Monday, January 3, 2011

Cali, the Cat and Humble Baked Custard

Cali the Cat
I'm kind of obsessed with the cat right now.  You'll remember that this is not my cat.  It belongs to Step Son and Daughter in Law, who are staying with us temporarily.  Of course, this is not my first acquaintance with Cali.  We've known her for years. 

But now everywhere I go in my house, there is this freaking cat.  She may not look like a special cat in these pictures, but yesterday, I poked her with my big toe to see what would happen and she did a back flip.  Are all cats this entertaining? 

I might mention that I've never had a cat in all of my 51 years.  I'm a dog person.  My father didn't like cats.  They disturbed his landscaping, if you know what I mean.  He liked his yard.  If you don't know what cats do in bark dust, well...

 If I hand you the duster, could you get the high spots for me?

Why do I have the creepy feeling that she might jump down on me?

Dude, don't touch my new chair or we are going to have a problem.

Humble Baked Custard
4 eggs from Willamette Farms Eggs
2 c. Milk from Alpenrose
1/2 c. sugar
1 t. vanilla
1/4 t. salt.
Homemade Blackberry Jam
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Combine all ingredients in a bowl with a whisk.  Divide between several custard dishes or small ramekins. 
Add a dollop of your favorite preserve to eah.  I'm using homemade blackberry jam right now.  Stir it around a couple swishes, just enough to spread it around a bit.   

Place the dishes into one larger flat pan, a roaster, large cake pan or the like. Place in the oven and pour water into the larger pan being careful to not get water in the custard.

 Bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until a knife inserted comes out clean.  

A humble dessert.  A snack for the kids.  Just a nice, old fashioned thing that makes me happy.  

Linked with
The Nourishing Gourmet

and Culinary Bliss


  1. I am a cat person, and yes they are entertaining just like that. My cat begs, it is really cute, he gets on his hind feet and sits up and places his front paws together and begs for treats! PS I noticed the treadle sewing machine in one photo. I have one, from 1900 and want to learn to use it. If you have some pointers, I would love them.

  2. Melynda, the treadle machine is complete except that the belt (that runs from the peddle up) is broken. I need to find a way to purchase a replacement belt. I have sewn on it prior to the belt breaking. For the purpose of sewing, I prefer my Viking. But it would be nice to get it complete again. It is one of those things that make me feel good.

  3. LeAnn,
    i am so NOT a cat person, but then again I am not a dog person either - I guess I am a kid person LOL! (that is why I had 9) your baked custard looks just fabulous and full of homey goodness. Thanks for sharing this with us at the Hearth and Soul Hop!

  4. Saw your recipe on "The Nourishing Gourmet." This recipe looks delicious! Too bad I'm just out of all my homemade blackberry jam...may have to try strawberry. And yes, cats are HIGHLY entertaining! My hubby and I have a very spoiled little bichon frise, but I had lots of cats growing up.


    thought the above may be of some help. I have a treadle machine and the belt snapped my repair chap said that my old one was far more simple to maintain than any modern one and parts were still available.
    all the best
    Rachel U.K