Peas with Parmesan; wascally wabbits; Weekly Menu

I saw a most upsetting sight the other morning.

After all the work I did last summer – reinforcing the chain link fence with chicken wire dug into the ground; adding a 12 inch high wooden fence around the entire front garden; filling in the holes in the ground; patching the holes in the fence….

We are still not bunny-proof.

The other morning, when I opened the barn to let Sedi out for her morning constitutional, I saw a rabbit, not a little bunny, mind you, but a big, hulking rabbit calmly munching my newly emerging herbs.

It took off towards the fence. Garden_left

I fully expected it to hit the fence and bounce back, which is what the last one I caught inside did. (And then ran around screaming and bouncing off the fence – pathetic sight… one less rabbit)

Apparently we have rabbits capable of learning.

It hit the chain link fence, above the wooden fence, on the fly. It got stuck momentarily (I said it was big).  Had I been closer I could have grabbed it’s cute little bunny tail.

It squirmed a bit, got through and raced off the other side.

It was laughing at me.

I was not amused.

Poor Sedi just sat and watched, remembering her glory days.

At least, I like to think that’s what she was doing.

More likely she fell over trying to, ahem, relieve herself.

She used to catch bunnies.

She caught one just 2 years ago, right after we moved into this house.

Now she can’t even stand up without assistance.

She doesn’t need a lot of help, just a hand on her hip to steady her, but, the time is coming.

I like to think she was remembering her days of catching bunnies.

I was.

Poor old girl….

Since we know her days are nearing an end, we are helping are live it up, as it were… Canned dog food mixed with her usual Senior kibble; table scraps; many, many treats….

Strangely enough, things she used to turn her dainty nose away from she now eats like the best of treats….

Like peas.

Never knew a dog that liked peas.

As you know, I don’t use a lot of canned and frozen foods, but some things, like peas, I think are actually better frozen; as well as difficult to get fresh. And easy is nice….

I keep a 2lb bag of frozen peas, no sauce, in the freezer all winter to toss into stir-fries, quiches, shepherd’s pies….

And to eat like this:

Peas with Parmesan

Peas with Parmesan

8oz (250gr) fresh or frozen peass
1/4 cups chicken stock
2 tbs freshly grated Parmesan

Put peas and stock into a small saucepan, cover and simmer until peas are hot and tender, about 10 minutes. Uncover, add sprinkle with Parmesan, stir and serve.

In addition to this, for the week of February 18 we have Baked Cod with White Wine Mustard Sauce, Pork with Red Wine and Greek Olives, Chicken Tarragon Risotto, Spinach Burgers with Mushroom Sauce….

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10 thoughts on “Peas with Parmesan; wascally wabbits; Weekly Menu”

  1. Oh…. I want to see a picture of the big bunny! I hope they stay out of your way, but if you have your camera handy, I’d love to see what they ones that are claiming your herbs look like… little buggers!

  2. Bless your poor old girl’s heart! I always have frozen peas on hand – do versatile. And, dang those bunnies! And guess what? The dog whisperer – Ceasar always mixes wet with dry – makes sense don’t you think? p.s. our dog will eat blackberries right off the bush without getting pricked – go figure!

  3. We’re in the process of digging up our yard with the intention of making it look like an actual garden again. Ever since we’re living in a big sandbox there are plenty rabbits digging their hearts out/in. I think they have a secret warning system. How would they know?
    Last year one of the cats trotted home…proudly carrying a wabbit… of almost the same size! Ack!

  4. Zoomie, more like declining weeks, sad to say… but she gets whatever she wants now!
    TV Food and Drink – if I manage to get close enough – I’ll take the photo right after a clobber it!
    Ina, Sedi used to eat the grapes when we picked. Not the blackberries, tho, sensitive nose LOL
    Baking Soda, I think they just do it for fun! At my expense!
    manningroad, so does frozen spinach ;-))

  5. Those wascally rabbits. I hope that he doesn’t reach his friends how to get into your garden:D I just bought a package of lovely peas yesterday…frozn at the peak of perfection of course..and no shelling:D

  6. That pea recipe; so simple, so good.
    Rabbits: the bane of my garden. Like you I spent weeks digging in metal fencing, nailing boards over holes and other entrances. Somehow they always manage to get in. I’ve got slingshots and pellet guns, each with a ready supply of ammunition. Too bad my aim isn’t better. 🙂 Thank God we have a coyote living somewhere in the neighborhood or we’d be overrun.

  7. Val, I set up a trap for them – if they jump on it stuff will fall down. I’m hoping it will scare them off.
    brassfrog, our neighbor bought an air rifle (he wanted a .22 – mon mari convinced him that would be, er, overkill). But one has to wait for hours to see them so it’s pretty ineffective. I did hear a fox the other night…. Hope!
    Fat Englishman, thanks – I agree!

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