Saturday, March 04, 2006

I love the stick!! or Let them Eat Zucchini Cake!!

So as I mentioned in my last post, the spinning thing wasn't such a hit. Long and short of it was that it left my thighs a bit sore for a couple days. The upside was that I did discover an amazing new tool. Now as I might have said earlier, I am a big supporter of traditionally medicine, and with that I mean lots of chemicals designed by pharmaceutical companies (making crazy delicious profits), tested in clinical trials and all that good stuff. So I was a little leary of the promises of a piece of hard nylon with what looked like pieces of PVC tubing wrapped around it. I have to say (make a note, because you won't hear it often) my initial preconceptions were wrong. The Stick is awesome.

Noel was kind enough to rub my legs down with it and for some unknown reason the thing totally worked. It made my muscles feel pretty much normal and made it much easier to walk. The relief lasted roughly til the next morning, but it really did sooth my muscles. If you see one at a sporting goods store I would highly recommend purchasing one. Or click on the green link above and buy one online.

Other than that the week has been pretty good. Made a triple batch of chocolate chip yellow zucchini bread last night (yellow zucchini Tom? Something must be amiss. Yes something is in fact amiss, its the fact that the Giant on Wisconsin Ave has all the floor space of a broom closet and all the produce stock of a Soviet era supermarket. They were out of zucchini, so I made the executive decision to substitute squash -seen here on your right- for zucchini, but per Noel's suggestion we're going to call it yellow zucchini). Noel took a loaf of it to her 20 mile run with TNT alums and all reports were that it was a HUGE hit. I have two double loaves that I am going to take to the ride tomorrow, and I promise to report back on its reception. For those of you who are interested, the recipe (original format) is below. (THANKS MOM) It makes a yummy moist, thick, but not dense, chocolatey cake that is sure to please, and will hopefully hit the spot post ride tomorrow.

Finally at roughly 12:30 PM last night I did a spin in the trainer, nothing too exciting, but it was pretty intense (I had some GRRRR I needed to get out) ... I don't have exact stats on heart rate, because I left the HRM in that car and wasn't schleping out at 12;30 to fetch it. Anyway I rode for 40 mins listening to Lords of Acid and the Clash.

MAD PROPS to Mom for sharing the Recipe. It follows:

Chocolate Zucchini Bread
2 & 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
2 &1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 & 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 cup butter or margarine;softened(I used butter..tastes better)
2 cups sugar
3 eggs
2 teaspoon vanilla
2 teaspoons grated orange peel
2 cups zucchini coarsely grated,unpeeled
1/2 cup milk
1 cup chopped nuts
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Combine dry ingredients and set aside.
With a mixer beat the butter and sugar until smooth.
Add eggs and beat well.
With a spoon stir in vanilla,orange peel and zucchini.
Alternately stir in dry ingredients and the milk.
Add nuts and chocolate chips in at the last.
Pour into 10 inch tube pan and bake at 350 degrees for about 1 hour.
You may also bake in small or medium loaf pans.
Drizzle with sugar glaze or sprinkle with powdered sugar if desired.
Freezes well.

1 comment:

  1. I have made "yellow zucchini" bread before. Tasted just as good as the green stuff, I just took out the big seeds. I just might have to try your recipe for our next ride. Am sure the peeps will enjoy it!