Food and Fur OR Confit and Critters

My internet pal Cairn Rodrigues posted one of those pictures non-Facebookers make fun of on Facebook: a picture of some food she prepared. I love those pictures, because I find yummy new recipes that way.

Not this time. I asked her for the recipe, and she sent me to this website called Tasty Kitchen, where, instead of her recipe for onion, garlic, and red pepper confit, I found a recipe for Maple and Onion Jam. Not, you may agree, the same. Bad, Cairn! No biscuit! If you don’t know what confit is, you can read this post from The Food Lab, or you can read the next sentence here: Confit is slowly cooking something in fat or highly sugary syrup and/or preserving food by storing it, hot, in such a bacteria-hostile medium.

So I’m just gonna hafta do what Cairn did, take some random recipe, and make it the way I want to make it. That’s what I usually end up doing, anyway.

Now, about the critters. Here is possibly a most useful post about what to do if you find a lost pet — even your own — and it won’t come to you. It’s called Why your lost dog may not run back to you from the wonderful No Dog About It blog. While you’re there, check out the posts on Assumptions Can Hurt. It’s right on the mark, for our relationships with animals, children, and other grownups. Aliens and mythical beings, too, I have no doubt.

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: A character makes an assumption that turns out to be wrong.



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “Food and Fur OR Confit and Critters

  1. MelF

    September 20, 2013 at 7:01am

    Thanks for sharing my post on lost dogs. I hope it will one day help someone who really needs that information and knows what to do.

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      Marian Allen

      September 20, 2013 at 8:52am

      Thank you so much for posting it. It all makes so much sense, and it’s all about the mistakes and misconceptions humans are prone to in dealing with animals. I recently read an article about an officer who was called to “deal with” a dog menacing the neighborhood; when he got there, it was an abandoned pit bull scared to pieces. The officer apparently knew how to behave, and the dog came to him, and the officer adopted the dog!

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  2. Cairn Rodrigues

    September 20, 2013 at 10:39am

    Like many professional chefs (even former ones), I’m dismal about making recipes. I’m equally dismal at following them and generally see them as foundations for what eventually gets created. Since I knew that you are a very intelligent culinarian, I had faith that you would see what I saw in the recipes and go forth to create something wholly unique.

    Thanks for the shout out and I’m going to slink away before you hit me with a wet noodle 😉

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      Marian Allen

      September 20, 2013 at 3:55pm

      Heh! Yeah, I think I can probably manage. 🙂 I’ll let you know how it comes out.

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