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9.04.2010

Chicken Simmered In Smen


4 Servings
3 lb chicken,quartered*
2 chicken livers
3/4 c onion,minced
1/4 t saffron threads,pulverized
1 turmeric,to mix w/saffron
1/2 t black pepper,Freshly Ground
1 t salt
1/4 c parsley,roughly chopped
1/4 c ,water
2 to 3 tb. smen
2 T fresh sweet butter
1/2 preserved lemon
2 T fresh lemon juice
Place prepared chicken in 5 1/2 qt. casserole with the livers and
minced onion. Sprinkle with the spices and 1 tsp. salt. Toss to
coat evenly.
Puree parsley in blender or food processor with 1/4 c water. Add
half the "parsley water" and all of the smen to the casserole. Pour
in 1 cup water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered,
for one hour, adding more water if necessary. Remove chicken to a
colander when very tender and keep warm while the sauce simmers
one full hour.
Heat the 2 tb. sweet butter in a skillet; gently brown the drained
chicken quarters. Transfer to a flameproof serving dish, cover, and
keep warm.
Meanwhile, add the remaining "parsley water" to the sauce in the
casserole and, by boiling rapidly, uncovered, reduce to 1 1/2 cups.
Dump the sauce, livers, and odd bits of skin and bits in the blender.
Whirl until the sauce is smooth. Pour over the chicken and reheat.
Discard the pulp from the preserved lemon and dice the peel. Sprinkle
diced lemon peel over the chicken. Simmer 5 minutes, taste for
seasoning, and add additional salt if necessary. Sprinkle with lemon
juice and serve at once.

Accra Banana Peanut Cake (Ghana)



1 1/4 c butter,softened
2 c sugar
4 eggs,beaten
4 c flour
1/4 c cake flour
1 t salt
4 t baking powder
1/2 t baking soda
8 bananas,mashed
1/2 c peanuts,coarsely chopped
1/2 c sugar
1 t cinnamon
In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar. Add the eggs
and beat to combine. In a separate bowl, stir together the flour, salt,
baking powder, and Baking soda. Stir the flour mixture into the butter
mixture alternately with the bananas and peanuts.
Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 30 minutes, or until
a wooden skewer inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove
from the oven and allow to cool on a wire rack.
Stir together the 1/2 cup sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle the sugar
mixture over the top of the cake as soon as you remove it from the
oven.
Makes 1 - 9x13 cake

Retirement: Health for your Aging Cat


Age is just a number, right? A Human who is 60 years old may act like a young adult, while another human the same age may at like he or she is on a deathbed. Cats are the same way! Your pet may act like a kitten for many years or may be gray and achy quite young. Specific breed, environment, and genetics play a role, but in general, a well-cared for house cat usually lives to be at least 15 years old. Some cats live to be well over 30.

There are things you can do, however, to provide your cat with the chance for the longest life possible. For example, have your cat spayed or neutered. Statistics show that fixed cats live longer, because this causes the cat to stay closer to home and be exposed to few dangerous situations and disease. Good nutrition is also important. Make sure that you are buying cat food that is appropriate for your cat’s age.

As you cat ages, certain medical conditions may cause you to make special considerations for your cat. Examples include reduced tolerance to extreme temperatures, decreased sensory perception, susceptibility to infection, arthritis and joint stiffness, digestion problems, liver and kidney problems, weaker bones, cancer, muscle weakness, slow reaction, memory loss, high blood pressure, and irritability. As you can see, aging cats have many of the same problems as aging humans!

Along with a good diet, promote healthy amounts to exercise in your cat. You can do this by allowing your cat to go outside and by playing with your cat every day. Toys and environmental pieces, like scratching posts, are great for encouraging your cat to exercise. Remember, cats may spend a lot of the day sleeping, which is fine. If you are overly concerned, talk to your vet about your cat’s sleeping habits.

Preventative health care is, of course, important. Make sure that your cat has regular checkups with the vet to make sure everything is in check. You should also brush your cat’s teeth daily and have your cat groomed regularly to prevent skin diseases. As cats age, most grow to love grooming. Monitor your cat for diet chances, changing sleep habits, and unsafe water consumption. The key to graceful aging in a cat is and owner who is well involved in his or her life. Make sure that you provide advanced care for your cat as he or she grows, and your pet should be a part of your life for a very long time.

Taking Kitty to the Dentist



It is important for you to go to the dentist at least annually for checkups. This is, however, also important to your cat! Many people never think about it, but good dental health can keep your cat happy and disease-free. Whenever your cat goes to the vet, make sure that dental health is checked and discussed, and if your cat is acting strangely at all, especially with eating habits, make sure that dental health problems are not a concern.

Kittens, like baby humans, have fewer teeth than adult cats. Each kitten has 26 temporary teeth, which begin to appear at about three weeks of age. An adult cat will have 30 permanent teeth—16 on the top and 14 on the bottom. A cat usually begins getting his or her permanent teeth when he or she is three of four months old. Some of these teeth have two roots while others have three.

The most common dental diseases found in cats are resporption lesions and gum disease (gingivitis). Resorption lesions are also known as cervical line lesions or neck lesions and often result in tooth loss. These lesions are difficult to detect, as they often grow below the gum line. Gum disease is found in over 70% of cats by the age of three. You can tell if your cat has gum disease by looking for yellow and brown tarter build up along the gum line and over the tooth, red inflamed gums, and chronic bad breath.

Oral disease is often an indication of other more serious health problems. For example, it is common for a cat with feline leukemia virus (FeLV) to have oral health problems. Dental conditions are also commonly found with feline immunodeficiency virus and feline calicivirus. Therefore, if your pet is have dental problems, you need to see a vet right away about these conditions to make sure they are symptoms of a much more serious disease.

Cats can also accidentally break teeth. This can be a result of a fall, a fight with another cat or other animal, or biting into something too hard to chew. Usually, the upper canine tooth will be the tooth fractured. This is the tooth in your cat’s mouth that looks like a large fang. If this is fractured, your cat may or may not be in pain. The first symptom of this kind of a fracture is continuous sneezing.

Overall, oral health is important in all mammals. Cats are susceptible to a number of dental disease and problems, just like humans. By taking your cat to the vet often and asking about oral health, you can make sure that you are providing the best health care foods and tools for your feline friend.

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