December 5, 2012 · 11:38 am

Due to all the rain we’ve had lately, I haven’t been out on my bike for weeks. So, when we woke up on Sunday morning and saw that the sky was bright and clear, we decided to make the most of it and head to Ashton Court with our bikes :)

Before we set off, we all had a huge bowl of porridge to fuel us up. Me & Lil’ L opted for cocoa porridge, which is one of our current favourite breakfasts. As you can see, I add lots of toppings to my porridge, including flaked almonds, chopped walnuts, goji berries, citrus peel, ground flaxseed and a sprinkling of grated raw chocolate. Yum!

There are two ways I make cocoa porridge depending on what milks I have available. I either use Alpro’s Chocolate Milk (which is really yummy!) or add 1 tbsp cocoa to the porridge along with some non dairy milk (I use Alpro’s Almond or Soya milk) and a drizzle of agave syrup to sweeten it up. Both methods are equally scrumptious!

After breakfast, we strapped 3 bikes to the car and headed to Bristol. As soon as we arrived at Ashton Court I paused for a few moments to say hello to the deer.

Check out this little cutie.

I then hopped on my bike and did my best to catch up with the others!

I might still be able to beat Lil’ L on hills, but it’s impossible for me to catch him on the trails. Yes that’s me in the pic below, trailing behind…

Here I come!

It was so exhilarating to be out on the bike. I’ve really missed it!

For lunch, we stopped at the Golf Hub Cafe, which is near the mountain  bike trail. It had a great selection of food for veggie mountain bikers ;)

‘Doorstep sandwiches’ and all-day cooked veggie breakfasts are great re-fuelling foods. However, this time round, Lil’ L and I opted for the veggie burger. We both agreed, though, that next time we’ll have the cooked breakfast. That was M’s choice and it looked amazing!  For dessert, Lil’ L chose to have a piece of Victoria sponge cake. The slice was huge. And this is what a 9 year old boy looks like on a sugar rush ;)

Luckily the sugar didn’t wear off until he was back at the car ;)

Even though I’m very rusty at mountain biking, I managed to get round the trail without falling off.  However, back at the Ashton Court manor house, whilst stationary with my left foot on the ground, I managed to lose my balance, fail to unclick my right foot from my pedal, and slammed down on the ground.  Durgh! So not cool!  I cut and bruised my knees but fortunately I managed to avoid tearing my leggings. phew!

Back home, we fancied something warming and filling for tea so we opted for a butternut squash, chick pea and apricot tagine served on a bed of couscous. This is one of our all-time favourite Moroccan tagines and I promise to post the recipe soon!

For dessert, we had fresh pineapple, served with a drizzle of Alpro soya cream. Delicious!

So that’s a rundown of Sunday’s activities and eats for the WIAW foodie party. Thanks, as always, to our wonderful host Jenn. If you want some inspiration for new eats, do check out her WIAW posts, published every Wednesday. There’s literally hundreds of entries to browse through!

Have you ever had a Moroccan tagine before? If so, what’s your favourite?
I had my first tagine in Istanbul a few years ago and I loved the combination of sweet and savoury flavours. Last Christmas, a friend of mine bought me a tagine pot and it’s been put to a lot of use this year.  I love trying out different combinations of veggies, dried fruits and spices. I’ll write up the recipes for our favourites and post them very soon!

Enjoy the rest of the week everyone :) xx




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