Crouton is a barrel of contradictions. When she sits nicely like a cat should, she crosses her paws like a lady might. But when it’s hot outside or she’s gotten comfortable, we’re much more likely to see this unlady-like pose:
Have I ever mentioned the remarkable similarity between the infamous Simon’s Cat and Crouton? I think I did on the “Who is Crouton?” page, but every time a new video is released, it reminds me how eerie it is.
I’m afraid of making jam.
There, I said it. I once tried to make peach jam for a newspaper column I was writing a couple years ago, and it failed miserably. I’ve never tried since. However, this recipe isn’t technically jam, it’s preserves. That makes it a lot easier and much more fail-proof. It takes about 25 minutes of simmering, a little bit of mashing the cherries, and then – Bam! – you have a delicious spread for your morning toast. It’s sweet, as you would expect cherry preserves to be, but the balsamic vinegar and hint of salt takes it to another level.