As I sit here writing this, my rat, Scooter, is staring at me eat my oatmeal. He loves oatmeal. You may have noticed that I didn’t post anything last week and that’s all thanks to Scooter. Pet owners know that having animals in your home generally means that at some point you’ll get hurt, hopefully unintentionally. I was beginning to think that rats were the perfect pets. My girls, Sherlock and Watson, never ever bite or scratch too hard. They’re so sweet and gentle. Then we got Scooter and he’s just a big ball of energy! He’s not that old and already a lot bigger than the girls and much stronger. He loves to snuggle and will follow me around the house trying to get me to pick him up. He loves to ride on my shoulder and see where I take him. He really is such a sweet rat, but there’s just one problem: he can smell the girls. As you can imagine, this causes him to act in an erratic manner from time to time. Not only that, but he doesn’t have a cage mate, which is a really sad thing for a rat. We’re taking him to be fixed on Monday so that we can introduce him to the girls and they can live as a happy family, minus the risk of babies.
I got a little carried away telling you about my rats, but there is a point to it. Last Tuesday I was cleaning out all of the cages and Scooter was very interested in the girls’ cage. We have a super small suite at the moment so I have their cage stacked on top of his. Long story short, he ended up getting his toe nail stuck in the cage, resulting in me rescuing him and ending up with me in the clinic with a deep cut on my hand. Although stitches were needed, they didn’t want to take the chance of infection, so I went home to recover, nursing a very sore and swollen hand. Needless to say, writing a blog post was very low on the priority list.
Enough about me and my rats. Today I’m going to share another favourite Persian stew with you. This is an incredibly simple stew that has so much flavour. I’m not a fan of raw carrots, but there’s something about cooked carrots that are so delicious. Plus, I love tomatoes so this stew is the perfect meal for me. To make this vegetarian, substitute the chicken for chickpeas or just use carrots.
PERSIAN CARROT STEW
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 lb chicken breast, diced
- 1 tsp turmeric
- salt and pepper, to taste
- 6 large carrots, julienne style
- 1-28oz can of diced tomatoes
- 1 tbsp tomato paste
- Heat olive oil in pot. Add meat, onions, and seasoning and sauté until the meat is browned.
- Add carrots, tomatoes, and tomato paste. Bring to boil, cover pot, turn down heat and simmer for 45 mins.
- Serve with rice.