Cat-gardening Chronicles 27



Living without Cruelty recipe with Geraniums!


We are not the right persons, or cat-gardeners to promote a Living Without Cruelty recipe but then we have to earn our keep for the person who grumblingly cooks up our fish! So here it is:


Cauliflower in Geranium Sauce


Crisp in salted ice water to cover: one medium-large head cauliflower broken into cauliflorets. Saute, covered, 5 minutes in two tablespoons butter, 3 tablespoons each finely chopped onions, carrot and celery with leaves.

One teaspoon finely chopped garlic.

Add: cauliflowerets, 5 tablespoons dry white wine, one tablespoon tomato paste, one fourth teaspoon each crushed coriander seed, salt and freshly ground white pepper, 6 to 8 whole nutmeg geranium leaves.

Cover and cook, stirring often, until cauliflower is just tender. Add water if too dry. Discard geranium leaves and adjust seasonings. Serve hot with sauce and generous sprinkling of finely chopped parsley. Or chill and serve as vegetable appetizer. Serves six as vegetable course, 12 as appetizer.

From: The Edible Ornamental Garden by John E. Bryan & Coralie Castle.


The geranium flower is also edible. You can float the leaves in cold drinks! To add flavor to jellies add leaves to the jar before the hot jelly is poured in, say the authors of this wonderful book.


Did you know that rose petals left to soak in rainwater make a soft perfumed yet pleasing hair rinse?


Growing mint in your window boxes is a good idea because mint leaves freshly crushed and made into a compress will get rid of a nasty headache!


To make a light moisturizing lotion for dry skin collect as many rose petals as you can. Crush 2 large handfuls of fresh petals in one cup of boiling water. Leave to infuse until it is quite cold then strain and mix with cream. Store in pots in the refrigerator. You can also make a gentle hand cream by mixing the infusion with glycerine. From The Illustrated Herbal: Philippa Back.


Here is more information about fleas!


The B vitamins, particularly B1 (thiamine) and B6 (pyridoxine) are natural flea and tick repellants. Brewer’s Yeast (again!) and rice bran contain high levels of all of the B vitamins. Try adding brewer’s yeast or apple cider vinegar to your cat’s food!


Try this Mackerel and salmon balls dressed in green herbs


50g./2 oz smoked mackerel

50g. /2 oz smoked salmon

some sprigs of fresh herbs, eg. Parsley, chives, dill, lemon balm

2 Tbs tasty Parmesan cheese

I tsp. cider vinegar

Half to one Tbs. cod liver oil


(one portion for two feline gourmets).


  1. Chop up the mackerel and salmon very finely and mix the two. Wash fresh herbs thoroughly pat dry, chop and place into a bowl. Mix with the grated cheese and the cider vinegar.
  2. Shape the mackerel-salmon mixture into small balls. Roll in some cod liver oil and then in the cheese-herb mixture until the little balls are covered with herbs on all sides. Do not wash the herbs for too long and only chop just before using them.

From: Cooking for cats. Elizabeth Meyer zu Stieghorst-Kastrup


2 thoughts on “Cat-gardening Chronicles 27

  1. Thanks! I didn’t know geranium was edible. I love the smell of the leaves when they’re crushed. I would soak them in alcohol for a soft spritzer in the summer. Now I’ll get some glycerin and make a nice lotion! Ya know…if you mix a bit of lavender with it is is divine!😊 And I’ll bet the mix would be nice in cookies too!😁 💞💞💞 . Have a blessed day!🙏🌹🐾 Andrea.


    1. yes it does sound lovely! I plan to try some on my cake icing. you are supposed to put some flowers under your cake tin and then the batter over it! or set them on a cake rack, turn out the cake onto rack to absorb the essence of the flower! have fun!


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