OK, so, on this account I *will* be posting about food and soft drinks, and boosting toots about food and soft drinks, mostly without CW.
It's a food-dedicated instance.
I will definitely not be offended if you need to mute or block this account as a result!
(I'll still CW for alcohol, and I won't boost my un-CW'd food toots from my alt accounts.)
tobacco, gross noises
The gentleman next to me on this train is chewing tobacco so I guess I'm just going to eat my salad. I was going to wait and see if the family get off the train soon since he's Hindu and my salad is definitely not vegetarian but sorry, if you are going to make sucking slurpy noises for the entirety of the journey I'm going to need to not be hungry or I will run right out of cope.
The flowers are pretty purple; the pods are dark purple which makes them easy to spot. They turn green when cooked which is disappointing, but also convenient: I have a visual cue for when they're done. They are delicious.
Only one plant survived the snails, grrr. But it *keeps making more beans* and is still flowering.
4) Super Marmande. Not as sweet as Ildi; not as flavourful as Chocolate Cherry or the one we don't know. Good size and texture for slicing, skin not too tough, but basically just an average tomato. Maybe still worth growing for volume, disease resistance etc. 6/10.
Have been using Focusmate for worky things. It's super helpful but also for some reason eats computer memory as a pre-breakfast appetiser on my computer; so I've started using my phone instead, which has the additional benefit that I can't fiddle about with my phone while working.
But this *also* means I am thinking more seriously about using it to help with household stuff like decluttering or cleaning.
3) Tomato from seed labelled 'Gartenperle' which very obviously isn't a hanging cherry variety at all. It looks *really silly* in a hanging basket, and the one on the shelf by the house has had to be lashed to the clothesline. Medium-size bright red tomato with some ribs. Core a bit tough. Lovely flavour, firm flesh, would make an excellent slicer. 7/10: lost a half point because we dunno what it is or whether it will breed true.
Tomatoes that have ripened enough to eat at least one, and my scores for them:
1) Ildi. Smol, yellow, pear-shaped. Loads and loads of fruit. Sweet, but a bit insipid, lacks depth. Skin a bit tough. 6/10 maybe. Might make yellow passata with some of these.
2) Chocolate Cherry. Somewhere between a big marble and a golf ball in size; not as dark in colour as I had been led to expect but definitely brown-ish. Tall plant. Lovely deep rich flavour, thin skin, not too acidic. Want more! 8.5/10.
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Hmm. Supermarket has something called "preserving sugar" which is larger crystals and allegedly means less foam. But it's nearly double the price of the ordinary kind!
(I don't mean jam sugar, which has added pectin to help with setting, esp of low-pectin fruits like strawberries. That's something else.)
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