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Shopping In My World- Cooking In Fort Meezer

This month Phenny from Easy Blog is our super host for Shopping Around the World and Phenny says we must make something with gourds.  Mom debated about this.  Should she make cookies, a loaf….what to do?  She finally decided to make up her own recipe.  Give her a minute and she’ll name it.

SHOKO…..BLACK
KALI…..ORANGE

                                                    Should we both help mom, Kali?  I think so Shoko….this recipe is from whatever she dreams up….perhaps us guiding her would be a good idea.  I’ll be back later Kali, I hear the wind calling my name.  Really, what a wiener head! Humph!  Guess it’s you and me, mom.                                                We will call this dish, “Haunted Squished Squash Head.”  Pretty descriptive, eh?  It is a meal for Halloween.

Let’s get on with this very creative dish.

Haunted Squished Squash Head or (HSSH to save space on paper)

Ingredients:

1 acorn squash
1 pkg Knorr Sidekick Noodles
leftover veggies in the fridge
some frozen peas and corn
1 300g pkg, frozen shrimp

The very first thing to do is get a sharp knife and scoop.  Cut a face in the acorn squash and scoop out the seeds and pulp.                                                  

We’ll rinse and drain the shrimp.                                                  

These shrimp were $6.17 for the package of 300 g. at Real Canadian Superstore.                                                       You want to take your acorn squash and steam the cut faced squash.  The size depends on how many people are having dinner with you.  If there are two, like mom and dad, then a small to medium-sized squash will be plenty.

The acorn squash was $1.99 for one at Superstore.                                                  

Put the squash in a cup of water in the casserole dish and cover with tin foil.  Cook the squash with nothing in it for about an hour at 350F.  It is finished cooking when the meat inside is just slightly tender.

Oops!  Looks like the steaming turned our Harold squash into a Harry the Haggard-Faced Squished Squash.

NO PICTURE!

You want to make up your Sidekick noodles now.  Make them up from the directions on the bag just use about 1/4 C less water.  Mom used the Honey Garlic noodles.                                               

The Knorr Sidekick noodles were $0.97 at Superstore.

To the water for the noodles add whatever produce you have leftover in the fridge….within reason…..no cantaloupe or melon in the pasta, please.   For example, mom had a little left over red and yellow peppers.  So she chopped them into small chunks and there were 5 mushrooms sitting in the fridge so they went into the pasta water too.  The mushrooms and peppers will lose juice which will go into the water, this is why we cut out 1/4C of the water.  Now cook the noodles as per the recipe.You’re going to get a whole bucket of pasta mom….you’ll never get it into the squash.  No way!

I’m back.  I had to teach Mr, Fishie not to swim from me.  I stared at him then smashed his smiling face.  I’ll put him back in the water after I help you.                                                    

 

I’m busy Shoko….sit quietly.  Are you saying I have verbal diarrhea?  No, but I am telling everyone how to make this dish and you’re screwing it up.  Ohh!  Sorry!  *Shh* We start stuffing the cooked squash shell.  The squash takes a fair bit of the noodle filling.

Now that the noodle filling is in place.   Place the squash in the same casserole dish, minus the water, and then in the oven at 350F until it is warmed up about 20 minutes.

When the squash is out of the oven, use a fork and pull some of the noodles through the eye and mouth sockets.  These are worms.  Put some shrimp on the top of the squash head with the tail sticking out.  For effect, pour some cocktail sauce over the shrimp (blood).  Have some blood coming out of the eyes.

There is your Haunted Squished Squash Head.  I was right.  There was enough filling for another Haunted Squished Squash Head tomorrow night.

 

Happy Halloween!                                                   

 

 

Shopping Around the World In November

cute-kitten-sitting-shopping-cartThanks to Piglove and Fozziemum for providing us a forum to tell everybody our recipes.  Go Bacon!

We are supposed to be cooking up a Thanksgiving side dish but our Thanksgiving was last month, in October.  Mom and dad won’t appreciate anything to do with a turkey so close to Christmas.  The peeps in the States can hack it.  Well, we’re a little different.

So what are we cooking then Shoko?  Mom says she’s making up fish cakes.  How un-Thanksgiving like.  Well, this dish is for a break after all that  turkey.  Most of her ingredients are from the vegetable garden….but not the salmon Shoko.  Too bad, we could be rich if mom could grow fish out in the garden.

What’s that Elfin John doing?  You want to help us?  We don’t need your help, thank you.  I think we should let him help, Shoko.  He may be turning over a new leaf and who are we to stop his progress.  I don’t believe it Kali and now I feel guilty.  Oh, alright,,,,he can help us.

Here is a picture of the ingredients.

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Here is a picture of the ingredients mom forgot to show in the first photo.

Now that you’re confused we’ll tell you the ingredients:

1 onion, diced…$.030
1/4 cup shredded carrot…..garden…optional
4 average old potatoes…..garden
1/4 cup green pepper…$0.25
1/4 cup red pepper……$0.25
4 drops Worcester sauce…optional…cupboard
celery leaves….2 tbsps..optional
1/2 cup frozen peas
Sockeye salmon…..150 grams (5.3 ounces)… $5.25

Mom sends to St, Jean’s Cannery for her salmon.  Wonderful tasting salmon.  St. Jean’s Cannery is in the city of Nanaimo where Nanaimo Bars were invented.

We are all ready to get underway.                                                             aashokochef

Fry the peppers, onion,potatoes, dill, fall, nip, Kali, electric, cakes and shredded carrot, until they are just soft. Throw them into the mashed potatoes with Worcester sauce.  Add the dill and all other ingredients.  Your mixture is set to be fried.                                                             aaelfinbowlHey you…Elfin!!!  Get away before you fall in.

Good grief, I need a nip smoothie.  This little guy is getting to me.

aanipdrink2Thank you Kali.

Now, lets get out the electric fry pan.  Turn the temperature to high and spray a bit of oil in the bottom of the pan, about a tbsp.  Shape the cakes into round shapes about the size of a hamburger patty. When these rounds are in the frying pan press them flatter with a spatula. Our fry pan  holds 7 medium fish cakes.                                                                 aafishcakes1

These are the cooking fish cakes.  Mom is not great at flipping them over but she’s the boss.                                                                   aacookfc2There you have it friends.  Now for a sip of my nip smoothie.

What are you doing in my smoothie, you oddball!

aaelfindrinkYuck…I don’t want an elfin smoothie!!

May the food I burn, light your path.

SHOKO…..BLACK

KALI…..ORANGE                                                                            sistersinarmsfall

 

 

Sunday Selfie With Kali

It’s time for planting our vegetable garden this week so if we have neglected to post very often, this is why.  Victoria Day weekend is the traditional planting weekend of us northern gardeners.  Is the 24th of May long weekend the time the south plants too?  Shoko is out helping mom whether she wants any help or not.  Mom has transplanted 4 sweet peppers into beds in the greenhouse.  Dad is tearing up the sun deck to get rid of grass growing through the 2 by 4’s.  He put more landscaping fabric under the deck.  Everyone seems busy with their own chores.  Even Shoko is examining flowers for any sign of bugs.                                                             zoomed shokMe?  What am I doing today?  Well, I don’t like insects anywhere near me so I’m inside getting ready to take my Sunday Selfie.  The Cat on My Head is the bloghost for this lovely event every week.  Just click on the bloghost name and you’ll see the most beautiful anipals in the world.                                                                    pizap.com14548716692071I’m so proud of myself, I can press the remote selfie button and clean my face at the same time.                                                                Kali and ShoksHave a great day and avoid insects at all costs.

Results of the Polls

Welcome to Fort Meezer in Da Hood my friends.  Shoko’s idea  of a name for the area around the backyard got a 47%  vote.  So look for Shoko to start sprucing up the area soon…right Shoko?  Right Kali but hey, you gotta help too.  Ah, I’m going to be more concerned with the backyard and grounds.  This area by a vote of 46.7% is now called The Garden of Purrthley Delights.  This delicious idea was CK’s of Stunning Keisha.  Now, the greenhouse is like a world unto itself and Kali and I have decided to call it Shokali Island.  When you walk into the greenhouse you are on a tropical island.  The idea was Easy’s of Easy’s Blog.  These are fun and informative blogs, take a peek and see.

These are the bounties from Shokali Island.                                                          Peppers are ready for eating as are the leeks.                                          Spaghetti squash are ripe for the picking.  Mom’s never cooked these kind of squash so dad’s in for a big surprise!

            Guess who, grabbing some shut eye,

Onto mom’s meeting with Cow-Kitty’s dad.  Mom said he was a very nice man.  She asked if Cow-Kitty was a girl or boy.  Darnell said they weren’t sure.  They suspect she is a SHE.  Her name is Felix…..ok?  Mom never said what a weird name for a she cat but held her tongue.  Mom told him about Kali getting very angry at Felix and she suspects its because Felix is growing up and has a different smell.  Mom asked how old Cow Kitty was and Darnell said a couple of months.  Mom corrected him and said at least 4 or 5 months.  It is time to think about getting him neutered.  Darnell agreed he should be neutered.  Mom asked if he wanted to keep Cow-Kitty and he said his young daughter adored Cow-Kitty…even Darnell was calling Felix, Cow-Kitty.  Right then mom knew she could never take a kitty away from a young girl.  Mom told Darnell, who is out of work, that if they needed some assistance getting Cow-Kitty neutered that she would pay half.  Darnell was thrilled mom offered to help.

There you have it friends.  Cow-kitty’s sex is undetermined.  His/her name is Felix and is not free for the taking Ellen.

cow-kitty statue      The cutest little face since sliced bread.

Shoko is black

Kali is orange

                                                                                                                

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.

Shopping Around the World

Shopping Around the World

Shopping Around the World

This is the April edition of SATW started by Piglove and Fozziemum.  We needed to look for two items and the makings for a favourite dish.  We also were to talk about the cost of heating the house and the temperature.

I like a nice warm house….kitty cozy…as Shoko and Kali do.  Hubby sweats if its the way we like it so we have compromised at 70F (21C) during the day and 65F (18C) at night, when we’re in bed.  We are on the equal payment plan and the house is heated with natural gas.  Natural gas costs us $82 a month.  Two months ago the gas went from $69 to $82….a large jump.  Hydro, though not normally used to heat the house, is $62 on equal payment.

 

Random Item: Alcan Aluminum Foil (alcan) is an excellent brand in British Columbia.
50 feet

Alcan Aluminum Foil  50 feet

Alcan Aluminum Foil 50 feet

$1.98 on sale.

Meat: Boneless Skinless Chicky Boobs….no, no Shoks….for other peeps its Chicken Breasts…but I like the sound of chicky boobs better mom. We’ll talk about it later, Shoks. OK

boneless skinless chicen boo...reasts

boneless skinless chicken boo…reasts

The Chicken Breasts are $4.48 a pound, on sale.

Now for the favourite dish. I was just going to give you the ingredients and prices but decided to give you the recipe….its THAT good. I found this recipe in a magazine of Canadian Living/ May 2015, in the doctors office and decided to try it. I had the receptionist copy it out.  Instead of me ripping it out and denying everyone else the recipe as I’ve been known to do when I’m in a hurry.

Mediterranean Baked Peppers:

Halve and core 2 sweet peppers (red and orange or yellow…just for appearance); cut each half into thirds. In bowl,toss together peppers; 2tsp olive oil; 1 small clove garlic, thinly sliced; 1/2 tsp dried oregano; 1/4 tsp grated lemon zest. and pinch each of salt and pepper. Arrange in a 1 to 2 cup baking dish; sprinkle with 1/3 cup of crumbled or chopped feta cheese. Bake in 425 F oven until peppers are tender, about 20 minutes Sprinkle with 1 tblsp chopped fresh parsley and drizzle with 1 tsp lemon juice.

Makes 4 servings per serving….71 cal,3 grams protein, 5 grams fat and 5 grams carb.

This was delish and easy to make. Bell Peppers are a good source of Vit A and C.

PRICES:
Feta Cheese….$5.99 for 400 grams

feta cheese

feta cheese

Red and Orange Bell Peppers……$3.77 a pound

sweet peppers

sweet peppers

Sorry no picture of the finished recipe.  When I realized I needed a picture….there were 2 pieces of peppers left.  However, the dish is very attractive and appetizing.