I definitely love cooking and baking, but don't always get the time to do it. And on the rare occasion I do, it doesn't always come out looking so picture perfect. But that won't stop me from posting up pictures so you can see my successes and failures. After all we can't all be professionals. So if you have trouble finding your inner Martha Stewart, you'll enjoy the mistakes I make.
I made my own Tomato Choka for the first time. I missed having it the way my ex's grandma cooked it with bake. Just too delicious for words. All the recipes I looked up called for broiling or roasting the tomatoes and then peeling the skin off and mashing them with spices and garlic. I do not have access or patience for any of those methods so I did it my own way.
- Fresh whole tomato
- Chili Powder (optional)
- Pepper Sauce (optional)
- Olive Oil
I took a nice ripe beefsteak tomato and cut up into small pieces, skin and all. I'm not one to waste anything if I can help it. I put a very small bit of olive oil in a frying pan - just enough so the tomato doesn't stick - over low/medium heat. I went ahead and chopped up some garlic and onions really fine. (After I did all of this I felt so stupid because the food processor was staring me in the face, but sometimes you just need to get your hands dirty. The knife work gets me in the zone!) When the pan and oil were hot, I threw in the tomato, garlic, and onions and let it simmer down. While that was going, I seasoned it with chilli powder, hot pepper sauce, a little salt and black pepper. This part is entirely up to you. I remembered her choka being nice and spicy, so I added these in. You can add whatever spices you want, even jalapenos or other hot peppers if you're that brave.
After about 10 minutes (stirring every so often, uncovered) it was done. It was just as good as any tomato choka I have ever had. Normally it is served with roti or bake, but it can be served with pita, crackers, rice, or added to a meal as a sauce - whichever you prefer. I ate the choka with some Excelsior water crackers for breakfast and was as good as ever. Sorry for the lack of pictures here. Next time I make it I will add some in. My kitchen wasn't picture worthy. :(
I've been trying to go to the gym and exercise more, but it's hard. After work when I go to the gym I'm so dead I don't want to stay long and I feel like I end up wasting my time. I want to maximize my workout potential for the short time I'm there. My cousin suggested HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) workouts because you can do a full body in 20-30 minutes. According to Wikipedia "Usual HIIT sessions may vary from 4–30 minutes. These short, intense workouts provide improved athletic capacity and condition, improved glucose metabolism, and improved fat burning." It's pretty much non stop movement with warmup, a mix of moderate/high intensity exercises, and cool down.
I tried doing this video at home last week and I couldn't even do the whole thing. I was really ashamed of myself :( I have been slowly building up to being able to do the whole thing without stopping, but I am not quite there. I try to do this on the weekends, and when I don't make it to the gym, and so far I only slacked off one day. I can tell you it DEFINITELY gets my heart rate up and I am (sadly) super winded at the end. Trust me, I feel the burn! I can see myself getting in shape with this video.
There are so many variations of HIIT workouts, for now I am sticking to the basic ones. But there are some other ones I'm looking at to help work out my core and lower body. Still going to bench press for those pecs! Eventually one day I can do a pull up without assistance. I'm not trying to be a model, just healthier.
What about you? What workouts/exercises do you find to be the most effective?