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A minimalist approach in the kitchen

Posted in fosters, Ramblings with tags , on June 26, 2010 by jmadams13

Notice I didn’t say food, or cooking. That is a different conversation and practice all together I will go into in another time. This discussion, is regarding the tools used. Lets say for the sake of simplicity, in our kitchen is a oven, range, microwave, and a toaster oven. With these four cooking devices and the items listed below, most any items can be cooked. I will also not go into the “eating” utensils, including bowls, plates, flatware and drinking vessels. All of these items should be in any kitchen, and are the perfect example of multi-use items.

The tool list is as follows:

2 qt Stainless Steel pot and lid

10″ Cast Iron pan

10″ Chef knife

5″ paring knife (can also be used when eating, another amazing multi-use item)

Wooden Spoon

Metal Spatula

7″ Spring Loaded Tongs

5″ Stainless Steel sauce pan

10 qt Stainless Steel stock pot with lid

Stainless Steel colander

Stoneware roasting pan

8″ whisk

One argument I get is mixing has to be done in a large mixing bowl. This can be done in a serving bowl, again a multi-use item found in most kitchens.

With these simple items, most any item can be prepared and served. Eating forks and spoons can be used in the preparation. With these few items in the kitchen, food in itself will become simpler.

Simple food can be just as good, if not better than the more complex recipes. Take the “Escoffier,” 75% of these have less than 5 ingredients, including spices, and almost always salt. Its about the method, preparations, and “chemistry” involved.

This is the first part in a multi part series on my views on food, eating, and living. Stay tuned for more…


foster kittens, the sad moments

Posted in fosters with tags , , , on April 6, 2010 by jmadams13

When fostering kittens of this age, it s very important to not get emotionally attached.  It is very difficult to replicate what a kitten of a few days age needs, and is impossible to replicated a mother cat.  The commercial kitten formula is good, but there are enzymes, antibodies, and who knows what else in mothers milk that helps the kitten immune system grow to fend off the badies they come in contact with.

I made the mistake of getting attached…  Sunday night, one died after having issues eating during the day.  Last night, I fed the four at 6.  All ate like champs, and were very active.  At 9, one was very slow, but ate, but at a less then normal amount.  And one was not eating at all, would not move and was having issues breathing.  At 12 that one was dead…  The other three ate okay, but were very lethargic.  At 3am, two more had passed, and the last one was eating okay.  At 6, it was still eating, and had more energy.  Again at 9 it ate, and seems to be holding on very well.  We will see…

This just reiterates the need to have a true mother for the rearing of the kittens.  We have no way to tell what happened, just that we can do the best we can, and hope for the best.  It is very rare for kittens of this age to survive without a mother to care for them, and the mothers milk.  There are exceptions though, and our very own Steel is one of them, but the foster kitten fostered with him did not make it.

This also brings up the point of the cat problem this country has.  The feral and stray cat population explodes this time of year, mainly due to the lack of spay and neuter programs for strays.  It has been done in many communities, and worked very well.  But it comes down to funding, and sadly the public does not see the need.  Also, keeping your pet cat indoors and fixed will tremendously help the situation.  female cats can go into heat every other month, and will continue most of her life, and male cats are mature enough to breed at a very young age of 9 weeks.  On average a mother has 6-7 kittens.  This also causes issues with other diseases, some zoonotic including rabies, which studies show is on the rise in many parts of the country.  But that is another issue.

On a better note, the two juvenile fosters are doing great.  The URI symptoms are starting to subside, and they are feeling better.  Its amazing what a little rest, fresh air, and clavamox can do.  This has been a bad year for URI, as many of the commonly used antibiotics are not working as the current strain is becoming resilient.  There is also the issue that UIR symptoms that are seen are the same symptoms of a rare strain of herpes.  Our very own Jezebel has this, and is as healthy as can be, minus the little bit of constant eye infection, common sneezing, and gastro issues.  This form of herpes is totally immune to antibiotic treatment, but luckily, is non transferable.  Anyways, these two are doing great, and should be able to go up for adoption a few weeks, maybe sooner.  Just a round of dewormer and I think they should be good to go.

So the point is…  It has been a sad morning, but you need to find the plus.  The plus is we have done out best, what we can, and it reiterates the need to find a resolution to the cat population issue.  Yes, reiteration is a plus, as we can all get complacent.  Especially when we are surrounded around day after day.  It becomes routine, and that routine makes us desensitized to the matter at hand.  And the other plus is the two that are doing great.  Two lives saved is better then none.

Steel, a fostering success

foster kittens, the joyous moments

Posted in fosters with tags , , on April 5, 2010 by jmadams13

We have four foster kittens at the moment  We had five, but sadly one dies last night.  We (Aimee and myself) have to learn to not become emotionally attached, as we have fosters a lot, and the animal shelter lifestyle can be a harsh mistress.  But in that sadness comes moments like the feedings.  Here are a few pics of one such moments