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Month: April, 2014

Recipe: Chicken Quesadillas

Quesadillas are delicious and quite easy to make.  The method that we use has been asked for in the past, so I thought I’d post it here as well.

INGREDIENTS:

  • flour tortillas
  • 1 medium or large avocado
  • 1/2 sweet onion
  • 4-5 medium or large white mushrooms
  • 2-3 medium or large chicken breasts
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic
  • cheese
  • cranberry sauce
  • 2 tsp. of Grapeseed oil

ASSEMBLY REQUIRED:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 176 degrees Celsius (or 350 degrees Fahrenheit since Canada can’t make up its mind on if we like Metric or Imperial).
  2. Coat baking dish in 1 tsp. of grapeseed oil, place chicken breasts in dish.
  3. Cook chicken breasts 20 minutes, flip over, cook for another 20 minutes.
  4. Coat large fry-pan with 1 tsp. of grapeseed oil, turn element on low.
  5. Slice mushrooms, dice onions, and add to pre-heated fry-pan.  Crush garlic over onions and mushrooms, stir with spatula.
  6. Halve avocado, remove pit.  Scoop each half with a spoon out of the skin.  Slice or chunk avocado.
  7. Grate cheese
  8. Dice or slice chicken when cooked
  9. Place large fry-pan on the same element you cooked the onions and mushrooms on
  10. Spread a tablespoon of cranberry sauce over the tortilla.
  11. Spread grated cheese over half of the surface area of tortilla.
  12. Add chicken slices/chunks to the half that contains the cheese.
  13. Add avocado slices/chunks on top of the chicken.
  14. Add mushroom/onions on top of the avocado.
  15. Spread grated cheese over the mushroom/onions.
  16. Fold the empty half of the tortilla over top.
  17. Place carefully into the fry-pan.
  18. Flip after 3-4 minutes.
  19. After each side is browned, remove from pan and place onto a plate.
  20. Cut quesadilla into thirds.

The recipe makes 4-5 quesadillas for us.  If your fry-pan has a large enough circumference, you can place two quesadillas in it to be browned.  The “flavour” of tortillas remains up to you, we generally stick to whole wheat.  You can also marinate your chicken breasts for added flavour.  The chicken can be sliced/diced and simply pan-fried if desired, but oven-cooking them allows them to remain juicier and more tender.  We also choose the whole cranberry sauce instead of the jellied version.

They are deceptively filling, and uber delicious!

–Kiyoshi “The Prototype”
Your #1 Canadian eh?

P.S. I’ll take suggestions on how to streamline my recipes (if required)

 

 

Hurpy Eurster Der!

Happy Easter Monday to all my friends, family, and followers!

–Kiyoshi “The Prototype”
Your #1 Canadian eh?

P.S. Thus, Happy Good Friday, I hope it was Great Friday!

Transitions

After today I have one last project due, and then finals.  This semester has flown by, but I’ve felt in control the whole way through.  I could attribute that control to an easier course load, or better groups for projects, or having a stable pillar of love in my life.  Or maybe it’s because I’m working my way up to veteran status for post secondary.

There is almost a night-and-day difference between my first semester and my second semester.  I’m taking immediate control of more things to get them done sooner, learning from harsh lessons.  There are fewer scary concepts, like APA referencing.  I would say that I have Sports Science courses – both required to graduate and the electives – pretty much in the bag.  I have a core group of professors that I will look for first, and several friends who are reliable for group projects and attendance that I will try to coordinate classes with.

Next semester will introduce some new things to me: non-Sports Science “electives”, such as English and Philosophy, and learning on two difference campuses.

The fall semester will likely introduce me to a heavier course load.  I may also be splitting time between courses required for my diploma, and courses required for my degree, and hopefully they aren’t mutually inclusive.  (By the way, is “mutually inclusive” even a thing?  Or is it just accepted as unspoken if mutually exclusive isn’t brought up?)

For now, I need to polish my paper on “Million Dollar Baby” and criminal violence in sports.  To MS WORD!

–Kiyoshi “The Prototype”
Your #1 Canadian eh?

Review: VHTS’ G1 BJJ Gi

Very recently I purchased a G1 gi from VHTS via BJJHQ.com, and I don’t know if I could be any more pleased.

First, BJJHQ has a deal every 24 hours on gear and apparel related to jiu-jitsu.  Every month or so they hold a 20-minute rolling deal.  They have limited quantities for each deal, so if you’re a normal size (i.e. medium, large, A2, or A3, etc.) then you need to jump on it quickly.  There are some good deals that have introduced me to companies I wouldn’t have otherwise found.

Next, VHTS is short for Very Hard to Submit.  They are a company based out of New York, established in 2013, dedicated to high-quality affordable products.  Sure, they’re new, and come amid the metric tonne of other companies that opened their doors recently, but I personally see their designs and fit as something that puts them above their competition.

Let’s list the G1’s tech specs:

White G1 Jiu-Jitsu Kimono (size A2)

Jacket:

  • 550G pearl weave 100% cotton pre-shrunk fabric
  • A label which you can write down your affiliation and name.

Pants:

  • Ripstop single weave 100% cotton
  • Pre-shrunk fabric stretching round draw string
  • Gusset with pearl weave fabric the same as the jacket material

Prototype’s Pros:

  • Style: The G1 is subtle, with grey contrast stitching, a grey ribbon running down the right lapel, and a black ribbon running down the left lapel (and apparently those ribbons make collar grips difficult, so that’s a bonus eh?).  It has logos embroidered on the left and right arms, at the approximate location of the biceps/triceps brachii.
  • Weight: I weighed the G1 at 3 pounds, tying it for lightest in my arsenal.  This will allow me a little more wiggle room for competitions.
  • Fit: It exists!  A narrow jacket width with sufficient length, sleeves that aren’t reaching for the stars, and pants that are excellent in length and not excessively baggy.  And this after being cycled through the stash twice (and thus washed twice).
  • Feel: This is my first time with ripstop pants, and right now they feel light and effortless when moving, even after being all sweaty.  Standard pants tend to stick at the knees.  I’m familiar with the pearl weave, but for some reason this weave feels a lot nicer to the touch.
  • Price: I bought it from BJJHQ for $100 plus shipping, and the normal VHTS price is $120, so it is still affordable

Prototype’s Cons:

  • I don’t have any for the product itself, I’ve gotten over my mild fear of having white Gis (though I swear people bleed when I have a white Gi, and no other time)

Overall thoughts on VHTS.com:

  • Affordable: their most expensive Gi is their very fancy-looking Galaxy, which features a partial inner lining of rashguard material sublimated with stars and nebulae of our galaxy.  Their most inexpensive Gi the Azure classic, coming in at just $91!
  • Customer service: their employees are prompt, polite, and helpful (I need to find a synonym that begins with ‘p’ for helpful).
  • Style: their styles and colours are perhaps a tad unusual, but not boisterous or downright disgusting.  You’ll be noticeable in a crowd, but in a good way (not a “my white gi is yellowed all over” or “I assembled my gi like Mr. Potato Head, but in the dark and didn’t look at it until I got to the tournament” way, but rather “eye-catching but subtle” way).

Where the Prototype feels improvement could be used:

  • Place their sizing chart on their website.  A minor gripe, especially since I first got in contact with VHTS for that reason.  They sent me their chart, but also offered their personal assistance for finding a size based on my dimensions.  This goes back to their customer service.
  • Provide an inside shot of their Gi jackets.  This is primarily for the Galaxy since it has that partial rashguard lining, and also proves that I’m picking at the finest of details.

I told myself that I wouldn’t buy myself any more Gis since I have five already, with a sixth on the way, but their Galaxy is damn sexy looking.  Fortunately they offer No-Gi gear, and some apparel to tide me over.  All in all, I really like what I see with VHTS,  I definitely like what I know about their G1, and I will continue to support them!

You can find VHTS on:

For now, I have another Gi that needs some patches sewn on!

–Kiyoshi “The Prototype”
Your #1 Canadian eh?