January 2015 archive

Making homemade cat food.

Just recently my poor little cat Stotinki started show signs of a urinary tract infection, a very serious problem that can turn fatal in some unfortunate cases. Though it has never been declared publicly, it is thought that the number one reason for these infections is caused by “cheap” dry cat food. Who really knows what they use as filler to make the food, that and the fact that there is no moisture in the food to help keep our kitties hydrated, I had a sneaking suspicion that Stotinki’s diet was probably making her sick.       

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My cats are first generation house/camper cats; their parents and parents parents were all typical Bulgarian gutter cats, living from dumpster to dumpster and on fast food restaurant handouts, no one in my cat’s ancestry has ever owned a passport, slept on a beanbag chair, hung out on heated floors, climbed a ladder bought specifically for them or have slept in custom cat tents and miniature Alpine ski chalets. Probably due to their lineage, my cats stomachs are stronger than nails therefore I was confident changing their food to a mainly meat diet would benefit them.   

After a few attempts I came up with a cat food recipe to satisfy both my cats tastes (yes, they have very different tastes but I found out that both hate raw meats and only like trace amounts of fish).

The ultimate cat food recipe for my ladies is: roasted duck wings or legs, chicken hearts, liver, a little roasted pork ribs, carrots, green peas (Misiu’s favorite!), water, roasted pumpkin baby food and raw egg.

I tried my best to grind in as much bone as I could but doing it by hand with this crank is REALLY hard!

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Misiu can’t wait for her food.

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I weighed all the food into 4oz portioned bags and froze it.

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Within 24 hours Stotinki, was back to normal, as energetic and lively as ever, both cat’s fur are noticeably softer, shinier and healthy.  I might still feed them store bought cat food from time to time but for now this is working a thousand times better than the old food.

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A few photos from our trip to Veliko Tarnovo with Mom.

The trip between our house and Veliko Tarnovo is about 250 kilometers which is no big deal in a small car but in our cool van it can take over 4 hours. Mom spent most of her time looking out the window and playing Scrabble on her phone. 

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When we arrived it was dark and cold outside, not ideal conditions for sightseeing.

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Carrot & beet salad, pasta carbonara and “risotto” (a big bowl of regular rice) at Ego restaurant.

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The next day we started our tour around our favorite Bulgarian city by foot. Veliko Tarnovo is small and easy to navigate but it is on top of a hill and some streets are very steep. Mom was worried we wouldn’t get any nice views from the city center and insisted we stop somewhere outside the city to take photos. I was so happy to surprise her with these incredible views from within the city center; Veliko Tarnovo has a series of strategically placed viewing platforms all over it’s Old Town.

This platform made out of glass, wood and metal extends out over the cliff (a little bit scary).

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~Photo taken October 2014

View from the platform.

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View from a bigger platform.

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View from a lower platform.

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View of Old Town taken from the bridge to the Tsarevets fortress.

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Mom got us a hotel room for the night. We had an ouzo party and laughed our heads off.

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Top floor view from our hotel.

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Walk up to the Asen Dynasty monument.

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Asian coleslaw.

Carrots, cabbage, green onions, toasted almonds, noodles and fresh mint dressed with sesame oil and soy sauce.

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After 4 years of asking me to make pie I FINALLY made an apple pie for my sweet husband !

Simple crust of shortening, salt, flour, ice water, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. The filling: red and green apples, fresh lemon juice, brown sugar, butter, a little flour, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice.

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Apple pie needs an apple tree crust with a heart trim.

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Apple pie with cheddar cheese. In the end the cheese was completely unnecessary because the pie was so darn good by itself.

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