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Shopping Around the World…One Dish Meal

Fozziemum and Piglove are our fabulous hosts for Shopping Around The World.  This month we are making one dish meals.                                                               ng-cart

Mom decided to make a shrimp casserole.  After trying Sammy’s Shrimp Salad, mom has discovered the tasty joys of shrimp cooking.  Of course, this is Sammy from One Spoiled Cat.

We are ready for some dancin’ and sliddin in the kitchen.  Right mom, OK…. this is serious business.  We’re ready for some Chopin… I mean choppin’ and whiskin’.  I been whiskin’…MOL Just whiskin’….whiskin’my day away.                                                             chefshok   Shrimp Casserole:

Sidekicks $1.25 (ON SALE)                                                                             aasidekickshalf an onion (cupboard)
celery,1 stalk (fridge)
mushrooms,5 (fridge)
carrots,4 small (garden)
beet greens 4 small (garden)
red peppers,3 small (greenhouse)
peas, handful (garden)
beans,8 fresh (garden)
Shrimp 1 300 g. pkge. or (2 shrimp rings….$9.98) Only use 1 box.

I do believe that’s all the ingredients my friends.

DIRECTIONS:

With the sidekicks, cook them as the pkg. states.  As these are cooking, cut up your mushrooms, onion, celery and red pepper and sauté them in 1 tbsp. of olive oil.  TIP:  If you have someone in your household that picks veggies out of the mixture so they don’t have to eat them, chop everything small.  These folk don’t stand a chance in Hades of getting anything out.  MOL Your sidekicks should be ready. Pour the whole thing into your casserole dish and stir. It’s the only thing in there so one swish otta do er. Add your sautéed onion, green peppers, mushrooms and celery. These veggies should be just bendable, they will finish cooking in the casserole and the juices will float about in the mixture. Now you will need to pick some beans, peas, carrots and beet greens. For most folks they can grab a handful of frozen peas and beans and go with that. A few carrots from produce would be nice. If, these are uncooked, partially cook them and add to the mixture. The carrots can be shaved into the casserole or chopped, or anyway you prefer them. You can also add leftovers from the fridge if they would go together.  Any added veggies should be cooked for about 10 minutes or long enough for the veggie to be just slightly soft. No chocolate and beans….it sounds ghastly!
The final ingredient to add is your shrimp. Mom always seems to get shrimp with the tails on them. This is very unpleasant when chowing down on the casserole so you want to remove the tails. I sent Kali to pull all the tails off the shrimp because it is so boring. She is playing…”he loves me…loves me not…loves me…” thinking of her beau Buddy from the Tomcat Commentary by Tim.
akalipersian

hehe…this isn’t a Persian meal Kali.  I know but when’s mom going to make a Persian dish?  Thought I’d take this opportunity to show off my new Persian garb.

Cook the casserole in the oven for 15 minutes at 375 degrees.  If the casserole starts to look dry add some water…1/4 cup and stir like you’re on nip.  After 15 minutes add the tailless shrimp and cook for another 10 minutes.

aashrimpcass1What are those black blobs in there, mom?  You didn’t grab a few beetles and through them in, did you?  You know Kali probably didn’t get all the tails off the shrimp so they’ll be a little crunchy anyways. No mom…..sorry.  Mom said I was being rude so I’m really sorry, there are no bugs in this casserole, nada….none.  PSSSST….mom burnt the red pepper!  MOL                                                                   aaakalishokfoodBring on the shrimp mom!  We’re waiting patiently.

May your tunnel never develop holes.

SHOKO…..BLACK
KALI…..ORANGE

                                                    SHOKOKALI2

A Walk Through The Garden In July

This is a lovely summer’s day.  The temperature is not sweating us out of the house.  The rains have come and gone.  This means no more restrictions on watering with sprinklers.

Come let’s walk through the backyard and view the plants. The first plants we come across are the herbs.  Mom has dried lots of them and is looking to make herbed vinegar and oil.  I told her she doesn’t have the time but she insisted in that way peeps can.

DSCN3642You see the tall herb right in the middle of the barrel….well, that is tarragon and mom is going to put it in wine vinegar.  I wonder if the wine vinegar will taste yucky after she finishes with it.

We are headed to the veggie garden next.  I have fertilized and watered everyday.  Also I have mixed the soil so that bugs don’t have a chance to set up housekeeping.

You will notice in the first row there is cauliflower, 3 of them to be exact.  There are a couple of beets and a few carrots.  I got to aerating the soil and couldn’t help myself and did a witches dance.  The results are only 2 beets remain in that row and there are very few carrots this year.  However, mom got all carried away with the beets and chard in the second row….making up for my boo boo in the first row.  The 3rd. row is all corn and doing very well from all that hot weather we had.  The two last rows are beans and peas.  Notice the sunflowers mom grew from seed.

Come over here my friend and see part of the flower garden.

Right in the middle of the picture are the lavender coloured phlox.  The aroma from the phlox is divine, so mom says….I think it stinks myself.  Beside the phlox, is the new rose mom got as a remembrance of her mom.  Behind the phlox and rose and well protected are 2 huge tomato plants.  Moving to the left, there is the pink hydrangea.  Mom added a chemical compound to the soil to turn the soil more acidy, thereby giving us blue flowers instead of pink.  It didn’t work mom.  There is another big tomato plant behind the hydrangea.  The tomatoes have lots of fruit but they’re not red yet.

Let’s step into the greenhouse for a few moments and see how the crops are doing in there.                                                     You are looking at the 3  pepper plants we got from small transplants.  All 3 have peppers on them.  The one pepper to the right is an Hungarian Sweet Pepper Plant.   Mom thought because of its shape the peppers would be hot and she figures she’s hot enough and doesn’t need those to help her.  Aw mom I didn’t mean to embarrass you!  MOL   You can see the leeks just in front of the peppers and the celery is to the far left.  To the far right and out of sight is the Spaghetti Squash.  Mom has pollinated the squash but no big ones are on the way yet.

Let’s mosey (mousey) back to the deck.

Look who stopped by for a visit, the cow kitten neighbour from next door. He sure is growing.

Ack!  Don’t run at me like that!  Now I need a piddle pad from Dezi of Dezi World’s powder room.  Geesh.  This is not how to make friends!

What’s happening out her Shoko?  Look for yourself Kali, its our neighbour again.                                                         What’s he doing Shoko?  I don’t know….maybe, no it can’t be….biting his tail?  Really?

MOL, Look at his reaction after biting his tail Kali.  MOL.  What a funny guy.

Shoko’s 7th Gotcha Day Pawty

What a great sleep I had Kali.  My word, I slept so hard…it must’ve been all the fun at Cat Scouts yesterday.  I wrapped myself in the Canadian Flag.  MOL

It’s my Gotcha Day, mom.  Did you make a special meal for me.  Sure did Shoko.

*Shoko opens the blinds on the sliding glass door*  Surprise Shoko….we remembered it was your Gotcha Day.  AWWW…you dudettes!!  I sure love you two.

Is that Dezi and Lezi?

Is that Dezi and Lezi?

Woohoo..let’s get out of here and join the fun!

 

Speedy and Einsteindiscussing the warmest types of blankies.

Speedy and Einstein mewing about the warmest types of blankies.

Binky, Tim and Shoko talking about the possibility of Feline Acne with plastic bowls.

Binky, Tim and Shoko meowing about the possibility of Feline Acne with plastic bowls.

Mom brought out some more nibbles for us and our peeps.

 

kitchen-sink-brownies

kitchen-sink-brownies

 

Lemon-Champagne-Cocktail

Lemon-Champagne-Cocktail

 

catnip straight from the garden.

catnip straight from the garden.

Mmm…it doesn’t get any fresher than this my friends.

Nipitini

Nipitini

 

spiked lemonade

spiked lemonade

Don’t worry!  The lemonade is spiked with 7 up and a few cherries.

 

 

Bacon and found carrots

Bacon and found carrots.  They should be on that table.

Hey Bacon, you can have all the carrots if you want…we got them for you my little snorter.

Shoko reached the level of Sabertooth Tiger in Cat Scouts Saturday.  This is the highest level a kitty can reach in Cat Scouts….we are so proud.

 

SABERTOOTH FLAG

SABERTOOTH FLAG

 

Gotcha Cake

Gotcha Cake

Remember last year mom…..you didn’t know how to make a Gotcha Cake then….MOL… Move on Shoko….let’s not tell everybody that I am still learning and sometimes get terrifyingly mixed up…shhh. Alright mom! Geesh.

 

Sammy BBQ fish, hot dogs and hamburger patties for us

Sammy BBQ fish, hot dogs and hamburger patties for us.

 

Easy does it!

Easy barked out his food order to Sammy but he barked in French and nobody understood him! So Sammy gave him one of everything and Easy sat down and ate all of it.

 

Sorry no chicken here today Cupcake.  Try a Fish Witch, they’re delicious!  I invented them…I’m going to tell Raz so he can cook them at his Friday Fish Fry on Cat Scouts.

Dharth

Dharth

Hi there my little cuz…great to see you Dharth.  Your friends are more than welcome too.  Dig in…either in the garden or for some great food. MOL

 

Nellie and Shoko discussing how strange and unexplainable things happen whenever they are around.

Nellie and Shoko discussing how strange and unexplainable things happen whenever they are around.

Kali and Bud Bud

Kali and Bud Bud

 

Here are some beautiful cards that I received for my Gotcha Day

From Nellie The original Cat From Hell

From Nellie The original Cat From Hell

 

From Dezi of Dezi World

From Dezi of Dezi World

 

from Sammy K. of One Spoiled Cat

from Sammy K. of One Spoiled Cat

 

from Easy of Easy Blog

from Easy of Easy Blog

 

From Bacon of Piglove

From Bacon of Piglove

 

Shoko'ss Gotcha Day from Siddhartha Henry

Shoko’ss Gotcha Day from Siddhartha Henry of  Purrince Siddhartha’s Purrfect Pad

Here are the treats for your peep from mom.  These are strictly fresh from the garden.

 

Fresh Dried herbs

Fresh Dried herbs

 

Varieties of herbed vinegar

Varieties of herbed vinegar

For the kitties here are some treats to take home.

 

Fresh dried nip

Fresh dried nip

 

fishies

fishies

Hope you all had a fantastic time…I sure did my friends.  I owe this to my sis Kali…I really thought she forgot me….boy was I wrong.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Fun Week

 

What a fun week we had.  Kali has been out sunning herself in her hat and sun glasses so she doesn’t have to worry about a burn.  Her fur is white and she seems to feel the effects of the sun quickly.

I'm set....no sun puddles for me.  I want to get out and savour the sun's rays

I’m set….no sun puddles for me. I want to get out and savour the sun’s rays

 

Me?  well I’ve been helping mom, as usual.  We got several pots of flowers planted.  The leeks and celery were planted in the greenhouse along with the Summer Savoury herb.  We ran outside every few minutes as it was hot as stink in there.  I noticed a green pepper fruit is about an inch wide on the peppers.  All the squash is planted outside except the spaghetti squash.  So we need to plant the corn, cauliflower, swiss chard, beets and carrots yet.

beet seeds

 

carrot seed tape

carrot seed tape

This carrot seed tape is easy peasy.  No fuss or mess, just lay the tape down and cover with soil.  Of course, I grab the tape and run….just airing the seeds out.  Then I continually break them for mom.  So when she does lay them down…they are of a smaller size she can handle.

Earlier in the week Speedy The Cheeky Rex Rabbit had me as a guest bunny on Disapproving Bun Day.  I had a ball as a bunny.  Mr. Mick, a handsome guest bunny and I kicked up some dust with Speedy.

Nellie from The Cat From Hell also made me an honorary member of the Cat From Hell and put me on her Hellions Page.

I want to thank Speedy and Nellie for helping me have such a fun time.

Mom and I still have a fair bit of planting to do but it looks like a storm is moving in so the plants and seeds will have to wait…a good watering from the skies is needed for the plants and the forest fires.