Hearty Meals for Winter: Koshari

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Koshari is one of my favorite comfort food, specially in the winter time. It’s a perfect #meatlessmonday dish, meatless but full of flavors and textured dish.

Ingredients:

For the Rice

  • 2 cups of brown rice
  • 1 cup of green lentils
  • 1/4 cup of angel hair pasta / spaghettini
  • 1 cup of macaroni
  • 1/4 chopped large onion
  • salt to taste
  • 2 tablespoons of  sunflower oil

For lightly caramelized onions

  • 3/4 chopped large onion for the lightly caramelized onions
  •  High heat oil as needed

For the sauce

  • 500 gr tomato puree
  • half fresh red chili pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1/4 liter of water
  • 2 tablespoons of  sunflower oil
  • salt to taste

Please see how to make koshari down below.

 

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Vlogging equipment: You want to be the Team Overkill… seriously?

Ok,  I admit, I subscribe to this guy YT channel and every time he goes to a camera store, I drool. He buys and changes expensive lenses / cameras just like eating pizzas (often and too many). Riding a lambo, yacht or heli to make  footages become ordinary things for him and when he announced that he will be hiring for his team overkill, 2000+ people applied… o my.. I guess we all want a taste of luxuries.

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That being said, I still agree with  Casey Neistat that gear doesn’t matter. As a creator of course I want the top tier gear and gadgets, but as an aspiring minimalist I have to go back to what I really need at this particular point in time (I try to not chopped an apple with an axe, so to speak).

Here are my beginner movie making main gear and why I chose them:

Camera: Canon 60D (it has the flip screen, good face auto focus, and can shoot HD) you can buy it here:

Splurge option: Canon 80D  (US), http://amzn.to/2jq4TVN (UK) or http://amzn.to/2kNlHGn (EU).

Lens: Tamron 28 – 75mm, F:2.8 macro (good depth of field reach) you can buy it here:

Splurge optionCanon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Standard Zoom Lens (US), http://amzn.to/2kmO8K6 (UK) or http://amzn.to/2kLThZZ (EU).

Tripod: Peter Hadley Equipment  (light weight, perfect height, multiple functions)

Splurge option: Manfrotto MVH500AH Lightweight Fluid Video System with Bag  (US), http://amzn.to/2jqjdNV (UK) or http://amzn.to/2knsR38 (EU).

Lighting: YONGNUO Pro LED Video Light (dimmable cheap light, small easy to mount and carry) you can buy it here:

Splurge option: http://amzn.to/2jqTXaf (US), http://amzn.to/2kmDCCK (UK) or http://amzn.to/2jqdF6b (EU).

Microphone: Rode VideoMicro  (small, light, no battery and windshield included)

Splurge option: Rode VMGO Video Mic GO Lightweight On-Camera (US), http://amzn.to/2kcJo7V (UK), http://amzn.to/2kcMdpz (EU)

 

What’s in My Makeup Bag: Only 6 items (Glasses Wearer).

Summer nearly ends, I don’t know what it is but this time of year always makes me reflect on my past. Normally it wouldn’t get me this heavy, but for some reason I felt tired. Tired of my messy house (no matter how hard I tried to tidy things up it always looks messy). I was also tired of always racing against the time (so little time, so many things to do). I was simply tired of everything.

To address the problem, the optimist side of me turned to the first and foremost source of “how-to knowledge”, Mr.Google… and yes i’m late again, I just found out about The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying-up” of Marie Kondo.

One thing led to another after doing the Konmari methode, I’m now in my journey to minimalist-landia. I’ve been around the world wide web long enough that  ZenHabits and The Minimalist are not completely new readings for me, yet somehow now I finally get them.

So I’m going to dedicated the blog to my journey of better living and we start with makeup 🙂 .

The story of makeup hoarder to a minimalist. You know my type, I’ve kept my cosmetic items long after their shelf life. Tons of mascaras…volume, lengthens, waterproof, brown, black, blue, glittered etc…and samples… o…my, I don’t even like most of them, just because they were “free”??? Brushes… where do I start, one face so many brushes, I usually end up using my fingers anyhow.

After a long afternoon, I’ve narrowed my collection to 6 piece of cosmetics, 2 brushes and a small make up bag. My ultimate hack is the BB cream, yup, 7 in one baby 🙂 . I use blush for eye shadows and contouring, eyeliner for eyelids and eyebrows.

Part of being minimalist is also becoming more conscious of my choice of  make up, I use now only natural / bio cosmetics. NeoBio is my new favorite, they are gentle and affordable (I really like them, not being paid).

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