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Salty Spiders or Popcorn Coronaries? Try Mouse Melons and Waffle Tacos to Enhance Your Mood for Food Scrounge News

100_1601Shhhh…don’t tell anyone. Miss scrounge cat #2 is in a forbidden place.
100_1689There are several reports on dining habits in this week’s edition. Click the Food Scrounge News tab to access research and nonsense.

I generally don’t care for most recipes in fundraising church-type cookbooks, but these look worth trying.

The roadside markets are loaded with watermelons. The watermelon cooler would be perfect with some vodka added.

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Sneaky Hummus is Casting Doubt on Doctors’ Latenight Cravings for the Lipstick Lowdown and Food Scrounge News

100_1546Many thanks for the recent comments. It means a lot to me. Mr. Mike and I have been unable to connect for several days due to a severed phone line from our neighbor grading our gravel driveway. Good to eliminate potholes, bad for communication. Food Scrounge News is available for perusal. Another site to check out is from local chef/restauranteur Rober St. John: http://www.robertstjohn.com He has a weekly column in the newspaper. The latest is Candia Love. It’s about one of those hidden gems serving great food by a person in love with food and people. This week’s column also has a recipe for turnip greens and pork stock. I’d like to see the recipe for fried rabblits though! So would these two, except cooking isn’t necessary. Scrounge cat #1 (grey & white) caught (and ate) plenty of rabbits in his younger days.

Mmmm..Flexitarian Soup Society Promises Fatness to Badness in 140 Characters for Food Scrounge News

After dinner poses

Click on Food Scrounge News tab for nutrition news for 2020. Below is a photo of another online activity: my Etsy shop. I make notecards and message cards using watercolor marbled paper. Typical Gemini, I’m constantly pulled in two different directions.

 

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Tonight we’re having a stew made with bulk sausage, black eye peas, and collard greens. Brown 12-16 oz sausage with chopped onions, drain well. Dump the sausage, 1 pound frozen black eye peas, and a 1 lb package frozen chopped collard greens in a crock pot. Add 2 cups chicken broth, season to taste and let it go for 3-4 hours on high or 6-8 hours on low. The ingredients were scrounged from my freezer.  Substitute as you wish – pork, beans, and greens.  Finish off with bread and beer.

 

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Rabbit Hopping: Why You’re So Full of Air and Calling Yourself Old. Read Food Scrounge News for Protein Power

Click on Food Scrounge News tab for non-feline information. These two aren’t telling who made a puddle by the hamper.

 

Catching some ZZZs and taking over the couch.

Catching some ZZZs and taking over the couch.

What Went Wrong? Ashton Kutcher’s Fruitarian Diet, Coffee Enemas, and Alzheimer’s Epidemic. Don’t Worry: Food Scrounge News and Food Behaviors will Take Care of It

Scrounge Cat # 2 picks her next spot

Scrounge Cat # 2 picks her next spot

What a day – a tornado ripped through town, including the USM campus just before sunset. Fortunately we escaped  the worst part of the storm and are OK. You know something is up because the sky turns an odd yellow-green color before the wind and rain. More rain is predicted for the next two days, so we will be watching the creek for rising waters. All on a Mardi Gras day. This year I couldn’t make the parade in D’Iberville because my foot is still too swollen to wear a boot. May have been a blessing in disguise because Mr. Mike and I would have been caught in the storm on the ride home. Scrounge Cat #2 is using my shower as a litter box – in the cat world there are no accidents. Only social statements. Click the Food Scrounge News tab to ease your worries about multivitamins, coffee enemas, and health literacy.

Floods, Chickpea Curry, and PO’d Cats.

03 Back Water Blues

Click on the link for high water mood music as you check out the photos. It is an MP3 file, ripped from Our New Orleans 2005.  It was produced to raise funds for Katrina victims, who are still dealing with flood damage. Also please make a contribution to the Sandy victims. They have a long way to go.

The crossways log is suspended about 10 feet from the creek bottom during normal flow. Well, what is normal anymore?

Jan2013 flood 2

The leaning, partly submerged tree sits on the creek bank edge during dry times.  You can see the water creeping towards our concrete pad under the house.

Jan2013 flood 3

Another view from the back deck.

Jan2013 flood steps

Mr. Mike dragged my plant supplies to the front entry just in case the water flooded beneath our house. The garden supplies are still a mess from Hurricane Isaac.

Catnap in Jan2013 flood

Scrounge Cat #1 slept through the whole thing – think he cares?

I scrounged dinner from supplies on hand and a recipe from January/February 2013 issue of Cooking Light, pg 26 for Chickpea Curry. This after cleaning up the mess from Scrounge Cat #2 pissing on one of the few pairs of pants I can wear with my Frankenboot. Cats are totally in the moment, and right now she is in her nasty phase of kitty menopause. I cut her a little bit of slack (after some bad language) because I stopped being girl a while ago and can relate. So, my Frankenbooted left leg life with floodwaters and pantry scrounging: Chickpea Curry. Another tune as you read the recipe:

16 Louisiana

Chickpea Curry

Ingredients:

1 cup rice

2 cups water

1 Tbsp olive oil

1 large onion, diced

1 1/2 teaspoons garam masala

2 15 oz cans chickpeas (garbonzo beans), rinsed and drained (I cooked 1 cup dry because I didn’t have canned; it did not take long)

1 15 oz can crushed tomatoes (diced or stewed work fine too)

1 6 oz package fresh baby spinach (yeah, this is ideal. I used a 10 oz package of frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed)

1/2 cup plain 2% Greek yogur (I used light sour cream)

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp black pepper (fresh ground is great here)

1/4 cup chopped chilantro (I probably used more, don’t sweat it)

What you do:

1. Prepare rice using your normal method.

2. While rice cooks, add oil to a large skillet or Dutch oven over medium high heat, swirl to coat. Add onion and saute 5 minutes or until tender, stirring frequently. Stir in garam masala, cook 30 seconds, stirring constantly.

3. Add chickpeas (cook first if using dry), tomatoes, and spinach. Cook 2 minutes until spinach wilts (if using fresh). It may take another 2 minutes or so if using frozen. If using diced or some “whole” type canned tomato, break up the tomato with a spoon as the mixture cooks.

4. Stir in salt and pepper. Remove from heat. Stir in yogurt (or sour cream). Sprinkle with cilantro. Serve over rice. Serves 4

I’ve made this two ways and both came out fine. The alternative is to add the yogurt or sour cream on top of the chickpea mixture when serving. It separates the creamy flavor from the rest of the curry.

Enjoy!

Note: Louisiana 1927 is one of our fave slow dance songs.

Obese pets and docs eat bacteria and pink slime but may consider brain foods and Food Scrounge News instead

Click on the Food Scrounge News tab for more information.  After reading the news, please don’t go out with milennials because they will make you fat. You read it here first.

Scrounge cat dinner date

Scrounge cat dinner date

Pine Belt Flood – Ready to Scrounge?

This is a blog about food, gardening, motorcycles, cat parenting and such but sometimes there are circumstances beyond our control.  Take rain for example.  Rainfall amounts of 3-7″ over the three days will bring on the floodwaters.  For the past two days the cats and I have been confined to the house and deck.  The Mr. has canoed to the paved road, about 1/8 mile to the pavement where our vehicles are parked.  From there he drives 20 miles to work.  This is the scene about 9AM Thursday:

Concrete pad under house, 9AM

Concrete pad under house, 9AM

Water is near concrete pad level, 9AM. Creek is just visible in the background. Normally the creek is 8 feet below the concrete pad level.

Parking area in front of house, 9AM

Floodwaters are close but not over the pad below our house.  By 11AM water is nearly over the concrete pad.

Patio facing creek, 11AM

Front of house, 11AM

By 1PM, floodwaters had breached “ground level”.

Concrete pad under house, 1PM. Shop is in left corner of photo.

Looking toward front of house, 1PM.

Front drive, full flood mode, 3PM.

Concrete pad under the house, 3PM.  Photo taken from stairs.  We learned not to walk in flood water – snakes, fire ants, and other nasty things floating past you.

Concrete pad under house, looking toward creek, 3PM. Plant rack on the right is a three shelf unit. Only plants on the top shelf were left on the rack.

Mr. Mike, the cats and I are fine.  So are the motorcycles and plants.  Fortunately we are well stocked with beer, pretzels, and kitty litter.  Despite all this we love life on the creek.

 

Ice Cream Addictions, Happy Hawaiians, US Government to Fight Alzheimers – Food Scrounge News

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New scrounge cat

New scrounge cat

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Portable food scrounge news for your busy lifestyle.  Click on the food scrounge news tab and go.

Portable scrounge cat #2

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