The rabbit knows how to relax.
I can relate to this print.
Get one for yourself from Human.
The start of March marks the beginning of Autumn here in New Zealand. Autumn is my favourite season and autumn in Auckland means warm days without humidity and crisp, cool nights.
With a new month, comes a new round up of Our Growing Edge. Medha from Mimi’s Mommy blog is hosting the March edition of Our Growing Edge. If you have a blog and are looking at cooking or eating something new this month (or this year), please join us. Submission deadline is at the end of this month. Check out this page for more info.
This is the final call for Our Growing Edge February. It feels like a short month. I feel cheated of those missing days.
Our host this month is Kindra from California Cavegirl Kindra. Kindra eats and cooks as clean as possible, following a mostly Paleo, grain-free, gluten-free, raw dairy, locavore mission. I’m always looking out for local food producers and celebrating local eating is good for every community. Look out for the round up on California Cavegirl Kindra coming up soon!
Our Growing Edge is a celebration of new food related experiences. If you have a blog and are looking at eating or cooking something new this month, submit your post here. More information about the event can be found on the Our
Growing Edge Page here.
Tofu has been recovering well from surgery. Last week he was anxious to be outside. It’s been hot here and all windows and doors need to be open. I used the top part of Tofu’s cage to block the back door so that air could flow through the house without letting the rabbit out. Tofu rattled that cage like an angry beast.
Tofu has been allowed to go outside since last Friday and since it’s still hot out, he has been spending time under the stairs or in the hole he has made between branches within the shrubbery. The picture above is of Tofu just outside that hole.
I’m loving this campaign by designer Haley Fischer for first ever rabbit rescue centre in Ohio. Haley lives in Columbus, Ohio, USA and works in advertising.
Dear reader, I have fallen in love with some weird fish bits.
Creamy, fatty, sweet, savoury and undeniably moreish. They are wings. Salmon wings.
Salmon wings (also known as salmon collars) are one of those budget cuts that will probably become too popular (like pork belly, beef brisket and lamb shanks) and see a price increase. Get them while they are still cheap! If you have never had salmon wings before, think of them as ribs or buffalo wings of the sea. You may get your hands dirty but it’s worth it.
One day I was just ambling through my local supermarket, minding my own business when I spied a tray with 2 large salmon heads. I didn’t expect to see salmon wings at the supermarket. I’ve never cooked with salmon wings but I’d seen a few blogs mention them before so I grabbed them instantly.
The salmon heads cost about $2.22NZ ($1.84US) each and had plenty of eating on them. If you are not confident with fish bones or are serving less adventurous eaters, avoid the head and just buy wings.
Just a note on the word grill. Grill here in New Zealand means the same thing broil in the US: Indirect heat from above.
Grapefruit Soy Salmon Wings
- 4 sets of salmon wings (or 2 salmon heads with attached wings)
- 2 tablespoons light soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons grapefruit juice
- 2 tablespoons white sugar
- Coarse sea salt
- Grapefruit slices or wedges to serve
- Using scissors, trim off the pectoral fins and discard. If using fish heads, take a sharp knife and cut wings away from the head. Then cut each head in half from back to front. Remove and wash away any gills and dark liver/blood spots.
- Mix the soy sauce, grapefruit juice and white sugar together in a large bowl. Add the salmon pieces, turning several times to coat well in the marinade. Marinade for at least 20 minutes. If marinading for longer, please refrigerate. While the fish is marinading prepare rice or congee.
- Turn your oven to grill/broil. Line a baking tray with aluminium foil. Place salmon pieces in a single layer across the tray. Spoon over additional marinade and sprinkle with coarse sea salt. Grill/broil on high for 10 minutes, then turn salmon pieces over and again spoon over additional marinade and sprinkle with coarse sea salt.
- Transfer to a platter and add grapefruit slices. Serve with rice or congee.
Congee is a simple rice soup or porridge that has been eaten all over Asia for centuries. The two essential ingredients are rice and water or stock. Congee is a cheap dish that quite filling and easy to digest. A single cup of rice makes 2 huge bowls of congee. Congee is eaten as comfort food but also served to babies, elderly and the sick. The ginger is not only a flavour enhancer but is used to combat nausea.
I’ve eaten congee since infancy and have tried it in many Asian countries. I always find it very comforting, especially for a traveller’s tummy. Basic congee is great with very tasty dishes like salmon wings.
- 2/3 standard cup white rice (1 rice cup)
- 3 slices fresh ginger, peeled and cut into matchsticks
- 1 tablespoon chopped spring onion (green onion/scallions)
- A few sprigs of coriander
- Soak rice for 30 minutes in cold water.
- Rinse rice and add 6 cups of water. Bring to boil, then turn down to simmer. Partially cover (do not cover completely or the water will boil up and over) and cook until the individual rice grains have broken down and the mixture is creamy like porridge (1-2 hours). Stir occasionally to make sure that nothing sticks to the bottom.
- Ladle into small bowls and top with ginger, coriander and spring onion. Serve “as is” for a light supper when feeling under the weather or with a tasty dish.
This post is part of Our Growing Edge, a monthly blogging event to encourage us to try new food related things. Kindra from California Cavegirl Kindra is the host for this month’s event. If you have a blog and you are eating or cooking something new this month, click below to join.
It has been 1 week since Tofu’s surgery to remove a bladder stone. Tofu has 7 stitches in his belly and until he is healed, he has lots of towels instead of hay. We’re also keeping him inside for now to limit his movement and chances of anything poking into his tender belly. It is a little extra laundry but no biggie.
Tofu is getting plenty of snuggles and is eating well. He is currently on 3 meds a day:
- Deprim – antibiotic
- Metacam – pain and inflammation
- Temgesic – a strong opioid for pain relief
Tofu says thank you to all your well wishes.
The Koala has been mesmerized by Kim Jung Gi the savant-like illustrator. Now I am too. His grasp of plotting, perspective and proportion is phenomenal.
Watch him draw this epic battle of the giant rabbits in the video below.
More of his work over on his website www.kimjunggi.net.
p.s. Today also happens to be The Koala’s birthday and we are taking a much needed day off. Happy birthday love!
On Tuesday, Tofu the bunny had surgery to remove a large bladder stone and yesterday the vet gave him the all clear to come home. Tofu wasn’t eating at the vet’s but if he was feeling depressed, going home might be good for him. If he didn’t eat during the night he would have to go back to the vet today.
At first we kept him in his indoor hutch to restrict movement so he didn’t injure or bother his stitches but he had other ideas. He was stressed about being locked up and frantically looked for the way out, so we freed him. After inspecting his area a couple of times (to make sure it was just how he left it), he proceeded to spend most of the evening eating. He needed a little bit of encouragement but last night he ate:
- 1 grape
- 1 large bok choy
- 2 coriander plants
- 1/4 cup of pellets
- a few bits of hay
Not bad for a rabbit who wasn’t eating! He wasn’t eating much this morning but I’m going home shortly to make sure he eats some lunch. He can’t have unlimited hay because we have to keep his belly away from hay until his stitches have healed. The last thing we want is for a stiff piece of hay to poke him in the belly.
He is currently on three meds, taken twice daily. The Koala and I have got bunny medicine time down to a fine art.
He is enjoying attention and will eat anything presented to him by hand, but not so keen on food just sitting there. He’s giving us lots of bunny kisses so I’m pretty sure that is his way of telling us that we did the right thing opting for surgery.
Thanks for all your support and appetite stimulant suggestions but after the initial grape, the gateway was opened and we didn’t need anymore treats!
It is Splore this weekend! Splore is a 3-day music and art festival at Tapapakanga Regional Park on the outskirts of Auckland, New Zealand. Held every two years, Splore also happens to land on The Koala’s birthday. Now in it’s tenth edition, this year will be our sixth Splore. What makes Splore unique is it’s atmosphere and location. You can float in the sea while watching international and kiwi artists. If you like music, art and the beach, this is a winner.
Each year there is a broad dress-up theme and this year’s theme (due to Valentine’s day) is “Spread the Love”. Our camp is dressing up with a hint of tribal and I have my feathers and fur all ready to go. Tofu only needs feathers, the fur part of his costume was already supplied. Please note this is only for a photo and Tofu isn’t really going to the festival. Splore have strict “no pets policy” and we wouldn’t do that do our pet.
We once brought our own food to the festival but without refrigeration or kitchen facilities in the heat of summer, the results can be
revolting uninspiring. Sweaty cheese and brown avocado anyone? No takers? Luckily the food at Splore is delicious with many different foods represented to cater for different moods and diets.
For any foodies that are looking forward to the festival, here is a lineup of the culinary delights that you can hope to sample.
- Jamaican Me Hungry Jamaican jerk barbecue
- Bing King – Beijing street cuisine
- Langos – Hungarian fried bread puffs
- Sarah’s Cornish Pasties Authentic Cornwall Pastries
- Bird on a Wire – Free range rotisserie chicken, burgers and salads
- Dragonfired – Organic artisan woodfired food. Pizza, calzone, pita
- Nice Blocks – NZ made artisan, Fairtrade certified ice blocks
- Santhiyas South Indian & Malaysian Restaurant
- The Roaming Dive – Food truck diner
- Greek Souvlaki
- NZ Crepes
- Serious Espresso
- Falafel Bro’s
- One Love
- KB’S Killer Burgers
- Juice Revolution
- Veg E Powa
- Radha Krishna Yoga
- Lucky Star
- Koffee Guru
- Aloisio Brazillian BBQ Catering
- Hazel Hayes
- The Beverage Bay
- Cube Kitchen
- The Taco Asado
- Three Beans Café
For tickets and more info, please visit www.splore.net.nz.
I’ve blogged about husband and wife duo Kozyndan (made up of Kozy and Dan) way back in 2009 but more recently they created a piece called Vegans: Manatees ‘n Bunnies.
The Koala has been referred to as a sea cow on more than one occasion so this piece is really special to me. It boggles my mind that this has been done before. It’s quite a niche.
View this and more over on their Behance page here.
p.s. Tofu is undergoing surgery today. Please keep us in your thoughts.
For those that do not follow Bunny Eats Design on Facebook, here is an update on our heart-wrenching week.
On Monday, we took Tofu to the vet. He stayed a few days while they ran tests. X-rays showed a marble-sized bladder stone which must be removed via surgery. The stone would be causing him pain and must be removed as soon as possible.
Because he also has a bladder infection, the infection must be cleared before they can operate. As you can imagine, infections and surgery are not friends.
While Tofu has always been a little overweight, he has lost 200 grams since the last time he was weight. For a rabbit, that’s quite a large weight loss.
The vet was also concerned about one of his eyes. While Tofu already has cataracts in both eyes and cannot see, he may be developing glaucoma in his left eye. If this happens, the eye must be removed. This will be further costs further down the track.
The tests, x-rays, surgery, meds and post-op will cost least $2000NZ. That’s a lot of money for a 6 year old rabbit. What is the right decision? We tried to weigh up the pros and cons. Are we being crazy bunny owners? Are we prolonging suffering? Which is the kinder option? What would Tofu want? I frantically emailed my question to another bunny owner/food blogger, Cass from Food my Friend…
…Then to Facebook.
One reader posed two questions to me: “A: Can it be fixed? and B: Are they in pain?”
Another reader said “The decision that would give Tofu a better life is the right one. No bunny should suffer.”
The support was overwhelming though the responses were mixed. In the end it seemed that whatever we weighed up would be the right decision for us. If you have the welfare of your pet in your heart, then whichever decision you make is the right one.
So on Wednesday afternoon, through heavy hearts, tears and difficult conversation, we made the decision to put Tofu to sleep. The Koala quickly called the vet (I couldn’t talk through tears) and asked if we could bring him home immediately to say goodbye and schedule euthanasia for Saturday. We couldn’t leave him out there on death row. We wanted a few good days of bunny cuddles before rainbow bridge.
We cried all the way to the vet. When we got there, the vet team explained his condition, the surgery, advised of his medication and showed us his X-rays. They treated the situation like one that was easily fixed. We paid for the tests and took Tofu home. There were two other bunnies in the waiting room that day and more the day we dropped him off. These people are experts on rabbits.
When we got home, Tofu seemed fine. He had an appetite and he was happy to be snuggled. He said we were overreacting. He still strained to pee but he thought that his extra strong pain meds were the bees knees.
After observing him, thinking on the vet’s treatment plan and more tears, we decided in favour of surgery. We had to at least try. Tofu wasn’t ready for rainbow bridge yet. A bladder stone is not a death sentence. The decision to treat Tofu was a huge weight lifted.
So Tofu lives on!
Surgery is booked for tomorrow. It is such a relief making this decision but we had to at least try. If he gets another stone in 6 months, maybe we will make the hard decision. If he gets another stone in a year? Maybe we will try again.
Thank you for all the support that we have received. Tofu is beloved to us but it seems also to others.
xx Genie, The Koala and Tofu the bunny.
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Today is Stuffed Mushroom Day so stuff some of these morsels to stuff into your gob.
This recipe is very forgiving. Recipe here.
Tofu hasn’t been well over the last few days. He was great for a few months but over the last weekend he became messy in the undercarriage and looked very uncomfortable. In September he had his bladder flushed and a course of meds. A bottom shaved helped keep things in check too. Since then, things have looked pretty good until the end of last week.
Not only had we switched to the vet recommended pellets but we’ve cut portions severely over the last 5 months. In the last week or so he has eaten only a handful of pellets as we’re trying to encourage hay and fresh greens instead. He will not eat hay if a full pellet bowl awaits him.
His appetite has been pretty normal and he has been drinking water. He still enjoys around 10 hours a day roaming free in the backyard and snuggles with us in the evenings (and some mornings). On Sunday, he even jumped up onto the couch for a snuggle which is quite a feat for a sick, blind rabbit. Despite two bunny baths over the weekend he wasn’t coping so The Koala and I took him to the vet yesterday. He stayed at the vet last night but thankfully the vet seemed confident that they would find what ails him and they will run some tests today to confirm if it’s more bladder issues.
Here’s a photo of him last week, still happy and playing in the grass. Actually he was quite happy playing in the grass yesterday when I scooped him up before going to the vet.