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About them 2019 resolutions…

Okay, so I did all right. I won’t be crossing quite everything off the lists but I’m basically satisfied. In both 2018 and 2019 I made highly specific “kinda, sorta resolutions” tailored to me. It’s worked out well.
I read 33 books. The goal was 20. I did most of my reading in the early part of the year. I put check marks by 13 of them, indicating which ones I really appreciated.  I can’t read the way I used to; it takes more to hold my attention, more to get me to sit in a spot for hours with a book. Because of that, six of my 33 were books I’d read in years past and wanted to read again. Sometimes I just need a sure thing. I have little patience these days for trying to get into a book, trying to relate to characters, or trying to care about the subject matter. I get restless. And I KNOW there are books – like all things – which can hold me; it’s a matter of finding them.

A year ago I bought a yoga mat and a DVD player for the TV in the living room, the only place (other than outside!) where I have space for doing yoga. As with the reading, most of my yoga was done earlier in the year. I am very active outdoors most of the year and didn’t need more exercise of any stripe. Because I hadn’t totally factored that in I fell somewhat short of my intentions. I’ve done the five-minute “sun salutation” 38 of 50 planned times and the 30-minutes of yoga just half of 25 planned times. That said, when I DID do yoga it was usually in 40-45 minute increments per the instructional DVDs.

I like yoga. I don’t worry much about fussy breathing or learning all the poses’ names, or anything that might daunt, bore, or intimidate me. To me, yoga is exercise. Exercise focused on strength, balance, and stretch. It’ll make your body move in ways it wouldn’t in the normal course of a day which is an especially good idea for anyone who is aging. Otherwise you end up like the tin man!😯 I want to be strong, agile, and spry as long as possible. The way I live is dependent on it at many levels. I will not go down easily. I know I’ll be doing yoga over the winter.

I did ZIPPO with learning Italian from cds. That fell off the map in short order because I wasn’t enjoying it and I wasn’t learning Italian. All I can say is I recently heard “piazza” somewhere or other and knew it meant plaza.😐 I think I ‘d like to learn – or try to learn – key phrases and words at least as a starting-off point rather than attempt the language itself. That, or I need different cds. I felt inept very quickly with the set I was using. Other than English, I have never felt I had an aptitude for languages and my opinion after this year hasn’t changed a whit.

Thai cooking wasn’t a success either. Thai cooking, it seems, requires a lot of ingredients I don’t typically have and more trouble than I wanted to invest. I did attempt spring rolls because I love them when I have them out but mine, which I decided to bake since I cook NOTHING in pots of oil, were okay, not great.  Instead, I continued to make this Thai-inspired cole slaw. If I can find more recipes like it, I’d definitely try them. Lime, peanuts, cilantro, be still my heart!

I watched a lot of DVDs, both movies and series. I had wanted an idea of the number since I’d never kept track. The thing I realized is that as with books, I need the right movies or series to hold me. I ADORE movies, as I adore books and music. But a lot of each is just average, nothing special, not to me. I want the gems, the ones I get excited about, the ones that thrill me, and make me sit back in awe of someone else’s brilliance and accomplishment. How did they do that?! That’s the feeling I want. That’s why I read, watch movies/series, and listen to music.  I want to have that O-MI-GOD feeling. Am I demanding? Do I expect too much? Yeah, well maybe. But once you’ve had that feeling, it’s Continue reading

Roasted vegetables

I am a “mostly vegetarian.” This means I mainly eat pasta, beans, big-ass salads with lots of stuff added, breads, dairy, grains, (some) fish, fruit, and vegetables. I list vegetables last because when I want to eat, vegetables aren’t the first thing I think about. I DO eat them but like a lot of people I can always stand to eat more. Part of it is tempting myself.

I adapted this from a simple recipe I cut out of Glamour® magazine a long time ago. I always meant to get around to it and a winter day seemed just right. You can use whatever vegies you like.

I cut into bite-size pieces:

-4 potatoes washed but unpeeled

-4 carrots

-1 large turnip

-1 onion

-1 good-sized broccoli crown

In a large bowl I mixed the vegetables with olive oil, salt (I like coarse sea salt) & pepper, Rosemary & Parsley, and 2 capfuls of lemon juice ( I used bottled but if you have a fresh lemon go for it).

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I put them all on a  9×13 cookie sheet & stirred some more to make sure everything got mixed. You will notice my pan was overflowing; I tend to do that! This meant they took longer to cook thoroughly – you may prefer less vegetables but I figure if I’m going to this trouble, I want A LOT.

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I put the pan into a 400° oven and stirred about every 15 minutes. They made the house smell WONDERFUL. After about 45 minutes I sampled a few morsels to check for doneness, and added a little more salt & pepper and two more capfuls of lemon juice, stirring it all up yet again. Total cooking time was roughly an hour. The length of time again will depend on what vegetables you use (carrots & turnip took longest) and how packed in they are.

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They were DELICIOUS. I will absolutely do this again.

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Short Thought 30 (veganism)

I’ve read that vegetarian men are less aggressive than meat-eating men. I thought the idea was intriguing. I can’t help but notice though, that many comments on the Facebook page of a well-known vegan advocate are really vitriolic and decidedly aggressive, enough so that I stopped reading. I’m not sure what to make of that except to note that the most extreme champions of any topic can be kinda insufferable and do their cause more harm than good. Maybe moderates are less likely to post. Or the discussion of animal- or cheese-eating brings out the worst in people.

Short Thought 28

I am a mostly vegetarian/pescatarian and eat health-consciously, but lately found myself craving meat, maybe because I’ve been doing a lot of physical work. (I took extra B12 thinking it might suppress the urge the way Magnesium curbs chocolate cravings but it didn’t work.)

I saw hotdogs on sale and despite everything I know about them, they appealed to me, so I bought a pack and a bag of nutritionless buns too. It’s been so long since I had them that I read the cooking instructions. Here they are, verbatim. Place Frank In Water, Heat To Boil, Remove Frank. Gee, that sounds rude. What did Frank ever do to me?