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17Apr/11

Misty The Conqueror.






































Don't let that adorable face fool you. She might be comically chubby, covered in thick colourful fur and slow as molasses, but she's a ninja just waiting for her moment to strike.

As cute as cats are they're just as mean. Evil. Malicious. Diabolical even. Be rest assured they're plotting to kill you in your sleep right now. And the best part is you know I'm right. How many times have you nearly tripped and fell walking down the stairs because sweet Spot decided to dart out of the darkness to weave between your legs? Or maybe Mittens thought it would be fun one night to pounce on your half covered feet just as you were dozing off. Perhaps little Fluffy became so entranced by your incessant blinking during a perfectly normal staring contest that she lunged at your eye lashes. Then you just turn around and pat their fuzzy little noggins while cooing sweet nothings.

Misty here is a swirling contradiction of good and evil. She's an enigma wrapped in a riddle wrapped in five pounds of fur. She was born feral, mean and ratty but she transformed into a squishy, lovable fuzzball. The only wildness that remains in her lies in her eyes, expressive and intent.

Normally Misty isn't violent. She's the biggest cat among the three and just as big of a coward. Poor Misty had some tree sap stuck in her fur so Lee and I, being the good masters that we are, went about removing it for her. Lee held her and I started trying to cut the sticky stuff out of her fur. She didn't like that. In fact, sweet Misty disliked that so much, she freaked out, latched onto Lee's bare arm and began clawing and biting it repeatedly. I guess the best defence is a good offence, right Misty?

Needless to say Misty still has sap in her fur and Lee's arm is now covered in cuts.

I guess what I'm trying to say is after a long day filled with exciting and relentless cat attacks it's just nice to sit down to a steaming plate of pasta. Nothing says I hope you don't get a raging infection from those angry cat bites like Lemon Pesto Linguine.





Lemon Pesto Linguine
Makes about 5 - 6 servings.

Source: My imagination.

500g linguine

3 chicken breasts
2 tbsp salted butter
1 clove garlic, minced
Salt and pepper to taste
2 tbsp lemon juice

1 cup fresh basil leaves
2 cloves garlic
2 tbsp pine nuts, toasted
2 tbsp parmesan, grated
Black pepper to taste
3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

2 tbsp salted butter
2 tbsp flour
1 1/2 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup parmesan, grated
2 tbsp lemon zest, finely diced
4 tbsp lemon juice



Note: I paired Focaccia bread with this meal.

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Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and position a rack in the center.

In a large pot of simmering water cook the linguine al dente.

While the pasta is cooking heat a large skillet on medium high heat. Melt the 2 tbsp butter in the hot pan, season the chicken with the garlic, salt and pepper. Sear the chicken on each side then finish them off in the oven for about 8 minutes or until the juices fun clear.






































In a food processor combine the basil leaves, garlic cloves, toasted pine nuts, parmesan, fresh ground black pepper and olive oil. Blend all the ingredients until there are no more chunks.

In a large pot on medium heat melt the 2 tbsp butter then whisk in the flour until you get a nice smooth paste or roux. Ad the cream and stir until it thickens and boils slightly. Blend in the pesto, lemon zest and juice.

Drain the al dente linguine then transfer it to the sauce pot and stir it to coat every noodle evenly. Plate the pasta, slice the chicken into strips and divide it among the plates. Enjoy!








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  1. just beautiful! i could eat 3 helpings of that : j and love the kitty!

  2. Wow! Your photos are incredible. Almost as incredible was Misty, who sounds like a real beast ;) This pesto recipe is out of sight. Thanks so much for sharing!

  3. Oh baby, that looks so good. We would eat creamy pasta every night if our waistlines could handle it. Next time we’re treating ourselves we’ll try your recipe.

  4. Looks delicious! I’d like to make that very soon. And your cat is quite beautiful, too!

  5. That looks so delicious! Yes, that would definitely make all the boo-boos go away.

    I can so relate to your kitty cat post. I have three also, and we have a mutual love/hate relationship.

  6. Looks fantastic! My cat sits exactly where you don’t want him to. All the time. In fact I had to move him off of my laptop! I like how your imaginations works!

  7. Poor Misty, Poor Matt, but yummy dinner!

  8. Work of art…what a gorgeous photos..and cat is just soooo cute!
    Great recipe too! Thanks for sharing!!

  9. haha poor sticky misty! she’s so cute! and the linguine is gorgeous!

  10. Awww… Poor sappy kitteh. Pasta makes everything better, especially when it’s smothered in heavy cream and cheese, but I guess that’s not really an option for her. :)
    Hope Lee’s arm heals up quickly.

  11. oooh do I know the joys of helping a poor kitty that doesn’t want it. I actually have a scar on my face because of it from when I was little… Grrr. However, can’t fight that cuteness. Im sure Misty appreciated it the effort in her own kitty way.

    This pasta sounds amazing. I love the shot of just the noodles too! I’ve got some lemons and a food processor being neglected. Is this something I could make and store for a bit?

  12. Ooh…Misty’s so adorable and looks like she couldn’t hurt a fly, but of course, I know I’m wrong. And that lemon pesto linguine looks scrumptious, in fact, I know it is!

  13. I am a huge cat lover (and the owner of one!), and your cat looks beautiful. Oh, and I’ve got to say that “She’s an enigma wrapped in a riddle wrapped in five pounds of fur” has now probably become my favorite phrase :)
    As for your linguine — they also look pretty good ;) I definitely wouldn’t reject a plate of those.

  14. Yes, cats are evil, adorable creatures. I have it on good authority that the perfect remedy for an armfull of cat scratches is a bowlful of delicious pasta just like this lemon pesto linguine – how lucky for Lee that you were making some.

  15. Such a sweet kitty! But you’re right. They’re all plotting to kill us. I know that when my largest cat lays on my face each morning it’s not out of love. He is trying to suffocate me.


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