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the Other

Posted on 01 Dec 2010 by maisha (posted in: blogs)

Yesterday my mom came bearing gifts, all cat-related of course! When I woke up this morning I discovered that the cats had been catching up on their reading ;-)

The book was originally published in 1988 (!), but as E proclaimed: 'Cats are timeless!'
Indeed. The book is hilarious, oozing with sarcasm and wit. I just wanted to share a few fragments of it with you:

A dog, a well-trained dog, can feel almost like an extension of ourselves, responsive and familiar as our own hands.
A cat is not us; a cat is the Other.

It is the nature of a cat to do as it pleases.
There are various books on the subject of "training" cats, and if you read too many you get the unsettling feeling that the authors have never laid eyes on a cat and are making the whole thing up, or else don't recognize a cat when they see one and are actually working with a kind of horizontal monkey or meowing dog. One book describes teaching a cat to roll over on command by harnessing it with a leash to a hook on the wall and pulling until the cat is dragged over onto its side, repeating the words "roll over" all the while. After an unspecified interval, the book claims, the cat will roll over when told to do so. This is clearly not a real cat of which he speaks. It may look like a cat to him, but closer inspection will reveal the slot where you push in two C batteries.

One prime reason cat-haters give for hating cats is that they kill birds. Even people who can't tell a nuthatch from a raven complain about it.

And so on... it makes for some amusing reading :-)

Enough of that for now. Let's move on to my homemade nut butter ^^ I'm ashamed to confide that as a nut butter addict, this was the first time making my own! Not that I needed it... I'm currently hoarding so many nut butters that I would make an excellent candidate for the Dr. Phil show. Next time on Dr. Phil: a girl with a serious addiction that is affecting her whole life...
Aaanyway, back to the girl and the nut butter, lo and behold!

Homemade Nut Butter Recipe (adapted from this Roasted Maple Cinnamon Almond Butter recipe)


  • 1 cup of nuts :: I used 137 grams of a mix of almonds (mainly), cashews, and macademia nuts
  • 1 tbsp blackstrap molasses
  • 1/2 tbsp pumpkin seed oil
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp palm sugar


  1. Toss nuts with 1 tbsp of molasses and roast in the oven on a baking sheet lined with wax paper. Keep an eye on them or you'll end up with charcoal ;-)

  2. Let them cool down for a bit after roasting, then put them in your blender and grind. Scrape the sides down a few times and keep on blending until you have a smooth nut butter.

  3. Now add the oil, sugar, and cinnamon. Give it another whirl in your blender. Transfer to a nice jar and get ready for the best part: licking out the blender ^^

I used pumpkin seed oil because I like to blend many different flavors, but you can use a neutral tasting oil or any oil you like (olive oil, canola oil, coconut oil, etc.). Also, the oil really wasn't necessary here, because the nut butter was already spreadable enough, but I was just curious how the pumpkin seed oil would turn out in this mix.

Before you go, just wanted to share my beautiful cups and spoons that travelled with me from a Wal-Mart store ;-) They have already made my life easier!


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