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Happy 7th Anniversary Weekend Cat Blogging! Come join the party!

Weekend Cat Blogging

Welcome dear kitties,

Its been seven years already since this little catblogging event was started by some foodbloggers who loved to show off their furry companions once a week. Most of these seven years we have been participating, some years more, some years less and we still love to see you kitties once a week all rounded up!


Kashim is preparing his way for the big celebrations...


OH HAI! Do you want to cellybrate with us?!? Come we have lots of foods...

alome is checking out the supplies of fresh nip and kitty grass for the party

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We have provided some nice things for the party. There is plenty of it, feel free to help yourself:

lets start with some homegrown nip... (public domain image)

real life dead shrips cocktail (public domain image)

ice water to cool down and some niptinis (public domain image)

real life dead beefs (public domain image)

oh and some real life dead claws too

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 Aye, you know how it works, dont you?
Leave your link in the comments to be added to the round up of party guests ;o)

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 Weekend Cat Blogging is a weekly event where bloggers feature pictures and/or stories about their cats on their blogs, apart from the usual theme of their blog.

Participating is very easy: Just navigate to he hosting blog of the week (list shown above) and leave your link so others can find your post. Usually the host will do a little roundup at the end of the weekend to feature the participating cats and blogs, but this is up to the host and not to be expected always. It is also nice if you include a link to the host in your blog post, so people who read it can find the others as well. Thanks!

Next Hosts: 
#366 Jun 16-17 7th Anniversary  Kashim, Othello and Salome
#367 Jun 23-24
 Pam & Cats at sidewalkshoes
#368 Jun 30-01
 Judi, Jules and Vincent
#369 Jul 7-8
 Judi, Jules and Vincent
#370 Jul 14-15
 Samantha, Clementine & Maverick
#371 Jul 21-22 In Honor of Sher  Kashim, Othello and Salome
#372 Jul 28-29
 Mind of Mog

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Oatmeal Twists

Our lovely Babe sister Elle of Feeding my enthusiasms is serving as kitchen of the month this time and she chose a lovely bread that is even on the healthy side...

I love the combination of oatmeal, sourdough, whole wheat (tho in my case it is spelt anyway) and buttermilk.

Oats can help lower cholesterol plus because of its high content of complex carbohydrates and water-soluble fibre that encourages slow digestion and stabilizes blood-glucose levels.

Buttermilk is a good source of Vitamin B12 and Phosphorus, and a very good source of Riboflavin and Calcium.

I baked these lovely little twists two times, first plain and the second time with dried sour cherries, cranberries and pecans. I loved both variations. I liked them best when they cam straight out of the oven and were still a little warm. Smothered with butter they were even heavenly. Topped with some nutella they turned into little sins... *sigh* ...all gone ;o)

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[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500"]Oatmeal Twists lovely little twists after final rising, ready to go to the oven.[/caption]

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Oatmeal Twists

Oatmeal Twists
based on Morning Cuddles at Farine

700 g sourdough starter
(or poolish/starter of 350 g all-purpose flour mixed with 350 g water and 2 teaspoons yeast. Sit 3 hrs, stir down, put in fridge overnight, or at least 8 hours- use where recipe calls for sourdough starter.)

320 g all-purpose flour
230 g whole wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon active dry yeast
115 g rolled oats, coarsely ground in a food processor
15 g salt
1 1/4 cup water
1/4 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled
100 g pecans, chopped
Oatmeal Twists
  • Mix the flours together with the yeast, oats and salt. Stir the water, buttermilk and butter into the starter. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the starter mixture until a soft dough forms. Let sit 10 minutes.
  • Turn out onto a lightly floured board and knead in additional flour if needed until dough is tacky but not sticky. Knead in the pecans.
  • Shape into a ball and put dough ball into oiled rising bowl or container, turning dough to coat with the oil. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled in bulk. This might take 2 hours or 6. (Also fine to cover and let sit overnight in the fridge, then let rise until doubled on the counter the next day.)
  • When dough has doubled, turn out onto lightly flour board. Shape into a log and cut into two pieces. Return one piece of the dough to the rising bowl and cover.
  • Shape the second piece of dough on the board into a log and cut into 8 pieces, each about 100 g. Cut each piece in half and shape each piece into a snake and twist two pieces together a a time or two, then place twist on a parchment or silicone mat lined baking sheet.
  • Repeat with remaining 7 (100 g) pieces. You will have eight twists.
  • Take the remaining large (about 800 g) piece of dough and repeat the shaping into a log, cutting into 8 pieces, cutting those in half and shaping into twists. You will finish with 16 twists set out on parchment or silicon mat covered baking sheets.
  • Cover twists and let rise until doubled in bulk. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F when twists are almost doubled.
  • Uncover, glaze with buttermilk with clean pastry brush. If desired sprinkle with finely chopped pecans, or preferred seeds or with sea salt.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes. If browning too rapidly, turn down the oven temperature. Turn the pans back to front and bake another 10 - 15 minutes or until breads are 180 degrees inside. Cool on a rack then serve.
[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500"]Oatmeal Twists made the second half in a little loaf filled with cranberries and cinnamon sugar[/caption]

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I send this over to Susan's Yeastspotting. YeastSpotting is a weekly showcase of yeasted baked goods and dishes with bread as a main ingredient. If you are not familiar with YeastSpotting just scroll the archive and you'll know what I am talking about. To submit your post simply klick here!

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You sure want to bake this bread as well, don't you?

Please do so, you will not regret it. If you snap some pics and share your thoughts about this month's bread on your blog Tanna will be more than happy to add you to the BBB Buddy round up on November 29th.  If you do not own a blog, no worries, you can also post your picture to Flickr or any other photo sharing site and share your thoughts there.

One word about that whole Buddy thing:  The Bread Baking Babes are a closed group but we thought it would be fun to reward people who take the effort of baking our breads with us and give them a nice Buddy Badge and mention in a round up post every month. Just to say thank you for baking along and sharing your thoughts with us.

Since we are Babes and do no obey to rules, there are nearly no rules for Buddies, except these two:

  1. Bake the featured breadsnap a pic & share your thoughts about how you liked it (or not liked it)
  2. Send an email to the Kitchen of the Month to notify  us and make it easier to write the round up.

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Don't forget to visit my fellow Babes and see what they did with this lovely Bread this month.

Oh and don't forget to visit Katie our BBBBB (Bitchin' Bread Baking Babe Bibliothécaire) who writes up such lovely round ups of all the BBB Breads every month!

Bake My Day - Karen | blog from OUR kitchen - Elizabeth  | Feeding my enthusiasms - Pat  | Living in the Kitchen with Puppies - Natashya | Lucullian Delights - Ilva | Notitie Van Lien - LienWild Yeast - Susan | My Kitchen In Half Cups - Tanna

Busy, Busy Babes on Hiatus: Provecho Peru - Gretchen | Grain Doe - Görel | Living on bread and water - Monique  | The Sour Dough - Breadchick Mary | Thyme For Cooking - Katie | Cookie Baker Lynn - Lynn | I Like To Cook - Sara

Thinking of you with Love: Glenna (Alumni Babe) | Sher (Angel Babe)

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Astrid 16.06.2012, 04.51| (9/0) Kommentare (RSS) | TB | PL | einsortiert in: »» Bread Baking Babes | Tags: bread, YeastSpotting,

Lazy Sunday




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Hiya friends!

We know we haven't been around much again. Even Weekend Cat Blogging (which seemed to be the only regular thing Momma was promising to do for us) went on hiatus lately... we have to admit there are several reasons for that.

One of them is that Momma wasn't feeling too well healthwise again and that she had to work a lot more again than we'd like her to do. The other reason - and we can totally understand that, but know that it is a part of life we cannot deny and need to cope with - that's what we told Momma too - is that she feels that it is harder and harder for her to cope with bad and sad news we read and hear around the Cat Blogosphere and our dear friend's blogs.

She promised us to start yet another try to help us be more active around again but we sure do not know how long this will last this time... so please please bear with us and enjoy as long as it lasts - this time...

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As you can see by our pictures above, all three of us are happy and healthy and doing fine.  That's the good news so far :) We really hope you haven't forgotten us completely...  

Astrid 10.06.2012, 14.05| (5/0) Kommentare (RSS) | TB | PL | einsortiert in: ~ Cats | Tags: kashim, othello, salome,

Weekend Cat Blogging #365

Weekend Cat Blogging is hosted by my darling Meowza from the Bridge - isn't he the cutest mancat still? Even at the Bridge where he can play and run free he re members us andhis duties and still hosts WCB for us. *sigh* I have to admit I still miss him so much...


Sometimes I miss my Meowza so much...


...then I just close my eyes and dream of him!

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Two things I'd like to mention:

Happy Gotcha Day to our lovely friends Amar and Luna! 


Happy Father's Day to all you Cat Daddies and Not the Mamma's out there! You guys rock seriously!! smoochies and kissies!

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Weekend Cat Blogging is a weekly event where bloggers feature pictures and/or stories about their cats on their blogs, apart from the usual theme of their blog.

Participating is very easy:
Just navigate to he hosting blog of the week and leave your link so others can find your post. Usually the host will do a little roundup at the end of the weekend to feature the participating cats and blogs, but this is up to the host and not to be expected always. It is also nice if you include a link to the host in your blog post, so people who read it can find the others as well. Thanks!

Hosting Schedule:
#365 Jun 9-10
#366 Jun 16-17 7th Anniversary  Kashim, Othello and Salome
#367 Jun 23-24
 Pam & Cats at sidewalkshoes
#368 Jun 30-01
#369 Jul 7-8

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Strawberry Madness and some links on Saturday

Right now I just want to chill for a while. Take a hiatus from all the craziness. To clean my house, see my family. Just see some movies and pick some strawberries. - Lauren Ambrose

Every year when in late May and early June the first Strawberries emerge on our markets and on my balcony my heart jumps of mere joy. There is hardly another fruit that I am so in love with than strawberries. I love their sweetness and their heavenly fruity taste. Most of all I love that basically all you have to do is pick them off their plants and stick em in your mouth. There you have that sweet explosion in your mouth - nothing else needed.

My second best choice is grab some greek yoghurt, some strawberries and a bowl, combine them together and sprinkle with a little vanilla scented caster sugar - not much just a little bit on top. Heaven!

Sadly enough real Strawberry season is over way too quick and those little precious gems disappear as quickly as they appeared at local markets and supermarkets. :( One way to preserve their sweet and fruity taste is to make strawberry jam using just enough sugar to not destroy the fragile taste of my favorite fruit. Refrigerating the whole fruits did not yet give me satisfying results I was hoping for.

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I love strawberries - with a little greek yoghurt, sprinkled with some vanilla caster sugar

Strawberry Madness

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Doubtless God could have made a better berry (than the strawberry), but doubtless God never did.
- William Allen Butler

Although St Hildegarde of Bingen considered strawberries to be a  kitchen toxin - I do disagree here. Modern science says that one cup (144 g) of strawberries contains approximately 45 calories (188 kJ) and is an excellent source of vitamin C and flavonoids which sounds pretty good to me.

Also they are very low in Saturated Fat, Cholesterol and Sodium and are also a good source of Folate and Potassium, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin C and Manganese. The only downside is that a large portion of the calories in them come from sugars...however the natural sugars in strawberries will not adversely affect your blood sugars because they contain mostly fructose and fiber so anyone can enjoy a serving of strawberries, including diabetics.

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...little, sweet, heavenly tasting Strawberries

Strawberry Madness

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As much as I love strawberries just on their own or with little dollops of yoghurt, here are some really nice and yummy recipes featuring strawberries, that I have bookmarked over the years and made myself as well. You might want to try some of these:

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[The Secret Recipe Club] - Marbled Loaf Cake - cupcakesized!

It's posting time again for my group of the The Secret Recipe Club.
As you already know by now, there are four groups of lovely bloggers who visit each other's assigned blogs keeping it a secret from one another until the big reveal day.
For me there are two exciting moments: First one when I get the email of my assigned blog and second one when I see who was assigned to me  and what recipe(s) they made and what they think about my blog in general.
Hold your breath for the following reveal days in June:
Group A - June 4 Group B - June 11 Group C - June 18 Group D - June 25
How this all works? well, just click on that logo on the left and you will get to a whole wonderful website that will answer all your questions and more!
Why I joined? Because I think it is a fun way to discover new blogs and - again - step outta my comfort zone a bit by being assigned an unknown blog and having to find a recipe that suits me and tempts me to cook myself.

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[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="332" caption="Lovely little marbled cupcake..."][The Secret Recipe Club] - Marbled Loaf - cupcakesized![/caption]

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This time I was assigned to Katrina's blog "Baking & Boys" and loved that blog immediately when I first landed there! You can click through so many lovely baked sweet things.... one more adorable and yummy looking than the other. I spent hours trying to decide which recipe I should choose at "the one".

Eventually I marked them down to 8 recipes and found that her "Marbled Loaf Cake - muffinsized" where just perfect to bake and bring then along to work.  It was a recipe she made for the TWD Challenge - so the original is based on a recipe by Dorie Greenspan (page 230 of Dorie Greenspan's BAKING from My Home to Yours). She did some lovely tweaks here and there, you can read the whole post here.

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[The Secret Recipe Club] - Marbled Loaf - cupcakesized!

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I followed he tweaks and got some lovely and yummy marbles cupcakes :) - the only thing I changed was a dollop of greek yoghurt on top of each cupcake before baking, since I had some yoghurt left and figured it might give an extra "zing" to those Lovelies! ...and so very right was I! I loved them and Sweetheart, who is a sweet tooth anyway loved them too!

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[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="332" caption="cupcakes, marbled...holy deliciousness!"][The Secret Recipe Club] - Marbled Loaf - cupcakesized![/caption]

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I still have some recipes from Katrina's blog in the pipeline and am sure they will find their way on our tables sooner or later this year! :)

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Farewell Sweet Parker!

R.I.P Parker - Smoochies forever!

With a heavy heart and leaking eyes we say goodbye to lovely Parker from Perfectly Parker. She was such a lovely and sweet kitty girl who loved her fursiblings and rents. She was so brave fighting the evil "C" but now she needed to run free to the bridge.

Smoochies forever Parker! love from Kashim, Othello and Salome (plus Momma Astrid)

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Why can't we get all the pets together in the world that we really like and then just stay together?

I guess that wouldn't work. 

Someone would leave. Someone always leaves.

Then we would have to say good-bye.

I hate good-byes.

I know what I need. I need more hellos.

~ Snoopy

P.S. we stole this lovely pic from her Mom's Facebook Page, hope she does not mind!

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