This is the last leg of the journey. Mom finally had a washing machine and washed that darned sweater and they took it pretty easy for most of the day. They did however jump on a trolley and ride up and down Canal St….a main street in Nawlins’ Now these two get happy at the strangest things! Mom was so delighted to get on the trolley for 40 cents…seniors rate. At the end of the line in one direction was a huge Casino and the Mississippi River and another trolley station to the Farmer’s Market. Just walking around, one picked up the flavour of the city. The residents of this city were all so polite and nice. That southern charm made everyone around them feel happy and welcome.
There were sex shops mixed in with Voodoo shops….lots of variety.
The only tour they took was a City Tour. The sights were awesome. Nicholas Cage has a lovely house on a quiet street in one of the richer areas. They didn’t see him…so no big deal. The devastation of Hurricane Katrina was still evident in the badly hit areas. Some of the houses had the body count on the outside of the wall by the front door….makes one feel ill…other houses had the high water marks. In other neighbourhoods, the outside of the house had been fixed up in accordance with city bylaws but the people could not afford to renovate the inside.
They also went to a cemetery. New Orleans is at sea level and some of the city is actually below sea level, so burying in the ground is next to impossible as the coffins would float to the top with a big storm or hurricane. The crypts and mausoleums were unbelievable. There were beautiful crypts, that are well cared for….very expensive. They found out Nicholas Cage has reserved one for when he passes. These crypts could hold masses of people…if you had a friend that didn’t have a place to go in the afterlife…you could have him in your crypt. The plots are dug up after about 10 years and the remains are compacted to a smaller area. So you could hold many.
There were rows upon rows of the crypts.
At the far end are the less expensive crypts. Anyone who dies and will remain in New Orleans is in one of at least 7 other cemeteries.
The next stop was for a bathroom break but there was also a grocery store there. Mom proceeded to look for southern spices and herbs. Creole spice is about the only spice that was different that she found. The only peculiar item she found was dehydrated green onions. Why? Green onions are cheap, even in winter and easy to grow. Perplexing.
Mom and dad were hungry after their excursion and enjoyed another lovely meal that evening. A separate post will give you a few details on some of the dinners they ate while visiting this extraordinary city..
Off to bed about 10:30pm as tomorrow would be another active day. About 1am the partying started….it was Friday night in Nawlins’ and the partying went on and on…with the music and laughter getting louder by the hour. Finally, all the racket peaked with car horns blasting from 4:30am to after 5am. Needless to say, the pawents were not rarin’ to go come 8;30am. Dad was giving one of his talks about, “a learning lesson” and mom was looking ticked off again. Good idea not to be as close to the action as they were just off Bourbon St.
They decided to rent a car for a few days to see some of the outlying areas. Then headed off to Baton Rouge and Livonia. Dad took a hazardous waste course many, many years ago in Livonia, and wanted to see what it looked like after about 30 years. Dad set the GPS and away they went. They only went to the outskirts of Baton Rouge…The GPS would get upset each time they got off of the freeway. They did stop at Hooter’s in Baton Rouge and got me a small Hooter’s duck. Mom says it was to remind me of ducky boobs.
Mom was amazed with the scenery. They stumbled on a bayou called the Irish Bayou. They just had to have a look much to the GPS’s dismay…it kept saying, “Make a u turn at the next light.”
The majority of houses in the bayou were raised.
Getting back on the freeway….this made the GPS happy, they didn’t seem to go too far and there was Livonia.
Mom was amazed at the water towers. BC doesn’t have any. We have well water or river/lake water. Is this because Louisiana and most southern states are so flat?
Mom also spied a Magnolia Tree….she had never seen one….only on TV. Amazing, all flower and no foliage. It must get its foliage after the flowers are finished. Like our Japanese Cherry Trees.
On the trip back to New Orleans they crossed the Mississippi River and down one side was refinery upon refinery. Quite a blight to the natural scenery.
When they got back to the condo they were tired and not very hungry so ate in the condo. The internet was out due to the construction so they decided this was a sign to go to bed early. They were woken up this Saturday night by party-goers again. This time they were louder and the bass was stronger. They had to take pictures, mirror and plants off the walls and put ornaments on the floor or they just rattled until they hit the ground. The morning’s festivities ended with the fire alarm going off for a half hour around 5:30am. Another unrelaxing nights sleep.
Sunday they took the car back and went to the Farmer’s Market. There was something for everyone. In fact, it was too overwhelming for mom. These two decided to walk about. Stopping first at a pet store where mom finally found Silvervine Catnip and some Silvervine toys for Kali and I. Her and dad hurried over to Marie Laveau’s voodoo shop, Mom was disappointed. She said the voodoo stuff was mass produced junk for tourists, She had promised to get me something but said it wasn’t worth it. After this disappointment they went to the Café Du Monde, suggested by June and Jim Thompson. They had something called bayonets. Mom said they were delicious! They were like fried doughnuts with icing sugar all over them. They both were covered in icing sugar when they left the Café.
Mom and dad headed to a Walgreen’s the following day for some stuff to take home to Canada. For instance dental tape….Prince George grocery stores and drugstores have decided not to carry the stuff anymore. Mom…being dainty and all walked into a man…she excused herself and the man shook Bill’s hand heartily saying…..”Your wife came shopping with you. good job….mine just sent me out with a list and said come home when you finish the list!” They laughed and moved on. What an open honest man. They then went to a grocery store called Wynn Dixon and mom asked the deli person for 100 kilograms of Black Forest Ham. The girl got upset and said…,”Kill who?” Then mom got upset because she could not convert it to ounces immediately but figured it out finally. Think fast mom….hehehe.
They raced back to the condo with their goodies.
Monday was another trolley day. They jumped on the St. Charles Ave. trolley and headed for what turned out to be a rather ritzy district.
They decided to hop out at an Audubon Park. The birds were so relaxed around them and they didn’t beg for food. A lazy afternoon as the weather was turning warm and humid.
There were two universities that mom and dad saw on their Trolley ride. Loyola University and Tulane University. They sat side by side on St. Charles Ave.
Then it was over to the WW2 museum. They were outside the Louisiana wing of the museum and found bricks formed the sidewalk, red bricks with the name of those Americans that gave their life to assist Britain to keep the Nazi’s away from Britain. There were so many bricks….it made one tear up to think of the families that had been devastated by war.
They decided to end the exploring for the day and headed back to the condo.
Their final day in the big city of Nawlins’ started with packing their suitcases and then they decided to go visit the Civil War Museum so they jumped back on the St. Charles trolley and actually knew where to get off the trolley. The trolleys were neat and clean and younger folk let the older peeps sit down. Very polite….not a case of every kit for her/himself.
Time for the pawents to leave this wonderful and unique city. They caught a plane to Denver and then to Vancouver and finally to Prince George where I gave mom hell for half an hour for leaving us. Kali would not have anything to do with these two gadabouts. It has been 2 weeks and she is just starting to let mom pet her tummy and is purring when she does.
There you have a pretty good description of what mom and dad were doing for over 2 weeks.
We hoped you enjoyed their travels and had the odd laugh.
Another month and another Shopping and Cooking Around the World with our host Bacon of Piglove.
We are supposed to show you what our ‘go to’ meal is. You know, when you come home pooped and don’t feel like making a big meal that everyone devours in 5 minutes. Mom has a few of those type of meals but dad’s favourite is Pizza with extras.
Mom got the 2 pizzas at Real Canadian Superstore for $2.98 each – $5.96
1 can sliced black olives = $1.18
There….. all your ingredients cost $12.73. That’s for 2 pizzas with enough leftovers to make another meal. INSTRUCTIONS: Place the black olive slices on the pizza first. Put on as many as you like. Then place the ham all over the black olives and finally, your pepperoni spread out to cover the ham. Follow the directions on the outside of the pizza cartons for cooking. You’re finished.
I am sorry, everyone seemed to jump in and take their pizza…..photos be damned!
Bacon of Piglove started this Shopping Around The World but Phenny of Easy Blog is in charge of this months edition.
This month Phenny says he wants potato dishes for the recipe. OK Phenny, Shoko is going to assist mom with this yummy recipe.
Our meal this month is:
Crispy Roasted Parmesan Potatoes
35 minutes for a total time of 45 minutes.
You will need:
250 Grams Kraft Parmesan Cheese
1 bag of 750g/1.5 Ib.baby potatoes, halved
2 tbsp of olive oil plus some for drizzling
1/2 tsp dried oregano or thyme
1/2 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 cup grated parmesan, the sand like type.
3/4C sour cream
green onions chopped…have lots if you like them!
1 bunch $0.99
Drizzle oil in 9 X 13″ glass baking dish. Tilt pan to spread all over the base.
Use a spoon to scatter the Parmesan Mixture over the base. Spread as evenly as you can. Once sprinkled do not touch….don’t try to spread it. You’ll regret it!
Place potatoes cut side down, pressing firmly.
Optional: drizzle the top of potatoes with a touch of oil or spray with oil, then sprinkle with salt. Mom used olive oil Pam from her cupboard of goodies.
Bake potatoes for 35 to 40 minutes or until they are soft and the parmesan crust is a deep golden….no problems, you can check through the glass.
Let them rest for 5 minutes. Then use a spatula to cut between every 4 or so potatoes (cutting through the parmesan crust which bonds between each potato.), then scoop up 4 or so potatoes and flip them upside down so the cheese side is up on the platter.
Mom, this picture doesn’t show the texture very well….how bout a close-up?
Serve with dipping sauce, if using, and sprinkle over extra green onion if desired. Serve as a side dish or nibbles!
Dad said, “These are surprisingly delicious…watching your mom I had to wonder.” Makes ya feel good, eh mom? mol
Planting day. Mom have you got the necessities? Let’s see the list…..hand shovel, trowel, bone meal and manure. Check. We’re ready. Oh my, the seeds! We need peas, Scarlet Runner pole beans, Blue Lagoon pole beans, beets, yellow beans. carrots and potatoes. Check!
We’ll use these poles for playing *limbo* or *how low can you go* after we’re finished with the garden.
Dad did a great job with the rototiller. I wish Nellie was here…she knows her stuff.
We need to start here…who’s that? It looks like Nellie from Nellie On The Edge Nellie? Nellie….is that you? “Hi Shoko! Mes comed to helps yous with planting the garden from over the bridge! Yous know the best thing about going there? Mes can bes the real mes! Mes can now looks like the Cat From Hell!! Mes always wanted to has horns and a devils tail and when mes gotted there…mes had them! Is they not the coolest!?!?” Wow…maybe I’ll get a tail and horns when I join you, Nellie. Kali, come see who has come to help plant the veggie garden.
It’s not that dizzy broad from next door I hope. She’s a nip head. Well, I’ll be a pig’s knuckle, it’s Nellie! So good to see my bestest friend…you have the real thing now….a tail and horns and they’re red! MOL
Kali, yous looks fashionable in your sunflower hat. Guarding against too much sun Nellie. Apparently I can get quite ditzy with too much of a good thing. MOL
Hey, Shoks mes want to fertilize the seeds your moms planted. I can’t pee on command like you Nellie….I’m still earthly. Give me a few minutes.
Kali, you wanna snuggle while I’s waitin’ for Shoks to lubricate her plumbing. I always want to snuggle with you Nellie. Let’s get comfortable in the house.
Nellie! Your horns and tail disappeared…what happened? When I feels especially warm and happy they disappear. So I can be whats I feel like being…a devil or angel. Cool Nellie…what a trick. You’re still a little squirt though. Ya but I’s pack quite a lot of fun into mes little self. MOL
Nellie we got the sprinkler working. Mom has planted most veggies. Time to do our thing.
That was funsies…I’m dry as parchment paper…How bout you? I could do another 10 gardens….I’m full of it…that sounds not so good. MOL Here Shoks try some of mes special elixir. You’ll feel great in seconds. This works like so quick and it’s yummy. I’m not tired anymore. Thanks Nellie.
Looks like our work is done, Nellie. I’s changing back to mes devilish self and headed to mes new home. If, you need mes just call and I ‘ll come.
Mom and dad checked the hotel room a few times to make sure they didn’t leave anything behind. Then it was off to Heathrow Airport. Peeps had told mom it was a very hard airport to get through as it was huge. It was very large but staff at the airport helped mom, so going through security was much easier. They were even early for the plane so looked at various shops. Heathrow is very large with much walking.
The plane ride to Vancouver was very similar to the plane ride to Paris. So I won’t bore you with details. When mom saw the sands of the beach near UBC (University of British Columbia), she got very excited. We are sorry about the poor quality of the photo but the plane wasn’t all that close to the beach. MOL
Upon landing at Vancouver Airport, dad was grabbing the luggage off the carousel when mom came moseying along to remind dad what our luggage looked like. Talk about giving the, “evil eye!” Dad ‘s look could have stopped a Canada Goose in mid honk!
When mom and dad got into their motel room, mom called Barb co-author of, “Nellie, On The Edge.” Barb was not far away and came over to the motel room. They chatted and laughed and then figured it was time to go see a special lady and have supper. Off they went to Barb’s new townhouse. Mom loved the townhouse except for the many stairs but Barb said all this walking is paying off. She had become a few pounds lighter. When they got to the livingroom…..there was Nellie, just hangin’ out.
At this point Barb told mom and dad she made a pot roast with all the trimmings for dinner. They all charged into the kitchen. Although mom and dad were not very hungry as it was 3am in London. If mom is going to have beef, she wants pot roast….this is her favourite beef meal. What a scrumptious meal. Sorry no pictures. If we were home, mom would have asked for a kitty bag. MOL
Time to return to the motel. Nellie was getting ready for a snooze so mom and dad were quiet and let Nellie snuggle down. These are the last pictures of Nellie. It was her time to leave for the Rainbow Bridge. We were so fortunate to know this lovely Queen.
Mom and dad left for Prince George the next morning. I was delighted to see mom and wouldn’t leave her alone all night. I whacked her on the head when she fell asleep. I wanted loves. Kali wouldn’t look at mom but chattered away to dad. Three days later Kali decided mom was ok after all.
We hope you enjoyed mom and dad’s jaunt to the old country. They brought back a virus with them and were laid up for three weeks after arriving home but they’re fine now.
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.
Hey Kali how’s the ole gal doing? She’s OK….she’s watching and talking to the TV. The 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Can we talk? I want to talk about dining habits friends. So sit down and pull up a blankie.
Shoko and I were having fun at meal time. See, mom would leave down our dry Siamese cat food all day and we would fill up on the crunchy goodness. Come time for our meal of wet food, we weren’t all that hungry so would play games with mom. Like take a taste and back away in horror. MOL It got to be a real fun game. Shoko and I would try and outdo the other with our reactions. I would gag and Shoko would look at mom like, “If she’s going to be sick eating this cwap, I’m not having any of it.” and walk away with her head held high. We continued on this way for awhile all the time meowing at mom’s expense.
Then one morning a little bit before breakfast I got up to partake of this crunchy goodness. There was no food bowl on our placemat! I ate the odd piece that had fallen out onto the mat. Dang! I was still hungry. Shoko sleepily staggered over for some crunchies too. Friends we were ticked! We decided that we would tell mom about this injustice and have her put our crunchies down. So we decided one of us would approach her and let her know we’re starving out here, while she is snoring away. I went into the bedroom and ran up my stairs meowing all the way. Mom looked at me through bleary eyes and muttered, “Che che nog nog.” What? That doesn’t make sense. I smacky pawed her shoulder several times to which she replied the same. OK Shok your turn. Shoko smacky pawed mom’s arm and then ran around her pillow, finally settling on the top of the pillow. No response. So we waited for her to wake up.
Finally mom woke up! We both tried to tell her about this absurdity with our dry food. Mom and us sauntered out to the kitchen where mom still didn’t put down our dry crunchies but opened a tin of wet food….our favourite really…..a Fancy Feast beef flavoured tin. We were starving to death before her eyes, so we dug right in. Hey, this wet food tastes pretty good. Seems our eating habits are changing. Dry food vacates the placemat 3 hours before wet food time. We still are miffed at the change but as you can see we eat our FF beef flavoured without the dramatics,
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.
Woohoo..let’s get out of here and join the fun!
Mom brought out some more nibbles for us and our peeps.
Mmm…it doesn’t get any fresher than this my friends.
Don’t worry! The lemonade is spiked with 7 up and a few cherries.
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.
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.
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.
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
Here are some beautiful cards that I received for my Gotcha Day
Here are the treats for your peep from mom. These are strictly fresh from the garden.
For the kitties here are some treats to take home.
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.