Plov

Hi guys,

today I have a delicious recipe from my homeland for you. There are a lot of different variations of this recipe, especially depending on the country and area.  I show you the variation we make where I come from and which my mom teached me.

Ingredients:

about 450g of pork meat
oil
5-6 onions
6 carrots
about 450g rice
boiled water
salt

First prepare all of your ingredients, so that you don´t get stressed later. First cut the meat into pieces, but not to small. Then half the onions and cut them all into stripes.

Now peel the carrots, wash them and also cut them into slim stripes.

Prepare the rice by washing it thoroughly in cold water, until water is clear.

Also prepare enough boiled water, a full kettle should be enough.
Now we can start. Put enough oil into a medium sized pan and preheat it.  Brown the meat, salt it and then remove it from the pan.

Now saute the onions until they get slightly brown and also remove them from the pan. Maybe you have to add a bit oil again. Do the same with the carrots. After removing the carrots from the pan, you have to act very fast. Put the meat into the pan again, layer the onions onto the meat and the carrots onto the onions. Now put the rice on the top of all and fill the pan with the boiled water, until the water is about 1cm over the rice.  Flavour the water on the surface with salt, but be careful, that you don´t mix all the ingredients. Boil it up on the highest level and then change to the lowest heat and close the lid. Let the “Plov” now cook on the lowest heat for about 45 minutes. Don´t forget to set your timer. When the time is over, turn the heat off and mix all together in the pan. Done!

There are many things which are typical to eat together with Plov, for example russian pickled tomatoes, pickled chillies or a hot sauce with tomatoes. This time we ate Plov with the hot sauce. Here is the recipe:

Put 3 cans of tomatoes in cans into a bowl. Take as much garlic as you like and press it, I think I took about 4 garlic gloves. Now add salt and about 1 tbsp of Sambal oilek (chillie paste). Chop a whole bunch of fresh coreander and add it. If you don´t like coreander you can do it without, but coreander tastes great and is very healthy. That´s it, now enjoy your plov and think about me everytime you eat it 🙂

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Karolinas workout #2

Hi guys,

today I have a great cardio workout for you which is only 12 minutes long. You don´t need any equipment, except an interval timer. Set your timer for 18 rounds and two intervals of 10 seconds and 30 seconds. The 10 seconds are rest and the 30 seconds are work.

Here are the exercises and my scores:

Jumping Jacks:
33, 33, 33, 33, 33, 34
Jump Squats:
24, 24, 24, 23, 24, 25
High Knees:
92, 92, 94, 93, 95, 97

Try to beat me, but don´t forget to keep proper form!

Best,
Karolina

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Monkey dance

Hi guys, this summer we made a trip to Berlin. It was awesome! As everybody knows, one of the most interesting sights is the “Siegessäule”. To get there you have to go through a tunnel. The cool thing about this tunnel is, that there are light effects, when somebody moves. So I decided to dance for you 🙂 … I wanted to dance like a ballerina, but honestly I have to say, that it looks like a monkey dance…


Regards,
Karolina

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Fail…

Sometimes it´s hard to be perfect…    😉

Karolina

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Balance Ball Challenge for Sixpack

Hi guys,

today I have a great challenge for you. It´s so great for your abs, your obliques and also your arms. I had sore abs for 3 days 🙂 This challenge is really hard, but don´t give up. After finishing this challenge you will feel great and proud of yourself! Our goal is to complete 100 reps of this exercise. But you can split the 100 reps as much as you need. Please remember to keep proper form. I explained the whole challenge in my video. Have fun, believe in yourself and don´t give up!
My time for this challenge was 7:02. And please don´t forget your stretching after the workout, it´s really important!


All the best,

Karolina

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Salad with bacon and egg

Ingredients:

Mixed Salad
1 tomato
1/2 cucumber
1/2 red onion
some slices of bacon
1 hard boiled egg
radish scions
1tbsp vinegar
2tbsp olive oil
1tsp mustard

First roast the bacon until it´s crunchy. Let it cool down.  Hard-boil the egg for 10 minutes. Meanwhile wash the salad and all the veggies. Pluck the salad leaves and put them on a plate. Now chop the tomato, cucumber and onion and put them on the plucked salad. Stir the vinegar with the olive oil and mustard and pour the vinegrette over the salad. Now sprinkle the bacon over the salad and arrange the egg. Finally sprinkle the radish scions over the top. This is the first time I tried radish scions, they have a slightly spicy taste and they are very healthy because they are cleansing the blood. I loved them. Give it a try!

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Bike tour over the distance of 143km…

Hi guys,
2 weeks ago we did our second bigger bike tour this year.

Here you can see our route:


It was about 143km long, but it was quite hard, because the weather was really bad. It was cold and it rained all day long. Thats why it was impossible to make some pictures for you. But I managed to do a photo of my friend Hans, when we were on the ferry to the other side of Lake Constance. Here you can see how Hans played act like in titanic 🙂

In june this year we did our first big trip and it was 200km long! That was so hard, the last 50km I thought I would really die. But we managed it and I found some great pictures with a wonderful view. We took the pictures in Bregenz/ Austria:

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Ground meat leek soup

Ingredients:

About 450g ground meat
2 leeks
4-5 carrots
4-5 potatoes
1,2l vegetable broth
150ml cream
2tbsp processed cheese

First chop all the veggies in small pieces (the potatoes in small cubes). Put about 1 tablespoon olive oil in a pot. Fry the ground meat, until it gets slightly brown. Add all the veggies and stir for another few minutes. Now add the vegetable broth and cook the soup, until the veggies get soft. Finally add the cream and flavour the soup with salt,pepper and the processed cheese. This soup is very easy to prepare!

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Working out outside…


Some of these exercises aren´t as easy as they seem… for example the one leg squat- it took me some time to practise it, but it´s worth it!

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My favorite Pancakes…

Ingredients:

3 eggs
100ml milk
200g yogurt
2tb sugar
1pinch salt
1packet baking powder
150g flour

First whip the eggs until they get creamy. Add milk, yogurt, sugar and salt and finally sift the baking powder and the flour into the mixture. Preheat a pan and put just a little bit of olive oil in it. Take a dipper now and make pancakes on the size of the palm of your hand. Bake them on a medium heat until you see bubbles on the surface, then turn the pancakes and bake until they get golden brown. I love to eat them with maple syrup!

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