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

Introductions

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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Not Much But More Than I Thought

Due to a combination of recent health issues and a tremendous lack of personal time in my life, I do not believe that I’ll achieve my goal set forth for April’s Camp NaNoWriMo. I will do my best and write as much as I can but at this point I do not believe that I’ll cross the threshold I set out to cross within the timeframe allotted.

 

Rather than run myself ragged trying to do all the things, I’m going to focus on a few specifics which need to take priority. So, if you hear from me even less than usual lately, that’s why.

 

I am determined to pick up where I left off at the next Camp NaNoWriMo event later in the Summer.

 

Aside from that, only a few things are happening here.

 

I’m just living on soup, Duolingo German, as well as the music of Die Ärzte, and Farin Urlaub Racing Team. I’m almost at the point where I know the lyrics to some of the songs. I’m happy about that.

 

To be honest, probably sixty percent of the words I’ve listened to over the past ten days have been German. I might consider switching my profile language preferences to German to get me to use my linguistic translation capabilities more.

 

I’m considering becoming a vegetarian again. Between the fact that I do actually get ill from eating some forms of animal product to the fact that there is a health benefit to being a vegetarian for me to the rising cost of food prices in the supermarket, I’m definitely looking into this one. This time, I’m going to do my research and find the appropriate methods for me to do so.

 

I’m dyeing yarn now as a hobby. This is part pain reliever/part stress reliever and it works on both fronts. Thus far, I’ve managed (with the help of the Maternal Parental on two of the four ounce dyes) three hanks and one cake of four ounce yarn in Lion Brand’s Fisherman’s Wool, in addition to the two cakes of four ounce yarn I dyed previously. I’ve also dyed a hank of Cascade 220 Superwash and a hank of Red Heart’s Heart and Sole Sock yarn.

 

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Cascade 220 Superwash

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Red Heart’s Heart & Sole

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Lion Brand’s Fisherman’s Wool

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Lion Brand’s Fisherman’s Wool

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Lion Brand’s Fisherman’s Wool

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Lion Brand’s Fisherman’s Wool

 

 

The end result of the four ounce dyes will be a sweater. I don’t know what I’m going to do with the Cascade and the sock yarn.

 

 

Starting next week (I hope!) there will  be Basil and Spearmint in the Aerogarden. The tomatoes are making me sneeze entirely too much to hang around for much longer. Plus, they’re coming to the end of their cycle. I got another good crop of tomatoes off of them but it is time for them to go.

 

 

The Basil I’ll be growing will be Genovese, Cinnamon, and Lettuce Leaf. In addition to this, I’ll be growing Spearmint. I really have missed growing it and look forward to having it in my room again. I’m also going to attempt growing Lemongrass again. Hopefully, it will thrive with the hot summers we tend to get nowadays even in my window.

 

 

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

Prune, Write, Knit, Grow

Over the past few days, I’ve been continuing the clean up effort I started regarding my blogs and journals. After more than sixteen years, I’ve finally deleted my Livejournal and Deadjournal accounts. I’ve also deleted all my old posts from my surviving InsaneJournal as they’re not really reflective of where I’d like to go in life. So, I am starting from scratch as far as the InsaneJournal is concerned. I have also added a Dreamwidth account to the mix.

 

I’ve also managed to write in my hand written journal for a change. That was quite the experience after so long without writing in it. Hand writing practice. It is a thing. To give you some idea of how long the stretch between entries is, the last journal entry was from August of 2016. I fully intend to keep up with my writing this time around. I want to keep a few journals. One for writing, one for self improvement, at least one for languages, and one for personal stuff. That’s not counting the online journals and blogs.

 

I have a cousin in gestation. My cousin with whom I share a birthday is expecting a baby on or around our mutual birthday. So, I am going into crafting overdrive in making her a plethora of items. My intentions are to make at least two (maybe more) baby Flax sweaters, the Lacy Chevrons Baby Blanket, a toy of some kind, and, perhaps, a second crocheted blanket. In addition to this, if I have the time, I’ll finish the never collected Soft Purple Baby Blanket I was making in 2014.

 

In the realm of growing, my tomatoes are growing and maturing in the Aerogarden. Plant two may need to be cut back as it is getting leggy but Plant One is growing quite well. It even has a number of maturing fruit growing on it right now. My other plants, the Snake plants, Spider plants, and Pineapple are all doing excellently as well. I’m not sure when or if the Pineapple will grow a Pineapple fruit but it is now nearly three feet in diameter.

 

The one thing I would love this year that didn’t occur last year would be for me to get the garden plot I signed up for. I really want to grow different fruits and vegetables not only for my own household but for family members, friends, and people in need of fresh produce. At present, I have to take public transportation to the nearest market about twenty minutes from my home as the bus rides. The nearest community garden is slightly closer and much less travel time. My plan is to get a wagon and hike it home once the produce starts growing. Either that or save a lot of carfare for cabs, which in truth might be safer given that the roads near where I live and near the garden site don’t have sidewalks.

 

Though, at this point, all of this is mere speculation on a fantasy. I have no garden excepting my potted plants and Aerogarden.

 

I need to wake up so I can get back to knitting. I’ve been quite ill over this past few weeks with various colds/flus etc. I am now, thankfully, recovering.

 

Now, to get into this knitting. Until the next time, have a safe and fantastic journey around the Sun. Take care, my friends. Rolling on the floor laughingRed heartRainbow

Hallo. Wilkommen in meiner Welt

Ich heiße KTC oder IchbineineTomate. Ich lerne die deutsche Sprache durch Bücher und Apps. Ich möchte dir deutsche Sprache innerhalb von drei Jahren lernen.

 
I am called KTC or IchbineineTomate. I am teaching myself the German language through books and Apps. I want to learn the German language within three years.

I’m Baaaaack….

It has been some time since I last posted here. NaNoWriMo was and still is a success. I’m still writing my story. Though there isn’t the pressure to finish within a month like there was previously. I’m seriously considering participating in Camp NaNoWriMo when it comes up. I’ll have to read more into it.

At this point, I’m barely a third of the way into it and I’ve got so much more to write. I’m hoping I’m up to the task as it is building up to be quite a good story.

Among other things, namely my sweater. I’ve been sporadically working on that since the end of NaNoWriMo and have made some progress in the length of the body. I’ve added another cake of yarn to the Mir Ist Kalt sweater and caked the rest of it for processing as needed. I’m hoping to get this thing finished before the end of the year but, knowing my notoriously slow knitting, it doesn’t seem likely.

At this point, that’s the only project I’m working on as I wind down from the stress of November.

During my hiatus from the blog, a few things happened. I found my old hat and scarf set, so no immediate need to make a new set. I won’t freeze in the descending chilly weather.

 

I also managed to finally get my glasses. It is great to finally see things again without using my manual zoom function or having blurry vision. I also took the Sweet Pickle Organic Peppers out of commission. They’ve been replaced by Mega Cherry Tomatoes. Let’s see. What else? Gave one of the pineapple babies away and it is being cared for very well. My home got new windows. Yadda Yadda Yadda.

 

I’ve also been social. I’ve been going to *shock*gasp*awe* events held at local establishments like the Libraries. Finally, I am learning from the Khan Academy and Duolingo again.

 

I’m doing the Computer programming section and struggling through programming languages. I think I’m starting to get an inkling of it. However, only time, practice, and more practice will help me. Right now, I’m working in JavaScript but my ultimate goal is to learn Python.

For Duolingo, I am, of course, taking German. It is remarkable to me how much I’ve retained. I took to the app like a fish to water. My language level may be Beginner/Basic but I retain the words very well. Next step, an academic course in the language.

 

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

Mir Ist Kalt and Other Quandaries

Wow, I’ve been away for some time. Well, “away” is the wrong word. Preoccupied is more appropriate.

 

I’ve had my plate pretty full during these past few months. Between making the Hobbes dolls, knitting for myself, crocheting for charity, sustaining my relationships with my guys, and learning German, I’ve barely had time to eat, let alone do anything else.

 

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The Hobbes dolls are slowly being made. As I get a visit from one of the recipients, I complete one. It isn’t due to boredom that these are getting done so slowly but more due to preoccupation with the other subjects. I also may need more orange yarn. I think I’ve bitten off more than I can chew but I’m still, stubbornly, trying to make it all work out for the best.

 

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Mir Ist Kalt is my new blue sweater, though I am not directly knitting on it right now. This is due to the lack of a long enough circular knitting needle with which I may try the sweater on as I knit. The pattern I’m using is by Tin Can Knits and its called Flax. I’m hoping to get my new 60 inch needles by the thirteenth and get back to knitting on that same day. I am presently still knitting the yoke stitches.

 

 

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Between Duolingo, books from the Library, my translation dictionary, and (to a lesser extent) Memrise, I’ve been really drilling the German language into my head. Thankfully, unlike past adventures with languages, this time, it has been sticking. I have only missed three days out of seventy-seven. I consider that a pretty good record. I just hope I can keep up the pace and continue to learn. I want to take classes at some point but I am struggling to find the money. I am hoping that one of those legendary Medical/Clinical/Research studies that pay a lot of money will present itself to me so I can test my abilities and, hopefully, grow in my learning capacity.

 

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Charity wise, I am so far behind. While I am on hiatus for the sweater, I am crocheting this scarf. When I am crocheting the Hobbes dolls, to give myself a break, I plan on crocheting these scarves. When I am in the street, running various errands, I am meant to crochet still more scarves. In a few weeks, I hope to have at least twenty of them to turn in to the charity contact person, if not more. My deadline for this particular project is the end of October. At present, I have one completed and this pink one on the hook. Sisyphus is pushing that boulder uphill in my mind. Nevertheless, I am determined to do this.

 

Not only will I be giving to charity, but I’ll also be clearing my yarn of acrylics, thus enabling me to fulfill my promise of using only natural fibers in my knitting and crocheting. It’s also one hell of a destash if I can get it done like I want to.

 

NaNoWriMo is getting closer and I am still no closer to an idea for this year’s story. I am thinking of delving into my own life either past or present, but I’m wary of digging up emotional landmines I’d rather not deal with. So, I think, if nothing comes to me, I will be delving, just for the sake of change and challenge. Heck, it would be cheaper than therapy. Rolling on the floor laughing

 

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

I’ve Finally Found It…

My second language has finally been discovered. True, it took trepanning and a good deal of mental excavation to find it.

 

That language is…German. In truth, I should have known better. I did try to teach myself this language when I was ten. I have been practicing daily, about three hours per day, for thirty-seven days now. If you’d like, you can follow my progress on Duolingo. I’m now at the point where I can just barely make out what people are saying or what is written down. I definitely need to practice more if I’m going to be fluent but it is a good start.

 

I just need to find some Germans. Yoo hoo. Germans? Are you out there?

 

For that task, I’ve done the unbelievable. I’ve opened a new OKCupid account. This time around, my task isn’t really dating. It is finding a language pal/study buddy, so hopefully, I won’t have any trouble with anyone at all. Wishful thinking, I know. It is the seat of comedy but I’ve gotten rather a lot of matches to Dutch people. I don’t mind. It is a bit mentally rich carrying three languages around in my head at once in the name of politeness but you do what you do.

 

The friends I’ve made have gotten a hilarious chuckle out of this one. I’ve been learning a lot of German from the lyrics of Rammstein. Someone…might listen to them for more time in the day than they study on Duolingo. Angel 

 

Those same friends suggested I expand my musical tastes, so they gave me a small listing of artists that they liked. I then combined their favorites with the Get Germanized listing of popular German music artists (YouTube Link) for later exploration. Some [who I won’t name] I really didn’t like, but others sound very good.

 

One group I’m going to be giving my ears next is Die Ärzte. They came up on multiple lists as highly recommended. Anyone out there have any other recommendations? Please, leave them in the comments. Smile

 

Aside from the above, it has been a summer of Plantar Fasciitis in both feet, crochet, strange propositions, lather, rinse, Repeat.

 

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