Friday, May 04, 2007


I had three dishes to post for you but one of the photos was totally blurry and unattractive so I left it out. First up is a salad with my own dehydrated Pecan Patties - how much do these things wanna look like freakin beef burgers or something!??! It's a bit scary really. I was going to post the recipe but they didn't turn out as incredibly delicious as I was hoping so they need some modification. The salad was darned good, but then isn't all salad (Well okay actually no, I'll share a secret - I HATE lettuce. Ick. All kinds, all ways, eww. I eat my salads with sweet, tender dandelion greens from my backyard. Awesome!)

This was something I didn't really think about before I made it - its 'angel-hair pasta' made of yummy new-season pumpkin and some zucchini on my spiraliser, with a sauce of tomatoes and young coconut, with just a smidge of garlic and spring onion, all blended together. It was nice but you know how most sauces become better as time passes and flavours mingle, well, this one sorta went the opposite way. Still good though! Oh and in case you're wondering that big black shadow is the face of my darling Ruhsa, coming in for a sniff!

Ruhsa is going great, so friendly and playful. It's totally weird for me to have a kittne in the house (even if she is nearly a year old, according to the shelter) because I haven't experienced that since I was FIVE years old, ie 13 years ago. When I was five my parents bought me my very own kitten (againn from a shelter) who was just 6 weeks old. We grew up together but when she was 9 she began having seizures and was diagnosed with a brain tumour. She had another year of happy life with ongoing medical treatment but eventually I knew it was time to say goodbye. Shortly after she left the world I adopted Sana, who was anywhere from 8-12 years old, based on which vet you listen to (personally I think 12 was closer to the mark). Of course I have experienced kittens at the shelter where I volunteered and also when my grandma and best friend bought new kittens into their homes, but I haven't had one in my own home.
Does anyone have tips for things for her to scratch on? I built a scratching post out of an old piece of carpet nailed to a piece of wood, but she still wants to scratch carpet, chairs and the speaker of my electric organ. She is and always will be an inside cat so obviously she can't scratch trees as she normally would... any suggestions welcome!

Here's a photo so you can all see how well she is getting along with Casper, who is ten now but is still keen to play with Ruhsa. (Yep thats my mum eating cereal in the background. It's not raw but at least, with rice milk, it's vegan!)

Lastly I'll share a photo of a protest I was involved in last weekend, organised by The Human Battery Cage - check out their website here. That's me, second in from the left in the white t-shirt (which is a PETA one, that has a picture of a cute pig saying "No, I don't have any spare ribs!").
Have a beautiful, productive day!!


At 4:33 pm, Anonymous Em said...

Hey there,

Your animal family seem to be getting along just perfectly. How lovely, and I can't get over how long Rusha is.

As for handy scratching tips, my indoor kitty has an indoor scratchboard that comes with catnip. My cat goes wild for the stuff - her drug!

If you buy a mat and place catnip on it maybe that would work.

Love, love

At 10:45 am, Blogger jenniem said...

Hi Freedom. I have no idea about cats but just wanted to say hi.
Also I made angel hair spaghetti noodles with broccoli stem the other day and they were really really yummy. Very sweet. I don't know if you've tried it but I thought you may be interested.


At 2:20 am, Blogger Lisa said...

Oh my...ok so I'm hungry so I'm gonna focus on the food OK?

Can say YUM? And I LOVE your plates...they make it exciting to eat!

At 3:14 am, Blogger erica said...

ooh please post the recipe for the patties!

I am waiting for my "out of stock" spiralizer to arrive with baited breath, it's been like three weeks of torture already. I got a spaghetti squash to tide me over, but I don't know if it will be the same as zucchini noodles.

At 10:36 pm, Blogger bazu said...

I will second the recommendation for a scratching space with cat nip. My cats both love theirs and show no interest in scratching anything else. Mine is several pieces of corrogated cardboard into which one sprinkles catnip- kitty heaven!

At 5:55 pm, Blogger Freedom said...

Thanks Em - I hadn't realised Ruhsa was that long, but then Sana who I just had put to sleep was a tiny kitty so I think I have a distorted view of cat size!
And i will try the catnip veeeeery soon! Thanks.

Jen you are AMAZING! Or should I just say you're a sensation? :-) I love broccoli so much (and eaat the stem) but I'd never thought of spiralising it. Yum!

Thanks Lisa. I actually collect unusual crockery from garage sales, second hand shops etc. I love them.

Hi Erica, as I said I really wasn't happy with the patty recipe. But check out the recipe here:
(Scroll down a bit) for walnut burgers. When I've modified my recipe I'll post it. I don't think we get spaghetti squash in Aus -is it nice?

Okay Bazu, I take the recommendation - catnip it is! Thanks! :-)

At 6:28 am, Blogger erica said...

Hi Freedom,
I haven't tried the spaghetti squash yet, it is taunting me from the kitchen counter. I don't think it likes ME, though.

At 2:18 pm, Blogger Severina said...

Your blog is awesome. I found it through raw-pleasure. Would it be ok to put a long with the other bloggers on my own blog, I wish to spread the word too. Love and light x

At 2:18 pm, Blogger Severina said...

Oops I meant link, I didn't check my typing.

At 7:07 pm, Blogger Freedom said...

Ohhh, Erica, I'm sure the squash likes you, lol! :-)

Hey Severina, please feel free to spread the word wherever you like - that's what I'm trying to do! Glad to know you have a blog too! (I'll link to you).

At 12:09 pm, Blogger Urban Vegan said...

What a pretty kitty. I allow my kitty to scratch on some baskets in our ktichen--and I reward her with a treat whenever she does it to reinforce her good behavior. I can honestly say she never scratches anything she shouldn't.

All of the food above looks fab--esp. the chocolate concotion.

At 7:49 am, Blogger teenage glutster said...

Wow, finally...someone else like me. I know exactly how you feel about so many things: I am conscious, try to be raw and also struggle with my "scraggli-ness". It's so hard!

I also have a blog if you want to check it out.

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