Hello everyone,

Happy Wednesday!  Today’s post is a mix of sharing my desk for WOYWW and a bit of a catch up, and of course it is also my Day 8 post for the Blog Along with Effy, it’s amazing to think that this started a week today, it seems like no time at all, eight posts have just flown by!  Links to all at the end of the post.

First the desk . . .

I’m quite embarrassed to say that this is the current state of my desk as of Tuesday 7th when I am writing this post, but it is what it is.  What it is is a dumping ground!  All of the things around the edges are always there, that’s where they live (for now anyway) but all the other stuff, well that’s things that I have dragged out to use and then not put back or things that I had to move out the way so I had space to take photos.  So for example on the left side there is a ceramic palette balanced precariously on top of two wooden trays full of pens and pencils.  That is not where that belongs!  There are a long of random things in the background, lots of stamp pads, tape, water jar, glues, pens, and then in pride of place (haha) a paper trimmer dumped on top of the green cutting mat.  The green cutting mat is usually the only clear workspace that I have on this big desk!  All this will change soon as I am planning to clear off the entire desk and use it for pasting wallpaper when I get around to fixing this room up.  So you can look forward to that desk photo where it will be totally clear!

The Garden and Miss P . . .

Miss P was my kitty escort the other day when I was working in the garden, happy cat tail up!  She only got halfway and decided to go no further, stopping next to the hydrangea, where she decided it was safe to watch what I was up to.

For some reason the hydrangea is only just starting to flower, a bit later than usual!

I did a lot of cleaning and tidying around the garden including relocating Miss P’s little outdoor chalet.  When she first turned up years ago, she was a feral farm cat who had been neutered and released into the wild.  She decided to take refuge in our garden, so I got her this little house so she wouldn’t freeze over the winter.  A few months later she became part of the family and moved into the sunroom, she uses this as shelter from the elements when she is outside during the day but prefers sleeping indoors now.

Kittens Doing Their Own Thing…

These two couldn’t be more different personality-wise. Miss Lily has ambitions to reach the ceiling in every room (she only has two left!)  I’m thinking of helping her achieve the last two so she can cross them off her to-do list. Here she is determined to reach the top of the wardrobe and therefore the ceiling at any cost!  She climbed up that bamboo screen without the aid of a net lol.

Meanwhile her brother, Mr G, prefers to lurk observe from the darkness and pounce on unsuspecting humans as they pass…

In the Kitchen . . .

I mentioned the khicheri a few weeks ago and forgot to include a photo of it, here it is now.  Khicheri is a nutritious, easy to digest dish, made mostly of yellow mung and basmati rice, with a few spices thrown in and one or two vegetables of your choice. The mung and the rice are cooked together, the mung breaks down and results in a kind of sauce with the water, which is not drained from the rice.

I also made some flat breads, some to go in the freezer but they are nicer when they are freshly baked.

They are basted with a little oil on each side and then cooked in a minute or so in a flat pan, frying pan or griddle.

Ready to eat or freeze!

Let me know what you think in the comments.   As always, thanks for reading!Ingredients


WOYWW – #640 – What’s on my desk (I’m number #13 in the linkup!)  Happy WOYWW!

Blog Along with Effy – Day 8

Links to all the days of the September blog-along

Sept 1st – UFOs Tapestry Cushion and Harris Tweed TBD
Sept 2nd – Second on the Second – e-reader covers
Sept 3rd – There is no enjoyment like reading
Sept 4th –  A Day in the Garden and UFO update
Sept 5th – Begin the Beguine
Sept 6th – She Sells Seashells on the Seashore
Sept 7th – Vintage Children Doing Vintage Things
Sept 8th – this post
This month I decided to join in with Effy Wild’s blog-along – 30 posts in 30 days same as we did in April this year.  The idea is to blog every day if you can, but also to comment on other people’s blogs to keep the conversation going.  There is a facebook group where you can link your posts and find other people’s to go visit and comment.

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27 thoughts on “WOYWW Desk, Garden, Kitties, Kitchen and Blog Along One Week In

  1. Shoshi says:

    Thanks for your latest comment, Elle. I’m probably not going to be able to get round everyone this week – really behind what with my treatment and everything. Anyway, I am glad to report that I do not have glow in the dark poo lol!! I was very amused to hear about Miss P and the fact that she wouldn’t answer to Platypus!! I love platypuses – fascinating little creatures. They aren’t actually marsupials but monotremes – the only other animal in that mammalian order is the echidna, also only found in Australia. They lay eggs – the only mammals that do. The male platypus is also the only mammal that has venom – they have spurs on their hind legs and apparently the sting of a platypus is extremely painful. I also laughed at the idea of kitties with French tastes, enjoying frogs’ legs haha! If they would only eat snails as well, our plants might not get so eaten!

    I hope you manage to find a puree attachment for your Kenwood – I am sure they are still available. I’ve got the little grinder attachment too but don’t use it much now, because I’ve got something similar on the Vitamix. The other Kenwood attachment I use is the grater. We don’t eat cheese any longer but sometimes I need to grate carrots or cucumbers for recipes and it’s great for that. The Kenwood is a brilliant stand mixer with a powerful motor. I’ve had mine for so long and the model looks quite dated now! I treated it to a new cover a year or two ago as the other one was split. I have 2 bowls for it and they are extremely useful in the kitchen even when not being used with the Kenwood. Great machine!

    Hope to see you on Wednesday.
    Shoshi x #12

    • Empire of the Cat says:

      Hi Shoshi, yes I guess she knew her own name and when we hit on it, she decided to respond lol. I knew about the platypus and echidna being different but in Australia they tend to get lumped in together. There was a sanctuary near where we lived that had a fantastic habitat for platypuses so we used to spend a lot of time there watching them under water.

      I will check out the puree attachment for mine but it’s not a priority atm, just a nice to have thing. I have a food processor with a really good grater so I don’t need one of those at least. I’ve thought many times about a Vitamix over the years but I just can’t justify getting one. The Kenwood I have has a great liquidiser! See you Wednesday hopefully!

  2. sussie says:

    You made me hungry! That dish looks yummy to me…

    I sit here in the night trying to catch up with the WOYWW.
    So late this week.

    Mr G and Miss P looks very sweet.

    Have a great weekend!
    Sussie nr

  3. Julia Budd says:

    You’re really busy! Your desk looks like mine so often does, when I get going, I don’t put away, precariously balanced piles of stuff is very much how I do things. I may drive myself mad but haven’t actually changed! Your garden work can only be good, that hydrangea is beautiful, the later flowering is to keep you cheered while the rest fade!

  4. Nolwenn says:

    oooh I have been wanting to try khicheri for a while now… yours, with the flat breads, looks absolutely delicious 🙂
    You make me miss having a cat around…

  5. Lindart says:

    The kitties are beautiful, just like my kitties! I love Mr. G – his eyes are made for observing…and Miss Lily the climber reminds me of my Mittsy, who for while would set off the alarm system by climbing up to the top of the tall cabinet in my office. Seems she was after the blinking red light…the flatbread looks amazing, here I am drooling and on a low carb (no bread) diet. 🙁 Have a great week, Lindart #29

  6. Sara K says:

    I love all the kitties and their personalities. My desk looks similar as we are moving in a couple of weeks – so actually I think my whole house is a mess. haha

    Thanks for sharing – and now I need a snack because the end of your post made me hungry.

  7. Francine says:

    Your kitties are so cute! I love that Miss P has an outdoor chalet.

    As for your desk, I thought I was looking at a photo of mine! Kindred spirits…..

  8. Mary Anne says:

    Lovely looking chow! And your cat – OMG the ready to pounce on your head look on his face it priceless. Your desk is in now way the worst, so take that as a win 🙂

    Happy WOYWW!
    Mary Anne (3)

  9. Lynne says:

    Love your cards Elle, and I’m glad your feral Miss P decided to join the family. Your kicheree looks tasty and your flatbreads are great.
    Take care and have a good week
    Lynnecrafts 4

  10. Angela Radford says:

    You should not be embarrassed to have a busy desk, they are the best it’s the really tidy ones that worry me Lol! Kitties looking good too. Wishing you a happy woyww evening, Angela x19x

  11. Lisa says:

    Loving the pictures of the cats. We’ve 8, all with different personalities. The youngest just turned 1 year and the oldest is 12 I think.
    My work space looks like that most of the time regardless if I am working at it or not lol

  12. Tamara says:

    I haven’t had kicheri in years…oh man, I miss my mum! It is really amazing what you did for Miss P – I love stumbling across kind people. Lastly the lurker, I mean…observer, haha, looks like he’d get along with my stalker 😉

  13. Carolyn Staton says:

    Loving your kitties and the messy desk! Love the flatbreads – make me hungry! I would be eating them straight away. Take care and stay safe, With love & God Bless, Caro xxx (#13)

  14. Shoshi says:

    I love how the kitties like to supervise one in the garden, Elle. My hubby always has his little helpers out there. They don’t do anything very constructive but they like to advise! Your cooking efforts look absolutely delicious, I must say. I must try that recipe as I’d never heard of it before you mentioned it a few weeks ago, and it does look interesting. Your flatbreads have my mouth watering!

    Many years ago when we were children, our first cat always used to hide and leap out on unsuspecting passers-by – he had a great sense of humour! I remember my cousin being terrified of him!

    My desk can return to dumping-ground status in the blink of an eye if I don’t watch out. After all my recent tidying in there, it’s looking a mess again as I’ve got so many different things on the go.

    Happy WOYWW,
    Shoshi x #15

  15. Sarah Brennan says:

    I love the various cat personalities in your home Elle. I look forward to seeing the new wallpaper in your craft room and hope the desk gets back to crafty use quickly after it is complete. Meow to the kitties. Stay safe and Happy WOYWW. Sarah #6

  16. Angela says:

    Sounds like a kind of risotto- which I like very much, not so much spices though. How do you reheat the flat bread? Is it similar to pitta bread? I think it’s wonderful you got a shelter for Mrs P, even more wonderful that she moved in x Angela #11

  17. Zsuzsa Karoly-Smith says:

    Your Miss P looks a lot like our Oreo (you’ll see him on my blog this week) – also known as tuxedo cats! How many have you got? I’d known about Mr G and Miss Lily, but I believe this is the first time I’ve met Miss P! The kitcheri looks like something I might like! Happy blogging throughout September! xx zsuzsa #22

  18. LLJ says:

    The kitchri looks great – I often make lentil dhal and rice, easy to make and eat! Those flatbreads look lush, which recipe do you use? Your desk is magnificently messy but if you know where everything is then carry on, lol! Miss P’s tail is extremely jaunty, good lass 😀
    Hugs LLJ 7 xxx

  19. Susan Renshaw says:

    Those flatbreads look delicious – and I would love the khicheri!
    Super kitty pictures!
    Happy WOYWW and blogalong!
    Susan #23

  20. Christine says:

    Love those cats!!
    thanks for the link to the khicheri, very interesting. I shall explore that site a bit more later.
    Have a good week
    Christine #18

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