Why can’t all weekends be three day weekends? This one included ALL the things I want in a weekend: friends, trail running, great food, tons of family time, a new water sport, and a BIG race added to the agenda.
Some members of my tri club belong to a private lake that’s just over a mile from our house, and they had a barbecue and swim on Sunday night. I put on the wetsuit for the first time since Wildflower, and swam a mile. Then I decided to try stand up paddle boarding. It was fun, but I’m pretty sure I’d fall immediately if I tried it in the ocean.
On Monday night, Mike and I sat down to schedule our future races, and I somehow ended up on the Ironman website. Then I somehow ended up looking at Ironman Texas, and next thing I knew, I was registered.
I knew 2014 was going to be the year of my first Ironman, and I had been pretty certain I was going to sign up for Wisconsin. But seeing this in May, and the fact that registration was already open and just BECKONING me to sign up, I went for it. It’s going to be ungodly hot and humid but I’m really excited!
French toast is one of the weekend breakfast staples around here. But now that Mike’s vegan, and I’m in the middle of a little vegan experiment (again…hoping to last more than two days this time), we needed a way to figure out how to make it without eggs.
Ellie still gets the real thing, but this weekend I tried coconut milk, and it worked really well. I think the key is to oil the pan well, and let it cook until it starts to brown (otherwise it will just be mushy bread). I definitely recommend using hearty bread, not regular grocery store sandwich bread. I used homemade whole wheat that was a couple of days old.
I don’t have a specific recipe, but more just an idea of what to do: mix about 2/3 cup full-fat coconut milk with 1 tsp vanilla and a nice big pinch of cinnamon. Heat about a tablespoon of grapeseed oil (or other neutral oil) until a drop of water sizzles. Dip the bread in the coconut milk and cook for a few minutes on each side, until nice and brown. Top with whatever you want… I used mashed banana and it was delicious.