Breakfast pr0n! Not what we had for breakfast, actually. More a breakfast for lunch. I don’t eat breakfast and Mrs J contents herself with a bagel but we both love waffles. The bacon is thin sliced porchetta.I didn’t dump all the patio herbs, I wanted to see if they would come back in the spring. The chives are doing great but the sage next to it still looks dead. The bare twigs at the far right are rosemary that I am still hoping will show new growth but nothing yet.The front gardens are just barely showing some color – the scilla can be counted on for a touch of early blue. The day lilies are greening, as are the daffodils and sedum.More meatballs! I made several, there are two left. Not enough for a proper sammich but I guess I can do a couple of meatball sliders.These were out for a last rise before baking. I busied myself about making that breakfast-for-lunch while they were out and they really puffed up before I could get them into the oven.Here’s Ollie, watching me compose this post. He’s already made himself at home. He is fitting in rather well with no apparent animosities developing with any of the other cats.One of the shelter cats. The eyes in the original picture were highlighted by a stray beam that prompted me to play that up with a few tweaks.
Ollie is all about helping Mrs J with her sewing.He provides invaluable feedback on the kitteh beds she assembles. I think the one he is test driving now is shrouded for secrecy. The cat bed manufacturers are always on the look-out for new designs.Made some fried rice for dinner the other day. Those dumplings are from frozen and are pretty bad. I’ll drop a photo here in case I forget the brand name. Bad tasting, and the portions are so small! LOLHere’s another shelter kitteh. I’m told that 90% of these ginger kittehs are males but this one is a girl. Staff have named her Tina Turner – Mrs J says it was just Turner until they discovered on the operating table that the neutering procedure they had planned was inappropriate. Here is one of those beef roasts that was on sale last month. I dry brined this one and vac sealed it, it spent the month in the fridge. Yesterday I rinsed it off and gave it a dry rub prior to placing it into the smoker.Pastrami! I left it in the smoker for 8 hours, then brought it into the house, covered it with foil, and placed it into a 200 degree oven where it stayed all night. Here it is this morning, it started to come apart when I transferred it into this hotel pan. I covered it with foil and it’ll spend time back in the fridge to firm up for slicing.This is Flip, a 10 month old male. Both Flip and Tina Turner are up on their shots and are ready to go home.
I haven’t been doing much cooking lately aside from leftovers and sammiches. I have been doing some home IT work, finally replacing the router that has been growing increasingly reliant on constant reboots to function properly. I was able to fumble through the setup with just one call to tech support. So far it has been smooth sailing.The shelter has a new cat tree! A local supporter crafted it from what looks like an 8″ diameter section of an actual tree with twine wrapped planks set into notches.Here’s a closer look at that kitteh. Here’s my take on a cheesesteak sammich. I didn’t bother with a cheese sauce this time, just added a nice slice of provolone towards the end of the sautée. I found a flat iron steak tucked back in the big freezer, sliced it thin, and cooked it with sweet onions and a bit of green bell pepper.Some chili cheese dogs fresh from the toaster oven. I gave them a minute or two under the broiler to melt the cheese. I used shredded Monterey jack and with a generous sprinkle of cheddar.Moar kittehs! These two are comfy in one of Mrs J’s beds. The orange and white one has more than the usual number of toes. I have been putting together the usual side dishes but I hardly consider that as “cooking”.
Here’s a photo from the archives. I like the symmetry.Kroger had a sale on strip steaks. They needed some trimming but were still a pretty good value. I did this sous vide, setting the water bath to 130 degrees for a couple of hours. They finished in a smoking hot cast iron skillet in olive oil and butter, deglazed with white wine and chives for a simple pan sauce.Sloppy joes for lunch the other day. This one has American cheese and a few dill pickles. The potato salad looks like it has the traditional dusting of paprika but it’s really Creole seasoning. It adds a bit of a tang to it.BBQ chicken! I’ve taken to cooking these leg quarters in the toaster oven using the slo-cook setting. I did this on the high setting for two hours, no particular reason to choose that time – it’s the default for the high setting. Set it to low and the default is four hours.I snapped this one of Bitsy lounging atop the sofa, prompted by the play of sunlight through the slots of the vertical blinds. It seemed like a candidate for the Prisma treatment:
Hot dogs! I’m not sure how long these buns have been offered but I’m liking the slit on top rather than on the side. These are Pepperidge Farms brand.I’ll wrap up with some soup. This one uses the broccoli left over from that steak dinner, a bit of smoked pork, rice, and three kinds of cheese in chicken stock and milk.
Easy when you use puff pastry sheets. We had some leftover apple pieces so we added some dried blueberries, cranberries, and a few raisins to them and thawed two sheets of pastry dough. Each sheet makes 4, just quarter the sheets and fold two opposite corners together over 2 tablespoons of filling and seal the edges with a fork.Cut slits to let the steam escape. You can brush on egg wash, milk, or cream to help the turnovers brown, or just brush on some of the liquids from the apples – the juices were sugar rich and cinnamon flavored. We sprinkled them with more sugar and baked them in a 350 convection oven for 12 minutes then checked, these needed 8 more minutes.Here are a couple more kittehs. I’ve used this photo before. I love the wide eyed stare at the camera, not even a hint of fear – just interest.