Sunday, November 6, 2011

Someone gray, someone fuzzy ...

I am going to tell you about someone special today dear readers. Someone gray. Someone fuzzy. Someone I love with all my heart. You may remember meeting her here a while back. Today, I am going to tell you guys about Napa. It must be today because she does something really special and this morning she did it and I just couldn't take the cuteness by myself anymore. I had to share. So here I am this lovely sunny glittery morning, sitting on my bed paying bills, going through paperwork, creating constant distractions to get myself out of said paperwork, ordering daily planners, calling governments, landing on a special agent and wondering how some people survive (I mean really), and all of a sudden perched right in front of me, is Napa. Holding a little piece of plastic in her mouth and dropping it right under my nose. She then proceeds, with big anxious Napa eyes, to look down at it, then up at me, then down at it, then up at me, then down at it, then up at me, imploring me, saying come on! throw it! let's go! It's the cutest thing ever. She brings me crumpled pieces of paper, elastics, a toy pac pac ball that fits in her mouth (barely, it's awesome ), pens, sticks and once, I kid you not, I spotted  her walking toward me with a duster in her mouth. It was twice her size. I wanted to eat her. We play for hours sometimes. I throw, she brings back. Playing fetch with a cat is awesome. Especially when she instigates it. With this look. It's the best.
This look ...and paw on leg ...
Eyeing the target ...
She is also so smart and notices everything. Neurotic and a bit of a diva. When she gets mad (usually because I pester her) she gets a bit of a crazy look in her eye and then pounces on me (well, my ankle, to be precise) paws spread. I looked for her for a long time. When I got her she didn't purr. I taught her how. She was the runt of her litter and because the other kittens wouldn't play with her, she went and promptly attacked the younger litter. Smaller than her. She is a bit nuts. She was her daddy's favorite. She is always beside us no matter where we are. She runs happily to us when we call her and she has a beautiful voice. I love when she speaks. She is also the same color as our blanket.


Time to dish.

Completely Unrelated to Post Awesome Ambercup and Sweet Mama Squash soup
(Very healthy this one is...oanayoda ...)

Here is what you need:

  • One Ambercup Squash, steamed and sliced, skin on (gives gorgeous color)
  • One Sweet Mama Squash, sliced, steamed and peeled (after steaming)
  • Two garlic cloves, smashed
  • Olive Oil
  • Milk, one percent
  • Chicken Broth
  • Plenty of dried thyme
  • Sea Salt

Here is what to do:

  1. So easy guys. And incredibly delicious, healthy and awesome. So: steam both squash in a bamboo steamer. Set the Sweet Mama aside but roast the Ambercup at 400 degrees until golden brown (this will not take long because squash is already cooked, we are just looking for caramelization here).
  2. In the mean time, heat up extra virgin olive oil, add smashed garlic cloves and sautee until fragrant. Then add your chicken broth, about a liter, dried thyme, about half a tablespoon, and bring to a boil. Then add your milk, about two cups. Add both squash. Cook for about five minutes.Take half the soup (reserving some whole squash pieces for serving) and puree in a blender. Add back to your pot with the non-blended portion, stir, plate, drizzle a little olive oil, enjoy. It's the best. **I serve mine with cheddar crostini and sauteed red long chili peppers as a garnish**


  1. I so love reading your dishchronicles. Love them!

  2. Hi Oana, Melissa here from Food Bloggers of Canada. Just popping by to check out your blog and let you know we've added you to our directory. Thanks for your email and we're glad to have you aboard. Your cat sounds like it's a dog in a kitty's body! Very cute!

  3. What are ambercup and sweet mama squash like? I've never even heard of them. Clearly, I haven't been to a farmers' market in a you have any substitutes to recommend, or am I going to have to hunt these guys down?

    P.S. Your cat is super cute. I'm envious. Is she a Russian Blue?

  4. @ Anonymous, Thanks that's awesome. Love that you do.

  5. @ Melissa, Cool, that's great, glad to be on board. Yeah, she's awesome.

  6. @ Katie, They are creamy, sweet, nutty, amazing. For this one you should hunt. It's worth it. It's all in the flavor of the squash since the other ingredients are so simple. She's really the best. No she is a complete mix. Her mom was black and white and her dad was this huge grey tom with a lions head of fur. Beautiful. So out of them came Napa with her beautiful blue grey fur. She looks like a Russian blue but nope.

  7. Ah sweet Napa, and she is not too afraid of me haha. She is too adorable. Love that soup two with 2 types of squash.

  8. @ Cheap Ethnic Eatz - Isn't she :). It's really a great one. I serve it with sauteed red hot peppers as a garnish and Gorgonzola toasts ...

  9. Beautiful cat. I have a gray cat too, but much shaggier than your sleek Napa.

  10. @ Kate M. Thanks. We love her so much. They're so lovely no?