Thursday, May 3, 2007

No Yellow Bird Day


I haven't seen the goldfinches in three or four days. They were at the feeder almost non-stop for two days then they disappeared. I suspect they were calorie-loading for the final leg of their journey north, where they will nest. I miss those bright yellow visitors, but I have pictures, and they will surely be back next spring.

What can one do? Write ad nauseam about the beauties of spring in the Okanagan until the tender reader wants to puke? Well, sure! Nothing like a good envy-induced barf to clear winter from the soul. (insert smiley face here)

It rained off an on yesterday, at times just pouring like you were standing under an open tap, other times it was a gentle mist. Cat was not impressed by the wet grass, but we did get a walk in while it was not pouring.

We had thunder and some impressive lightening but about an hour before sunset we had a break in the clouds, brilliant sun and a lovely rainbow.

It was a busy day. For two people purporting to be trying to live simply we seem to have to shop a lot. But a feller's gotta eat, and there are always a few things to pick up here and there. Enough to just wear you out by the time you get home.

Today is sunny and cloudy in turns but so far no rampant precipitation. Cat had a good long walk. He's a riot. Take one step toward the front of the trailer and he about breaks his neck getting to the door. Pats his leash, which hangs on a hook by the door, inserts claws into screen door and moans like he's dying. No mistaking what he wants. He's an excellent communicator.

No profound thoughts to share today. Oh but I did make a lovely soup, and I will share the recipe. I've started feeding the cat a raw food diet, which involves mixing a special enzyme and nutritional supplement powder to raw ground chicken. I use 200 grams of chicken to mix up four days worth of food for him, and we eat the rest, usually another 150 - 200 grams. This is how I used our portion of the ground chicken last week.

I call it:
Thai Chicken Soup

1 tbs oil
1/2 of a medium onion, diced
1 chicken breast cut into small pieces, or 200 grams ground chicken
2 small potatoes peeled and diced
2 carrots peeled and diced
1 tbs coconut cream (Indian foods section, comes in small packets about the size of a box of matches but half as thick. You could use 1/2 cup coconut milk as a sub)
1/2 tsp green chili chutney paste
water
salt to taste

Saute onion in olive oil, add chicken, potato and carrot, saute until chicken is no longer pink. Add water to cover ingredients, bring to boil, add coconut cream and green chili paste. Simmer until vegies are tender. Salt to taste. Makes two large servings.

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