Cat. It’s what’s for dinner.


Don’t get your panties in a bonche.


Rebekah P., I recommend adding extra garlic.



  1. OMG, it’s a nomlet.

  2. Stewed Cat a delicacy

  3. PeaceNLuv says:

    I’d rather have my cats boiled thanks, although a stir fry does sound oh so delicious! And here I thought cats couldnt eat onions! hehe

  4. I think it’s kinda funny that the kitteh is in a wok.

  5. NotSupposedToBeDoingThisAtWork says:

    Mmmm delish… what kind of sauce are we thinking about here??

    wokka wokka….. XD

  6. LOL NotSupposedToBeDoingThisAtWork. LOL!

  7. LOL!! a wok…

    I have a shirt that says: I love cats, but I can’t eat a whole one.

    That one looks delish, though.

  8. Ok. Who ordered the Chinese food?

  9. Rocket Sauce, NotSpozeta.

  10. Hmm kitten chowmein anyone

  11. The rollover Snerk

  12. i’ve never seen a cat next to a fennel before.

    i know there is a joke in there somewhere i just don’t know what it is.

  13. mmm…yummy! lol…still waitin’ for someone to get pi$$ed. It’ll happen….

  14. DoodleyDog says:

    I prefer cat ears. Highly suckable. 🙂

  15. Cat-cciatore?

  16. The calico ones have the most flavor. Mmmmmmm…

  17. AuntieMame says:

    Tastes like chicken?

    The other white meat?

    Argh! My funny bone must be sprained. I can’t think of anything funny to say about the fennel and onions. Except that I’m impressed with myself for recognizing it. After all, I have a kitchen only because it came with the house…

  18. NotSupposedToBeDoingThisAtWork says:

    That’s either too spicy or too …erm …salty for me, Theo. XD

    Pheas, bwah!

  19. Catstewlishus

  20. martha stewart says:

    If I’ve told my help once I’ve told them a thousand times to bring me a black siamese cat will not do. It must coordinate with the pan. I’m calling my lawyer.

  21. Lady Chroe says:

    Come on, people. Nobody eats fennel.

  22. hahha.. AntieMame. you beat me to it.. I was going to say ‘Cat, the other white meat’…

  23. Lady C — what?? I do.


  24. Fennel is good, Chroe! Are you vegist? (racism againt vegetables) 😀

  25. Join PETOF! (People for the Ethical Treatment of Fennel)

  26. luvinmalssomuch says:

    Throw some sauerkraut in. Good with fennel and fur.

  27. Seven Paws says:

    Is it cat yet???

    it does look delicious!

    Of course it had to be a calico.. is it me, or are they stranger than most cats?

  28. Aw, someone took the kitteh for a wok! Needs catsup.

  29. Dear Martha,
    Your black cat will be shipped ASAP, sorry for the delay. You’ll have to pick your own fennel and other aromatics.
    Your Lawyer
    Tel: unlisted

  30. I’m vegist. I’m so vegist that all I eat is vegetables. :O

    Yeah, lame, I know. 😛

  31. you people are sick.
    this is almost as bad as “cat juggling”. you should be ashamed.
    everyone knows cat has to be SLOW roasted and basted for at LEAST 4 hours.
    frying Pffttt….

  32. fish eye no miko says:

    I’m offended!

    Onions… bleh. can I have carrots and potatoes instead,please?

  33. Lix, that’s sauted cat, not fried!


  34. Too funny how the kitteh is playing with the onion!

  35. Mary (the first) says:

    Cats are the funniest people EVAR!!!

  36. says:

    Kitteh is holding on to his/her ognione. Obviously an integral part of the recipe.

  37. martha stewart says:

    Unacceptable! Will see you in court as soon as I make my puppy cookies for halloween. What! What! I told you beagles are better….

  38. violetgreen says:

    And for the main course…gatto con finocchio e le cipolle…mwah!

  39. tonight it’s purr fry!

  40. oops- “lix” was a typo sorry. (not an alias)

    ok smarty pants Helene. you go ahead and waste a PURRfectly good cat “saute’in” it.
    you’ll have to kneed it for at least an hour just to sof-Kronsche an ear!
    so there.
    and Butter- you are right . NO One eats fennel. BARF!

  41. Joe Beese says:


  42. luvinmalssomuch says:

    This dinner is going to be a catastrophe if I leave the fennel out that’s what the recipe calls for.

  43. Lix, too late! You’re Lix now!

    Sauted is perfect for kittehs. It’s fantastic.

    Joe, OMG, you have to submit that to ICHC!

  44. Omg, gremlins in my computer. Don’t eat kitteh after midnight. Sorry for all the repeats!
    [Fixed it… – Ed.]

  45. Cats are best served purr-aid

  46. Please don’t throw pudding at me, but I do have an observation about the picture. My vet has told me that onions can be poisonous to cats, so I wouldn’t recommend letting kitty play with onions. That is all.

  47. Since when do the ingredients shred the other ingredients? Next thing you know it will be frozen-orange kitdaquiries.

  48. Ken, raw or cooked?

  49. but… Ken… why don’t you want any pudding?

  50. Kira, if one ingredient shreds all the others, it’s less chopping for you. Said ingredient is just helping out.

  51. Theo,


  52. Lady C..I agree, i do not like fennel…then again I do not like licorice either.

  53. Michelle A says:

    Is that a kitteh tongue I see? Meg, could we have a C.O.X.C.U. to confirm?

  54. Careful Tarah, you’re exposing yourself to a PETOF demonstration in front of your house!!

    Pfft, vegists.

  55. You can’t have any pudding until you eat your cat….

    Time again for one of my stories… gather round folks…

    It was a dark and stormy night and I though chili sounded pretty yummy for dinner – so I sauteed some ground chuck and left in the pan sizzling to get my drink from the living room…. slowly, I came back to the kitchen – to find my large, gray cat Noland, eating happily out of the sizzling pan, frying his little whiskers off.

    The End –

  56. When I was in college, the dining hall served a dish called Calico Skillet.

    I didn’t know it had actual calicos in it.

  57. Tugs of BARabOO says:

    Is it true that if you drop it into boiling water before cooking that the cat will fennel pain? (sorry… I tried)

  58. Yitzysmommie says:

    I do like a good Catciatore now and then.

  59. Helene: Raw. She told me that cooked onions were much less of a problem. This conversation was the result of me asking if I should worry about my spaghetti-eating cat.

  60. Did you ever think when you eat chinese,
    It ain’t pork or chicken but a fat siamese.
    The food tastes great so you don’t complain,
    But that’s not chicken in your chicken-chow-mein.
    It seems that I had ordered sweet and sour pork
    But it’s Garfield on my fork, yeah.
    It’s purring there on my fork.

    The cat’s in the kettle at the Peking Moon,
    The place where I eat everyday at noon.
    They could feed you cat but you’ll never know
    Once they wrap it up in dough, boys.
    Once they fry it real crisp in dough.

    Chow-lin asked if I had wanted more,
    As he was dialing up his buddy at the ol’ pet store.
    I said: “Not today, I’ve lost my appetite.
    I’ve got two cats in my belly and they want to fight.”
    I was sucking on a rolaid and a tums or two,
    When I swear I heard it mew, boys.
    And that is when I knew.


    To be sung to the tune of Harry Chapin’s “Cat’s in the Cradle”.

  61. weensicka says:

    Mello, I think I have the companion T-shirt. It reads: I [heart] cats…in a white wine sauce.

  62. OMG Carrie, Ewwww! 😀

    That reminds me of the time my cat decided to smell a scented candle. She had no more whiskers on one side. Her hair was not burned though. I applied a cold wet facecloth on her face and she didn’t budge. Guess it felt good.

  63. Helene-I’m not a vegist, just a fennelist.

  64. I bet all fennels look the same to you, am I right??

  65. Hey, don’t get me wrong. Some of my best friends are fennel.

  66. Ew, gross. I hate fennel.

  67. Theo, not that there’s anything wrong with that.

  68. Is it just me, or does the cat look rather freaked out that it’s being touched by fennel?


  69. ADifferentPaula says:

    Didn’t ALF eat cats…or try to?

  70. Hey, maybe the cat is a fennelist too? Geesh, that fennelism is rampant.

  71. It’s not like it’s CATCHING, kitterbug. Lots of studies suggest Feline Fennelism is genetic.

  72. luvinmalssomuch says:

    FENNEL Definition:
    For the fennel lover:

    It is a highly aromatic perennial herb, erect, glaucous green, and grows to 2.5 m tall, with hollow stems. The leaves grow up to 40 cm long; they are finely dissected, with the ultimate segments filiform, about 0.5 mm wide. The flowers are produced in terminal compound umbels 5–15 cm wide, each umbel section with 20–50 tiny yellow flowers on short pedicels.

    Put that in your pipe and smoke it.

  73. Yitzysmommie says:

    Anon- I shall beat you with fennel for that amazing rendition of Cats in the Cradle and the wholly unwelcome earworm.

  74. LuvInmals — wrong herb.

  75. PS — you said “erect”
    huh huh huh huh

  76. Carrie – that’s so funny! Poor whiskerless kitty, he must’ve looked silly. My bird used to try to perch on pots and pans on the stove so she could taste what as inside, I was so afraid that she’d burn her little feet, but she never did (thank goodness). The same bird used to try to climb in my mouth to make sure I wasn’t hiding anything good.

    And Ken, a spaghetti eating cat? Animals are so weird. 😀

  77. Wok this way…
    *howls with laughter*
    Silly puddy tat, sitting in a wok!

  78. LOL Claudia…I love Aerosmith, so I very much appreciated your comment!

  79. A cream and soy sauce kitteh! Nawm-nawm-nawm.

  80. man Ken.
    cant ya just leave the stupid onion out of the spaghetti?
    who puts onion in spaghetti anyway.
    i dont see any onion on the Ragu jar list of ingredients.
    Claudia- “wok this way” bah ha ha! I about peed my pants right here in my uncomfortable crummy cubicle. YOU are funny.

  81. I used to have a cat who loved pasta. At night, she would lick the dirty plates (yes, I don’t do dishes every day), and in the morning, her little pink nose was orange. Busted!

  82. [ahem]
    Claudia was commenting in the photo’s hovertext, Peeps.
    (Glad you like, Claudia.)

  83. liz: I didn’t think bits of onion were that unusual an ingredient in spaghetti. I was actually concerned that the garlic we put in might cause my cat problems. He *loves* garlic-flavored anything.

  84. Oh hai I r cooking ur dinr

    [inny fishin lee – Ed.]

  85. Awwww! He’s playing with that on-yon.

  86. Cat on a hot tin stove!

  87. Yummm…stir fried kitteh. It’s what’s for dinner.

    This is the God’s honest truth: a friend and I were having dinner at at little neighborhood Thai restaurant (Huntsville, AL, in case you were wondering). There was one of those strange lulls that happen when everybody in the restaurant stops talking at once…then, from the kitchen, comes a series of ear piercing puppy yelps! Everybody just froze, but then a couple of the waiters started giggling. We found out the owner’s wife had stopped by for a second and has brought her puppy in with her, on a leash. He got his paw caught as they were heading back out the door, hence the yelps. At least, that’s the story we got. 😉

  88. madeleine says:

    Fennel Frond Blankie! YAY

  89. [fork freezes in midair]

  90. tulasi-priya says:

    From an old commercial from the ’80s:

    Well, you can tell by the way I use my wok
    I’m a Chinese cook . . .

    […with a fennel stalk – Ed.]

  91. Lisa are you suuure?

    There’s a chinese restaurant around Montreal named Katon. It’s very close to the French word for kitten, “chaton”!

    Never went there.

  92. Helene, it is helpful when one ingredient shreds the others, but what about when one ingredient sheds on the others? This could be written to the tune of “One of these things is not like the others” if it weren’t so close to beer:30 so I don’t have time.

  93. to Anon:
    those was OVER THE TOP great lyrics.

    and–is there such a thing as a wok-tock ?

  94. I can’t take credit for that rendition. I heard it somewhere once and I’m just reproducing the lyrics here. Anyone reading know the source?

  95. I assume it was not Cat Stevens ? haha

  96. Anne–
    do you drink Beer at 1:40 ?

  97. luvinmalssomuch says:

    It’s always Five O’Clock somewhere!! At mah House.

  98. Ken: i was just rattlin your cage.
    i see it worked. 🙂
    I had a cat named Karl that LOVED black olives, nawm nawm nawm!
    I understand the onion thing is true.
    but, if you want your cats breath to smell worse than it does, go ahead and give im garlic! ha!
    everyone must be high today, cant get a rise outta anybody.
    You all went to 4:20 without me dint you!

  99. “Small mammals can be quite flavoursome when baked!” — The Doctor

  100. luvinmalssomuch says:

    liz it’s all the fennel they’re smokin’.
    Especially Theo.

  101. “Come on come on to mah house” [for a beer] it is now exactly 4:55 YES

  102. sadtomato says:

    Cat. The other other white meat.

  103. luvinmalssomuch says:

    ahahaha liz a rise out of anyone goes perfect with the description of fennel being an erect plant.

  104. eee-god never mind.
    dont feed your cat garlic.-
    from wikipedia-

    Onions, Garlic, & Related Root Vegetables
    Onions contain a substance (N-propyl disulphide) which destroys red blood cells in the cat, causing a form of anemia called Heinz body anemia.
    Garlic contains a similar substance in a lesser amount.

    Tomatoes, Green (raw Potatoes)
    These foods are members of the Solanaceae family of plants, which includes the Deadly Nightshade, and contain a bitter, poisonous alkaloid called Glycoalkaloid Solanine, which can cause violent lower gastrointestinal symptoms. The Feline Future web site offers a rare description of a cat which was close to death from ingesting just one cherry tomato (See the link on the sidebar).

    It’s becoming more widely known that chocolate is very toxic to both cats and dogs. Theobromine is the offending substance here. Janet Tobiassen Crosby, D.V.M. has an excellent article on the symptoms, effects, and treatment of chocolate toxicity.

    […but my bromine is GOOD for hyoomuns! It’s like SCIENCE! – Ed.]

    Grapes and Raisins
    These foods’ toxicity has mainly been found in dogs, in quantities of varying amounts. The ASPCA advises: “As there are still many unknowns with the toxic potential of grapes and raisins, the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center advises not giving grapes or raisins to pets in any amount.” That’s good enough for me.

    Although milk is not toxic to cats, it may have adverse effects. Simply put, adult cats fed a nutritious diet don’t need milk, and many cats are lactose-intolerant, which means that the lactose in milk and milk products produces stomach upset, cramps, and gassiness. If your cat loves milk, and begs for it, a small amount of cream may be okay, two or three times a week. (The more fat in the milk, the less lactose.) Another compromise is CatSip, a product made from skim milk with an enzyme added that helps the digestion of lactose. Catsip is available in supermarkets such as Safeway, Albertson’s and A&P, as well as pet products chains, such as PetSmart and Petco.

    so there ya go-

  105. hahahah!

    “a rise” haha
    “erect” bah haha
    When Theo gets done smokin his Fennel pipe, that’s gunna put him over the edge!
    Man, we amuse us.

  106. I put onion in my spaghetti sauce.

  107. Seven Paws says:

    I think garlic is supposed to be good for cats, not bad. I seem to recall a friend who had a sick elderly kitty who wouldn’t eat and was told to sprinkle garlic salt on the cat food, so he’d take an interest in it. On the other hand, maybe it was the salt.

  108. Kiragirl she probably lives on a different part of the globe. where it is time to go home well in this case time to go have a beer.
    Maybe east coast???

  109. its only 2:03 here
    and that’s NOT beer-30.

  110. Paw Pad Thai.

  111. Huh, I usually have Salmon with Braised Fennel & Onions. And yes, a good amount of garlic and anise seeds.

    I don’t like the idea of cats on the stove top. One day it could be on and someone could get hurt. Including the owner who gets hit by superhot stir fry.

  112. The mind boggles… did you know there are like 365 Vegitarian fennel recipes alone and then there is the roasted fennel recipe out there which aparently gives the fennel the added flavor of Pinon Nuts. Hmmmm NOte to self go buy some fennel.

  113. Reminds me of a joke my host mother told me when I studied abroad one summer in Mexico: Do you know what we call catsup in Mexico? Sopa de gato! (The way catsup is pronounced sounds like “cat soup”) I didn’t get it at first (’cause I’m slow sometimes) and must have looked shocked because she went on to reassure me that they didn’t really call it that and she was only kidding. hehe.

  114. Fennel is excellent in (Dutch) pea soup, but I don’t like it on its own.

    *tries desperately to think of a fennel/cat joke*

    Nope, lost cause.

  115. Kiragirl et al: I don’t know where you are but it was 4:40 here (East coast) and I’m a slow lyrics writer so I didn’t want to be late for beer:30 by being caught up with the muse. Now it’s 5:20 here and, by the time I walk the dogs and get back, the sun will be well over the yardarm. I’m alittle disappointed that someone on another coast or planet doesn’t want to take over the lyrics writing, but so many have done so well with other tunes. I gotta say, this is one of the BEST bunches of comments in quite a while. Must be the fennel.

  116. ORPHAN: Can we have Bender Burgers again?
    BENDER: No, the cat shelter is on to me.

  117. Anne.. be sure to Quaf a big one for me.

  118. There’s always room for fennel?

    Oh, and this cat is NOT “the other white meat”. It is quite clearly “the other white, orange, and a bit of black meat”.

    Silly calico girl. Not as goofy as torties, but there’s something in that genetics.

  119. Starling, if a kitteh ever finds itself in the soup, it’ll just have to fennel for itself.

  120. Beth covered in cat hair says:

    Mello & weensicka: Bwahahahaha! Where did you find those shirts??

    You’re going to get cat hair in your food anyways, might as well just add it right off!

  121. Teughcats2001 says:

    I was almost afraid to read the comments, because usually when we get over 100 this quickly there’s commentroversy involved and I don’t cope well with that. So was reading with one eye open (what? It’s like watching a scary movie!) until I realized that you all are just REALLY REALLY REALLY ON today. yay peeps!

  122. Hello, I apologize in advance for being a bit nuffy. I am part Asian (Japanese, if you must know) and all these comments about Asians eating animals is making me a bit uncomfortable… I know it’s all in good fun and I’m probably unfairly dealing a race card here, it’s just one of my sensitivities. Whenever an Asian posts a video of an animal on YouTube my enjoyment of said animal is marred by the suggestion that the animal will be eaten. 😦 I’m not really a part of your community yet, so I must sound like a tremendous nuff…

    Shalom and a round of tuxedo kittens to everyone!

  123. Malachi, No one here means any offense to you. IF you will stop and read there are also comments about cacchiatori (Not oriental)
    And stew (very english and american)
    Also Fennel is an ingredient for Vegitarian
    Oh and Mexican and apparently jewish cooking.
    yummy all around.

    Most of the peeps here would never ever hurt anyones feelings on purpose.
    Oh and welcome to Cuteoverload.
    WE be Friendly.

  124. Waiter, there’s a cat in my fennel!

  125. And I was offended that people were talking smack about fennel. It’s not easy for them either.

  126. Malachi — understood, and I agree with you. I’m not fond of the Asian-restaurant jokes involving dogs & cats, myself. But the silly pun potential here is overwhelming, so by golly, I’m gonna crack wise.

    I do want to say, though, that the commenting “community” on YouTube (if you can even call it that) isn’t anything like what we’ve got here.

  127. Hmmm, fennel PJs are the cat’s pajamas…

  128. Waiter thers a fennel on my Cat. 😉

  129. Spoken in Julia Child Voice.
    And now we arrange the kitty with two Onions and a fennel bulb. Be sure to artfully arange the fennel leaves as a drape for the kitty to add that extra aroma that we all love sooooo much.

    [Spoken in Swedish Chef voice: Bork bork bork! – Ed.]
    [ ]

  130. Fennelly enough, I do my little turn on the cat wok, I’m too sexy for my car, too sexy for my car, Too sexy by far…

  131. “I am a noodle, you know what I mean…”

  132. Tab-ouli cooking on the stove and you add the fennel and BAM!

  133. Yeah, that’s what’ll happen the moment you forget & turn on the gas.
    Fennel, onion, upside ya haid.

  134. Insert inappropriate comment about eating this homonym, here.

  135. You said “insert”… um… oh never mind.

  136. I also like how kit-teh is playin wif onion wifout cryin her whiskas off!

  137. FYI, the Italian word for fennel is “finocchio,” which is also a mildly derogatory term for an effeminate man.

  138. (Just in case there was already not enough potential for umbrage in the pic ;))

  139. Jane Ellen says:

    I dunno…all that fur might cause heartburn…

  140. Dives in where others fear to tread.
    Finocchio…(Not quite a Man) Pinoccio….(not quite a boy)


  141. cubbybutt says:

    I can’t get over how clean this stove is!

  142. aw shucks, i was gonna put:

    i’ve heard of a cat on a hot tin roof, but dis is ridiculous…


  143. Jane Ellen — or possibly rug burn

  144. what the fudge is wrong wit Theo?

    He’s all ‘erect’ and ‘insert’ today XD

  145. ooh and now ‘rug burn’


  146. is mrs. theo away on business? 😉

  147. how does everyone know that kitteh is white meat? thats what i want to know!

  148. “Rug burn”? That sounds rude!!

  149. Was “stuck” at work, waiting for a network change… that’s actually scheduled for TOMORROW night. Wups.
    Going home now.

  150. “Dives in where others fear to tread.
    Finocchio…(Not quite a Man) Pinoccio….(not quite a boy)


    Annie: DOUBLE Bwahahahahaha. With all the fun on this commentary, that is the one that made me LOL the loudest. Thanks!

  151. Pearl Ostroff says:

    My sweet Bells loved pasta sauce. I expect it was the parmesan. She always licked my plates after I finished the pasta and she live till 16.5 years.

    My cat Riley likes a drop or two of my coffee cream most days of the week. When I first got him he tried to jump on the stove. I sprayed him with a plant spritzer and he never tried it again.


  153. Furbabies says:

    Fillet Meow with caramelized onions and fennel. Serve with a chilled white wine, not too dry. Deelish!

  154. Mmm, the soft underbelly of the cat.

    /nom, nom…

  155. my cat is a blob says:

    Oh, is this the new Popiel in-wok vegetable julienne and floret machine? Covered in cat hair so it doesn’t look like just another kitten gadget?
    Kitten gadget.
    I just thought of that as I wrote it.
    HA HA HA HA…
    i’m an imbecile.

  156. Okay so I have been looking at this one all day and just now 5:30 Ready to head out the door from work notice the ad for the Iron Chef Show off to the side.
    Meg you are tooooooo funny.

  157. Emeril Lagasse says:

    Soups missing a little something? Lets kick it up a notch!

    Bam! A little bit of Essence of Emeril’s Kitteh!

  158. Theo with a fennel pipe smoking away, I don’t like the abuse of fennel here peeps.
    What is wrong with me I don’t even like fennel..!?!?!

  159. Well, I always find kitties most savory for smooching. I think I’ll stick to raw food in this case.

  160. Rich Fader says:

    …mmmm, no. Not gonna do it. Wouldn’t be prudent. I know I was asking for trouble with the Richard Gere joke about the hamster.

  161. All I want to know is that the cook rinses out the wok and the vegetables before cooking.

    It’s hard enough keeping cat hair out of food without this.

  162. Done with the beer now (burp), and it’s time for bed here on the east coast. Just wanted to say Nighty Night to all you funny peeps, and to wish Malachi a hearty welcome to the CO…I totally get your feeling the way you do about the Asian joke stuff. Let’s all think good thoughts about each other, even if Helene did accuse me of being a lush.

  163. SHEESH!!!

    Don’t you people know that you are suppose to preheat the kitty-tocks at 350 degrees BEFORE putting it in the Wok?

    We could also kick it upo a notch with a yellow parakket and spotted hamster. BAM!!!

  164. Reminds me of the time my hamster jumped in the ice cream mix… did you know hammies can swim?

  165. LOL I WISH I could have come up with the “wok this way” bit… dgood one whoever did that!

  166. Silent Meow says:

    The name of the dish that is being prepared in the photo has got to be this:
    Kung Pao Meow.

    It’s made similarly to Kung Pao Chicken, I think.
    Correct me if I’m wrong here.

    I’ve never heard of Kung Pao Chicken being made with fennel, but the cat version might require it.

  167. NotSupposedToBeDoingThisAtWork(ButNowI'mHome) says:

    this is the best comment thread EVAR! XD all these terrible, awesome food puns…

    i *heart* CO and her peeps!!

  168. OMG, my panties are in a bonche!

  169. Oooooh, bonsche. Beeeg ol’ bonsche, yah. Great big twisty winding kronsche monsche bonsche, right here.

  170. Fennel? Bring on the fennel! I EAT fennel seeds everyday, mixed with sugar crystals-


    Um …

    That didn’t sound weird, did it?

    [shifty eyes]

  171. 1) Fennel grows wild on the sides of the road out here. On hot days you can roll down your car windows and it smells like… fennel. A lot of fennel.

    2) The fennel seeds coated in sugar served at Indian restaurants are quite handy for freshening breath.

    My comment is not funny 😦

  172. oaklandcat says:

    But it’s educashonal, so that’s okay.

  173. reminds me of that Italian classic …

    “Fennelculì, Fennelculà … “

  174. ok, i’m a reluctant commenter and i seldom laugh out loud at the computer (pushes glasses up on nose) but this thread? all of you silly, funny, sweet-natured people have outdone your collective selves.

  175. Kitty says: I has a flavor.

    [kitteh sez I *IS* TEH FLAVR! – Ed.]

  176. Who needs Ratatouille when you can have Catatouille!

  177. Ah, oui. Zee petit chaton! Yays. I think I like the little pink mouff and nose on the kitteh. Mebby the dish is even quicker with CalicoHelper! (not as witty or fun as preceding comments).

  178. You guys are TOOO MOISCHE. YOu took a perfectly redonk photo and turned it into a hilarious thread. Sparky just axed what I’m laffin’ at. It’s YOU [pointing everywhere wildly]

  179. Next on Iron Chef America – Battle: Cat!


  180. I love cats, but not with a side dish!

  181. acelightning says:

    I’m not actually a vegetarian, but… “I’m not a vegetarian because I love animals – I’m a vegetarian because I hate vegetables!”

    The “Cat’s In The Kettle” is a parody by Weird Al Yankovic.

    And, Liz, just where in Wikipedia did you find those comments on what “people foods” are toxic to cats?

  182. Alice Cascorbi says:

    It’s a dish we used to call Calico Skillet! This was in Minnesota or Iowa–anybody else heard of it?

  183. dogsleder says:

    Somehow this pic made me think about a tote bag I had once with the Kliban kitteh sitting on a stool, strumming a guitar, singing:

    “Love those little mousies,
    Mousies what I love to eat.
    Bite they little heads off,
    Nibble on they tiny feet.”

    Anybody remember Kliban’s kittehs? He’s gone now, but always remembered with a smile!

  184. darkshines says:

    If it was a ferret, we could have made Spice Weasel gags. I don’t believe I have ever knowingly eaten fennel, what does it taste like?

  185. I see kitty knows his onions.
    I’m always up for some cat-alan cuisine

  186. I have one of those Kliban cat stamps of the kitty playing the Guitar sing that song….

  187. I remember that Kliban cat song. I used to have some Kliban cat sheets with the kittehs in red sneakers.

  188. JuleeJulee says:

    That kittee is far too sweet to be an entree. She’s gotta be dessert!!

  189. Speaking of suspicious cookery practices, my mom had a “Love to Eat Them Mousies” apron.;)

  190. PS EMBRACE the onions! EMBRACE the onions!

  191. PPS If I could wok that way I wouldn’t need cooking lessons. 😛

  192. Lady Chroe says:

    “Come on, people. Nobody eats fennel.

    Posted by: Lady Chroe | Oct 02, 2007 at 12:16 PM”

    See what I did there. It’s funny because lots of people eat fennel, but nobody eats cats! At least not in this country (China and Vietnam, I’m looking in your direction).

    [We got it, LC… ya don’ hafsta splayn WHY it’s funny… – Ed.]

  193. i couldn’t come up with anything else that was even remotely funny.

  194. BIG WIN for Theresa, who got the *other* reference! (The one I hadn’t remembered, actually. Naughty semprini.)

    Here’s the third…
    “Dressed up like a million-dollar trooper
    “Trying hard to look like Gary Cooper…

  195. luvinmalssomuch says:

    Anyone for Chinese?

  196. Sorry if someone else has already said this (I didn’t have time to read all the comments), but I think “The Cat’s in the Kettle” is a Weird Al song.

  197. I think fennel seeds are the seeds in rye bread, give it a certain flavor.


    Poll: What kind of beer did you drink last evening?
    [me: La Fin du Monde]

  198. luvinmalssomuch says:

    This is just a hunch but I think we are a sick bunch, when’s lunch I’m starved.

  199. Anyone notice the teeny tail tip under the fennel? hehe I’m still having fun with this one. (and I’m a dog-person)

  200. Caraway, Kiragirl.

    The seeds in rye bread, I mean. Fennel seed is good in Italian sausage, though.

  201. I stand corrected, no, wait, I sit corrected, um…. you’re right, thanks!

  202. wow 200 comments and hardly an offended person! (I know one or two minor offenses)

    and I must say

    Kliban rocks.

    I got some of his old sheets on Ebay to cut up for a quilting project sometime in the future. and for mee berfday, daughter got me kliban salt and pepper shakers, one is chef, other is waiter, boff is catz!

    on that note I’ll merely say that if I had two dead rats, I’d give you one!
    (card by kliban)

  203. acelightening-
    correction not wickipedia
    here’s the link-

  204. charliewabba says:

    I have been silent long enough – I must speak out.
    I LOVE FENNEL!!! Yes. I do. Chopped up in spaghetti sauce, grilled, broiled with a bit of parmesan cheese, and yes, YES, EVEN RAW!!! And its little seeds, too.
    Oh, I feel so much better.

  205. Ahh! My boyfriend keeps telling the cat he’s going to cook him up and eat him! He’ll love this! haha

    Of course, he’s not serious! 😛

  206. I, too, cannot stay silent any longer! I HATE FENNEL! Bleah! Yecch!

    And as we can see, this tasteful (tasty?) kitty agrees. (S)he is very obviously poising that back paw to whomp that fennel outtathere! I’m betting that somewhere in the next several frames is a photo of flyin’ fennel!

  207. Malachi (alias Kai) I agree. I was bothered by anons poem, and suprised that nobody else had said anything. (Maybe people are afraid of being called a nuff). I didn’t plan on being as polite as you. I Googled it and am now even more sure that the stereotype of Asians eating dogs/cats is a racist one. Ie. it pusts them down, characterises them as uncivilised and “other” and makes them the object of jokes that “we” are all laughing at.
    I would like my cute overload without the stereotypes please.

  208. Chef Steph says:

    Kitties can be both savory and sweet. I suggest trying one in a dessert as well, especially the young and tender ones.

  209. “…add one sprig of cat for flavour.”

    I wasn’t sure how much a sprig was so I just put the whole thing in there.

  210. Theo: How about some Puddin’ on a Ritz as a sidedish?

  211. Anne, I didn’t call you a lush, I’m trying to find the culprit, was it Kira?

    Kiragirl, you’re drinking Fin du monde? Where do you live? I’m in Quebec.

    Charliewabba, nice coming out! 😀

  212. I am so glad someone made a spice weasel comment. It’s the first thing I thought of when I saw the pic. I read thru the whole thread waiting for one.

  213. I tried to avoid posting this but I did think of a joke for the Fennel near the cat issue, right away at the top…

    It has to do with Anise and anus.

    (It’s a self-assembler.) Discuss.

  214. [SNORK]… except, y’know, Fennel and Anise are two separate things.
    Best to *keep* them separate. [SNKXXGSPHT]

  215. This is genuinely one of the best CO threads evah, and I’m fennelly glad to get the chance to weigh in.

    I don’t have anything to add (except maybe a little coriander).

    And to remind everybody of that special way we spell cat-sup, which I believe is derived from the French “cat-soup” which clearly is in the works.

    That is all.

  216. Helene-
    Bonjour! Yes, I’ve been taught a lot about Belgians and your Unibroue, love LFDM, nector of the beer goddesses, my fav.
    I live in lower NY state, 1.5 hrs above NYC.

  217. luvinmalssomuch says:

    This has to stop. I cannot and will not take it any longer.


    In some parts of the country, bulb fennel is called anise. It’s absolutely incorrect and probably the result of mislabeling by distributors. That bulb with stalks and frondlike leaves resembling fresh dill IS bulb fennel, NOT anise. Use it where fennel bulb is called for. Anise is a totally different plant, whose seeds are used for flavoring. Fennel and anise taste similar, but not the same.

    I will hear no more about this.

  218. Oh, go have yourself a Fennel and vegemite samwich. “I’m from the land down unda’ ! “

  219. ThreeCatNight says:

    Did you consult Glenn Close about this?

    Kitteh is all: “I will NOT be ignored! Now – baste me!”

  220. charliewabba says:

    Coriander with fennel? Oh, no, I don’t think so. Possibly coriander with anise, though.
    (and thanks for the “coming out” welcome, Helene)

  221. luvinmalssomuch says:

    Coriander and anise is not a good combo at all the kitty could splode with such a potent mixture.

  222. charliewabba says:

    I meant to delete the coriander/anise possibility – I went to google the ingredients of 5 spices powder and got distracted. You are correct – coriander and anise, no no no.

  223. AliceBlue says:

    connecting the dots:

    Julia Child actually had a picture of the Kliban cat singing the “love to eat them mousies” song in her kitchen. You can see it in her kitchen which is now at the Smithsonian (well, when the American History museum re-opens you can, anyway…)

  224. luvinmalssomuch says:

    That’s okay charliewabba no harm done. Could have been catastrophic.

  225. kitteh looks like he’s about to lob that onion at somebody. i can has food fight?

  226. Fennel and cilantro in a bar in New York City
    Fennel said to cilantro, woo-hoo baby you so pretty.
    Cilantro said to fennel, baby you are fresh.
    Fennel said, no love, I’m jez liquor-ish.

  227. Pyrit — [applause]
    Was that original?

  228. Absolutely, about 90 seconds flat too.

  229. A course, the licorice/liquor-ish has been done before, which you prolly knew, but just sayin’ for the record.

  230. Oh my gosh, this reminds me of when I was a little kid and my golden retriever had eleven puppies and we used to take the little newborns and put them on a warmed dish with a sprig of parsley on top!! They looked just like little corn dogs. We giggled and giggled. The pups were like, “ehn.”

    (We did refrain from squirting them with ketchup or anything)

  231. Good thing its a calico…
    Cause teh orinj ones are poisin

  232. Silent Meow says:

    I did find a Web page about cooking wild cat stew.
    I think I’d pass on that one.

  233. Ok, ok, ok… it’s a CATS-IRON SKILLET!

  234. Helene: a wok full of apologies! It was Kiragirl who questioned my sobriety, not you. OMG. This has been going on through 2 beer:30s now. I wonder how fennel would be with beer…kinda like the wedge of lime in a Corona?…NOT! So, I’m in Richmond VA. You and Kiragirl and I’ll have to meet for a brewskie at say, beer:30? which we all know is a state of mind. Wonder what a good meeting place is between VA, NY and Canada. Let’s pack our cats and fennel and start wokking.

  235. NotSupposedToBeDoingThisATWork(ButNowI'mHome) says:

    i can’t believe how many comments there are now!

    theo, i totally got your YF ref… i’m seeing the musical version on b-way (or maybe it’s off? i’m not sure, but it’s around there somewhere) in November! hahah! If only Peter Boyle were still alive, though… *le sigh*

  236. Anne – A great place for a beer:
    Know it?

  237. This should totally be under I shall *leek* you!

  238. Helen-Anne Mertsching says:

    Wow! So much gas expended over the relative merits of (innocuous) fennel. It would be so lovely in a mirepoix, with garlic added, and about half a bottle of red wine (say pinot noir) to braise the kitteneh. Don’t forget the parsley and bay leaves!

  239. Hey, pyrit! Sure I know Penny Lane Pub. A Richmond institution. Y’all from aroun’ hyere?

  240. magicbunny says:

    I bought fennel once but I had only a very mediocre recipe. This looks pretty yummy though.

  241. luvinmalssomuch says:

    After a 12 pack I sat in front of my computer right here all night waiting patiently for someone to chat about fennal, anise, corriander anything. Nothing, so here I sit finally sober still waiting for some sort of contact and then DUH I realized it’s TOCKTOBER theres plenty people chatting over there.

  242. Anne – I used to work at the Penny Lane Pub. Many moons ago. I’m in NE now.
    It was great. If the owner, Terry, saw the staff chatting in a group, he would shout,
    “Muv ‘long, bomb dudops an yudall ded!”
    I once spilled a bowl of chili on a businessman’s suit. Right in his lap too. Ha!
    Terry is a doll. I’m so glad you know it and the place is still going strong. Do you go there often?

  243. So,luvinmalssomuch, are you saying we should take this over to tocktober and abandon this happy thread? We’ll need to hear a confirmation from Helene and Kiragirl and all the others who have become, with me, codependent on this thread. And, since you’ve recently had a 12 pack, perhaps you and the others can help me with this: When I was young I could drink with reckless abandon while wearing lots of makeup, thereby feeling both charming and lovely. NOW, if I wear eye makeup and drink more than one beer, I wake up with a semi migraine. No makeup, no headache. Who can help me?

  244. P.S. I KNOW I should have asked Tammy Fay before she went over the Rainbow Bridge.

  245. okokok I gotta say it, Cats are too cute, but when I see a cat in a wok, Ithink of its paws in kitty litter =( I don’t mean to but I do and get slightly gross out. Same for any other pet too.Not just cats.

  246. luvinmalssomuch says:

    Anne, Right now it is very hard to see with all of the eyeliner and shadow that has settled in my eyes into a oozing mess but as I understand it as we age as I have it’s more unpleasant to get sloppy while drinking not too many men find it desirable anymore for some unknow reason.
    I tried to go over to Tocktober and aimlessly found my way back here where I choose to stay. It’s become a safe haven.
    We need confirmation from the others.

  247. charliewabba says:

    Oh, I’m toally into the whole fennel/anise/coriander thing, as well as the animals crammed into cooking vessels angle. Somewhere in an old photo album I have an old (well it would be, wouldn’t it?) photo of my cat as a young thing in the turkey roasting pan. Being plump and yellow, he looks perfectly at home there. I wuold share, but our scanner died. I also have a lovely image of a tortie curled up on an antique Quimper platter in the middle of a beautifully set dinner table.

  248. luvinmalssomuch, I’m here for you. Now we have to be sure that, when this fennel/ wok thing gets to the bottom of the page and then goes to the archives, we know we can still meet here. Thanks for feeling my eyeball and eyemakeup pain. And, go figure why men aren’t drawn to the sloppy deal so much as time goes by. MEN: why can’t we just fry em up in a wok with some fennel? (not all of them, Theo and CO guys). See you here later. Off to wash my face and do soemthing constuctive?

  249. charliewabba, does it get any better than Quimper and torties? Kind of makes life worth getting up for. (and I do know better than to end a sentence with a preposition).

  250. charliewabba says:

    Not just any old tortie, but a cameo tortie – the pale grey kind, mind you.
    And Anne, I think you can’t fry men in a wok with fennel – it’s just not the right flavor. I’d go with bok choy and some 5 spices powder. If I was using fennel, I’d go for a slow braise in a dutch oven.

  251. Hi All of you just a quick heads up
    If you go here

    Some of us actually quite a few of us have started a sort of discussion forum where we meet on line

    mostly to tell jokes
    but we started on the buddy thread but when we hit 3000 Theo had to move us because we were crashing the server.

    Helene, Metz, Metsakins, Cutebabyfix, Oaklandcat, bugmom, CCat, Brinnann,
    RMoore, Moggyfan, Norty are just a few of the names.
    Anyway anyone is welcome. We all bounce back and forth between there and here. Theo also gave us a link over on the side of the page in the More more more spot it is teh unofficial Cute overload discussion page.

  252. quickly darts off topic to the racism issue for a second:

    i agree that the’ Asians eat cats & dogs’ comments are, however well-meaning, reinforcing racist stereotypes of Asian peoples. Lots of people all over the world eat lots of animals that other people think of as pets: guinea pigs, horses, cats, dogs, rabbits, iguanas, etc. Can we make fun of the food without making mean of people?

    On behalf of all the non-Asian people on this list who are not racist, i apologise for those of us who crossed the line from making fun of food to making fun of people.

    phew. (steps off soap box)

    fennely i got that off my chest. cori(ander) on.

  253. Teho, did you by any chance watch “Wok with Yan” as a kid? it’s a Canadian show i think, but he had a whole series of aprons saying things like ‘wok this way’, ‘wokking is good for teh heart’, etc. very funny.

  254. luvinmalssomuch says:

    Thanks Annie I will have to check that out.

  255. I went to the chat room, I think. I’m gonna’ need some younger person to walk me through whatever that process is. Hope to catch up with you peeps but it may just be in another thread under other comments on other critters.

  256. Anne, it’s not the chat room, it a totally different thing. And it’s really easy to use. And the best part is that we have people of all ages. 20s to 50s.

  257. Helene, thanks, but now tell me how to get there, like what’s the link or whatever? And, if I ever figure it out, then you’ll have someone in her 60s!

  258. Anne We didn’t really do well with the chat page either. IT is fun but we needed something a little slower paced
    Here is the forum link
    once you get there you can add it to your favorites

  259. Why do our pets put up with us??!!

  260. I do not eat cat. I am returnng to my kennel. “Violetgreen” had the write idea…can’t remember what it is,now. I am completely unhinged by the Catastrophic Cat in Pan concept. Cease and desist.

  261. Anastasia says:

    Thirty ways to wok your cat.

  262. That’s my kitty!!! What’s she doing on the internet?!


    Yes, she likes to sleep in the wok. Yes, Josh put veggies in with her as a joke.

    No, we didn’t eat her. Her brother would have been *quite* upset.