Help! I've fallen and I can't get up!
Who remembers that commercial from a few years back?
It was constantly played before we left the US.
Early this morning the wind came up something fierce. The shutters in Vlad's House don't fasten securely and one came lose with a ferocious bang.
Our brave little girl dogs are afraid of loud, noises that cannot be directly attributable to something that one of their humans does.
Meaning if I slam the door, no problem.
If the wind slams the door they are a quivering mess.
Back to this morning: Sedi, the German Shepherd sleeps on the floor by my side. Emma, the Newfoundland, sleeps in the hall.
After the shutter slammed, Emma came flying into the bedroom, whilst Sedi tried climbing into the bed. I calmed them as best I could, half asleep in the dark, and went back to sleep.
Later, I kept hearing scrabbling noises next to me, but I really wasn't ready to pull my head out of the warm blankies (remember: no heat) to see what the problem was.
Finally, I looked. In the 3-foot space between the bed and the wall, Emma, the big cow, was sleeping on Sedi's bed.
But no Sedi.
I looked around the room… No Sedi.
Finally, I rolled over and looked straight down.
There were 4 tan paws waving madly from under the bed.
She was stuck.
Somehow, on the slippery wood floors, she had wiggled (or been pushed by the big cow) until her back was under the bed and the only thing showing was the four paws and the tip of her pointy black nose.
I did the only thing feasible: Started laughing way to hard for that early in the morning, squeaking out: 'Help, I've fallen and I can't get up!'
After a series of pokes in the back, courtesy of mon mari, I stopped laughing long enough to tell him to get up and pull the dog out.
Which, of course, made no sense to him at all.
Sedi was not pleased with her humans.
Between the two of us; I pulled her collar and mon mari her tale, we managed to avoid the flailing paws and free her.
She promptly ran outside and disappeared into the vines.
Anger at her insensitive humans?
A little of both?
And rightly so!!!!
I'll give her some treats when we get back later…. If she's speaking to me.
puff pastry dough
2 large shallots
1oz (30gr) ham
1oz (30gr) cheese
3 tbs ketchup
1 tsp soy sauce
1/2 tsp oregano
2 tsp olive oil
Thaw the puff pastry, if needed.
Peel and thinly slice the shallots. Heat oil in medium skillet, add shallots and sauté over medium-high heat until browned and starting to crisp around the edges, 10 – 12 minutes, longer if needed. Mix ketchup, soy sauce and oregano in a small bowl. Cut ham and cheese into small pieces.
To assemble: Lay out puff pastry and cut two 5 inch circles (12 cm). Use a bowl as a guide. Lay pastry on baking sheet, either nonstick or lightly oiled. With a knife lightly score a line around the edge of each pastry, about 1/3" (.75 cm) from the edge. Do not cut through the pastry! (A butter knife works best.)
Divide the ketchup mixture and spread within the scored lines. Spread the shallots evenly between the pastries. Divide the ham and sprinkle on top. Top with the cheese, keeping all of the ingredients within the scored lines. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 420F (210C) for 8 – 12 minutes, until sides of pastry have puffed around middle and are golden brown. Remove and serve.
In addition to the above, for the week of December 5 we have Shrimp and Scallop Newburg, Potato Soup, Corsican Beef, Chicken in Chunky Tomato Yogurt Sauce, Pork with Apples and Onions….
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