What a week! I feel as though it's flown by! And I guess it has - I've had my hands pretty full this week with lots of recipe work including this delish peaches and cream cake (yum!) and a new baby kitty, Frankie.
She is too cute for words and has really come out of her shell this week. She is only 8 weeks old so she is a tiny little whipper-snapper who bounds all over the house in a flash. She loves her little fish-on-a-string toy and hiding under/on/in the couch! At first we were worried that she wouldn't really be a social cat as we found her and her brother and sister underneath our house the day they were born. Obviously we couldn't catch them until they were much older, and their mum was quite nasty. To stop the feral breeding cycle from continuing on, we fed the mum and kitties until they were about 7 weeks old and began venturing out from underneath the house. At first they would let us touch them but they learned from their mum quickly that we were the enemy, and started hissing! Which was actually so cute, because they couldn't really make a noise and it ended up just being this cute little angry face!
Last week, before the anti-social nature could overtake them, we caught them and took them to our local vet for desexing, vaccinating, worming - the works! We had intended to catch the mum to take her to the vet as well but she is clever and worked out our tricks. Even though this seems mean, that we took the kitties to the vet away from their mum, stray cats are a real issue in Australia and we live next to a wildlife reserve that would really suffer if these cats were to continue breeding. So we worked with our vet to give these gorgeous little babies a loving, and stimulating forever home <3 one of them being our home!
So between cooking up a storm, having a few meetings and events to attend and keeping little Frankie and my old girl Jess (who doesn't like any other animals at all, she even hisses at our cat statue!) away from each other in the house, I've had my hands full!
It's fun though, I love them both so much! I definitely am becoming a bit of a crazy cat lady! And my mum and dad love visiting to play with Frankie, it's like they have a new grandchild haha! Mum visited yesterday and we shared a delicious slice of peaches and cream cake with a nice coffee while Frankie and Jess slept in their beds. It's so easy and was ready in no time.
Before you scroll down to the peaches and cream cake recipe, here are some links to organisations who you can adopt your own kitty from <3. I strongly believe we should adopt, not shop when it comes to pets because there are plenty of cuties needing a loving forever home.
Lort Smith Animal Adoption
RSPCA Animal Adoption
Cat Protection Society Victoria Adoption
Now let's get baking!
Peaches and Cream Cake
100g butter, cold and cubed
1/2 cup rapadura sugar, packed
175g organic self-raising flour
2/3 cup greek yoghurt
1-2 peaches, sliced
Preheat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius
Cream together butter and sugar, until pale brown, with electric mixers
Add one egg and combine
Add the other egg and combine
Add yoghurt and combine
Add flour and combine very slowly and gently until just mixed
Pour batter into a greased and lined cake tin
Top with sliced peaches and bake for 20-25 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean
Cool slightly and turn out onto a cooling rack
Slice while warm and serve with a little cream or extra yoghurt