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I already owned some measuring cups so used those but is easy to print off a list of cups (volume) to ...
on 3 June 2015
I brought this cookbook as I was fed up of eating dry bars and sticky gels on long bike rides as they sometimes upset my stomach and I already knew some of the benefits of “real food” as detailed in the first chapter but did not have access to it.
Although there are some annoyances in terms of the American measures and temperatures I’ve just written on the book where I’ve converted something. I already owned some measuring cups so used those but is easy to print off a list of cups (volume) to weight conversions for different foods online if needed.
The recipes are really good and tasty, I’ve tried rice balls, rice cakes, two bite pies and sticky bites so far. I’ve even started experimenting and included my own ingredients – my sausage, bacon and ketchup rice balls make a nice breakfast portable on an early ride!
I’d recommend ensuring you look closely at the nutrient make up of all the recipes before buying ingredients and cooking as they range from 10g to 50g of carbs per serving (you should aim to eat around 60g of carbs per hour while exercising). In my opinion the effort of buying ingredients, cooking the recipes and storing them is only worthwhile for between recipes with between 20g and 50g of carbs per serving, otherwise you can end up eating a whole recipe in an hour or two. This has limited the use of the cookbook as I'm only really interested in about 50% of the recipes on this basis.
I tend to have a big cook off once a month and cook a few recipes to last me a while, I’ve had no trouble freezing anything and defrosting overnight in the fridge before my ride. Rice can be frozen safely if it’s wrapped as soon as possible after cooking and frozen as soon as it’s cool. It’s probably safer to freeze rice rather than refrigerate if you are going to eat more than 48 hours after cooking it.
Sainsbury’s and Lakeland sell parchment foil so is easy to get hold of and worth obtaining for ease of wrapping and unwrapping.
Overall, it’s a good book if you want to eat some “real food” instead of bars and gels, there’s plenty of variety of flavours and it provides good inspiration if you want to invent your own portables. I’ve given it 4 out of 5 due to the American measurements and as I don’t personally think that some of the recipes with lower amounts of carbs are worthwhile.