Thursday, October 2, 2014

How Wolves Change Rivers, Lunch, Leopards.

This is a great piece of video which Natasha posted on her blog Of Shoes and Ships and Sealing Wax and Cabbages and Kings and which I have decided to steal and post here as well.

As most of you know I am very strongly pro conservation and although I have been a fan of wolves for many years and support everything that is being done to reintroduce them to their habitats, I had never understood, until I saw this film, what a great benefit they can be to the eco system. People have been frightened of wolves for a very long time but they do not attack humans. They do, of course, kill animals for food and occasionally domesticated animals such as cows or sheep which upsets the farmers of course. Actually that is why the German Shepherd was “invented” to run the ditches round the sheep paddocks and fight off wolves. Maybe we should recommend them to sheep and cattle farmers instead of just shooting the wolves.

We thoroughly enjoyed our Chinese meal at 50% off. It cost us $14 for the meal, can`t complain about that. What I can complain about though, after lunch we went to the grocery where I had located turkey breasts. First of all the woman I spoke to had only put me a half breast aside. The guy who found it for me realised and said he had heard me talking about it and knew I wanted a whole breast. He found me one. Great, between 4 and 5 lbs. I would have paid $11 for that in North Carolina. I got sticker shock, $24. I was going to buy two, one for Christmas, but Matt wouldn`t hear of it. I will still be buying another one later in the year.

I received an appeal from World Wildlife Fund to help the Amur Leopard. I confess I had never heard of them before. Amur_LeopardWiki says The Amur leopard (Panthera pardus orientalis) is a leopard subspecies native to the Primorye region of southeastern Russia and Jilin Province of northeast China, and is classified as Critically Endangered since 1996 by amur_leopard_2IUCN. Only 14–20 adults and 5–6 cubs were counted in a census in 2007, with a total of 19–26 Amur leopards extant in the wild. They are being trapped and killed for their fur as well as losing their habitat. I beg of you, if you can, to donate to WWF to help these animals.

It’s a while since I have posted a recipe from Mushrooms Canada, this one appealed to me. I have always enjoyed pot stickers. The only photo is covered with writing though.

Beef and Shiitake Pot Stickers

by Food Well Said


4 oz shiitake mushrooms, stems removed, coarsely chopped
8 oz organic, grass fed lean ground beef
1 cup finely grated cabbage
3 gloves of garlic, grated
1 "thumb" of fresh ginger, grated
2 scallions, chopped (reserve about 3 inches of 2 stems for garnish)
2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
1 tablespoon tamari
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon ground pepper
36 2-inch wonton wrappers 
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
sesame seeds (for garnish)


Add the first ten ingredients in a bowl (mushrooms through pepper) and mix thoroughly using your hands until everything is well combined.
Lay out the wrappers on counter top and fill a small finger bowl with lukewarm water. Scoop out 1 teaspoon (maybe 1 1/2 teaspoons but no more) and place just off centre of each wonton. With your fingers or the back of a spoon, flatten the mixture slightly. Using your finger, moisten the edges of half of a wrapper and fold the dough over to create a triangle. Press the edges down firmly to ensure they are sealed.
Add the vegetable oil to a large skillet and heat to med-high. In single layer batches, fry the wontons until golden brown and crisp (about 3-4 minutes per side)
Serve immediately with side of soy or favourite Asian sauce.

Have a great day


  1. Hi Jo - the video is eye opening isn't it ... and I'm glad your meal out was such good value; well I'm glad you've found a source to buy turkey breasts ... I hope the Amur Leopard can be saved from extinction ... as the video shows we alter the temper of nature and it alters the world around it ...

    Cheers Hilary

    1. Yes it certainly is Hilary.

      You are so right Hilary, we do screw things up with our destruction of animals and/or habitats.

  2. Thank you, Jo, remember the quote, "Bless the Beasts and the Children"? Words to ponder. I hope you will write a Rhino blog one of these days.

    1. I would like to think I would do a recovery of rhinos blog.

  3. I love wolves too. That was my former married name, so I'd collected a lot of Wolf stuff over the years.

    Meat's off the charts, pricewise. I don't understand why groceries are so expensive these days. It's crazy. I remember when hamburger was 'poor people's food' and now it costs more than I've ever seen.

    1. I have some wolf stuff too, not a lot though.

      You should try the prices up here!!!

  4. When I played the video my dogs who were sitting beside me went a bit mental when they heard the wolves howling! I wish you'd seen it Jo!

    1. I can imagine Pinky, it must have been something. Wolf howling is so wonderful, you can go to the Algonquin Park in Ontario at certain times of the year and be taken on a wolf howl. The guides howl and sometimes get the wolves to respond.

  5. HI, Jo,

    Those poor wolves get such a bum rap. And as for those gorgeous leopards... SO sad how man keep destroying our beauty. Killing such incredible animals for their fur. I totally disgusts me.

    AND I am APPALLED at the price of that turkey breast. INSANE!

    Love potstickers. Thanks for the recipe ... they look awesome!

    1. You are right on all counts Michael. It is a tragedy and we keep doing it.

      'Tis a lot of money isn't it?

  6. I got sticker shock when I read $24 for a turkey breast! Those beef and shiitake pot stickers look good.