Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Purrfect Day!

You wouldn't think to look at me that I wasn't just laying around being a pretty boy, but I was told to take a few days off and rest up. Vet's orders ! Can you see me fighting it?  I actually had an abcess on my left paw!  Hurt really bad too!  One nasty kitty took a bite and had a piece of me.  As for me, I am a lover, not a fighter, but no matter, It was worth it for my humans to make such a fuss over me.

I got to lay in bed all day!  It was just Puuuuurrrrrrfect!  Mom gave me treats and Daddy got fed too!  He said it was the best onion soup and bacon and onion tart he ever had!
Bacon and Onion Tart
serves 6-8

6 oz. bacon cut into 1/4" matchsticks
4 tbsp. butter
2 - 3 med. onions sliced length wise
1 1/2 cups flour
2 tsp. dry mustard
1 1/4 cups milk
3 eggs lightly beaten

heat back until fat renders and bacon is crisp in a skillet.  Pour bacon fat in a 9X13 baking dish.  Drain bacon on a paper towel.  Return skillet to the stove and heat med. high. add butter and  onions.  Cook until caramelized (about 10 min.)  Set aside.  Heat oven to 425 degrees.  In a large bowl, whisk flour, mustard, and pepper.  Add milk and eggs and stir until smooth.  Let batter rest for 10 min.  Meanwhile, place the baking dish in oven and let heat for 10 min.  Remove from oven and pour in batter and sprinkle with the bacon and caramelized onions.  Return to oven and bake until puffed and golden brown, about 30 min.

French Onion Soup
Serves 5-6

6-8 onions sliced thin or chopped in small chunks
3 Tbs. butter
4 cups of chicken broth
1 3/4 cups of beef broth (can substitute and add 4 bullion cubes to water)
1/4 cup dry red wine (I used Merlot)
1 bay leaf
sprig of fresh thyme
Provolone cheese
seasoned croutons 

Cook onions and butter until caramelized.  Put in a sauce pan and add all ingredients except for the red wine.  Bring to a boil, add wine, turn down and simmer for 20 min.  Remove herbs.  Place soup in a mug on a foil lined tray.  Add hot soup, seasoned croutons and a thick slice of provolone cheese. (Note fill mug full so cheese does not collapse but will melt over the edge) Place under a broiler and let the cheese melt and slightly brown.  Serve with additional glass of chilled Merlot!  Enjoy!


Pam said...

Glad you got the kitty to the vet and that he is recovering. Looks like a delicious meal.

Purchased the backing for the quilt today. Looking forward to hearing from you.

PeggyR said...

Glad your kitty is ok. Which it had only been that for Patches. The meal looks yummy!

Pattyskypants said...

Hey, mai pop wants to know if he can come to dinner, too!! xxoo Bhu

Deborah said...

What a sweetheart! I hope he recovers quickly.

Elisa Choi said...

What a cute kitty! And good thing it is okay:) Love how relaxing it looks! Delicious food over there!

Tracey Potter said...

oooh, such a pretty cat! That tart and soup sounds divine, I'll have to give them both a go. Thanks for sharing!

Also thanks for the blog visit and the lovely comment. Glad you think my octopus girl painting is pretty darn cool! I was working off source material of a girl holding a cat, which may go to explain some of the reason it looks as cuddly as a cat!

Wishing you a creative and productive week. xx