Vegan Mofo: Caturday Cheesy Tuna Muffins and Litter Box Treats

It’s that time of week again, CATURDAY! This is my new favourite day and I’ve done a lot more preparation this time round.

So the book I was waiting for has finally arrived but I managed to get my hands on another great cat related cookbook. Who knew that so many of these things could be found? I got myself a kindle copy of In The Kitchen With Blind Cat Rescue: A Little Cat Hair Never Hurt The Meringue.

Looks great doesn’t it? Cats in chef hats, over 600 recipes and the money also goes towards a good cause. It was a winner! And with the ridiculous amount of recipes in there, there had to be something weird I could cook, right?

Right! There were quite a few but I managed to narrow it down to two.

Cheesy Tuna Muffins
  • I packet of Redwoods Fish Fingers
  • 1 packet of Vegusto Piquant cheese
  • 2 cups cooked rice
  • 1 small red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 small jar sliced black olives
  • 2 flax eggs (2 tbsp flax meal mixed with 6 tbsp water)
  • 4 tbsp soya milk
  • salt and pepper
  1. Heat the oven to 180C and grease a muffin tin with oil/vegan butter
  2. In a food processor blitz the fish fingers until they’re finely chopped. Transfer to a bowl and grate the cheese into it (I used the food processor to do this too)
  3. Drain the olives and add them to the mix along with the rice, onion, flax eggs, soya milk and salt and pepper.
  4. Mix well, if it seems too dry add a little extra soya milk. Divide the mix into the muffin tins and bake for 15-20 minutes until golden brown.
Makes 12

When I originally read this recipe I sicked up in my mouth a little bit, but immediately knew I was going to make it for Mofo. Who would think of putting these things into a muffin?? And is it really a muffin because there is no flour in there, just a weird mix of ingredients that do not go together at all.
Here’s the messed up thing. They were edible. Now, I’m sure not these are something a lot of people would like, the fishy taste, the olives and the vegusto cheese were all really overpowering elements but I’m a bit of a weirdo and I liked that combination. 
So with that success we move onto our next recipe.
Litter Box Treats
  • A cat
  • A litter Box
  • A poop scoop
Don’t worry, I’m just kidding. We’re not going to be eating cat poop today, we’re just going to replicate it in a dessert because that’s a completely sane thing to do. WHAT?
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 stick soya butter/110g
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups oats
  1. Heat the sugar, milk, cocoa and butter in a pan until melted. Bring to a fast boil for no more than 3 minutes.
  2. Remove from the head and stir in the peanut butter until it’s melted into the mix.
  3. Stir in the vanilla and the oats.
  4. Pop some parchment paper onto a tray or onto the kitchen counter and just scoop drops of the mixture onto it. Leave too cool until it hardens.
  5.  If you’re disgusting like me and want to really create the cat shit effect, sprinkle a few oats on top, to really make it look like it belongs in a litter box.
Makes approx 16 poops

For something that’s meant to look like shit, these tasted really great. They do contain a lot of my favourite foods. It was weird that even in their hardened state, they’re still a little soft and the texture is pretty chewy. I’ve never eaten the contents of Aidah’s litter tray but I’m guessing it’s pretty poop like.
I guess these would be great if you wanted to have a crazy cat themed halloween party, where you create a faux litter box out of an old cardboard box, fill it with oats and pop the poos inside. Otherwise I don’t know what reason you’d have to make these, maybe a weird cookbook challenge for Mofo or something….I dunno!
So as an extra for Caturday, I’m going to write a bit more about our adopted cat, Aidah. I thought I’d write about how she came into my life. So here we go.
Last October time, I was at work having my normal working day when a friend/colleague of mine came up to me to talk about cats. The conversation went something like this
Friend: “So, you know how you mentioned you wanted a cat?”
Me: “….yes..?”
Friend: “But you said it would have to be a house cat because you live in a flat”
Me: “…yes…?”
Friend: “But you’d only adopt a cat if they HAD to be housebound and preferably older and less likely to be adopted”
Me: “….”
Friend: “Well Rhian’s (another friend/colleague of mine) friend found this really old cat who is in a really bad way. She was found with her eyelids flipped inside out, her leg was caught under her collar and she was badly cut. She was starving and she has no teeth. So she’s probably got problems with her sight and in the state she was in can’t be an outdoor cat anymore. And Rhian’s friend can’t keep her because of the other animals she has”
Me: “I’ll ask my letting agency, but I can’t make any promises! Dammit I want to take her”
My heart broke hearing the way she was found and the story had been wonderfully tailored to meet all the conditions that I had for taking an animal in (my friends are the masters of manipulation when it comes to taking on rescues it seems). I suspected though, that as much as I wanted to take her, my landlord was not going to let us. So I was super surprised when I was told less than 24 hours later that it was okay if I paid extra deposit on the flat.
I went over to meet her and less than a week later we had her arrive at her new home.
She only had to have the cone on for a few days to stop her scratching at her stitches and it was like she came to life as soon as it was off, she ran around like a crazy thing. She settled in amazingly fast, the first night we had her she was sleeping under the duvet!
And here she is today, her eyes have cleared up and she definitely has some of  her sight. She’s put on a fair bit of weight (not as much as we’d like but we’re still trying) but we did find out that she’s also deaf. So whilst I enjoyed all the soothing cat music I played when she arrived, she clearly didn’t hear any of it! This definitely doesn’t bother her though, she’s still super friendly with visitors and is constantly affectionate. She’s definitely changed my life for the better
 better wrap this up for now, but there will be more next Caturday! Have a good one!

16 thoughts on “Vegan Mofo: Caturday Cheesy Tuna Muffins and Litter Box Treats

  1. so happy that you rescued your cat – we got ours from a friend who got her from a lost cats home and it always makes me so sad that she was meant to be put down because it took a while to find her a place but she was so nice they didn't – thank goodness they refused to follow the rules – and thank goodness your landlord is reasonable.

    and I love the cheese tuna melt and the litter tray treats – I think these would go down a treat with young kids who just love talking about poo (maybe I will make for my 5 year old!)


  2. Aww, I'm happy they broke the rules too. So sad that rescues often don't have resources to give animals a proper chance to find homes 😦

    Haha, very true. I went through a laughing at poo phase for many years as a child. May not have grown out of it yet…


  3. I'm so sorry all of that happened to Aidah but I'm so glad you were able to adopt her! Your entire MoFo theme is one of my favourites and I'm looking forward to your next Caturday. 🙂 Thanks for sharing the recipes too – I couldn't stop laughing.
    – Bonnie


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