2 Tales, 1 conclusion, Part 1

Tale 1.

I’d say we’ve had a pretty mild winter here in the midwest. We’ve had barely any snow, and temperatures have been pretty mild, never dipping below the 20’s for more than a couple of days at a time. I’m a tropical girl living in the midwest, so hey, I’ll take the warm weather any way I can get it. Just when I was about to chant ‘hurray for global warming!’ (yeah, bad, bad, bad, I know!), I found out what all this decent weather is going to cost us.

More expensive produce, apparently. Since the ground didn’t freeze like it should, nature didn’t take it’s course. Therefore, produce will be more expensive, and maybe not as good. Read more about that here and here.

Tale II.

While whiling away my time on pinterest I ran across this blog called ‘100 days of Real Food.’ The lured me into their blog with this image:


A beautiful image of delicious mexican food? Yes please! I was led by the nose to the the blog. After a skimming a few pages, I very quickly realized how much I’ve fallen off in the cooking department. A lot of the tips/techniques/practices were what I used to do. Sure I cook daily. Sure I use a lot of vegetables and make my meals reasonably healthy. I realize I could do more. In fact, I used to do more.

For a period of about 5 years, I was a vegetarian. I was so deep into my vegetarianism, I even learned to make Tofu from scratch. I also made Seitan (the vegetarian wheat meat) from scratch. I made bread from scratch, by hand. I substituted Flaxseed water for Eggs in recipes. I made soap, from scratch. Those who knew me back then would marvel at how I made all this happen with a toddler, and eventually another baby in tow. I wonder that myself today. I did all these things because I believe that diet, and whatever you put on or in your body affects your overall health. I did all these things because I wanted my family to have the best, and be in good health.

By the time I reached baby number three, and the older ones got older, life got more and more complicated. I started falling off. Hard. I started buying more processed foods. I even *gasp* bought ramen noodles on occasion. We made the occasional trip to Sonic. What can I say, the kids love applesauce, jello,cookies, and all that junk. I made a good attempt at packing school lunch daily. The youngest loves the slop served at school, so I let him be. Sometimes it’s just easier to order some pizza and call it a night!

The most important reason for the change? My focus. I went from being a hard-core stay-at-home-Mom selling handmade goods on the side to working part time, to wanting a career. With the changing economy, and the last of the brood going off to Kindergarten, it felt like the most logical conclusion was for me to go into the workforce. I couldn’t even enjoy my time at home anymore, because it felt like anything that was not leading to an income was a waste of time. So I didn’t enjoy doing those things anymore.

But guess what? I still don’t have a career. I am still at home.

So I making some changes. Older, wiser and with a sense of moderation.

First I’m telling you what I’m not going back to:

I’m not going back to vegetarianism (I enjoy Nigerian style goat meat waaay too much for that.).

I’m not going back to making Tofu at home. Store bought is juuuuust fine.

Definitely not making Seitan. I hated the stuff…it was like chewing rubber.

What am I going back to?

Come back tomorrow for the Conclusion.

8 thoughts on “2 Tales, 1 conclusion, Part 1

  1. JazzFest says:

    Yay Nigerian style goat meat! 🙂

    I thought about vegetarianism but I’ve been reading more and more about how being a ethical omnivore (eating local, organic meat even if it means having less meat in the week, local, organic produce as much as possible…) is also a good, responsible food lifestyle. That is what I’m aiming for at this point. I live at home and don’t buy the groceries so I have limited input but I do what I can. And I definitely have strong ideas of how I want things to be when I move out.

    • AfroMartha says:

      As I get older and wiser, my mantra is ‘everything in moderation’. I don’t think that meat is inherently bad for us, I think all the processing and overconsumption is what makes it bad for us. I don’t eat fast foods or steak, and we might have chicken 2 or 3 times a week. The rest of my family doesn’t care for goat, so it’s mine, all mine (bwahahaha!). But I only cook it every few weeks or so.
      I’m sure you can’t wait to get your own place. Your first meal there will be the best meal you ever had!

  2. Libby says:

    Somehow I missed this post, but I just had to say that that image up there is mighty tasty. And about your used-to-be vegetarian self (lol), I’ve found that a lot of people who were vegetarian and start eating meat, kind of do what you’re doing – doing the meat thing in moderation.

    Once I stumbed upon an interesting blog called “The Weekend Carnivore” because the author eats mostly vegetarian meals but the amount of meat that she consumes is about a weekend’s worth. That idea is fascinating to me.

    My current status: Hadn’t had beef or pork in about 6 months. And guess what? It’s not that bad, but gets a bit tricky at breakfast time.

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