Archive for May, 2012

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All is well =^..^=

She was a bit wobbly – one leg kept letting her down a bit – and she slept a lot

… you could just about see her eyeballs rolling backwards…

But, today she’s totally back to normal… doing everything at nine million miles an hour, terrorising the boys and trying to bankrupt us by eating everything that isn’t nailed down 🙂

Also, we have had no ‘accidents’ lately *touching wood* 🙂

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Oh crap!

Pardon the language, but … REALLY!

I’ve been feeling pretty ordinary for quite a while. Tired, weepy, misery-gutsy…

I put it down to our two friends deaths, our dear friend’s cancer diagnosis, assorted other crap that happens in every life…

I’ve even been questioning my diet – craving sugar again, having another half-glass of wine – when really I don’t want it…

I take all sorts of vitamin supplements…

Red Seal Executive Strength Vitamin B – one a day, for months…

I suspect it’ll take a while to undo the damage.



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When I was first diagnosed with coeliac disease I went and bought all kinds of prepared foods with ‘gluten free’ on the label… bread, cookies, cakes, pasta etc.

Almost without exception, they were nasty… which led me to the Paleo way of eating.

But, I fall of the wagon every now and then…  Some time ago I bought this…

It is a blend of stevia plant extract and non-GMO corn erythritol (whatever the hell THAT is [which, I guess, should have given me a clue…]);  it is supposed to be healthier than ‘real’ sugar – not raise your blood glucose or insulin levels… You use it just as you would ‘real’ sugar…

So, in the interest of science (pphhfftt!) I made the little 18second cakes again – using Betta Sweet instead of sugar…

They looked the same… they were still light and spongy… but the Betta Sweet didn’t dissolve properly – so the cakes were gritty, which wasn’t so pleasant. They also tasted… slightly … metallic…. and sat in my tummy like a lead balloon… BUT, the worst? They left me with a powerful thirst – I felt I simply couldn’t drink enough cold water…

So, if (when) I make these little treats again… I will use real sugar. I know sugar is terribly  bad for us, and I hardly have any anymore – but this substitute just reminded me of all the nasty things that pretend to be food and really aren’t.

This is what happens to a little one after she plays and plays and plays and plays…. I think I can hear her snoring 🙂

Tomorrow she goes back to the vet to be spayed and micro-chipped – they will have to shave off all her sweet little tummy-feathers to check she has not already been fixed (they can only tell by the scars).  It will be a very quiet day here without her, but I will get lots of chores done – if only because keeping busy is a good way to make time pass while you’re worrying…

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Vet visit

We went to see the vet today, Poppy and me.

She is healthy – about 5 months old and has had the first of her vaccinations – another in 3 weeks. We have booked her in to check if she has been spayed – if she hasn’t they will do that too…

We came home with some Feliway – thanks for the recommendations girls. I’ve plugged it in and hope to see some results soon. We haven’t had a repeat of the peeing problem for the last two days… we watch her like hawks and take her outside as soon as we notice any hesitations… we think she just gets so engrossed in playing with her toys, and like a little child – is reluctant to stop playing to go to the loo…

This is the fifth cat we have taken in after they have turned up here… two we found homes for, the others – Newk was the nicest cat in the universe, Percy is still a work in progress – but we have great hopes for him… Poppy is already a sweetie. She has finished playing with her ball and has gone outside to rid the world of flies 🙂 All is well.

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But not too much cake… just enough to satisfy the craving…

and it mustn’t take too long to make…

and it must be gluten-free…

and paleo…

… and I found this on Pinterest, and I clicked and wound up here!



It took 18 seconds to bake (each one)… and I ate them both 🙂

Next time I’m going to try using coconut cream instead of cream cream (from a cow) – and I used Macadamia oil to oil the cups – because I can 🙂


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Just so you know

It is very difficult to blog with a kitten on your knee…

She is staying with us. Yoshi is ok with it (sort of)… Percy is not ok with it at all.

Poppy has a very bad habit – she likes to pee in corners…sigh…


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On Rick’s knee…


… and on mine…

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New Arrival

She arrived in a downpour a couple of nights ago.

I awoke at 2am to hear cats fighting outside our bedroom. Percy and someone else. I opened the window and called Percy – and he came (!), but so did this…

She was soaking wet and had just been snarled at by a cat 17 times her size, but she was delighted to be noticed.

I shut the window on her, expecting her find her way home…

She didn’t. She kept leaping against the window and falling into the garden. And crying. We lasted about 20 minutes then Rick told me to pick her up and put her into the shade-house. She came running to me as soon as I opened the back door.

I dried her off, showed her the cat mat (where Yoshi spends time) and shut the door on her. Next morning – as soon as it was light I went out there again to let her out – hoping she would shoot off home…

She didn’t… she has been here two days now. I have to keep her shut in the shade-house because I don’t want her to be hurt by our boys. I let her out several times a day – when they are asleep. She doesn’t want to play – she just runs up to me as I sit on the edge of the deck. She climbs onto my lap and turns herself inside out for cuddles – purring and kneading.

I’ve put flyers in letter-boxes all over the neighbourhood, and in the window of our local dairy. I phoned the SPCA and took her to the vet to check for a micro-chip. I keep hoping my phone will ring and her people will claim her…. but, the longer it goes the sadder I feel. They better have a great excuse for not looking for her sooner…

I’ve called her Poppet. Does anyone want a dear little cat?



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We’ve had the most glorious Autumn – which is really nice because we had a deeply ordinary Summer. Autumn is my favourite season. I’m not good with extremes of temperature, don’t like being hot – nor do I like being cold. Picky – I know, but it is how it is 🙂

One of the lovely things about cooler weather is that a curry feels just right. I don’t know how people who live in India cope with spicy food in such hot, humid weather. I know there is supposed to be something about the spicy-ness of the food making you sweat, which in turn makes you cooler… But it just doesn’t make sense to me. Curry in cool weather? Now THAT makes sense!

This is one of our favourites. It is crazy-easy, delicious, cheap and really tasty. It is a Madhur Jaffrey recipe which I think I found on the interwebs…  It has come to my attention that – though I love cooking and eating curries, I don’t yet own a Madhur Jaffrey cookbook… I can feel some sneaky Amazoning coming on 😉

3 Tbsp ghee
50g onion  – peeled and finely chopped
1 inch cube of fresh ginger – peeled and grated
1/2 – 1 fresh green chilli – finely chopped
275ml cream – use coconut milk if you want this Paleo (I did, and it was delicious!)
1tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp ground cumin
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp garam marsala
2 tsp tomato paste
150ml chicken stock
6 – 8 hard boiled eggs – peeled and halved
1 tbsp finely chopped coriander or parsley
heat the oil over medium heat and fry the onions, Stir and fry for about 3 minutes or until the pieces are browned at the edges.
Add the ginger and chilli and stir fry for about a minute
Add the cream, lemon juice, spices, salt, tomato paste and chicken stock. Stir to mix thoroughly and bring to a simmer.
Add the eggs, cut side up and spoon the sauce over them. Cook about 5 minutes.
Serve cut side up with sauce poured over, Garnish with coriander or parsley. 
I added some cauliflower and broccoli florets, and some chopped spinach before I put the eggs in…

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