Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Aanvulling

Ek het 'n e-pos van my dokter oor my bloedtoets gekry. Eerder as die oor-die-toonbank soort moet ek 'n voorskrif aanvulling neem. Ek is bly dat ek vroeër eerder as later my vitamien D-gebrek ontdek het.

I received an email from my doctor regarding my blood work. Rather than the over-the-counter kind, I need to take a prescription supplement. I'm glad I discovered my vitamin D-deficiency sooner than later.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Vitamien D

My bloed is verlede week getoets. Soos ek vermoed het, is ek vitamien D-gebrekkig. Die gewone bedrag van vitamien D in die bloed wissel tussen 30 en 100ng/ml. Ek het net 11 :(. Ek gaan 'n vitamien D aanvulling koop en spandeer meer tyd in die son.

My blood was tested last week. As I suspected, I am vitamin D-deficient. The normal amount of vitamin D in the blood varies between 30-100ng/ml. I only have 11 :(. I'm going to buy a vitamin D supplement and spend more time in the sun.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Ongeluk

Accident

My kamermaat is die dag na sy verjaarsdag deur 'n motor getref! Gelukkig is hy goed en sy beserings is klein met geen gebreekte bene nie. Wat 'n wonderwerk!

My roommate was hit by a car the day after his birthday! Luckily, he's well and his injuries are minor, with no broken bones. What a miracle!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Kamermaat se verjaarsdag

Roommate's birthday

Gister was my kamermaat se verjaarsdag, so ek het weer tikka masala gemaak wat een van sy gunstelinge is. Ek het my vorige resep verander want twee van die partytjie gaste was vegan en een van hulle het ook nie koring geëet nie. Ek het ook aloo posto (aartappels met papawersaadsous) gemaak. Dit is 'n tradisionele Bengali gereg en is baie smaaklik te wyte aan die gebraaide papawersade en die vyf-speserye mengsel genaamd panch phoran. Ek beveel dit hoogs aan!

Yesterday was my roommate's birthday, so I made tikka masala again, which is one of his favorites. I changed my previous recipe since two of the party guests were vegan, and one of them also didn't eat wheat. I also made aloo posto (potatoes with poppy seed sauce). It's a traditional Bengali dish and is very tasty due to the roasted poppy seeds and the five-spice mixture named panch phoran. I highly recommend it!

Gebraaide tofu / Grilled Tofu


Panch phoran en papawersade / Bengali five-spice medley and poppy seeds


Om die speserye vir die aloo posto te braai / Frying the spices for the aloo posto


Aartappels en soetpatats (ek dikwels voeg soetpatats by aartappel resepte) / Potatoes and sweet potatoes (I often add sweet potatoes to potato recipes)


Baker se sun tea (sontee in Afrikaans?)


Lekkergoed vinkelsade / Candy Fennel Seeds


Ek, my kamermaat Will, Casey en Ben


Lailah, Will, Baker, Casey, Ben en Justin


Lailah se BAIE lekker bosbessen en perske pastei / Lailah's awesome blueberry and peach crisp


Peper, my vriende se nuwe hond / Pepper, my friends' new dog


Kloksgewys van bo: Tofu tikka masala, basmati rys, aloo posto en Baker se mapo doufu (die beste vegetariese mapo doufu van San Francisco)

Monday, August 23, 2010

Sonnige Sondag

Sunny Sunday

San Francisco se weer is 'n bietjie snaaks. Daar is baie mikroklimate en Herfs is warmer as Somer. Sondag was sonnig en ek het vir die eerste keer in 'n lang tyd in die son gelê.

Hier is 'n artikel met 'n interessante perspektief oor vitamien D, sonskyn en velkanker.

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2005-05-21-doctors-sunshine-good_x.htm

San Francisco's weather is somewhat odd. There are many microclimates and Autumn is hotter than Summer. Sunday was sunny and I lay in the sun for the first time in a long while.

Here's an article with an interesting perspective regarding vitamin D, sunshine, and skin cancer.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Koreaanse styl eiers

Hier is 'n baie maklike resep vir Koreaanse styl eiers. Dit is nie 'n tradisionele een nie, maar dit is baie goed saam met regte egte Koreaanse banchan.

2 eiers
1 teelepels sesam olie
1 teelepel soyasous
1/2 teelepel suiker
olie vir braai

Meng alles goed en braai oor matige hitte tot die eiers ferm is. Sny in stroke en garneer met swart sesam sade. Bedien saam met rys en banchan.





Kloksgewys van bo: dubu chorim van Woo Ri, kkaennip van my ma, gepekelde groenuie van my ma en kimchi van Woo Ri. Baie dankie Ma!



Here's a very easy recipe for Korean-style eggs. It isn't a traditional one, but it's really good with authentic Korean banchan.

2 eggs
1 tsp sesame oil
1 tsp soy sauce
1/2 tsp sugar
oil for frying

Mix everything well and fry over medium heat until the eggs are firm. Cut into strips and garnish with black sesame seeds. Serve with rice and banchan.

Clockwise from the top: dubu chorim from Woo Ri, kkaennip from my mother, pickled scallions from my mother, and kimchi from Woo Ri. Thanks, Mom!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Seitan Tikka Masala

Hoender Tikka Masala is 'n Britse-Indiese gereg wat baie gewild in die VK is. Hier is 'n vegetariese weergawe wat tuisgemaakte seitan gebruik. My kamermaat is nie 'n vegetariër nie, maar hy is lief vir dit!

Seitan Bestanddele
1 teelepel komyn sade
1 teelepel mangopoeier
1 teelepel gemmerpoeier
1 teelepel chilipoeier
2 groen kardemom
2 swart kardemom
5 naeltjies
sout en peper na smaak

2 koppies vital wheat gluten

1/2 koppie jogurt
1/2 koppie room
1 koppie water

8 koppies groente broth
2 dun skyfies gemmer
1 stok kaneel

Metode
Maak die droë speserye baie fyn.

Meng goed met die vital wheat gluten.

Meng die jogurt, room en water.

Voeg by die droë bestanddele en knie vir 2 minute.

Kook in die broth saam met gemmer en kaneel vir 1 uur (aan beide kante vir 30 minute).

Sny en bak vir 20 minute teen 425F.

Kap in blokkies en ter syde stel.


Tikka Masala Bestanddele

2 eetlepel komyn sade
2 eetlepel koljander sade
1 teelepel mangopoeier
1 teelepel chilipoeier

2 lourierblare
4 knoffelhuisies, fyngekap
1 teelepel vars gemmer, fyngekap
4 eetlepels olie

1 & 1/2 koppies room
2 koppies pastasous

Metode
Maak die droë speserye baie fyn en ter syde stel. Braai die lourierblare, knoffelhuisies en gemmer in die olie vir 'n paar sekonde oor matige hitte. Gooi die droë speserye by en roer vir 'n paar sekonde oor lae hitte. Meng die vloeistof by en kook vir 5 minute oor matige hitte. Voeg die seitan blokkies by, roer goed en kook vir nog 5 minute. Bedien saam met basmati rys en geniet!




Chicken Tikka Masala is British Indian dish that's quite popular in the UK. Here's a vegetarian version that uses homemade seitan. My roommate isn't a vegetarian, but he loves this!

Seitan Tikka Masala

Seitan Ingredients
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp mango powder (amchur)
1 tsp ginger powder
1 tsp cayenne
2 green cardamom pods
2 black cardomom pods
5 cloves
salt and pepper to taste

2 cups vital wheat gluten

1/2 cup yogurt
1/2 cup cream
1 cup water

8 cups vegetable broth
2 thin slices of ginger
1 cinnamon stick

Directions
Finely grind the dry spices. Mix well with the vital wheat gluten. Mix the yogurt, cream, and water. Add to the dry ingredients and knead vir 2 minutes. Boil in the broth with the ginger and cinnamon for 1 hour (on both sides for 30 minutes). Slice and bake vir 20 minutes at 425F. Chop into cubes and set aside.

Tikka Masala Ingredients

2 Tbsp cumin seeds
2 Tbsp coriander seeds
1 tsp mango powder
1 tsp cayenne

2 bay leaves
4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 tsp fresh ginger, finely chopped
4 Tbsp oil

1 & 1/2 cups cream
2 cups tomato sauce

Directions
Finely grind the dry spices and set aside. Sauté the bay leaves, garlic, and ginger in the oil for a few seconds over medium heat. Toss in the dry spices and stir for a few seconds over low heat. Mix the liquids in and simmer for five minutes over medium heat. Add the seitan cubes, stir well, and simmer for another five minutes. Serve with basmati rice and enjoy!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Pannekoeke

South African "Pancakes" (but much more like a small American crepe)

Ek het vandag twee wonderlike Afrikaanse resepte-webwerwe gevind:

http://www.rainbowcooking.co.nz
http://babootie.com/

Die resep vir Pannekoek was een van die eerste wat ek gesien het. Ek hou van crepes en het besluit om dit te probeer. Ek het hierdie resep gebruik, maar die volgende keer sal ek die tweede resep.

My kamermaat het aangedring op die kaneelsuiker "tierstrepe".



Today I found two wonderful Afrikaans recipe sites:

http://www.rainbowcooking.co.nz
http://babootie.com/

The recipe for Pannekoek was one of the first that I saw. I like crepes and decided to try it. I used this recipe, but next time I'll use the second one.

My roommate insisted on the cinnamon sugar "tiger stripes."

Dun-vet

Skinny-fat

Ek moet gewig verloor. Dit mag as 'n verrassing kom vir 'n paar van julle wat my Youtube videos gekyk het.

"Maar Tommy, jy lyk nie vet nie!"

Ek is "dun-vet". Ek weet dat dit laf klink, maar dis waar. My gewig is nie te hoog nie, maar my liggamsvet persentasie is.

Ek het onlangs 'n
digitale skaal gekoop wat ook liggamsvet meet. Hier is my afmetings:

Gewig: 174# / 79kg
Liggamsvet persentasie: 26.2% :(

Dis nie goed nie. 8 tot 19% is gesond. Deesdae fietsry ek werk toe en het onlangs weer begin om te hardloop en gewig op te tel. My afmetings *sal* volgende maand beter wees!

I need to lose weight. This may come as a surprise for a few of you who have watched my Youtube videos.

"But Tommy, you don't look fat!"

I'm "skinny-fat." I know that this sounds silly, but it's true. My weight isn't too high, but my bodyfat percentage is.

I recently bought a
digital scale that also measures bodyfat. Here are my measurements:

Weight: 174# / 79kg
Bodyfat Percentage: 26.2%

This isn't good. 8-19% is healthy. These days, I bike to work, and recently began to run and lift weights again. My measurements *will* be better next month!

Monday, August 09, 2010

Net my geluk

Just my Luck

Ek het vanoggend 6h30vm wakker geword (dit was 'n wonderwerk!) sodat ek kon swem... en die swembad was toe.

I woke up this morning at 6:30am (it was a miracle!) so that I could swim... and the pool was closed.

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Swembad

Ek het onlangs 'n swembad net 'n paar blokke van my woonstel af gevind. Ek hou daarvan om te swem, maar ek het nie geweet dat daar 'n swembad so naby my is nie. Daar is net een probleem. Die openbare ure is net 7vm tot 8:30vm :(! Swemspanne en privaatklasse gebruik dit die res van die tyd. Ek sal 'n oggendmens moet wees as ek gaan om te swem, maar ek is nogal 'n naguil. Dit gaan baie moeilik wees...

I recently found a swimming pool just a few blocks from my apartment. I like to swim, but I didn't know that there's a pool so close to me. There's just one problem. The public hours are just 7am-8:30am :(! Swim teams and private classes use it the rest of the time. I need to be a morning person if I'm going to swim, but I'm such a night owl. This is going to be really difficult...

Monday, August 02, 2010

Duitse Toeriste

Ek het vandag 'n kans gehad om 'n bietjie Duits saam met drie Duitse toeriste te oefen. Dit was 'n verrassing vir hulle toe het ek gevra, "wie geht es Ihnen?" Ons het meestal in Engels gesels, maar aan die einde het ek gesê, "willkommen in San Francisco! Tschüs!"

I had a chance to practice a little German with three German tourists. It was a surprise for them when I asked "how are you?" We chatted mostly in English, but at the end I said, "welcome to San Francisco! Bye!"

Sunday, August 01, 2010

Tuisgemaakte kos

Homecooked Food

Ek bestel te veel wegneemetes en eet te veel by restaurante. Ek spandeer dikwels $30 per dag op kos. My beursie huil al! Vir een maand gaan ek probeer om net tuisgemaakte kos te eet. Dit gaan baie moeilik wees want Chinese wegneemetes en pizza-aflewering is my kryptonite...

I order too much take-out food and eat at restaurants too often. I usually spend $30 a day on food. My wallet is crying! For one month, I'm going to try to only eat homecooked food. This is going to be very difficult since Chinese take-out and pizza delivery are my kryptonite...