Vegan MoFo – Cats and Soup

Last week JC and I started fostering kittens from the Toronto Cat Rescue. We ended up with two “socialization” cases from a feral colony. They aren’t feral, but they are just a little skittish. I’ve fostered cats in the past, but in Saskatoon with Street Cat Rescue, but cats are cats no matter where they’re from, so the process is the same. They’re currently under quarantine in one of our bathrooms, a process which is slightly complicated by Emmiecat’s curiosity, but it’s not too bad.

Foster kitty - Neelix Foster Cats from Toronto Cat Rescue - Kez
Neelix (white with a grey patch on the top of his head) and Kez (she’s black and white) were born (or at least the estimate) is around August 11, 2012. So they are tiny little creatures, but old enough to be on their own. It’s been interesting to watch as each of their purrsonalities develop and reveal themselves. I imagine it’s a combination of their increasing comfort level with us humans, and just growing up a little. Kitten development is surprisingly rapid when you compare it with human child development, so they are constantly changing and growing.

This morning I took them in to the Vet for a spay and a neuter, and hopefully their surgeries are both uneventful.

Foster Cats from Toronto Cat Rescue - Neelix

On Sunday after Soupstock and visiting Cherry Beach, JC and I (but mostly JC) made a stock and a butternut squash soup. I’ve been reading a book (the Elements of Cooking) that extols the virtues (and superior quality) of a homemade stock (and despite his near chapter length dedication on the superiority of veal based broth (ew)) he reminded me that for most of my life my mother started soup with a homemade broth from scratch. And her soup was great. So since then, I’ve been trying to DIY some stock pre-soup making.

Stock in progress

For this soup we used Vegan Yum Yum’s Homemade Vegetable Broth as a guide, but skipped the low sodium tamari soy sauce for the full on sodium experience. The process is actually quite simple, wash and chop some veggies, some people use scraps, and start tossing everything in a pot. I’m from the school of thought that finely chopped onions, shallots, leeks, carrots, celery and maybe parsnip should start first in a bit of oil. Somewhere a mirepoix was ingrained in me,  (probably because of my mother) but I didn’t know what it was called until my brilliant culinary partner (JC) let me know.

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JC originally made this soup as part of a several course meal in effort to woo me. I think it worked. A good way into my heart is definitely through my stomach.


Read more about broth! I’m not the only vegan mofoer making my own!

Earthgiven Kitchen – Homemade Vegetable Broth
The Table Fort – Vegetable Stock
Vegan Showdown – Soup Stock

9 Responses

  1. How great to foster kittens, you are awesome! We are on the same wavelength with vegetable broth posts this week, there is just something about October weather that makes me want to eat soup everyday. I’m glad you enjoyed Soupstock!

    • I feel like kittens are their own reward.

      I’ve eaten soup everyday this week so far (starting on Saturday) your post was great – I love the suggested veggies (because that’s something people could definitely use direction on – whether they know it or not!)

  2. Ahhh, such sweet little kitties. It’s so nice of you to foster them.
    I know it’s probably waaaay better then the store bought stuff but I’ve never made my own broth before. sounds like a fun sunday project 🙂

    • It’s worth doing at least once. I think reading the chapter on broth in the Elements of Cooking made me feel extra enthusiastic about trying to make some at home.

  3. Oh my goodness, those kittens. Too cute! I hope the fostering goes well.

    Homemade broth is so good. I used to make it all the time but haven’t in a while, and your post reminded me how good it is.

    • They are such sweethearts, I’m so glad they are with us (even for a little while)

      I don’t know why I’m always surprised at how good homemade broth is! Best part is it only takes about an hour!