As promised, I'm sharing some of the stuff I've been cooking up at home. Last week I made a big batch of broccoli beef. You can usually find this in a lot of Chinese restaurants. The nice thing about making this at home is that it really stretches your dollar. For about $10 (given that you already have the seasonings at home) you can feed an army! I scored some great rib eye and was impressed at how tender and delicious the dish turned out. I also like that my home made version is loaded with garlic and sauce, and lacks the excess oil that most restaurants load their food with. Take my word for it, it's pretty yummy and so easy to make!
I normally pair broccoli beef with plain rice. However, I had some extra brown rice that needed some TLC, so I made friend rice. I usually saute some veggies and olive oil together and then separate. For this batch, I opted for fresh (as opposed to generic frozen) mushrooms, carrots, and snow peas. From there, I saute garlic and onions with the rice and some olive oil. I try to make the rice as crisp (almost burnt) as possible. Then I fold the veggies and viola! At some point I season with soy sauce and black (or white) pepper. If feeling frisky, I'll add a touch of Maggi seasoning. I usually load my fried rice with veggies to make it lush. For example, I like to put three to four times as much fresh veggies than there is rice. That way, I get more quality volume out of my rice. Also, veggies shrink. Therefore, it's best to have more of that yummy goodness!
This weekend I visited two different sets of pals who were passing through town. My old college roomies Mary Anne and Francis (who are now married) took me out for tapas and ice cream. So good! Call me a narcissist, but I like to think that Mitchell's Ice Cream and I make a great couple. As in if we got married we'd make deliciously beautiful and unique ice cream. Ya think?! fathlete confession: I'm fascinated with Mitchell's because they import ingredients from the Philippines to make their tropical flavors. Seriously. Their stuff in amazing. Where else can you find genuine langka, ube, buko, and macapuno ice cream?! fathlete confession: I'm soooo Filipino like that! They even serve halo-halo! I bet it's yummy! I've only been there twice in my life. This is a good thing!
Four rounds of a light version of the WOD.
CrossFit One World WOD
Complete as many rounds as you can in 20 minutes of:
50 jump rope skips
10 box jumps (I did an 18" box for the first two rounds and then moved down to a 12" box)
Joanne's Final Count - 5 + 200 meter run
Notes (to myself) about this workout: This was a really bad WOD for me. In fact, it was a really bad day. I'm under a lot of pressure and I think it ended up manifesting itself in the WOD. It's no secret that box jumps are my achilles heel. In fact, I ended a previous WOD in tears because of it. Today was no different. My only saving grace was that tears and sweat look exactly the same.
In round three I had an anxiety attack of sorts. I had to stop the jump rope and move over to figure out my breathing. I don't know what happened exactly. It felt like my body couldn't decide if it wanted to finish or cry. So I started sucking air. I then realized that I couldn't breathe through my nose. It was all mouth and my chest locked up. After a short break. I continued. It sucked. I felt defeated.
Today just wasn't my day.
To make myself feel better, I'm going to post a video of Janet Jackson's performance at the VMA's. Talk all the shit you want. I LOVE Janet!