08 April, 2010

Easter - the yummies!

Easter is, at least in Norway, the holiday of mutton, oranges and candy. BOL! Neither Mom nor P.A. are too fond of the mutton, but the other two are popular. They took a shopping trip to Sweden (cheap foodables) one of the first days, and that also included kibbles and canned and raw yummies for the kitties and me.

Nom, nom, nom.. a huge, meaty piece of pork!

She also got the kitties a new taste sample - she's all about introducing them to new sources of protein. This is whale. We realize this is a controversial thing to feed. We hope nobody are upset. We wouldn't do it unless we thought the limited hunting of whales (Minke's) along our coast is okay. It's a fairly large population, only a certain number of animals can be killed yearly (estimated from the current population) and generally less than half this amount of whales are actually hunted since there's limited interest in whale meat.
We are VERY much against the hunting and killing of endangered species of whale and old fashioned techniques and would never have bought it if it wasn't Norwegian Minke as we approve of the rules they have to follow. Mom's grandfather was actually a whaler for several years back in the days when all kinds of whales were frequent and the methods are those we all frown upon today. It was a dangerous adventure and we're all just happy he got home to his family safely. He's been dead for years now, though, but used to have all kinds of stories to tell.

I got a taste of whale and I liked it. So did Virus. Hyssing ate a couple of pieces, but wasn't too interested.

Virus didn't complain and finished it all!

Can you see the little Coltsfoot? We didn't want to crop the picture so that you could see how lonely it was there in all the mud and water - but you can biggify by clicking this link: http://www.fotoknudsen.no/archive234/27062006125024TMnNn79JpinIUb8oPsMYxI/060420100226bc24cf835fb74006b3.jpg

They also got me a bag of chicken wings btw. I got one each day, but still have plenty left for my next visits.

Happy kisses,


linda said...

wow, whale, but don't you like to save some exotic proteins in case of food allergies?

Amy and The House of Cats said...

Well, we are not as adventurous as you all are that is for sure! Our dad's cousin is from Stokholm and we know that the foods there are very different from here.

Puglette said...

my grandpa was a whaler too. long ago, in the late 1800's. yes, i am old, and my parents were old when i was born. ;o)

ane, here in the USA we have a big issue with raw pork and chicken. all we hear about is cooking the meat until it's a certain temperature. and raw pork is said to have all kinds of bacteria. do you have these same worries in norway? just curious. i know you are an excellent mom to your boys. and they are all so happy and healthy.

C.l.o.v.e.r. said...

Hi guys!
What's a coltsfoot?
Bajas, your treat looks delicious!! The whale doesn't look *as* tasty, but we will definitely take your word for it! :)

Puglette said...

thanks for the good info, ane! i have always wondered about the raw diet. both you and daisy the curly cat are great resources for this.
and did bajas get some oranges? our pugs really like them, especially ollie.

Those Elgin Pugs said...

We are sooooo hungry after reading your bloggy!!!! We hopes our Mommy will get us some yummies like that! Sometimes Daddy will sneak us some of his french fries.
Mommy just gives us carrots.
Josie, Izzy, and Anakin

Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

I'm sooooo drooling ovFUR this post!

Thanks fur sharing your yummy nom noms!


Benny and Lily said...

Holy crap its a feast!
Benny & Lily

Mango said...

Oh my. What awesome yummy food you have there in Norway.


Kari in WeHo said...

having lived in Alaska we understand about the whales and other exotic meats