Saturday, 24 March 2018

A Feline's Love Of Pork Rinds.

A crackling affair...

They say that grandparents spoil their grandkids much more than they did their own and somehow the same holds true for our Mausi. Bob's father introduced her to pork rinds and she hasn't forgotten the shape, smell or sound of said pork chip. She will turn cartwheels to get one and in order to give her some joy ( yes, poor little orphan Annie! ), Bob has continued the tradition of sharing his chips.

Today though, even he was stumped by her majesty's spoiled behaviour. We were putting the groceries away which involved me passing each item to Bob who would arrange it in the cupboard. Far from being altruistic, quite the contrary as I cottoned on to him...he just wants to be aware of what I bought, what is there and more importantly what snacks there are to be devoured.

After putting everything away including 47 cans of her special gourmet feline delights which we were thrilled to get at half price, he went to give Mausi a treat. A yummy snack sausage which he fed to her bit by bit until she walked away after only eating a quarter of it. Unheard of behaviour but we soon found out the reason of her disdain for it.

Madame had espied Bob's packet of pork rinds and had positioned herself on the couch, giving Bob a butter wouldn't melt in my mouth look and the rest is crunchy history. Oh yes, she ate about three of them and honestly, I don't know who chewed louder.

The age old argument of nature versus nurture is continuing in our house...

A love affair...
I wish you could have heard the crunching...


Friday, 23 March 2018

White Wine And Vegan Pumpkin Seed Spread.

A Buschenschank with a difference.

We went out to a local, well almost local Buschenschank yesterday and had a fabulous time. It is one of the nicer ones around, in atmosphere, food, wine and ambiance but after last night it has garnered another description...innovative.

The other day I saw a documentary that did get my attention beyond its sixty minutes with the outcome of ( at least for a little while ) a few of my eating habits being changed. Yes, meat has been sidelined in our kitchen and we've been feasting on delicious meat free dishes. Of course the true test of one's convictions arrives when going out for a meal at a Buschenschank....a place enshrined with meat dishes.

Fair enough, I was going to skip a day of healthy eating and order something with only a touch of meat. A Grammelschmalzbrot. We arrived at the place and ordered wine which left me enough time to dilly dally over the menu. Oh, I do that regardless of what I eat or not eat. Gemini.

Funny how our mind, once it's set chooses to ignore the obvious. I was on the brink of ordering my Grammelschmalzbrot when Bob asked me to take a closer look at the menu. He of course was privy to my menu planning...

There it was, sandwiched between Schmalzbrot and cream cheese spread. Oh yes, even printed in capital letters;

Vegan pumpkin seed spread.
To say I was stunned is an understatement. How wonderfully progressive of this Buschenschank to put something a bit more inventive than a cheese bread for non meat eaters. Of course I ordered it but I savoured the idea of it even more.

When it was time to pay the bill, the owner came over to cash up from us and as I was so happy I firstly thanked him for their innovative drive and also ask him why they'd thought of it.

" Quite a lot of people ask for a vegan dish and we've put one on the menu. "
Those are the rare moments when realize why among a string of establishments within walking distance, this particular one, Herczeg Buschenschank..., full of customers, and even rarer, happy customers.