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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Zen of Cooking

I recently watched the movie “How to cook your life”. It’s features a zen practitioner and acclaimed chef Edward Brown, also, author of "The Tassajara Bread Book", a main reference book for aspiring bread bakers.

Over the last few years, I become a great chef because I am an athlete, teacher, and health nut. I realize it’s almost impossible to eat healthy but delegating your meals to fast food restaurants and processed quick grocery store meals.

I am not a French chef with an extremely fancy presentation, but I am great at making flavorful, healthy meals from scratch.

I see many similarities between cooking and karate like the Japanese viewed a similarity between calligraphy and swordsmanship. In fact, I view the preparation of food as part of my Martial Arts Training.

Here’s some steps to get the most out of cooking and to experience it’s almost zen like quality…

Cook with all basic ingredients – Instead of buying a mix to make pancakes, I make my pancakes using flour, baking powder, eggs, etc. This ensures that I know exactly what goes into my food. If you use basic ingredients, your grocery bill goes down dramatically as the nutritional value rises. I found this out during my food stamp challenge last year. Also, you will experience less food waste because you can make such a variety of foods from a few ingredients. For example, with flour, eggs and yeast, you can make pancakes, pasta, pizza crust, and bread instead of buying each individually.

Focus on technique – Most people complain that cooking takes too long, but if you focus on improving your cooking techniques, you can reduce the time to less than running out to get a pizza. I’ve practiced my knife cutting skills so I can cut as fast and safely as a professional chef.

Simple cooking tools – I stick with simple tools and no fancy gadgets. I use one sharp knife for all my preparation. If you hone your knife cutting skills, you become so efficient that a Slap Chop becomes unnecessary. It’s also less tools you need to clean up.

Mind like the water – When I cook, I get so engrossed that everything else tends to melt away. In the Martial Arts, we call it mushin. Mushin is when our mind is totally still. Like undisrupted body of water, we can clearly see our reflection on the surface.

Taste your food – Don’t just blindly make recipes. I really taste the food that I cook and make changes to the recipe according to my taste. Once you fine tune your palette, your food will become extremely flavorful. Once you get to this point, friends and family will notice it and they’ll give positive comments about your cooking. I have a Lemon Garlic Shrimp that I continued to adjust to my taste. I am constantly asked to bring them with me to friend’s parties.

Sensei Tim Rosanelli
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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Homemade Low Calorie Hot Chocolate.

Here's a fun, low calorie way to make hot chocolate just in time for the holidays.

Ingredients
1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa
3 packets Splenda
1 cup Milk

Put cocoa, Splenda, and milk in a small saucepan. Heat slowly on stove while stirring. Remove from heat when hot but before it boils. Serve in your favorite mug.

Yum!

Sensei Tim Rosanelli
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Monday, December 14, 2009

Free Online Books Through Bucks County Library


I found this cool resource that I had to share with everyone. I read lots of books. I am on a course of constant and never-ending improvement and books prove me with the perfect outlet for improvement.

Bucks County Public Library has something called a power library that allows you to view and read books online. It just requires a library card and log on access to their website.

Sensei Tim Rosanelli
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Thursday, December 10, 2009

3 Great ~ and Interesting Way for Individual Training

Individual training is a great way to boost your karate skill, but it’s also the most difficult to motivate someone to do. With a little creativity and variety, you can stay motivated and in shape.

As a karate instructor, the majority of my training is individual because during classes, I need to teach. I learn many tricks to keep motivated.

Here’s three of my favorite exercises that vary your training enough to stay interesting.
Building Combinations – This exercise requires a heavy bag. Each round is about 3 minutes. Start with one technique and perform it for 30 seconds into the heavy bag. Add another technique every 30 second until the 3 minutes are up. For example, Jab for 30 seconds, then Jab/ Cross for the next 30 seconds. Next, make it a Jab/ Cross/ Hook for 30 seconds, etc. After the 3 minutes, rest for 1 minute and repeat on the another side.

Tabata – The tabata is an interval training that provides infinite training opportunities. The method is 20 seconds of intense exercise followed by 10 seconds of rest for eight sets or rounds. You can do eight sets of the same exercise or create a circuit. An example circuit could be Jump roping, squat thrusts, heavy bag, pushups, done twice.

Rate the intensity Kata – Pick one kata to perform 6 times. If you were going to rate the intensity from 1 to 10 (1 low intensity and 10 high intensity), perform the first set at a 5 intensity level(the intensity of a walk). Each set increase the by one i.e. 6, 7, 8, 9, up to 10. At 10, perform the kata with an all out effort.

Sensei Tim Rosanelli
Maximum Impact Karate
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