Peach and Prosecco Ice Cream {Vegan}

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A recipe that leaves you with 3/4 of a bottle of prosecco that you need to drink? You’re welcome! You can thank me later… if you remember. You can even take aside some of the peach puree before mixing the other ingredients in to whip up some bellinis while you wait for the ice cream to freeze.

The prosecco is not just a pretty face in this recipe. Yes, its flavour pairs perfectly with peach and rosewater, but the little bit of alcohol also prevents the ice cream from freezing into a rock hard block like some homemade ice creams can do. You’ll still need to remember to keep stirring it as it freezes, unless you have an ice cream maker.

I love all the fruit in season at the moment! I got a job-lot of peaches from the market, biked home with them in my backpack, and realised they were possibly a bit worse for wear. Perfect for blending, in fact. So, I popped them in my newest toy – my super-duper speedy blender – and the rest is heatwave history. The Froothie blender Optimum 9400 is more powerful than a Vitamix, and you don’t need to buy separate jugs for wet & dry mixing – which means it works out way cheaper overall. I’m still trying to get my head around its capabilities, and can’t wait to explore more possibilities with it (ummm, tahini, anyone?! My life will be complete if I can pull that one off).

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How to Survive Your First Triathlon – Transitions, Wibbly Legs and Soggy Bottoms

 It’s official – not only have I caught the triathlon bug, but I’ve press-ganged my little mama and our friend Rose into the madness, too. We’re going to be taking part in the Leeds X-Press Triathlon together in less than two weeks.

It’s quite weird being the expert at something out of the three of us. Mum was running before I even contemplated it, and completing marathons while I was still smug about my first 10K. Mum has a PhD, and Rose’s TED talks have over two million views. They have been asking me tons of questions, and I will confess I’ve been fobbing them off a bit – “I’ll write you a blog post, just read the blog!” Maybe I like holding something over them…?

Finally, I’ve relented, and here is a list of their questions and comments so far – I hope it’s of some help, and to the rest of you guys. I’m only just started triathlon, so any other more seasoned pro tips would be much appreciated!

Do I need a fancy bike?
Not for your first season. At the races I’ve marshalled, I’ve seen hybrids, old clunkers and mountain bikes.

Do I have to ride right on the other riders back wheel like in the Tour de France? I don’t think I’d like that.
Good, because it’s completely verboten to ride close to the other riders like they do in some professional races. It’s called drafting, and you can be disqualified for it. I don’t think I can explain it better than the British Triathlon Federation themselves did (click for full size):

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More questions and Answers After the Cut…

Comment with your tips for newbie triathletes below – share the knowledge!

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Art Run at Leeds Waterfront Festival

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One of our favourite things to do as Veggie Runners is to organise Art Runs. We did one recently at Leeds Waterfront Festival and had a whale of a time. The ‘art’ bit of the runs is open to interpretation – it depends on where and when we do them and what there is to see and say. The general idea is to lead a group round a guided run around a theme – in this case, the rise, decline and regeneration of Leeds waterfront.

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Ads on Veggie Runners

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Bibi totally endorsing the Tour de France

You might have noticed that Veggie Runners now has adverts on it – they’re certainly not going to make us rich but it may help to pay for hosting the site and some of our recipe ingredients. The first few days were a bit of a nightmare – we don’t control the ads, that’s all done by an agency. Let’s just say there was perhaps a bit of a mismatch – pulled pork ads on a vegetarian running blog, for example!! It didn’t take long for that to settle down and we hope the ads you see now reflect things you’re interested in.

We’re happy with most of the ads on the site. Shampoo, for instance, we use an awful lot of. Hair straighteners, wouldn’t be without them. Running gear, well, you know what feel about that. If you do see ads that are way out of step with our healthy, friendly, fit foodie approach to life, though, do please let us know. We really appreciate your support and don’t ever want to offend your sensibilities with images of fast food, diet products or other products out of step with our attitude.

We want you to be as happy and healthy as you can be so if you spot anything that from the iffy ends of the eating spectrum, please holler. We’re not perfect and we might not agree with everyone’s way of looking at the world. We’d like to think we’re decent human beings though and we value your opinions :)

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On your bikes, ladies!

IMG_20140703_185111This is a call to arms. Or, rather, a call to legs.

This week, the Tour De France will pass through Yorkshire, leaving a legacy of cycling enthusiasm in its wake. We need to make sure that this legacy extends  to those of us ineligible for the Tour itself, aka lasses.

Because currently, I don’t know where all the women cyclists are.

The first time I used Strava on my bike, I was astonished to be crowned Queen of the Mountain on a local segment. A total n00b like me? On a segment that over a hundred people have ridden? Wow! Until I realised that only 10 women had ridden the segment, ever.

That 10:1 has been the rough gender ratio I’ve observed while out riding, too. We’re friendly up here in Yorkshire, giving fellow cyclists nods and how-do-you-dos. But on an evening’s ride, I will generally get ten “ey-up”s from male cyclists and only pass one other lady leisure biker, whom I grin madly at.

Last Sunday, I took part in the women-only “Summer Sun Sportive“, organised by local bike shop Blue Giraffe. It was a beautiful 30 mile route in the rolling countryside near Stokesley. The full route was signposted, with a feed station and a support vehicle riding the route. Designed to help build women’s confidence on their first big cycle rides, it did the job perfectly …for me, and the scant dozen women who participated, that is. As we all had tea and snacks afterwards, the organiser eyed the cake for forty on the table and sighed. “Maybe it was the weather?” (There had been drizzle early on.) Maybe.

I don’t know what is causing women’s local lack of participation in cycling. Is it too expensive? Too dangerous? Too solitary? Just too masculine? Makes your thighs too solid? Is being told that your whole gender is too weak for more than one stage of the Tour a bit off-putting?  Being grinned at madly by me too intimidating?

I do know what we can do about it though.  We can tell other women how exhilarating it is being out on the road. We can join our local cycle clubs. We can take our nieces and nephews out on their balance bikes and trikes. We can learn to fix a puncture by the side of the road and be proud. We can pressure our works to join the Cycle to Work scheme. We can actually cycle to work! When they put up the signs of the Tour de France route, we can get our girlfriends together, with lots of snacks, and head up the beautifully named Côte de Buttertubs.

We can get on our bikes.

Allez, allez, allez!

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Veggie Runners in the Press (Eeee!)

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If don’t get enough of our chatter here and on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram, in the UK you can find us in newsagents near you, too.

Our photoshoot for Top Sante magazine is in their July issue, and we also have little articles in Women’s Running and the Northern, Southern and Scottish Running Guides, all out now. We’re true fans of all of the publications and are honoured to be a part of them.

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If you’re a runner who lives in the UK and have never read your region’s running guide, you are seriously missing out. Besides our mugs, they have the most brilliant, exhaustive list of races in your area; a runner’s training log and loads of fantastic articles. Did we mention it’s absolutely free, too? Follow the links above for stockists.

We’d like to say a big thank you to all of you who have supported us from day one, and to those who we’ve picked up along the way, too. We’ve already had an amazing 18 months with Veggie Runners – we can’t wait to see what the future holds!

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