Yeah Yeah, it’s my GOTCHA DAY! To tell you the truth I didn’t know what a Gotcha Day is until I learned about it from some of my blogging furr-iends last year! I found out that it is the day that an animal is adopted by its family! Well, I was adopted by Mom and Dad on January 21, six years ago, and I was kind of already celebrating that day, but now I have a name for it! Tee hee hee. As a special Gotcha Day treat for me, Mom has been bustling in the kitchen making some nom nom “Sugar of the Sea Cookies.” It marks the second recipe she’s attempted from the You Bake ‘Em Cat Treats cookbook. The first was the Catnip Meatballs. Of course, I have been busy supervising Mom as she tries to don a baker’s hat.
How to Make Sugar of the Sea Cookies for Kitty
Cooking Supplies You’ll Need:
- large pot
- steamer rack or steamer tray
- potato masher
- potato peeler or small knife
- measuring cups
- medium-sized mixing bowl
- food processor (optional)
- mixing spoon
- cookie sheet
- rolling pin
- mini cookie cutter(s)
8 oz. of any white-colored deboned fish (Mom used Tilapia)
1 small white potato (Mom substituted with a red potato)
1 egg yolk (Mom fed the egg white to the Basset Hound)
1/4 cup powdered milk (Mom used powdered instant milk)
1/8 cup soy flour
The original directions state to peel and quarter the potato then steam for 20 minutes. Mom, I might add, didn’t read the directions carefully, so steamed the potato and then peeled and cut it up afterwards. Either method works, but if the potato is steamed whole, make sure to puncture it first with a fork a few times and increase the steam time. Mom steamed mine for 25 minutes after the water came to boiling. You want the potato to be soft and squishy. Pot should be lidded during steaming purr-ocess. Remove the potato after steaming and set it aside to cool. Mash the potato in a mixing bowl. Set aside.
My tip: if you don’t have a special steam rack you can create a makeshift one, like I instructed Mom to do, by arranging 2 layers of skewers and chopsticks at the bottom of the pot. Then set an open wire basket on top. Add about 1 inch of water to the pot so the water is just below the bottom of the basket.
Next, steam the uncooked fish fillet. The directions call for 4-6 minutes, but Mom added another 2 minutes to the steam time for mine. Ooh, I could just smell the fishy goodness in the air! Set aside to cool.
The original directions call to “put all the ingredients into a food processor and whir until they combine into a thick but malleable dough.” Hmm… I wonder if we kitties whir. Maybe it’s the same as the purr! Tee hee hee. I think a “food processor” must be some kind of machine, one Mom would refer to as a “kitchen gadget.” She is not a fan of kitchen gadgets and says she doesn’t have cupboard space for them anyways. So she hand mixed the ingredients in the following order:
- Add steamed fishy filet to bowl with potato; mash together
- Separate the yolk from an egg and add yolk to the potato and fish mixture; mash together
- Measure out the powdered milk and the soy flour and add to the bowl; mash together.
Refrigerate the bowl with the dough for about 1 hour. My tip: Don’t put plastic wrap over the top of the bowl like Mom did, ’cause it holds in the moisture creating a very, very sticky dough when you go to roll it!
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. The original directions has this as the beginning step, but that is silly. You don’t need to have the stove preheating for the entire time that you’re steaming, mixing the ingredients, and letting them refrigerate! My tip: Start preheating the oven about 15 minutes before you take the dough out of the refrigerator.
Dust a clean work surface and rolling pin with soy flour and powered milk. Roll out the dough. Dough will be sticky so sprinkle it, the work surface and rolling pin with more flour and powdered milk as needed to help the dough roll easier. You need patience here. Mom, don’t pet me with those sticky fingers or it will take years for me to clean my furrs!
Use a mini cookie cutter(s) to cut out shapes in the dough. The kit I have comes with cutters in the shape of a kitty, fishy, mousie head, and a circle. Mom chose to use the fishy one. My tip: dust the cutter(s) with the soy four or powdered milk between cuts to keep the dough from sticking. Mom would’ve had more success if she would’ve thought of that! It just shows that she hasn’t made cookies in a long, long time!
Place cookies on a lightly greased cookie sheet. (Mom wiped a small amount of vegetable oil onto the cookie sheet using a paper towel). Bake for 12 minutes or until bottoms are golden brown.
Remove the cookies from the oven and dust lightly with powdered sugar. The recipe calls for using a “sifter or sieve” to do this, but Mom doesn’t have either so she sprinkled the sugar using her fingers.
Let the cookies cool. Then serve to your kitty or interested party.
The Cookie Critique
Now for my critique. I appreciate you, Mom, for taking the time to make these cookies for me. But… what else is on the menu? Yes, I smelled them… you only put the plate in front of me how many times?! I turned away from the plate more than once didn’t I? So what does that tell you? It should tell you that I AM NOT interested WOMAN. Yes, I liked the smell when you were mixing the ingredients together, but that was THeEN. And this is NOW. (Mumbling to myself: I think I should cover the cookies or turn the plate over like RaenaBelle does with her food.)
I know what you’re thinking, but I can assure you that I’m not finicky. I just know what I like and know what I don’t like. And what I like right now may not be what I like after my nap.
How ’bout, Mom, you make me some of those Catnip Meatballs you made me one time? Now those were some noms! But these cookies… they seem too fishy and suspect, better left for the D-O-G or throw them out to sea. Are you sure you didn’t really make them for her anyways? I think she’s already downed the day’s catch!
Oh bother… what is a kitty to do. HAPPY GOTCHA DAY TO ME… I guess its back to the old stale kibble. Good thing I’m a patient kitty. I do love you though, Mom.
Maybe your kitty(s) will find this recipe to their liking.
What special treat(s) does your furry companion get on his or her Gotcha Day? I would love for you to comment and I would love for you to join the Sunday Selfies Blog Hop along with me and other furr-iends, hosted by the Kitties Blue of The Cat On My Head blog. And thanks for stopping by on my Gotcha Day! Mew Mew!