Children of the Corn Err…..my Cat of Carrots.
Two Sundays ago, I decided to make a personal favorite–split pea soup. I have a terrific crock pot recipe that makes this favorite dish so easy to create. One ingredient that goes in the soup is carrots, and it just so happens that we grew carrots in our garden this spring. I traipsed out to our little garden area, and pulled some carrots for the soup. I took them back inside where I proceeded to cut off the leaves and peel the carrots. The smell of the carrot plant itself really intrigued my cat. I think if he wasn’t as fat as he is, he’d have tried to jump up on the cabinet. Thankfully, he really has never tried because he’s about the size of 12 Zippys. Instead, He put his paws to the near top of the cabinet and tried to sniff the leaves. I figured that if it was that interesting to him, I’d humor him a little and throw the plants on the ground and let him sniff away. You know the saying, “Throw the Dog a bone?” In this case, it’s been revised to “Give the cat a carrot…”
Here’s my cat of the carrots.
I went about my business and chopped all the carrots up & threw them in the crockpot. I started cleaning up my mess, when I stopped dead in my track with this little wonder eating on carrot peels on the ledge of my sink. My mind instantly reverted to a joke I would tell as a kid: Question: What is worse than finding a worm in your apple? Answer: Finding half a worm. This is exactly how I felt. Had I chopped up its brother and put it in my soup?
Eww. I scooped him up along with all of the carrot plant leaves, and in disgust, whisked this little critter back outside to his proper home. While on my way, I saw 2 other of these little guys on the leaves itself. So, I just assumed that they fed on the plant leaves, not on the carrots and forgot about the what ifs. I truly don’t think I chopped up one of these suckers, because I would think I would have seen it as I chopped. However if I did, I suppose a little protein never hurt anyone–maybe that’s why my soup tasted a little funny. KIDDING.