Zander found a new secret spot – hiding under the grape arbor. I was about to accuse him of leaving the backyard, which would mean he couldn’t go outside for a few days. But there he was. Enjoying the peace and quiet.
Well, until I started taking his photos, then he was all complaints about disturbing him.
Speaking of grapes, the vines are still full and finally took off the bird netting so the squirrels and birds can enjoy them. My freezer is full up of grape juice
Mmm… wings! These spent the night in a bag with a dry rub, Toss with a little oil and arrange them on a rack in a tray and cook at 400, turn every 15 minutes. At the 30 minute mark I turned them again and set a timer for 10 minutes because another 15 seemed like it would be too much. TaMara just got a convection oven and that reminds me that I almost always use the convection fan when I bake so conventional ovens might need more time or a higher temp. The wing sauce on these is the basic hot sauce plus butter and a tablespoon or 2 of honey. Not to gross you out but I had a small pot with Scotch Bonnet peppers and the other day I was surprised to see that a caterpillar had eaten everything but the bark on the stems, leaving nothing but a skeleton and a few seeds, plus a pile of worm turds. He had eaten some leaves on an adjoining pepper plant. I looked high an low for the miscreant with no luck. I decided to scrap out the pot and when I busted up the root ball I discovered the culprit – he had burrowed in.Homie! He’s a habit of begging for some laser dot play every morning, he pops his head up for a second before dashing back to his starting gate, the small house in the cat tree in the background of the photo. I was waiting for him the other day with my camera phone poised and caught him. Yes, I turned the coffee cup beforehand, hoping for just this shot.I wish someone would adopt Susie. She very affectionate, gets along well in the play group, runs to greet anyone entering the cat’s room, loves getting scritches. She’s about 6 years old and has been at the shelter for half that time. Mrs J is perplexed and saddened that no one has taken her home with them.Ham and cheese on a hoagie roll with lots of chopped lettuce, onions, and sliced peppers in vinaigrette. These are always good and don’t require any cooking.We had some wild rice mix leftover. Add broth, some chicken leftovers, cheese, milk, and a few broccoli florets and you have a delicious soup. We like our soups rather thick so this has corn starch for the thickening agent, another way to go about getting to the same place would involve a roux started in the soup pot before anything else was added.Sunday Lunch! We love those teeny-weeny breakfast sausages. I have a gob of my green jalapeno jam on the french toast.
Gabe wears his harness well, don’t you think? He’s still unable to get onto the couch without help, that won’t be true for much longer. He tends to stay there until someone helps him down which is a good thing.Another batch of hoagie rolls, this time laid out correctly. These are great with the Italian beef I made the other day. They are also useful for lunchmeat sammiches! Reminds me – I need to make some slaw and probably more round buns, for the smoked pork.Gabe is trying to play with Homer kitteh but Homie is still wary of the boy. I think when Gabe settles down Home Boy will be much more receptive.I mentioned Awesome Sauce the other day. These 5 half-pints are the result of a five gallon bucket full of tomatoes, simmered the day long with many cloves of garlic, onions, carrots, and a bunch of fresh garden herbs, It is the perfect pizza sauce.Shelter kitteh! This is Sadie, a very confident looking feline. She will make a fine companion to any human fortunate enough to adopt her.Katie and Gabe pause for a minute by the pond.
Random wildlife – Ginger checks out a backyard visitor. This was captured by the backyard camera in a happy accident. There is a setting on the camera that allows you to space the time between shots and we have it set for 5 minutes, iirc. That cuts down on the number of pictures it will take if, say, the deer here stays and mills around for a while but it may miss whatever shows up during that hiatus.I mentioned the other day that I bought the ingredients for mojo marinade thinking about doing a pork butt for a more authentic Cubano sandwich. I marinated this one overnight then roasted it low and slow. It was covered for most of the cooking time but I did take the lid off for the last 30 minutes.Here’s the sandwich I had in mind the whole time. It’s basically a layered assembly of Swiss cheese, pickles, ham, and the mojo pork. The bun halves are smeared with mustard, the other components assembled, and cooked in a grill press. These are great tasting sammiches even without the mojo, any roast pork will work fine.Mrs J planted some cucumbers in with some clematis where it climbs up a wired in enclosure down on the south side of the house and the vines are starting to produce. (You can just barely see them in the picture with Ginger and the deer, above.) We had a couple rounds of the classic cucumber, tomato, and onions with vinegar and oil so we used the last half dozen to put together a refrigerator pickle recipe. Can’t wait to try them, we’ll give them a week to come together but I’ll bet they get better after that. Kitteh! This is one of several in a litter at the shelter, I have no more info than that, alas.Mrs J saw a much earlier photo of roast pork and gravy on egg noodles and she remembered that she really liked it and we haven’t had that in a long time and we do have some roast pork and egg noodles, don’t we? She who must be obeyed! The fact that these were slices from the mojo pork butt made no difference. I simmered the slices in chicken stock with onions, colored it with Kitchen Bouquet, added a bit of beef soup flavoring and thickened it with corn starch. Not the ideal gravy but it worked well enough!More random wildlife – a few wild turkeys browsing for insects, I assume. This camera is on the opposite side of the house and is looking North. It doesn’t get nearly as much action as the one overlooking the spot where Mrs J scatters corn and sunflower seeds but we see a fair selection of critters. I understand that they have cameras with wi-fi transmitters built in that can broadcast their captures to a centrally located receiver. Sounds interesting, we gather the memory cards and view the take via a screen in the house. From what I’ve seen the wi-fi range isn’t far enough to be all that useful for us.