Seafood for dinner is always an entertaining event in our household. Interestingly, while one of our black cats is essentially a vacuum cleaner when it comes to food, it’s the other – the smaller by 6 pounds, but older by a month or so – samurai cat who goes on high alert when shrimp are being peeled.
I feel like we don’t even have to open the container – he just KNOWS. He lifts his head in the air with staccato’ed sniffs, making certain that he’s smells what he *thinks* he does. And if he is correct, by god, watch your limbs! If he has it in mind that you’ve got a shrimp, he will – claws extended and all – reach out feverishly to check the scene. No matter if you are friend or foe, he’s basically going to slap and growl until he’s fully devoured the thing. Shrimp is the end-all-be-all favorite food of choice for Musashi…
I also happen to love shrimp, as does my husband. He makes the most delicious and healthy stir fry (one I daresay I could devour – in total – on the spot, were I not to stop myself after feeling full.) It’s AMAZING. Full of protein…and incredibly filling. For a clean eater, it’s a dream come true!
Despite the countless items he was keeping track of while cooking (the wok, the roasting vegetables in the oven, the vegetables that had to be added, the seafood that had to be cleaned…) he also took the time to boil a small pot of water to cook two shrimp for the boys. The thoughtfulness of that alone warms my heart – who DOES that?! I took a photo because, even then, he took them out and chilled them on ice…just to be sure they didn’t burn their adorable pink tongues.
Once they had chilled enough, he gave each of them one. Needless to say, Musashi fervently absconded with one, and then managed to snag a less-than-interested Keku’s. Given that Keku will inhale anything food-related, it’s entertaining to see him “pass” on the shrimp, only for the vehemently fixated Musashi to haul off with it, “grrrrr”ing as he goes.
Fortunately, though I AM protective of my food, I didn’t bite or growl myself. But I also – Musashi-like – thoroughly enjoyed my generously-prepared dinner, and felt incredibly grateful to have it.