Pea and Ham Soup

Pea and Ham Soup
Serves 4
Lower in carbohydrates, serve on its own during rest or recovery days or, if you are riding, serve with some bread or pitta bread and increase the nutritional values.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
319 calories
38 g
33 g
9 g
23 g
2 g
627 g
1133 g
16 g
0 g
5 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
627g
Servings
4
Amount Per Serving
Calories 319
Calories from Fat 76
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g
13%
Saturated Fat 2g
12%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 33mg
11%
Sodium 1133mg
47%
Total Carbohydrates 38g
13%
Dietary Fiber 8g
33%
Sugars 16g
Protein 23g
Vitamin A
127%
Vitamin C
90%
Calcium
9%
Iron
18%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 3 cups garden peas
  2. Spray olive oil
  3. 1 onion, finely chopped
  4. 2 carrots, finely chopped
  5. 4 stalks celery, finely chopped
  6. 1½ litres chicken stock
  7. 150g lean sliced ham
  8. 2 tbsp fresh parsley and chives, chopped
  9. Salt and Pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Spray a large pan with oil and heat.
  2. Add the onion, carrots and celery and cook over a medium heat for about 3 minutes or until soft.
  3. Add the peas and stock and bring to the boil.
  4. Reduce the heat and simmer, partially covered until the peas are very soft.
  5. Skim off any froth while cooking.
  6. Blend the mixture until smooth.
  7. Stir in ham, parsley and chives and heat through.
  8. Season to taste and serve.
Notes
  1. Serve with some warm crusty bread for maximum Winter comfort. For a little twist try some Bavarian smoked ham.
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calories
319
fat
9g
protein
23g
carbs
38g
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Simon Rochester http://www.simonrochester.co.uk/

Garmin Edge Touring

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So after struggling to read maps, use Google Maps on the phone and plan routes on the bike for what seems like forever, I finally decided to join the 21st century and get my self a bike Sat Nav.

Install

Garmin Edge Touring

The Garmin Edge Touring
Sat Nav for the bike with few useless extras.

This was pretty straightforward really – the package I purchased from Halfords came with it’s own ‘out front’ style mount, which simply clamps to your bars with a screw (incidentally this didn’t fit on my bars due to my bar mounted light, now installed on my GFs bike), and also comes with a shim for slimmer style bars.

As all Garmin style product this then uses the ‘quarter turn’ style mount to attach the device to the mounting.

It’s a really simple method that works well.

I did find one problem though, in that when wearing my flourescent yellow riding jacket, the reflectivity of the screen makes it hard to read. Mainly due to where it’s situated on my stem and the angle it’s on, but it’s not impossible to see.

Features

From the Halfords website:

With round trip routing and Garmin connect there are more ways to find new rides with the Garmin Edge Touring Special Edition GPS Cycle Computer with Out-front Bike Mount & ProtectiveCase – Exclusive to Halfords. Simple to use, you can keep track of your real time stats during your ride to make sure you stay on target.

  • Guide your ride – new simple user interface
  • Real time customisable data screen
  • Tough, water resistant, compact and lightweight design
  • On and off road navigation with the Garmin cycle map
  • Round trip routing with 3 ride options
  • Share and save routes with Garmin Connect

As I’m sure you are aware, there is a version which has a few extra ‘features’ on such as heart rate monitor and ANT+ compatibility, but given that I don’t need those this is the basic version.

Review

So when the doctors finally allowed me back on the bike, off I go to play with my new toy to see if I could use the new toy as well as the old one (I managed to get an Edge 200 for £30!).

After a brief fiddle with the buttons and the settings, I managed to record my stats with the usual ease (basically you press the ‘Start Timer’ button and set off), and comparing stats from my previous rides seems to be as accurate as ever too.

The mapping functions is the whole point of this unit though, so I set off from my office having told it I wanted to go home. The route it chose wasn’t was what I would have chosen, so all well and good there then.

After purposely getting lost in a previously unknown estate I again told it to route me home. Again this proved no problem, but I did manage to accidentally stop the recording of the stats, so statistically I’m about 4 miles short this month. It seems that the stats side and the mapping sides of this can be used independently, though I’m not sure if that’s a good thing.

Would I really want to navigate and not know the stats for the ride? Perhaps some people do…

Still, my own stupidity aside, I’m loving this gadget more than the previous incarnation. The routing functions seem to be about right for my preferred style of riding – I have read some reports of people having some problems with that though.

Now I’ve downloaded the Garmin Basecamp software too and entered my regular stops and clients as waypoints, and a few regular routes, giving me more options to waste time on the bike.

I’ve yet to test the round trip function, where you can tell the unit to calculate a route of X miles for you, but that’s for when I’m medically allowed to ride properly again (looking like after Christmas now!).

All in all I’d go 8/10 – A great little unit with a couple of easily avoidable flaws.

Banana and Oat Muffins

Banana and Oat Muffins
Yields 12
Ideal as a breakfast option or a tasty snack that is low in fat. You could even cut and wrap them and take them with you on the bike.
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Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
35 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
35 min
214 calories
35 g
31 g
7 g
4 g
1 g
85 g
219 g
14 g
0 g
5 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
85g
Yields
12
Amount Per Serving
Calories 214
Calories from Fat 61
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g
11%
Saturated Fat 1g
6%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 31mg
10%
Sodium 219mg
9%
Total Carbohydrates 35g
12%
Dietary Fiber 2g
8%
Sugars 14g
Protein 4g
Vitamin A
1%
Vitamin C
4%
Calcium
2%
Iron
5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1kcal olive oil spray
  2. 70ml olive/coconut oil
  3. 150g honey
  4. 2 eggs
  5. 3 mashed banana
  6. 60ml milk
  7. 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  8. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  9. 1 tsp baking soda
  10. 1/2 tsp salt
  11. 80g oats
  12. 200g wholemeal flour
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 175° Celsius.
  2. Grease a muffin tin with 1kcal olive oil spray.
  3. Whisk together 70ml olive/coconut oil, 150g honey, 2 eggs, 3 mashed banana & 60ml milk.
  4. Then whisk in 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 1 tsp baking soda & 1/2 tsp salt.
  5. Finally mix in with a spoon 30g oats & 240g wholemeal flour.
  6. Spoon out into the 12 muffin cups and top with a sprinkle of oats.
  7. Bake in oven for 25 mins or until a skewer comes out clean.
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calories
214
fat
7g
protein
4g
carbs
35g
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Simon Rochester http://www.simonrochester.co.uk/