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Chocolate Banana Cake

Recipes - Anupriya kapur - May 10, 2016

I always stock bananas (runner syndrome I guess!) in my house but during summers they obviously ripen very quickly. But of course, ripe bananas are perfect for baking. Chocolate Banana cake is wonderfully moist, soft and a bit dense. I like my cake without frosting but if you are looking to serve it as a dessert, you can top it with some chocolate ganache (click here for recipe).

And surprisingly my son loves it too. Now to the easy peasy two bowl recipe –

Flour – 125gm

Sugar – 200gm (granulate after measuring)

Cocoa  Powder -37/38gm

Bananas – 11/2 medium size or half cup post mashing (riper the better)

Baking Soda – 3/4 tsp

Baking Powder – 3/4 tsp

Water – 120ml (slightly warm)

Milk – 60ml

Oil – 60ml

Egg – 1

Vanilla Essence – 3/4 tsp

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  1. Pre heat the oven at 180 degrees for 8-10 mins.
  2. Mix/sieve together all the dry ingredients in a big bowl.
  3. Mix together all the wet ingredients and mash the banana into it (I do it with a fork).
  4. Mix the dry and wet ingredients together.
  5. Pour the mixture in a greased pan lined with butter paper.
  6. Bake for 30-40 minutes (mine was done in about 38 minutes) at 180 degrees C in a 8 inch square or round baking pan.

Remove the cake from the baking pan after ten mins. Let the cake cool down on the wire rack as shown below in the pic.

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How I met Jonty Rhodes

For the soul, Marathons - Anupriya kapur - March 14, 2016

Last evening I was invited to a small get together to celebrate the success of The Outdoor Journal (all things outdoor, adventure and active lifestyle since it’s launch in 2012). I was apprehensive as I didn’t know anyone except the founder of the magazine, and that too I had met him only once. Or may be apprehensive is not the right word, I was intimidated. I was expecting to meet snowboarders, mountaineers, extreme skiers and the maximum I have done in the name of adventure is attempt a 50km run on an active volcano (Mt Pinatubo) in Philippines and called it quits at 35km! (And no I don’t consider my Bhati 50km and full marathons adventurous enough).

In any case, I decided to face my fears and go. I’m so glad that I did. 15 minutes into the conversation with new people, someone asked if I wanted to meet Jonty Rhodes and I thought he was pulling a fast one on me. I couldn’t believe my luck. I walked up to him, introduced myself as a blogger and had a 15-20 minute conversation. The gentleman that he is, he naturally steered the conversation towards running the moment he heard momontherun! He is working closely with South African Tourism and mentioned how there is an impressive increase in the number of Indians participating in Comrades (89km), even though personally he would like to see more people participate in the Two Oceans Marathon (56km) – a distance more fathomable and a very scenic route. He was curious about why SCMM is bigger than any other marathon in the country as Mumbai doesn’t seem very conducive to running and why very few women opt for full marathons in India. He also mentioned that he can’t and doesn’t want to go beyond 5km which I was very surprised about given his fitness levels. We discussed about a few more things but what struck me was how humble he is and how easy it was to talk to him. I had felt similar after meeting the ultra marathon running legend Scott Jurek. What makes them so humble about their talent, hard work and achievements? Is it the sport which does this to them? Or is it that you need to be grounded to channel your talent the right way? Oh, and not to mention, he is still as hot as he is charming and he is a surfer too.

I met a few very interesting women too and hoping to write about them at the soonest.

 

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Everyday Heroes – Inspirational Women Runners

Fitness, Fitness related, For the soul, Marathons - Anupriya kapur - March 9, 2016

Honestly, Women’s Day has no relevance for me as I feel everyday is everyone’s day irrespective of the gender. However, it definitely gave me an excuse and the push (lazy as I am) to pay an ode to ‘everyday’ women who are an inspiration to many. I have listed their profile in text below in case you want to look them up on social media and follow.

Manisha Khungar – A swimming coach for the last 20 years. Triathlons are new to India and she has coached some of the first triathletes from our country to achieve their dreams.

Christine Pemberton – She is a blogger and I love her very quirky sense of humor. She started running at the age of 60 and has already done two full marathons and several half marathons. And yes she is usually a podium finisher in her age category in most marathons.

Avani Vora – She is a mother of twins and a Pilates instructor. She has inspired many women to make fitness their way of life.

Bhumika Patel – Apart from her regular 9-5 job, she’s out there helping women achieve their running goals be it through Pinkathon or otherwise.

Zareen Siddique – She is a mother of two (15 & 5) and can give a run for her money to any 25 year old. Apart from being a runner she specialises in Post Natal fitness training.

Ratna Verma – She is a teacher, she is an excellent baker, she’s fitter than she even looks and did I tell you that she is a mom to two teenagers as well.

Kavitha Kanaparthi – I have admired her since the day I met her for her courage to stand up for what she believes is right. She is the only woman race director in India. What’s the big deal? She has created some of the toughest and truest international standard ultra marathons in the remotest places in India.

Nirupama Singh – Forget about the fact that she is a mother to two young adult boys, she has a kickass PB of 1:39 for a half marathon and 3:48 for a full. She is also a zumba instructor fitness coach.

 

 

 

 

 

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From the other side

Fitness, Fitness related, For the soul, Marathons - Anupriya kapur - March 3, 2016

When I decided to not run New Delhi Marathon due to many commitments and lack of training, I was under the impression that I was able to take this decision because I had reached a zen mode of sorts. This was the first time I woke up at 4 am to not run, to not volunteer but just be there. But to my surprise, I wasn’t calm as I started seeing runners with happy faces at the finish line trickling in but, despite that, those couple of hours spent standing at the finish line of the stadium were worth it. I got to see what it feels like to be on the other side and reflect on it.

Got to see elites up close – I got to see so many elite runners finishing their run up close for the first time. While we live in our own bubble of amateur running, it’s beautiful to see these athletes put in all their strength and energy into the race. I thought of making videos of them finishing but I wanted to savor the moment through my eyes and not through the camera.

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at the expo with the pacers and some samosa & chai

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with people who put in the hardwork

It wasn’t about me – Usually, one is overwhelmed with their own run to really be able to feel the other runner’s happiness on finishing their run. Since I didn’t run, I wasn’t tired or distracted and this is probably the first time I could truly see, feel and share the excitement/disappointment and listen to every word others had to say about the run.

Let go – It was also a big lesson on letting go. I realised I had started sulking and was irritated with myself for not running. The weather and route was perfect for a good run so it made things even worse for me. But after a while, ranting and couple (actually a lot) of deep breaths, I decided to let go, it’s not the end of the world. It’s just a run and there will be more.

‘Timely’ reminder – While I keep talking and blogging about the fact that running for us is about recreation and overall fitness and not about “kitne me kiya” (I had even written about it!) , I also got carried away. So it was a gentle reminder to myself that I can’t let go of some good runs just because I think I won’t be able to give in my best.

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with some really fast runners (sub 90 for half)

Respect – I have never underestimated the efforts of volunteers in any event. I now have a lot of respect for not only volunteers but the organisers as well. There was a time I thought I was meant to be working with events but now I think I’m happy being a content writer and a blogger 🙂

Have you ever been on the other side?

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