When the kitty won’t move, you just have to make the bed around him.
Zander yawning since he was so rudely awoken so I could make the bed. Poor babies.
Here’s half of the kitteh crew, the youngest half. They’ve arranged themselves on the tree by order of seniority – Bitsy on top, Ginger Boy, and Ollie, the newest addition.I tried a couple of those refrigerated pizza crusts that come rolled up in parchment paper. I figured they couldn’t be too bad. I figured wrong. Those roasted garlic cloves were very good – cooked at 400 for 45 minutes or so.I peeked into the oven after 14 minutes and saw that the crust edge had little or no color so I gave them a few minutes more. That was a bad call. The edge was hard and tough, the rest was just tough. I have a tube of pizza dough that they package like the biscuits that you rap on the counter edge to pop open. I’ll give that a go but my hopes for it are limited.It’s getting to be soup weather – the temps are below 90 and that is what we call fall weather these days. I made a potato soup – boil some ham hocks in chicken stock with onions for an hour or two then add chopped potatoes and continue to simmer until they are soft enough to run a stick blender. Take out the ham and set aside to cool, run the blender, then pick the meat off the hock and return to the soup. I added a splash of half and half and melted in a handful of shredded cheddar but that’s optional.I still had a package of sour mustard greens that were an ingredient in this dish – pork belly with mustard greens. I thawed some of the pork belly I had saved from our last trip to our supplier to use in this and I have the rest of it curing for homemade bacon. Still have a few days left before that will be ready.I thawed a brick of the last batch of red beans and made a new batch of rice to go with it. I can see why Louis Armstrong often signed letters “Red Beans and Rice-ly Yours”. Tsk tsk, I see Homer has been out frog hunting again. He’d best hope he doesn’t step in a snapping turtle’s open maw.
You may remember this soup from a few days ago. I’m pretty sure I’m allergic to the mung bean noodles. I’m all puffed up and itchy with a whole body rash that I’m treating with antihistamines with some success. At least I’m not scratching myself bloody. I’ve had a reaction like this before, a couple of years ago. At the time I blamed it on something in this soup:It’s made with assorted sea critters. The day after I ate this I started noticing bumps and rashes and puffy eyes. I rode it out with benadryl and haven’t bought any more of the frozen seafood since. This time around, I suspected the mung beans may have been the culprit because they were the only thing unusual to my regular diet, notwithstanding the lag time between ingestion and peak symptoms. I wondered if the soup I made with those seafood items used mung bean noodles so I looked through my archives. Nope – those are ramen noodles and I’ve eaten them before and after without problem. I did see this from a few days prior:There are the mung bean noodles. The lag time is what threw me off before. On reflection, I can see that the reaction built over a few days, I noticed some odd bumps on my hands and fingers earlier and though maybe they were from poison ivy or oak because I had pulled some weeds out of the garden. At least this is something I can avoid without much problem. I just hope the mung bean hypothesis is correct and it isn’t something else. I did have a peanut butter and jelly sammich within the same time frame. Here’s a cute kitteh for you:It’s a new arrival at the shelter. Mrs J took a scad of pictures trying to get a good one, this is the only one that isn’t blurred by movement. He was a squirmy little kitty. And speaking of squirmy little kittehs, here’s one I dug out of the archives. It’s Bitsy tasting a nose:She was a brand new kitteh for us when this was taken. I made a stab at a double crusted pizza the other day, I made a regular cheese crust pizza, then added a layer of sliced provolone and covered that with another layer of dough, then built the pizza out with sausage, mushrooms, and onions:
Sure looks like a tiger to me! Mrs J brought home some more pictures from the shelter.These are still nursing but they are starting to play with toys and are exploring.Li’l Blue Eyes. Quite the cutie!