Friday, February 27, 2009
I saw a fisher cat yesterday. It was broad daylight - around 9:30 am - and it ran across the road in front of my car, no more than 8 or 10 feet from me. It looked just like this picture. Waaay cool.
Fishers are large martens - up to 4 feet - and they have been recorded preying on lynxes and bobcats, as well as house cats and other small mammals. So that's why The Cat of COG spends his nights indoors. According to online sources, they are elusive and nocturnal and, therefore, very seldom seen. So I was pretty lucky to see this one.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Tuesday was Mardi Gras, AKA Fat Tuesday, or Shrove Tuesday. More importantly, in the COG's Natal Country, it's Pancake Day. So we had pancakes.
To be specific, we had Fluffy Ricotta Pancakes with Fresh Strawberries. Yum.
Here's the recipe (which is from The Kitchn at Apartment Therapy).
Fluffy Ricotta Pancakes
1 cup ricotta cheese
3/4 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
3/4 cup milk
3 eggs, divided
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Set ricotta in a fine mesh strainer about 30 minutes before you start cooking, to drain off excess liquid. We used fresh ricotta from Whole Foods that was pretty dry. If you are using a commercial brand that's runny, you may want to drain it longer (or make your own).
Whisk together flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt in a bowl. Combine ricotta, milk, egg yolks, and vanilla in a separate bowl.
Beat the egg whites in an electric mixer until stiff. Add the dry ingredients to the ricotta and milk mixture, stirring gently until just combined. Whisk in a small amount of the egg whites to lighten the batter, then fold in the remaining whites.
Heat a griddle over medium-high heat, and brush the surface with butter. Use a ladle or measuring scoop (we used a 1/3 cup measure) to pour batter onto the griddle. Cook pancakes for about 3 or 4 minutes, then flip, cooking until both sides are golden brown.
Spread lemon curd between pancakes and dust with powdered sugar. Or serve with syrup or fruit.
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Hope is the thing with feathers
that perches in the soul
and sings the song
without the words
and never stops at all.
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Although the pond is still frozen, there are hints that Spring is on the way. The snow has disappeared this week and the skunks have emerged from wherever they spend the winter and are out looking for mates. If you look closely at the video, there are green shoots poking their way through the soil along the house. Best of all, the birds have begun to sing - you can hear them in the video, too.