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Shopping Around The World In April…..Seafood Recipe

April is our turn to host the Shopping Around The World for Piglove.  Simply put The Canadian Cat’s URL in your post with your favourite seafood dish.  Piglove’s URL would be nice to include too.


SHOKO…..BLACK
KALI……ORANGE

Hey Kali how’s the ole gal doing?  She’s OK….she’s watching and talking to the TVThe talking to the TV tells me she’s getting better.  What happened anyway Shoko…do you know?  Well, listening to dad and mom yak about her knee, it seems when they went to Omaha Beach after meeting up with Phenny and his mom and dad, mom fell down.  Really!!  Good ole mom, when in doubt, have a bath….sorry, that’s for us not mom.  For mom it would be….MAKE A TURKEY OF YOURSELF!

This picture  was taken moments before mom stood up, heard a crack and fell on her face.  Da Phenny knew it was coming and wanted to get out of there fast so is dragging his mom behind him. MOL.

When they got to London they caught a virus….both of them.  This knocked them so low that they could barely be seen on our cat radar, but I get ahead of myself as all of the residents at the house in Normandy were involved in fixing our recipe of the month for Shopping Around The World.

We peek in at the activities In the house in Normandy that day.

Seems mom was the bossy dudette for our recipe of Fish Cakes made with salmon.  She says supervisor, we say bossy.

Ingredients:

1 tin Sockeye Salmon….150 grams $5.25 in Canadian Dollars

1 onion…. 1.29 euro a pound , $ 1.38

8 small potatoes……very small…1.99 for a kilo,  $$ 2.13 euro

some butter….in cupboard

A true international dinner.

Directions:

1/ Dice onion but not too small.  Throw a teaspoon of butter in frying pan to brown onion.  Put onion in frying pan and cook at medium-high…stirring frequently or your onion will be black as my face. MOL

2/ While the onion is browning, cut up the potatoes and boil them in a pot.

The potatoes are boiling and the onion is sautéing as demonstrated by our model Broomhilda Brush, a charming woman.

With your other hand chunk up the sockeye salmon after you have removed the juice and given it to the pet at your elbow.                                                                 As you see, aforementioned pet is helping Broomhilda get the salmon juice out of the can and telling us to flake off, it’s his juice.

3/ The potatoes are done so smash them like this foreign resident of the house.

                                                                         4/ Turn onions off at this time.

5/ Add salt and pepper to taste and about 1 tablespoon breadcrumbs.

6/  Combine smashed potatoes, browned onions. salt, pepper, breadcrumbs and of course the salmon in bowl.  Mix with hands.  It tastes better this way.

7/ Make patties with your hands.  Put 2 tablespoons butter in frying pan and turn the temperature to high.  Watch constantly. Don’t forget to place the patties in pan. After about 5 minutes turn the cakes over and do the same on the other side.  You want to brown them on either side….not burn them.  DONE!                                                             These are some scrumptious looking fish cakes. Mmmm…perhaps some more potatoes would be wise next time.

A wonderful meal that we all had part in making.  What? Mr. Brush  didn’t do anything?                                                                   Oh yes he did!  Mr. Brush appears to have eaten a little more than the chair could hack.  The chair broke but Phenny was there to the rescue, moving so fast he’s a blur.

Thank you for joining us for April’s Seafood Recipe.  From all of us: Mr. and Mrs. Brush, dad, mom and Da Phenny we bid you a fun and happy day.

Broomhilda Brush and Mr. Brush aka Phenny’s mom and dad.

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It is also Sunday Selfie Day with The Cat On My Head blog.  Well, we just couldn’t miss another Selfie Day so I took it upon myself to show one and all the beret mom brought me back from Paris for me.  Kali got one that is exactly the same.  Where’s the French treats mom….trade ya the beret for the goodies.  MOL                                                         Am I not one sophisticated kitty?  I asked for a green beret but mom didn’t think I deserve a green one.  I tell you…I’m not so sure about that woman.

Please stop by The Cat On My Head and view our friends trying to show their best side.  It’s a riot.                                                             Mom this was a long blog.  I’m bone tired but a little peckish.  Are there any treats in the big Paris bag?  There are?  What do ya mean I have to share them with Kali.  What did she do?  Oh alright if I HAVE to.

 

It’s Christmas…NO….it’s Boxing Day…NO……It’s the day after..Pt. 2

 

Kali I thought this holiday season was supposed to be quiet and relaxing.  What happened?  There is way more happening than usual Shoko.  I don’t like it, myself.  I’m starting to get bags under my eyes from lack of sleep and these surprise visitors are giving me worry wrinkles.                                                                           aaoakst1Go away, I’m not ready to receive visitors…Shoo…shoo…  You called me Kali?   Well, NO,  This guy looks familiar, where have we seen him before?  This dude looks like Oak St. from last year.  Remember mom and dad took him to the SPCA and he was adopted after he was fixed.  That’s right.  What’s he doing back here?  I think maybe he likes it here.  Maybe he’s just hungry.  Mom filled up the food….there you go he had some kibble and left. Whew, now I can comb sparkles through my locks of fur.  What for? I want to achieve the best look for the Cat Scouts New Year Dance.  Buddy, from Timmy’s Tomcat Commentary blog and I are going to sneak in.  Einey and I can help you guys when you get there.  Sounds good sis.

Einstein and Buddy’s dad sent mom some Cadbury Choclates…wow.  Mom’s smacking her lips already.  Thank you so much Pete.  Angel Easy and Phenny’s parents sent some catnip pillows for us and dudes are they ever soft and cuddly.  Mom got a cat angel.  Is it ever cute.  It has a very sweet face.  Bacon from Piglove sent mom and dad t-shirts.  They loved them.  Mom’s t-shirt says ,”Cat Mom.”  Dad’s says,” I hate dogs!”  No it doesn’t Shoko, it has the Grinch on it….they know dad too well….MOL Kali got a funny looking guy with dangly legs….she sleeps with it. I got a soft pig in a hula skirt.  Dude she is fantabulous!  I can almost see her swaying.                                                                             aabacongifts

We thank everyone so very much for thinking of us.  The Christmas Cards we received on-line and right to our door were so appreciated…we have them on the complete, Kali, sniffer, work, mantle on the coffee table and our big table in the hall.  All we can say is WOW…you dudes and dudettes are awesome.  Thank you so very much.  You have made our Christmas complete!

Boxing Day came and Kali and I had to have a box so we went out and examined the Dude’s Hotel on the deck.  Cow Kitty was sunning himself but Kali didn’t see him.  She calls herself a cat?  Her sniffer doesn’t kitty, ice, dad, butt, bum, work!                                                                           aakssm

aackkcrzmSome kitty ate most of the kibble and the water is lower.  I dub this method of assisting the ferals and forgotten kitties a success.

It was a cold day as you can see by the ice around the water bowl.  We went charging inside when mom opened the door.  Hey, look Shoko dad has made us a box with entry ways.  Cool dad, thanks!

aabumstuckk1Oh how embarrassing my butt is stuck! Can I butter your muffin, Kali? MOL. mew, mew, Rolling On Floor Mewing My Whiskers Off!  What’s that poem mom says to us about, “Three Old Ladies Stuck In The Lavatory.”  *The third one’s name was Mrs  O’Kal-lee, she got stuck and couldn’t get her bum free.*  Dad will make the hole bigger to accommodate your more voluptuous regions. hehe

Do you know it’s also Artsy Fartsy Caturday today with Athena Cat Goddess Wise Kitty.  She’s holding the display of us kitties at her place so drop by and see the other models.                                                                       caturdayartbannerMom decided to use the Flow Art Effect from Lunapic so the picture of us looks painted.                                                                           aaflowarteffectksSHOKO…..BLACK

KALI…..ORANGE

 

You may be a Canadian if you describe -40 as a little chilly.                                                                                    sistersinarmswinter

 

 

 

Shopping Around The World

ng-cartHere it is November already.  Piglove and Fozziemum started Shopping Around the World for us to compare prices in different countries.  Mom sits and is shocked by the cheap price of milk products in other countries.  Canada has a board that regulates the price of milk products so our prices are high my friends.  Now the Americans are celebrating their Thanksgiving shortly so we were asked to do a sidedish or dessert….something that would go with a turkey.  Well, we had our turkey in October but we could have this dish any day.

We did our shopping at The Great Canadian Superstore.

1 bulb of fresh garlic:……$0.50  using 1 clove $0.08

Philidelphia cream cheese: $2.98 using 1/4 of pkge. $0.74

3 old potatoes:     $2.30

Sprig of parsley:  $1.28 a bundle using 1 sprig..$0.10

dried rosemary:   free….grown in the garden

Total cost for this dish is $3.22

Rosemary Garlic Mashed Taters

First you peel those 3 potatoes and then boil them in a pot on the stove….not too high a temp or the water will boil all over like mom’s did.  Right, you wash the taters off first before boiling….seems like a waste of time to me cause any cwap is going to boil off anyway.  While the taters are doing their thing, wash off the sprig of parsley and the rosemary.  Grind the rosemary on a mortar with your wee pestle.  Shred the garlic clove and set everything aside. Have a bit of refreshment…you’re probably thirsty by now.  The taters are done.  Drain them and put into a big good sized bowl  now either use your potato masher on those suckers or haul out your old mix master and make those taters talk.  Put in the Philly cheese and rosemary….keep mixing.  When the taters are so soft they look like pillows, dump them in a bowl and stick a sprig of parsley in them.  Salt, pepper and butter are optional although I think butter is a must.                                                            garlicrosemary potatoesThey look nice mom.  Or:

rosemarygarlic mashed tatersI shall model the Rosemary Garlic Mashed Taters.  They are best with butter.

 

 

Shopping Around the World

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Here it is just about the end of October and time for another Shopping Around the World.  Bacon of Piglove started Shopping Around the World so we will loop back to him.  Mom said I could help with this edition of SATW.  So I’m here to explain what mom has accomplished.

First she went shopping with dad.  I had to stay home because I would have sung, in a high pitched voice, all the way to Superstore, run and hid in Superstore and then sung, in a high pitched voice, all the way home.  Mom thought we all should be spared this thrill.

Mom decided to make Stuffed Mushrooms as her appetizer for this SATW so I won’t tell you everything else she bought.  She tends to get very creative ideas at the grocery store and insists on trying new items..  Meanwhile dad has disowned her and walked away as she’s talking to no one in particular how delicious this food would be.  Sorry, getting off the subject here.

Here are the ingredients purchased from The Real Canadian Superstore:

1 Red Pepper…….$1.90……  used 1/3rd of pepper

Italian Seasoning…140 grams bottle…….  $5.49……used 1 tablespoon

Mushrooms…………….20……$5.20….used all of them

Philadelphia Creamed Cheese..80z bar…..$4.37………used it all

Green Onions…………………………$0.77….used 1 onion

Shredded Parmesan Cheese……140 grams…..$5.98…..used 1 tablespoon

Bread Crumbs……$2.40 for 24 oz…….used 3 tablespoons

This recipe mom says is fairly easy.  The ingredients are not cheap but a treat occasionally.

To start off….wash your mushrooms.  We have 20 big mushrooms.  Remove the stems and set them aside for another dish.  Warm your parmesan cheese….woops, I mean warm your creamed cheese to room temperature.  Use a medium sized bowl for the ingredients.  Put parmesan cheese, 1 finely chopped green onion and 1/3rd finely chopped red pepper into a bowl.

Make those onion and red peppers small then you won’t have to precook them.

Now, into this mess add a tablespoon of Shredded Parmesan Cheese and depending how thick the mess is, add breadcrumbs.  Mom added a tablespoon of butter and found it too runny so added 2 tablespoon of herbed bread crumbs.  Add your Italian Seasoning…..a tablespoon of the Italian Seasoning.  Your mess should be thick, like I mean real thick so it sticks to the spoon and you have to scrape the mixture off the spoon to get it in the mushroom.  A big glob is the technical term.

Now fill those mushroom caps.

These wee guys are all ready to go into the oven at 400F for 15 minutes or until heated all the way through.

Done!!  These caps are delicious and a real treat.

Bony Pet Eats!