Monday, November 29, 2010

Vriend in die kombuis / Friend in the Kitchen

Ek het vir 'n baie lang tyd 'n fietsry en hardloop vennoot gesoek en ek het uiteindelik een gevind! Sy naam is Chris en ons het 2 maande gelede (ek dink) ontmoet deur ons wedersydse vriend Justin. Hy en ek het vir die afgelope vier naweke deur Golden Gate Park fietsgery en vir die afgelope twee weke het ons ook na die fietsry gehardloop.

Ons het onlangs begin om saam te kook. Dit is die perfekte manier om na oefening te ontspan! Chris is ook lief vir Indiese kos en wil leer hoe om dit te kook, maar hy kan nie kos eet wat te pikant is nie. Verrassend, ne? Ons gebruik minder chili as gewoonlik, maar daar is ook Indiese geregte wat natuurlik nie-pikant is, soos Jeera Chawal (komynrys).

Op Sondag het ons die volgende drie geregte gemaak: die bogenoemde Jeera Chawal, Matar Dal (gesplete droë ertjie kerrie) en Bengalese styl Bandhgobhi Hari Matar Tarkari (kool en groenertjies). Toe ek 'n kind was het ek nie van kool gehou nie, maar dié gereg het my gemoed verander. 'n Vorige kamermaat Michelle (toe ek in Boston woon) het die resepteboek "Lord Krishna's Cuisine: The Art of Indian Vegetarian Cookery" van die biblioteek gekry wat die resep bevat. Dit is die grootste resepteboek wat ek ooit gesien het (800+ bladsye!) en was baie pret om te lees.

Hier is 'n paar foto's van Chris besig om sy eerste Indiese ete te kook.





I've been looking for a biking and running partner for a long time and I finally found one! His name is Chris and we met two months ago (I think) through our mutual friend, Justin. He and I have biked through Golden Gate Park for the past four weekends, and for the past two, we've also ran after biking.

Recently, we've started cooking together. It's the perfect way to relax after exercise! Chris also loves Indian food and wants to learn how to cook it, but he can't eat food that is too spicy. Surprising, huh? We use less hot pepper than usual, but there are also Indian dishes that are naturally non-spicy, like Jeera Chawal (cumin rice).

On Sunday, we made the following three dishes: the aforementioned Jeera Chawal, Matar Dal (split-pea curry), and Bengali-style Bandhgobhi Hari Matar Tarkari (cabbage and green peas). When I was a kid, I didn't like cabbage, but this dish changed my mind. A previous roommate, Michelle (when I lived in Boston), got the cookbook "Lord Krishna's Cuisine: The Art of Indian Vegetarian Cookery" from the library, which contained the recipe. It's the largest cookbook that I've ever seen (800+ pages) and was a lot of fun to read.

Here are a few photos of Chris cooking his first Indian meal.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

The Shattering

Ek is 'n gamer en een van my gunsteling rekenaarspeletjies is World of Warcraft, wat 'n MMO (massively multiplayer online) is. Dit is een van die gewildste speletjies in die wêreld en het 13 miljoen+ spelers. Op Desember 7 sal Cataclysm die nuwe expansion begin, maar vandag se patch is "The Shattering" waar die hele aanlyn speletjie van die grond af verander. As jy ook 'n gamer is, moet jy dit probeer!



I'm a gamer and one of my favorite computer games is World of Warcraft, which is an MMO (massively multiplayer online). It's one of the most popular games in the world and has 13 million+ players. On December 7th, Cataclysm, the new expansion, begins, but today's patch is "The Shattering," where the whole online game changes from the ground up. If you're also a gamer, you have to try it out!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Hollyoaks in 2010

Selfs al is ek 'n Amerikaner, ek hou van Britse TV, veral Hollyoaks. Dis nie so gewild soos ander Britse sepies soos Coronation Street en Emmerdale, maar Hollyoaks is beslis my gunsteling. Ek hou van al die verhaallyne, maar daar is twee wat veral interessant en nie-stereotipies is. Die een is oor twee bi-manne, Ste en Brendan, wat in 'n abusive verhouding is en die ander is oor 'n transgendered vroulike tot manlike seun genaamd Jason.

Jason is biologies vroulik en voel soos 'n seun in ‘n meisie se liggaam, maar hou nog van seuns. Genderidentiteit is nie dieselfde soos sexualiteit nie, en dis cool dat die program dit verstaan. Ste, die slagoffer in die abusive* verhouding, was die abuser* in sy vorige verhouding met 'n vrou. Verrassend is sy eks-vriendin* sy grootste ondersteuner. Haar naam is Amy en sy is een van my gunsteling karakters.

Amy het 'n lang tyd gelede haar eks-kêrel en abuser vergewe. Dis 'n baie lang storie, maar Ste het na hulle break-up help gekry en 'n beter mens geword. Amy weet wel die tekens van abuse* en probeer om Ste te help in plaas van om net te sê "karma is a bitch." Amy is baie cool.

Die ander verhaallyne in Hollyoaks is ook baie goed en ek beveel die program hoog aan. As jy nie in die VK woon nie, kan jy Hollyoaks op Youtube kyk by youtube.com/tvmogel08.

* Hoe sê jy abuse en ex-girlfriend in Afrikaans?



Even though I’m an American, I like British TV, especially Hollyoaks. It’s not as popular as other British soaps like Coronation Street and Emmerdale, but Hollyoaks is definitely my favorite. I like all the storylines, but there are two that are particularly interesting and non-stereotypical. One is about two bi men, Ste and Brendan, who are in an abusive relationship and the other is about a transgendered, female-to-male boy named Jason.

Jason is biologically female and feels like a boy in a girl’s body, but still likes boys. Gender identity is not the same as sexuality, and it’s cool that the show understands this. Ste, the victim in the abusive relationship, was the abuser in his previous relationship with a woman. Surprisingly, his ex-girlfriend is his biggest supporter. Her name is Amy and she’s one of my favorite characters.

Amy forgave his ex-boyfriend and abuser a long time ago. It’s a long story, but Ste got help after their break-up and became a better person. Amy knows well the signs of abuse en tries to help Ste, instead of just saying “karma is a bitch.” Amy’s pretty cool.

The other storylines in Hollyoaks are also really good and I highly recommend the show. If you don’t live in the UK, you can watch Hollyoaks on Youtube at youtube.com/tvmogel08.