Kettlebells, Shakespeare, and Stews

A bowl of North African bean stew with visible peppers, yogurt, and fennel fronds visible.

I had such a hard time working out from home in 2020. I bought a pull up bar, a pair of dumbbells, and a set of resistance bands, but I couldn’t get the habit of exercising to stick. I’ve been attending classes for so long that I didn’t really know how to work out on my own. But now that I’m vaccinated, I’ve started attending kettlebell classes at a nearby Muay Thai gym, and I’m feeling much stronger than I used to and I’m really enjoying it. I never really used kettlebells in the past, and it blows my mind how versatile this cannonball is.

I’ve been going out more often these days, too. Recently, I went out to see a live Shakespeare play for the first time called Pericles, Prince of Tyre. It was really fun to watch. The actors were so talented and animated. And it was free! It’s also impressive that they also did aerial gymnastics at the same time.

Clark Park before the show starts.
Clark Park before the show started.

Other than that, I got to make my favorite stew this week: North African bean stew. It’s pretty simple, but it does take a bit of time and requires a bit of mise en place. It’s definitely worth making, though.

A bowl of north african bean stew with visible peppers, yogurt, and fennel fronds visible.
A bowl of North African bean stew with visible peppers, yogurt, and fennel fronds visible.