The pre-race rowers diet: Carbs on carbs

lr407 21 November 2015

The alcohol ban imposed on rowers during the pre-race period seems pretty tragic, until you realise that you can make up for this booze-free life by going carb crazy. Rowers need plenty of energy and carbohydrates can give you that extra boost when you feel like you are hitting the wall midway down the river.

Twice-baked potatoes
Far more interesting than a regular jacket potato, this dinner goes all out with the carb-loading.


  • 1 large potato
  • 2tbsps crème fraiche
  • 2tbsps cream cheese
  • 1tbsp chopped chives
  • 1 egg
  • grated cheddar, for topping


1. Microwave the potato for 10 minutes to cook through, then place in an oven at 200'C for a further 10-15 minutes to get a crispy skin.

2. Remove the potato from the oven, cut in half and scoop the insides into a bowl.

3. Mix the potato with the remaining ingredients and plenty of seasoning, then scoop back into your potato skins. Sprinkle with some grated cheddar, place on a baking tray and bake for 15 minutes until golden.

The ultimate carbonara
Using just egg yolks makes a carbonara extra creamy and indulgent, but you hate food waste and you are unlikely to be whipping up meringues with egg whites any time soon, feel free to include the whole egg. You can also add strips of cooked chicken for extra protein.


  • 90g spaghetti
  • 3 rashers of streaky bacon
  • 3 egg yolks (or 2 whole eggs)
  • 50ml cream
  • 50g grated parmesan


1. Boil the spaghetti in salted water for 10 minutes until al dente. Meanwhile, whisk together the egg yolks, cream and parmesan with a pinch of salt and plenty of pepper.

2. Fry the bacon until crispy, drain on kitchen paper and snip into bitesize pieces.

3. Drain the cooked pasta and return to the hot saucepan off the heat. Add the egg mixture and the bacon, and stir to coat the pasta in the sauce and briefly cook the egg without scrambling it. Finish with plenty more pepper and a sprinkling of extra parmesan.