Food : : The Ultimate Granola

When training on the bike bars and gels are convenient food but they can contain high levels of fructose which can upset stomachs – real foods such as bananas, raisins, fig rolls, sandwiches and my personal favorite homemade granola are just as good. Super tasty with the oats helping to regulate the sugar release of mostly slower burning sugars.  Pop in a small food-bag shove in your jersey and eat out on the bike.  You can mix and match the nuts and dried fruits below to your own ideal.  Enjoy!

Granola

Ingredients

  • 80g clear honey
  • 80g butter
  • 40g  apricot spread or marmalade
  • 40g golden syrup
  • 150g jumbo rolled oats
  • 80g brown/demerara sugar
  • 1 lemon
  • 1/2 tbsp natural vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 30g pumpkin seeds
  • 30g sunflower seeds
  • 30g linseeds
  • 30g whole almonds
  • 30g blanched hazelnuts
  • 30g walnut pieces
  • 40g dried apricots
  • 40g raisins or sultanas

(makes 1kg ish)

Methodolgy

  1. Preheat your oven to 180°C. Now line a baking tray with grease-proof baking paper and thinly smear butter on the inside of it.
  2. In a large saucepan melt the butter, honey, sugar, golden syrup and marmalade together on a medium heat, stirring until dissolved. Now bring it to the boil and cook for two minutes so that the sugar caramelises, making it a super sticky sauce.
  3. Throw in the jumbo oats and mix. Now pour in everything else and thoroughly mix.  Transfer into your baking tray and flatten down with a spatula. Pop the tray in the oven on the middle or lower shelf.
  4. Cook for 12 minutes until browning off until set. Leave to cool on a rack, then slice into wedges perfect rectangles – pizza slice works well.  Store in a lunchbox in a cool dry place.  Pop into a small sandwich or food bag for eating on the bike.

 

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Visit : : Coram and The Foundling Museum #drawingonchildhood

We still need your sponsorship for the Cycle to Cannes so if you’d like to know more about the charity, Coram, for who we are raising money then visit the Foundling Museum. There’s lots of exhibits and displays including the #drawingonchildhood illustrations which are beautiful and thought provoking.

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Quentin Blake, cover illustration from James and the Giant Peach, 2002 (c) Quentin Blake

The museum tells the rich history of children’s charity Coram, from its beginnings in 1739 as the Foundling Hospital, London’s first home for abandoned children, to the present day.

Through its collections, it charts the work of Captain Thomas Coram who tirelessly campaigned to set up an institution dedicated to the care and education of ‘foundlings’, the children he saw abandoned on London’s streets.

 

 

 

 

Cycle to Cannes : : MIPIM 2015

CycleTo MIPIM

On the 5th March 2015, I will embark on 1,500km cycle ride from London to Cannes to raise vital funds for the UK’s first ever dedicated children’s charity, Coram, as part of the Broadgate Estates CYCLE TO MIPIM 2015.

I join 100 colleagues from the property industry in an epic six day journey that starts in London and takes in Calais, Reims, Dijon, Valence and Aix-en-Provence before arriving in Cannes in time for MIPIM, the annual property sector conference, on Tuesday 10th March.

The money raised will specifically benefit Coram’s adoption service, one of the most successful in the UK, helping children find safe, loving and permanent new homes.

http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/buggonabike