It was quite the eventful weekend at Chez Dietschyblossom. I spent much of it out in the back yard, and not just because of the blue skies, unseasonably warm temperatures, and the tomatoes which are continuing to ripen despite the fact that Halloween is almost upon us – no, I had a few other reasons:
Two boys and a girl, probably about 6 months old, and presumably litter mates – they’ve all got the same gorgeous amber eyes. They’re still a little fearful of us, but they’re coming around – the little grey tiger even licked my finger yesterday.
As if those three cuties weren’t enough of a distraction:
…lovely miss Funny Face delivered her litter on Saturday. Not in our yard, but nearby. We haven’t seen the little ones yet, but we’ll be on the lookout. We were hoping not to have to go through this again, but people in our neighborhood keep putting perfectly lovely cats outside, unaltered, to fend for themselves, and they all seem to find their way to us. And frankly, I feel an obligation to at least make sure they’re fed. It’s a small thing to do.
Anyway, this weekend was mostly about feeding our growing feline menagerie, but Mike and I did manage to feed ourselves as well:
Grass-fed ribeye steaks and creamed kale on Friday night
Flying Pigs pork chops and a salad of arugula, fresh flageolets, roasted Delicata squash and a warm anchovy vinaigrette on Saturday
and to close out the weekend, the latest version of my favorite chicken stew, flavored with leeks and tomatoes, Provencal herbs, a healthy splash of absinthe and enriched at the end with a bit of cream. Mike had taken apart a whole chicken for me early in the day, and the wings and carcass went right into a stockpot where I let it perk away most of the afternoon.
I got a gallon of gorgeous chicken stock out of it – some of the best I’ve made yet – and it was a fine addition to the stew.
We’ve got another hectic week ahead, and at least one more weekend of overtime for Mike, but I do have a few fun meals up my sleeve… stay tuned.