Culinary Experimentation

Thirteen days ago, I was struggling with eating Vegan. Now, I think I might be treading water. Friends of mine who have been Vegan for quite a while suggested I search various blogs for recipes. I found a great one on The Curious Chickpea. This recipe is for an Afghan Kidney Bean Curry. As usual, I didn’t have all of the ingredients and…in order to make sure that The Maternal Parental ate it too, I had to omit the onions, opting instead for using onion powder for flavoring.


May I just say that this recipe, despite the odds of being in my experimental hands, came out perfectly. It is a very versatile and forgiving dish when it comes to ingredient replacements.


Both The Maternal Parental and I loved this recipe very much. I’m really looking forward to perusing this blog for more recipes and information on Vegan cooking.

Proper Preparation…

…Prevents poor performance.


At least, I’ve heard that before.


I haven’t been doing too well on this front. My diet has been more “What is immediately available” rather than “Vegan”. I’ve done my level best to steer myself towards the Vegan options but where I am at present is not a Vegan friendly place. I’m working on getting a compromise going where non-Vegan food isn’t shoved in my face at every opportunity under the premise that I’m not eating healthy enough and “need” meat. I am hoping, now that I have a treasure trove of two Vegan cookbooks in my arsenal and have convinced the concerned party of the merits of a Vegan diet, that I can finally live in peace without having food laced with animal product offered to me at nearly every turn.

Considering my history of living in food deserts and having a painful stomach ulcer, this is not necessarily a devastating problem to endure. Nevertheless, I do want to be Vegan.


As it stands, I am saving up so I can buy specific products in bulk so I can make my own Vegan food. Currently, my go to recipe is a Vegan vegetable soup I made up. As good as it is, I would like a variety to stuff my face with because I can’t live on tea and the occasional smoothie forever.


So my two cookbooks are The America’s Test Kitchen Vegan cookbook and Gaz Oakley’s Vegan 100. The former has the trust of the animal product enforcer while the latter’s YouTube channel recipes have convinced them that I wouldn’t starve on a Vegan diet.


I just need to get those bulk products in here.


Thanks for listening/reading.


Rolling on the floor laughingRed heartRainbow

Practice Makes Perfect?

Perhaps it just drives one insane in the process of learning? For some unknown reason, I was, apparently, so intently interested that I decided to pick up another language on Duolingo and via language CDs. Previously, I had been learning (in this order) German, Spanish, and French. Yet, again for some reason, I felt compelled to pick up the Chinese language course.


I’m presently in practice mode on three of the languages and advancing mode on one, that language being German. Once I finish this current lesson, I’ll put a different language into advancing mode. Advancing mode to me means moving down the language tree. 


You may think that I’ve bitten off more than I can chew…and I don’t disagree with this astute assessment in the slightest. Yet, even now, I am eyeing the Korean language tree on Duolingo. I had previously tried learning it on a different site but didn’t have a back up of language CDs at the time to enable me to reinforce what I’d been learning via the application. For some outlandish reason, I feel as though I might be able to pull learning five languages off with the proper preparation now that I have said language CDs at the ready.


If I look at this logically, I can compartmentalize the three hours I set aside to practice via Duolingo five ways into thirty-six minutes per language daily.  From there, I can listen to a Language CD on a given day to boost my vocabulary during the week. Each weekday can have a language assigned where I listen and, when I have the free time (ha ha) practice writing in said language. My weekends are free…so that my brain can ooze out of my ears in weariness.


Looking at it logically, it appears doable.  Perhaps it’ll give me something to put here every once in a while even.  The cons of this being that I’ll snap like a dry twig. Ah well. I’m already eccentric. Sarcastic smile


So, I’m going to try this starting today. Since I’m picking up the new-ish language on this day, I’ll make today the day for listening to the Korean language CDs. 


Thanks for listening/reading.


Rolling on the floor laughingRed heartRainbow


Hello Everyone,

Welcome to my blog. I hope your stay here is enjoyable, fulfilling, thought-provoking, and humorous. With that being said, I’d just like to take the opportunity to introduce myself and explain what this blog is all about. This is something of a work in progress. As I learn more and grow more, more will be added.


Online, I go by the handle of IchbineineTomate or Tomate for short. My main purpose in creating this blog is to track my foray into eating a Vegan diet again after so many years away from it. It is my hope that, through expressing myself on this blog, I’ll have a record of my bad eating habits and will be able to keep a better account of any weaknesses in my dietary planning. I also hope to put a spotlight on the good dietary actions I commit. I’d really like to strengthen my diet on my terms, without the input of toxic people, unscientific ideas, or ulterior motives trying to hold sway.


I could go into the whole sordid history of how I became Vegan but I don’t want to bore you to tears. Suffice it to say that I am dedicated to being a dietary Vegan now.


Speaking of food, I need to eat something.


Have a fantastic night! Red rosePlateParty smile

Sunday Random Ramblings

So, having many other things on my plate and not a lot of time to get them accomplished, I decided to cast on for this baby sweater on 11 July 2018. In truth, I don’t think it’s going to fit the intended recipient but it has been cathartic knitting on this adorable little thing.


The pattern is the Flax Sweater from Tin Can Knits, I just omitted the garter stitch panels on the sleeves to speed up the knitting process. The yarn is Swish Worsted from Knit Picks in the colorway Bordeaux which reads as pinkish on my monitor for some reason. It is actually a purple/wine color.


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In the Aerogarden, I have three Basils and a Spearmint. I’m giving serious consideration to taking cuttings of these, letting them go to seed, growing them in my window or under a grow light and replacing them with edible flowers. They’re lovely plants and I enjoy the mint tea immensely but they’ve been in for ninety-two days now and there is a bit of Basil fatigue. I forgot how quickly hydroponically grown herbs grow despite regular cuttings.


I’m considering growing Nasturtiums as a replacement or something new that I haven’t grown before. At this point, I’m open to suggestions on what to grow.


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In other news, the leg/feet swelling finally has a diagnosis. Chronic Venous Insufficiency. Yay, not. I have to see a specialist for multiple visits to treat this issue. While I’m happy to finally know what’s causing all the problems, I am greatly disturbed at the prospect of surgery however minor upon my person. Yet, pain is the greater motivator and it hurts like everything when my lower extremities swell up. This diagnosis is in addition to the bilateral bonespur/Plantar Fasciitis issue. Don’t you wish you were me? *duck lips* AnnoyedSarcastic smile


Thankfully, one of the treatments is something I was already doing prior to the mega-swell up event from a few weeks ago. I will be resuming walking my eight plus miles five out of seven days a week within one week. Party smile


Until the next time, have a safe and fantastic journey around the Sun. Take care, my friends. Rolling on the floor laughingRed heartRainbow

Trying This Again…

Ich habe gerade vierundzwanzig Zeilen in meinem deutschsprachigen Übungstagebuch über Die Ärzte geschrieben.

Ich werde jetzt die Duolingo Sprachaufgaben üben.

Später werde ich stricken.



I just wrote twenty-four lines in my German language practice diary about Die Ärzte.

I am now going to practice Duolingo language assignments.

Later, I will knit.



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