Thursday, November 24, 2011

Indiaanse-Indiese fusie

Indian-Indian Fusion

Vandag is die Amerikaanse vakansiedag wat bekend staan as "Thanksgiving." Ek het dit saam met Chris en sy vriendekring gevier. Ek is gewoonlik die enigste vegetariër by Thanksgiving byeenkomste, egter Chris is ook een, so ek wou iets spesiaal vir ons maak. Hy is ook die vriend wat ek leer hoe om Indiese kos te kook. Met dit in gedagte het ek besluit op 'n kombinasie van die kookkuns van Indiane* en Indiërs*.

Die twee geregte wat ek gebring het was Succotash-kerrie en basmati-Amerikaanse swart rys pilaf met geroosterde okkerneute en tuisgemaakte versuikerde bosbessies. Amerikaanse swart rys is nie werklik rys nie, maar eerder 'n verlangs verwante gras spesies. Succotash is 'n mielie en boontjie bredie van die Narraganset Indiane van Nieu-Engeland.

Today is the American holiday known as Thanksgiving. I celebrated it with Chris and his circle of friends. I'm usually the only vegetarian at Thanksgiving gatherings, however Chris is also one, so I wanted to make something special for us. He is also the friend I'm teaching how to cook Indian food. With this in mind, I decided on a combination of the cuisines of American and Asian Indians*.

The two entrees that I brought were Succotash curry and basmati-wild rice pilaf with toasted walnuts and homemade candied cranberries. Wild rice isn't actually rice, but rather a distantly related species of grass. Succotash is a corn and bean stew from the Narraganset Indians of New England.

* The noun & attributive adjective pairs "Indiane" en "Indiërs" translate into English as "Indians", though in Afrikaans the former is reserved for American Indians and the latter for Asian Indians.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Lindiwe Mazibuko

Ek het op Saterdag middagete saam met my vriend Elrich gehad. Dis altyd lekker wanneer ek 'n kans kry om Afrikaans te oefen. Natuurlik was Suid-Afrika een van die onderwerpe van gesprek.

Elrich wil terugtrek Kaapstad toe en vir die 2014 Demokratiese Alliansie veldtog werk. Die DA is nie perfek nie, maar albei van ons dink dis 'n beter kies as die ANC vir die toekoms van die land. 'n Goeie voorbeeld van die groot verskil tussen die twee politieke partye kan raakgesien word deur die optrede van Julius Malema en Lindiwe Mazibuko.

Malema is welbekend vir sy haatspraak soos "shoot the Boer." Hier is 'n video van Mazibuko.



I had lunch with my friend Elrich on Saturday. It's always nice when I get a chance to practice Afrikaans. Naturally, South Africa was one of the topics of discussion.

Elrich wants to move back to Cape Town and work for the 2014
Democratic Alliance campaign. The DA isn't perfect, but both of us think it's a better choice than the ANC for the future of the country. A good example of the big difference between the two political parties can be seen through the actions of Julius Malema and Lindiwe Mazibuko.

Malema is well known for his hate speech like "Shoot the Boer." Here is a video from Mazibuko.

Saturday, November 05, 2011

Afrikaans in Soweto

'n Rukkie gelede het ek 'n baie interessante blog post gesien oor 'n Afrikaansonderwyser in Soweto.

In 'n klas van sy eie / In a Class of His Own

Last night, I saw a really interesting blog post about an Afrikaans teacher in Soweto.


Friday, November 04, 2011

Tandems

Vanoggend op deel van die roete werk toe het ek agter 'n familie van vier op twee tandems fietsgery. Familietyd, oefening en vervoer alles in een! Ek het nog nooit op 'n tandem fietsgery, maar ek wil dit doen! Dit lyk pret!

This morning, for part of the way to work, I cycled behind a family of four on two tandem bikes. Family time, exercise, and transportation all in one! I've never ridden on a tandem bike before, but I want to! It looks fun!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Gestoomde voorgeregte

Steamed Appetizers

Gisteraand het ek aandete geëet saam met my vriend Matt, 'n Amerikaner wat aan die Universiteit van Kaapstad gestudeer het. Baie Amerikaners is vertroud met Indiese voorgeregte, veral diepgebraaide kosse soos samoesas en pakoras. Dit mag as 'n verrassing kom dat Indiese kookkuns ook tradisionele gestoomde voorgeregte het. Ek het sooji dhokla gemaak, 'n spesialiteit van Gujarat. Terloops, my vriend Nikita wat my leer hoe om Indiese kos te kook is Gujarati :).

Ek het dié resep van "Manjula's Kitchen" gebruik, alhoewel ek kerrieblare in plaas van koljander gevoeg aangesien 'n ander dis alreeds die laasgenoemde gehad het.

Hier is die ander disse van die ete:

Aloo Dimer Dalna (eier en aartappel kerrie)
Matar Pulao (rys met soetertjies)
Lahsan Papad (knoffel-lensie skyfies)
Brinjal Chutney (eiervrug blatjang)
Amchur Chutney (mango blatjang)
Nimbu Chutney (lemmetjie blatjang)










Last night, I had dinner with my friend Matt, an American who studied at the University of Cape Town. Many Americans are familiar with Indian appetizers, especially deep-fried foods like samosas and pakoras. It may come as a surprise that Indian cuisine also has traditional steamed appetizers. I made sooji dhokla, a specialty from Gujarat. Incidentally, my friend Nikita who taught me how to cook Indian food, is Gujarati :).

I used this recipe from "Manjula's Kitchen", although I added curry leaves instead of cilantro since another dish already had the latter.

Here are the other dishes from the meal:

Aloo Dimer Dalna (egg and potato curry)
Matar Pulao (rice with sweetpeas)
Lahsan Papad (garlic-lentil crisps)
Brinjal Chutney (eggplant chutney)
Amchur Chutney (mango chutney)
Nimbu Chutney (lime chutney)

Thursday, September 29, 2011

'n Vegetariese Afrikaner

A Vegetarian Afrikaner

Vanaand het ek aandete saam met my vriend Elrich geëet. Nie net is hy 'n Afrikaner en 'n vegetariër nie, hy is ook 'n derde generasie lewenslange vegetariër o.O! Verassend, ne? Natuurlik is hy lief vir Indiese kos, die vegetariër-vriendelikste kookkuns ter wêreld in my opinie :).

Hier is wat ons gehad het:

Palak Paneer (Indiese kaas met romerige spinasiesous)
Jeera Aloo (komyn-aartappels)
Mirch Pulao (rys met soetrissie)
Lahsun Papad (knoffel-lensie skyfies)
Mango Chutney
Lime Chutney
Witwyn - Sommige sommeliers beveel rooiwyn aan vir Indiese kos, maar wit is ons verkies. Die soetheid en delikate smaak van die wyn en die sterk speserye van die kos is 'n lekker kombinasie. Gee dit 'n probeer!


Geen van die speserye in die drie hoofgeregte is herhaal nie :).

Bord 1 - Jeera Aloo (komyn-aartappels): komynsade, knoffelpoeier, swart kardamom, kaneelpoeier, mangapoeier

Bord 2 - Mirch Pulao (rys met soetrissie): vinkelsade, nigella, lourierblare, fenegrieksade, hing, steranys

Bord 3 - Palak Paneer (Indiese kaas met romerige spinasiesous): groen kardamom, swart mostertsade, fenegriekblare (baie verskillende smaak van die sade), koljandersade, gemmerpoeier








Tonight I had dinner with my friend Elrich. Not only is he an Afrikaner and a vegetarian, he's also a third-generation lifelong vegetarian o.O! Surprising, isn't it? Naturally, he loves Indian food, the most vegetarian-friendly cuisine in the world in my opinion.

Here's what we had:

Palak Paneer (Indian cheese with creamy spinach sauce)
Jeera Aloo (cumin potatoes)
Mirch Pulao (rice with sweet peppers)
Lahsun Papad (garlic-lentil crisps)
Mango Chutney
Lime Chutney
White Wine - Some sommeliers recommend red wine for Indian food, but white is our preference. The sweetness and delicate flavor of the wine and the strong spices of the food are a wonderful combination. Give it a try!

None of the spices were repeated in the three main dishes :).

Plate 1 - Jeera Aloo (cumin potatoes): cumin seeds, garlic powder, black cardamom, cinnamon powder, mango powder

Plate 2 - Mirch Pulao (rice with bell peppers): fennel seeds, nigella, bay leaves, fenugreek seeds, hing, star anise

Plate 3 - Palak Paneer (Indian cheese with spinach sauce): green cardamom, black mustard seeds, fenugreek leaves (very different flavor from the seeds), coriander (the seeds of the cilantro plant), ginger powder

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Meer Indiese kos

More Indian Food

Ek leer nog steeds my vriend Chris hoe om Indiese kos te kook. Vandag het ons die volgende voorberei:

Achari baingan (eiervrug in piekelspeserye; ek gebruik vinkel en nigella)
Aloo tikki (gekruide aartappel patties)
Dal (lensiebredie)
Jeera chawal (komynrys)










I'm still teaching my friend Chris how to cook Indian food. Today, we prepared the following:

Achari baingan (eggplant in pickling spices - I use fennel and nigella)
Aloo tikki (spiced potato patties)
Dal (lentil stew)
Jeera chawal (cumin rice)

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Sterkte-oefening

Strength Training

Ek het onlangs 'n nuwe stertke-oefening roetine begin. Ek het nie geweet die klein maar baie belangrike verskil tussen die frases "om gewig op te tel" en "om gewigte op te tel" nie. Ek het 'n paar vriende vertel dat ek die eerste gedoen het, maar ek het die tweede bedoel. Selfs al is die twee nie wedersyds uitsluitend nie, het die eerste frase dieselfde konnotasie in Engels en beteken gewoonlik om vet te raak. Oops!

I recently started a new strength training regimen. I didn't know the small, but very important distinction between the phrases "gaining weight" and "lifting weights." I told a few friends that I was doing the first, but I meant the second! Even though the two aren't mutually exclusive, the first phrase has the same connotation in English and usually means getting fat. Oops!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Vra nie, vertel nie

Don't Ask, Don't Tell

Vandag is die eerste amptelike dag van die nuwe Amerikaanse militêre beleid sonder "Don't Ask, Don't Tell". My pa was in die weermag en het 'n paar gay soldate geken. Dit was nie 'n groot kwessie nie. Soos hulle sê, "you don't have to be straight to shoot straight." Straf onprofesionele gedrag, nie sexualiteit nie. Vir al die soldate daar buite, straight of gay, dankie vir jou diens aan ons land!

Hier is 'n vid van 'n Amerikaanse soldaat wat aan sy pa uitkom.
Are you surprised?

Today is the first official day of the new US Military policy without "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." My father was in the army and knew a few gay soldiers. It wasn't a big deal. As they say, "you don't have to be straight, to shoot straight." Punish unprofessional conduct, not sexuality. For all the soldiers out there, straight or gay, thank you for your service to our country!

Here is a video from an American soldier coming out to his father.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Baie amandels

Lots of Almonds

Gewoonlik hier in Kalifornië wissel amandels van $7 tot $14 per pond, maar ek het onlangs 'n goeie afslag gevind. Die amandels wat ek gekoop het was net $4 per pond! Ek moes 10 pond koop vir die afslag, maar dis nie 'n probleem nie.

Amandels is baie gesond en het goeie vet, vitamien E, fiber en proteïen. Noudat ek weer gewigte optel, probeer ek om meer dinge soos amandels te eet in plaas van gemorskos soos Doritos. Ek probeer ook om minder soyaprodukte te vebruik. Soya kan gesond wees, maar matigheid is die beste, veral vir manne te wyte aan die plantoestrogenen wat dit bevat. Ek eet nog tofu en is lief vir dinge soos tubu chorim, 'n gekruide Koreaanse tofu dis, maar ek begin om amandelmelk te drink eerder as soya.

Amandelmelk klink soos 'n moderne uitvinding, maar dit was eintlik 'n belangrike bestanddeel in die kombuise van Middeleeuse Europa en die Midde-Ooste. Ek gebruik altyd amandelmelk vir die saffraansous van navrattan korma, een van my gunsteling Indiese geregte, maar ek het dit selde uit die karton gedrink. Egter het ek onlangs "Silk Almond Milk" probeer. Dis baie goed op sigself en het my geïnspireer om dit tuis te maak. Met 10 pond van amandels, sal ek genoeg hê!

Usually here in California, almonds range from $7 to $14 a pound, but I recently found a good discount. The almonds that I bought were only $4 a pound! I had to buy 10 pounds for the discount, but that isn't a problem.

Almonds are very healthy and contain good fats, vitamin E, fiber, and protein. Now that I'm lifting weights again, I'm trying to eat more things like almonds instead of junkfood like Doritos. I'm also trying to consume less soy products. Soy can be healthy, but moderation is best, especially for men due to the phytoestrogens it contains. I still eat tofu and love things like tubu chorim, a spicy Korean tofu dish, but I'm starting to drink almond milk instead of soy.

Almond milk sounds like a modern invention, but it was actually an important ingredient in the kitchens of Medieval Europe and the Mideast. I always use almond milk for the saffron sauce of navrattan korma, one of my favorite Indian dishes, but I rarely drank it out of the carton. However, I recently tried "Silk Almond Milk." It's really good by itself and has inspired me to make it at home. With 10 pounds of almonds, I'll have enough!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Rajma Masala, Veggie Pakoras, & Haldi Chawal

Ek het onlangs verhuis van die Outer Sunset na Ingleside. Die afgelope naweek het ek eindelik my eerste Indiese ete by die nuwe woonstel gekook. Ek raak nog gewoond aan die elektriese stoof, dus was die rys 'n bietjie "al dente" ;). Ek kan nie ook my potjie vir diepbraai gebruik nie, maar dis nie 'n groot probleem nie.

My vriend Justin was my sous chef en ons het saam met my nuwe kamermaats Jessi en Alex geëet. Na aandete het ons na "Nina's Heavenly Delights" gekyk, 'n oulike Skotse Indiese fliek. Ek het ook 'n derde kamermaat, Rick, maar hy het op dié aand vorige planne gehad. Egter het ek seker gemaak dat hy oorskiet kos gekry!

I recently moved from the Outer Sunset to Ingleside. This past weekend, I finally cooked my first Indian meal at the new apartment. I'm still getting accustomed to the electric stove, so the rice was a little "al dente" ;). I also can't use my potjie for deep-frying, but that's not a big problem.

My friend Justin was my sous chef and we ate with my new roommates Jessi and Alex. After dinner, we watched "Nina's Heavenly Delights," a cute Scottish-Indian flick. I also have a third roommate, Rick, but he had previous plans that night. However, I made sure he got leftovers!












Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Nederlandse en Vlaamse meesterwerke

Dutch and Flemish Masterworks

Verlede naweek het ek die Nederlandse en Vlaamse meesterwerke van die Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo collectie by die SF Legion of Honor Museum gesien. Ek het saam met my Afrikaanssprekende vriend Elrich gegaan.

Die uitstalling was fantasties. Al die kunswerke was pragtig, maar my gunsteling was "Figures in a Snowstorm" deur Aert van der Neer. Dit was nie foto-realisties soos baie van die ander skilderye nie, maar die aandag aan detail was besonders, veral die sneeu en wind. Die hele collectie was baie indrukwekkend en dit was 'n voorreg om dit te sien!

Vir middagete het Elrich en ek Pagan Restaurant toe gegaan. Dit beteken nie die Engelse woord "pagan" nie, maar eerder is vernoem na 'n antieke stad in Birma. Die restaurant het ook Thai kos, maar ons albei het Birmaanse geregte bestel. Birmaanse kos smaak soos 'n kombinasie van Thai en Indiese kos. Dit was lekker!

Last weekend, I saw the Dutch and Flemish Masterworks from the Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo Collection at the SF Legion of Honor Museum. I went with my Afrikaans-speaking friend Elrich.

The exhibit was fantastic. All the works of arts were beautiful, but my favorite was "Figures in a Snowstorm" by Aert van der Neer. It wasn't photo-realistic like many of the other paintings, but the attention to detail was extraordinary, especially the snow and wind. The entire collection was very impressive and it was a privilege to see it!

For lunch, Elrich and I went to Pagan Restaurant. It doesn't mean the English word "pagan", but is named for an ancient city in Burma instead. The restaurant also has Thai food, but we both ordered Burmese dishes. Burmese food tastes like a combination of Thai and Indian food. It was great!

Monday, August 08, 2011

Groentesop en pistachio burfi

Vegetable Soup and Indian Pistachio Cardamom Fudge

Dit is 'n baie maklike sop wat ek van my gewese vriend Doug geleer het. Vars groente, lensies en bruinrys gekruide met roosmaryn, tiemie, basilie en salie is 'n heerlike kombinasie. Op die ingewing van die oomblik het ek ook Indiese pistasie burfi gemaak wat een van my gunsteling nageregte is.

This is a really easy soup that I learned from my ex, Doug. Fresh vegetables, lentils, and brown rice seasoned with rosemary, thyme, basil, and sage is a delicious combination. On a whim, I also made Indian pistachio burfi, which is one of my favorite desserts.





















Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Middagete draf / Lunchtime Jog

Na 'n beenbesering, het ek 'n paar maande gelede draf gestop. Ek het baie gewig aangesit, maar ek kon net nie tyd vind om te oefen nie. Ek is nie 'n oggendmens nie en ek is te moeg na werk. Dus het ek besluit aan om teen middagete tyd te draf aangesien daar 'n funksionele stort by die werk is. Alhoewel kon ek (alhoewel ek kon?) 'n rukkie terug 4.5 myl draf, kon ek vandag net 0.8 myl doen. Ten spyte daarvan, voel ek baie goed! Ek hoop ek kan daarvan 'n gewoonte maak!

After a leg injury, I stopped jogging for a few months. I put on a lot of weight, but I just couldn't find time to exercise. I'm not a morning person and I'm too tired after work. So I decided to jog at lunchtime since there's a functional shower at work. Although I could jog 4.5 miles a while back, today I could only do 0.8 miles. Regardless, I feel great! I hope I can make it a habit!

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Shabbat Falafel

Gisteraand was my kamermaat se welkom terug van Israel Birthright Shabbat partytjie. Ek is lief vir falafel, dus het ek dit vir die geleentheid gemaak. Ek het dié resep gebruik, behalwe sonder die koringmeel. Tuisgemaakte falafel is lekker!














Last night was my roommate's welcome back from Israel Birthright Shabbat party. I love falafel, so I made it for the occasion. I used this recipe, except without the wheat flour. Homemade falafel is awesome!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Jai Ho

Ek leer my vriend Chris hoe om Indiese kos te maak soos my vriendin Nikita in Boston (nou Londen) het baie jare gelede vir my gedoen. Eerste het Chris 'n Indiese kookkuns 'starter pack' nodig gehad. Daar was een probleem. Die enigste Indiese kruidenierswinkel wat ek in San Francisco geken het, was Bombay Bazar in die Mission wat nie meer in die besigheid :(. Die meeste Indiese bestanddele is ook beskikbaar by organic kruidenierswinkels soos Other Avenues, maar die speserye is gewoonlik duurder. Gelukkig het ons van Jai Ho naby Japantown uitgevind.

Ten eerste was Chris en ek 'n bietjie verdwaal. Die straatadres van die winkel was op Fillmore, maar ons kon dit nie vind nie. Uiteindelik het ons 'n Jai Ho teken gesien wat om die hoek gewys het. Dit was aan die ander kant van die winkelsentrum. Dit was baie kleiner as Bombay Bazaar, maar het alles gehad wat ons nodig gehad het! Hier is die bestanddele wat ons gekoop het:



En hier is 'n paar foto's van die aandete van matar paneer (Indiese kaas met groenertjies) en jeera chawal (komynrys).







Jai Ho is ook die naam van hierdie liedjie van die fliek Slumdog Millionaire en beteken 'mag oorwinning joune wees'.

I'm teaching my friend Chris how to cook Indian food, like my friend Nikita in Boston (now London) did for me many years ago. First, Chris needed an Indian cuisine "starter pack." There was one problem. The only Indian grocery store that I knew of in San Francisco was Bombay Bazar in the Mission, which is no longer in business :(. Most Indian ingredients are also available at organic grocery stores like Other Avenues, but the spices are usually more expensive. Fortunately we found out about Jai Ho near Japantown.

At first, Chris and I were a little lost. The street address of the store was on Fillmore, but we couldn't find it. Finally we saw a Jai Ho sign that pointed around the corner. It was on the other side of the shopping center. It was much smaller than Bombay Bazar, but had everything we needed! Here are the ingredients we bought:

And here's the dinner of matar paneer (Indian cheese and green peas) and jeera chawal (cumin rice).

Jai Ho is also the name of this song from the film Slumdog Millionaire and means "may victory be yours."