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Dad’s Kale Salad Recipe or… Never Try Two New Recipes the Same Night.

Cooking with Dad and Mongo

One Package arugula & spinach
One bunch o’ Lacinato kale (Also called “black” or”dino” kale)
Two lemons
Olive oil
Parmesan
Salt & pepper
One Package of pine nuts
Honey

Place kale on counter.
Pour 3 oz of gin, 1 oz vodka, 1/2 oz of Kina Lillet into shaker.
Shake over ice until ice cold, pour into glass.
Add a twist of lemon.
Drink the newly made Vesper Martini.
Wait for Mongo to steal kale from counter and debone it.  (He loves kale bones, but hates the leaves.  It’s a symbiotic relationship.)
Wake up.
Scoop shredded leaves up off floor.  (Sweep floor first if less crunchy kale is desired.)
Juice the lemons.  Add a bit of salt and pepper.
Add twice as much oil as lemon juice.
Add two tblsp honey.
Add 1/2 cup of Kraft Parmesan
Shake.
Take two aspirins for martini hangover.
Shake again, but with more vigor now that head hurts less.
When mixture is in focus, and homogeneous, dressing is ready.
Mix kale shreds with arugula & spinach
Sprinkle with pine nuts
Add dressing to taste.
Serves 8
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Mongo and Puppy

While Dad has been gone, mom-mom has been taking care of Mongo; and this means taking care of Puppy also.  Taking care of a dog who has favorite toys like Puppy adds an additional challenge.

Like most other toddlers, Mongo is very fond of his favorite toys, like Puppy and Bunny.  And like a toddler, he drops them wherever he is if something more interesting catches his attention.  So, it falls to whomever is accompanying Mongo so scoop Puppy up (and occasionally throw him in the washer) before he gets lost. Read More…

Cardboard Dilemma

Mongo has spent a month at Mom-mom’s house.  He has not stopped his eternal quest for food at all in this time.  Mom-mom bought pizza for her and brother Drewbie, but they did not take the empty pizza box straight out to the compost bin.  This was a bad plan.

It is easy to understand how they could be indecisive at the critical moment.  In Seattle, there are three bins to put items suitable for disposal,

  1. Trash (non-recyclable, non-compostable)
  2. Recycling (cardboard, glass, plastic, newspapers – slobbery or otherwise)
  3. Compostables (Food scraps, gardening trimmings, but no dog poop).

However, GREASY cardboard does not go in recycling.  So where does it go? Read More…

Mongo and Dad on Different Continents

Not much has been written about Dad and Mongo in the past two months.  Mostly we can surmize that this drought is more the result of the fact that Dad has been travelling for most of that time, rather than writer’s block.  Since October of 2016, Dad has been to South Africa, USA, New Zealand, USA (Pittsburgh [note the genuine Terrible Towel behind Mongo in the picture], Dallas, Atlanta,  Minneapolis, & Pasco, WA;  everywhere in the US of A except Seattle!), and back to South Africa.

He and Mongo have barely had time to get their feet muddy together since October.  Fortunately, they did get to go duck hunting in January, just before Dad left for South Africa again.

Dad has to give special thanks to Mongo’s brother Drewbie & sister Kimi and to Mom-mom for taking such good care of him these past few months.

Now as Dad prepares to head back to the USA again for a few weeks, he is already trying to figure out how to fit in two pheasant hunting trips, and at least one X-C ski free-for-all.

But for Mr. M, there is not much to do but sit and wait.

 

Omnivore

omnivore: noun; an animal or person that eats a variety of food of both plant and animal origin.  See Mongo.

Dad decided to make  Cooking with a Wallflower’s recipe for roasted Summer Vegetable Spring Roll Bowls http://cookingwithawallflower.com/2016/08/15/roasted-summer-vegetable-spring-roll-bowls-with-tamarind-sesame-vinaigrette/

It seemed fairly simple.  Dad decided to add some kale to the greens.  It was delicious.

However, in the days before Mongo, there would have been a lot of vegetable scraps to put in the compost.  But Mongo loves vegetables.  So not much goes into the compost hopper as long as it is dog-safe.  So what kinds of things does Mongo eat? Read More…

Treat Bobber

Mongo has a rubber orange Treat Ball.  It is a hollow ball with an opening to the inside that allows Dad to put kibble into the middle of ball.  As Mongo rolls the ball around, the ball meters out treats.  Mongo LOVES Treat Ball.

However, Mongo is way to good at the treat ball game.  This means Mongo eats way too much kibble, and Dad spends all his time filling up treat ball.

So Dad bought Mongo a Treat Bobber for his birthday.  (Dad got Mongo’s at A DOG’S DREAM in Georgetown, WA)

Treat Bobber

Treat Bobber

Treat Bobber has adjustments to slow down the number of treats it issues.  And since it doesn’t roll as easily as a ball, it takes longer for Mongo to empty the Treat Bobber, theoretically at least.

Rolling the Treat Bobber

Rolling the Treat Bobber

That theory does not assume that Mongo will learn how to make Treat Bobber roll down the driveway, thereby spewing treats all along its path.  One or two trips down the driveway and Treat Bobber is empty. And then,when Mongo is done cleaning up after Treat Bobber, all he has to do is bring it back in to Dad for a refill.

I'd Like a Refill Please

I’d Like a Refill Please

After filling Mongo’s Treat Bobber repeatedly one day, Dad was heard to mutter to himself, “If only he would use his powers for good, instead of for appetizers.”

More Bagels for Mongo

Early in the morning, Dad had purchased two bagels.  Dad had eaten his, but he left Drewbie’s bagel on the kitchen table, waiting for him to wake up.  Will Dad ever learn about leaving bagels out?

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