't. if you're not vegan, in what manner eating it significantly differs from non-vegan things you regularly eat. Oh, and the tupperware. Don't steal the tupperware or my roommate will make me replace it.

I'm guessing this is only open to people in the greater baltimore-washington area because I don't really feel like doing dry-ice packed shipping. But who knows, some things will probably ship well.

If you're interested, let me know. email, comment here, text my awesome number, whatevs.
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Apr. 19th, 2009 @ 01:26 pm Lifestyle Changes--pesca who in the what now?
Current Location: windsor mill, md
Those of you whole follow me on the Bookfaces or the Lidecious have probably noticed some suspicious activity in regards to my diet. Vegan dessert this, egg substitute that, omfg my cholesterol results, etc. Time to tell the tale, I guess.

I went to the doctor. My heart-attack indicators are not good for meCollapse )

After I got the test results I started phasing red meat out of my diet. First I dropped to once a week and as of about 3 weeks ago it was gone completely. As of now I've mostly cut milk and eggs. By the end of April I won't eat chicken any more. By the middle to end of May I won't eat any dairy products.

So where does that leave me? By the end of May I'll be Pescatarian--I'll eat fish and plant products (and food produced by insects). Please note that this is not "Pesca-vegetarianism" or "Pesca-veganism"--those are descriptive choices for people who often have a moral problem with eating meat but don't think fish have sufficient feelings to earn their concern. It's true that much of the time my diet will appear vegan, but I'm not in this because I am upset about the treatment of pigs in slaughter houses (though that treatment can be horrible).

Plus I'm not going to be super hardcore about it. I'll eat anything as a guest.Collapse )
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