Last Week’s Workout Roundup and Miscellaneous Food Photos

*Chinese New Year posts are on their way. I was so busy eating, visiting, and hosting that I didn’t have much time for blogging.  BAD BLOGGER!!  But trust me, the posts are coming.  In the meantime, a wrap-up of last week:

I was so busy talking about broken phone shenanigans, crock pot deliciousness, and preparations for Chinese New Year that working out has gotten short shrift.  I mean, I’m still working out, I just haven’t been talking about it.  Let’s take a look at what went down last week (plus some photos for those of you who aren’t so interested in the workout stuff):

Monday: Spin (Uneventful)

Fresh dough from the bread maker means homemade pizza!   Still refining for a *perfect* recipe...

Fresh dough from the bread maker means homemade pizza! Still refining for a *perfect* recipe…

Tuesday: 4 mile run (shocked when the alarm rang and KMN suggested the run!)

This photo is unedited.  Singapore has some pretty crazy sky-views sometimes!

This photo is unedited. Singapore has some pretty crazy sky-views sometimes!

Wednesday: Spin (I platonically <3 Alan at Paragon!)

Someone commented recently that it seems like we eat out a lot.  While we do eat out some, I also don't post every home-cooked meal we make.  For example, this slow-cooker chicken curry seemed very promising, but was actually very bland.  Meh.

Someone commented recently that it seems like we eat out a lot. While we do eat out some, I also don’t post every home-cooked meal we make. For example, this slow-cooker chicken curry seemed very promising, but was actually very bland. Meh.

Thursday: Body Pump + Hot Yoga (didn’t get the run in for a triple-header this week.  Boo!)

Proudly representin' Fleet Feet on the chilly subway ride home!

Proudly representin’ Fleet Feet on the chilly subway ride home!

Friday: Chinese New Year preparations (Do they count as a workout?)

KMN took the Auntie Cart to the supermarket to bring back some rations for the holiday.

KMN took the Auntie Cart to the supermarket to bring back some rations for the holiday.

Saturday: 9 mile run, as a Virtual Run for Sherry.

We shared one (very soggy) bib.  This is why you're supposed to protect it with packing tape, folks...

We shared one (very soggy) bib. This is why you’re supposed to protect it with packing tape, folks…  [I have no idea what I was watching. Obviously, not my husband with the camera….]

I momentarily stressed over the idea of using a memorial run to get to know a very new running friend – but figured that Sherry would probably approve.  So New Friend (who blogs under the misnomer Genetically Challenged Athlete – recent data suggests that she’s a perfectly legit athlete), myself, and KMN did a 6.5 mile loop of MacRitchie.  KMN and I tacked on a bit at the beginning and end, for a total of 9 miles.

With that pre-Chinese New Year calorie burn, we were ready to start celebrating. First CNY post (Reunion Dinner) is coming up soon, so stay tuned!

Any tips for getting a perfectly cooked crust from homemade pizza dough?

Any recent food flops??

10 thoughts on “Last Week’s Workout Roundup and Miscellaneous Food Photos

  1. Elena

    See this is the problem with growing up in the greatest pizza region in the world (yeah, you heard me, Italy, THE greatest) – nothing will ever compare. I’ve tried many iterations of pizza and while they’ve all been edible, even yummy, they’re never gonna be like GUIDO AND SONS TRATTORIA RISTORANTE PIZZERIA without a pizza oven, processed cheese and a ton of grease. Sorry but that’s it.

    That said, I’ve made pizza in my cast iron skillet that got a nice brown crust on the bottom. Still wasn’t pizzeria pizza. I actually cooked the crust somewhat first, then added toppings later because I’ve always found that toppings (particularly fresh tomatoes) make things soggy fast.

    I know people have success on their grills but I’m not allowed a gas OR a charcoal grill in my apartment for whatever stupid fire hazard reason. or whatever.

    I have had many many curry flops, never tried it in a crock pot. The times when my curries have come out well are when I start with a TON of butter, lots of really really good curry powder, garam masala, etc and let it cook for a looooong time and finish with a generous amount of heavy cream. needless to say, not something I cook very often, given the high likelihood of failure, my often-limited time, and my ever-growing dad-gut.

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    1. Holly KN Post author

      I don’t know Guido’s pizza, but I do think this is a general problem with growing up in the NYC/NJ area. I stopped eating pizza in Rochester, because it all sucked. And what Southern California calls “pizza” is an abomination. 😉

      My problem does revolve around the cooking of the crust. The cast iron skillet is an interesting thought, although would only work for small portions. I’m experimenting with pre-cooking, and just bought a cookie sheet with lots of little holes in the bottom that’s supposed to help cook/brown the crust on the bottom. We’ll see. I’m not sure I want to be saddled with a pizza stone. 🙂

      Hm. So maybe I should abandon the idea of a relatively healthy, tasty curry…? But I’m stubborn, so I’ll probably keep trying for a little bit longer – but will try not to be too surprised when nothing really tastes that awesome. On the plus side, it doesn’t taste awful, either….

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  2. Jean

    PLENTY of food flops, so I won’t attempt to share any pizza dough advice (unless you count “Go buy a pre-made crust and cook it as long as the package suggests” as good advice). I think the pizza looks pretty awesome! I’ll be interested to see what Singapore CNY food is like!

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  3. Kim

    Holly,
    2 words: Pizza stone! Get one and you will have a lovely crust. Pizza in FL is absolutely terrible, except from 1 place that ships their water from Brooklyn to make the dough (they really do!). I won’t eat curry unless my Indian friends make it because I suck at cooking and curry is easy to mess up (again, another NJ problem, we’re spoiled with good Indian and good Italian food!).

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    1. Holly KN Post author

      Mmm…so it’s worth the weight/space it’s going to take up in my cupboard, is that what you’re telling me???

      And I’m glad I’m not the only one with curry flops There’s plenty of curry here, too – but “make a good curry” is on my list of “31 Things To Do Before 31”, so I’ve been trying to conquer it. Perhaps I’ll stop at “find a really good place for take out curry” instead! 🙂

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