I am reeling from the death of one of my cats. He got sick over the weekend while I was in New Orleans. My brother in law took him to the animal hospital, who said it was just his hyperthyroidism, and gave him two shots. He seemed just fine when we got back home. He gave us two happy days and then Wed was in so much pain that we had to put him down. Crookers was a extremely smart cat and was like a puppy in a cat's body. He was an alley cat when we had gotten him and was called Crookie (or Crookers) because he had a crooked neck from a previous incident. They estimated that he was 3 years old when we got him but with the symptoms that he had 7 years later we think that he was older when we got him. I had gone through putting a cat down before, 2 years ago, but this one was very sudden and unexpected. I miss him a lot and the house is so quiet now. Little kitty has spent the last two days sleeping all day in my bed and Epona keeps looking for him and hiding under the table.
|Crookers the night before he passed.|
I will write more about my New Orleans Trip some other time, but I am glad to be back home where I can be a gluten free vegetarian. Both seemed almost impossible (vegetarian more than GF) in New Orleans. My first meal home, especially dealing with the death of Crookers, was easy and comforting.
Blistered Tomatoes with Creamy Polenta
2 cups of cherry tomatoes
3 cloves of garlic minced
5 cups of vegetable broth
1 cup fine ground cornmeal
2 Tbs olive oil
Handful of torn Italian basil
Salt and pepper to taste
Boil the vegetable broth in a pot. Sprinkle in the cornmeal, whisk constantly. Lower heat to medium and continue to stir every few minutes until thickened. This can take 20 - 40 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste.
While polenta is cooking, heat olive oil in a large pan on high. Add garlic and stir for 30 minutes. Add whole tomatoes and agitate them by shaking skillet back an forth for around 5 minutes. You will see the tomatoes begin to blister and pick up some color. Turn off heat, mix in torn basil and salt and pepper to taste. Serve on top of polenta and add parmesan cheese.