Thursday, April 30, 2009

Kitchen helper

A few days ago I was in the kitchen with the greys. I heard someone walk over to the almond container, crack one open, and start eating. I assumed it was Stella. I was wrong!
Max has been unable to open almonds by herself, so I'm not sure if she figured out a way or if she found one that was partially open. In any case, she was pretty happy with herself!

Earlier this week, I was making dinner -- Vegetarian Split Pea Soup. It's super easy:

Vegetarian Split Pea Soup
8 c. water
vegetable soup base (you could also use bouillon cubes)
1 pkg. split peas (I think it's 16 oz)

Boil 8 c. of water along with enough vegetable soup base for 4 c. of water (if I use enough for 8 c., it's really salty!) When the water is boiling, add the split peas that you've rinsed in a colander. Partially cover and simmer for about an hour. Stir occasionally, especially towards the end. It's delicious! If you don't have soup base or bouillon cubes, you could probably just use water, but then you'd need to season it at the end. Or at least I would.

I had a bunch of carrots, so I decided to experiment and throw carrot chunks in there in the beginning. It worked very well and I'm going to try to keep carrots on hand in order to do this in the future.

I left my carrots unattended for a few seconds to stir the soup, which attracted a curious grey:
She took a few chunks, but then she started getting really excited. She loves carrots! I worried that her excitement would cause her to escalate and I'd wind up with an entire carrot flung off of the counter.

So Max was removed to her stand and placated with a carrot chunk:


Tony Wildish said...

Oh, that reminds me so much of Jasmine! She loved carrots too, especially curried carrots (cooked, but still firm, not mushy). She even called herself a "carrot parrot" on more than one occasion!

Homeless Parrot said...

my grey loves loves loves carrots. i think it's the crunchiness!

Mallow said...

I can just imagine the conversations you are having with those greys as you cook. :)