Watch this: Daniel Patterson’s Go-To Summer Soup »
Remember Archie, the tiny “chef” who helped his daddy cook this soup that I have now made variations of at least 20 times because it is so good and also Archie and his daddy are so freaking adorable? We now have a rival father-son soup-making video, courtesy Chow’s “My Go-To Dish” series: this video features super-fancy chef Daniel Patterson (of Coi! and Plum!) and his kid making a summertime soup of eggplant, zucchini, tomatoes, beans, purslane, and basil. And things! It looks SO GOOD, you guys.
"Home is not a pursuit of perfection; home is pursuit of dinner. One of the things that’s really unfortunate is the fear of doing something wrong. Because you have to do things wrong. It’s like, how you learn, and if you’ve got good ingredients and you’re trying your best, in the end it’s gonna be fine." —Daniel Patterson, 2011 and FOREVER. Indeed it is! Kitchens are like chem labs for eating, they’re amazing and fun!
You may think you love Daniel Patterson now, but wait till the end of the video when he CHASES HIS SMALL SON AROUND THE HOUSE WIELDING HIS TINY BABY BEFORE HIM. You guys all I want is space for a small garden—herbs, a couple greens, vertical tomatoes—and a bunch of animals and babies. OK and the internet, I love the internet. But for real, let’s all adopt animals and small children and grow our own food and be friends with the neighbors and make this chilled eggplant soup. This is the summer of our aspiration. Yes, we aspire to soup. Shut it, soup is the best.
These orphaned screech owls are being weighed in WildCare’s Wildlife Hospital. They will stay in care until they’re old enough to be released back into the wild. Orphaned birds like these are always raised with others of their own species and contact with humans is kept to an absolute minimum. These little owls are gaining weight and soon will be ready for release!
Oh boy, too cute. But owls are not for pets, guys! No no no. Can’t have ‘em.
OMG I need a purse porcupine! Look out sloths, there’s some new competition on the block. They’ve titled this “Porcupine who thinks he is a puppy!” Very apt. This guy, Stinkers, was a pet in someone’s home and now lives in Alaska at a wildlife conservation center [Ed.: That means you can’t shoot him, Palin!]. He’s freaking out because they gave him some apple. I’m totally the same way!
OMG THIS SQUIRREL. That is all. ALSO: OMG. Is it legal for a human to marry a squirrel in California? I’ll move to Argentina to marry this squirrel! I’ll do it! Marriage laws are so bizarre: you can marry your cousin, but not someone of the same sex, and certainly not a squirrel. I just don’t understand anything.
Who wants to see something super ultra cute???
To help you make it through the rest of the week, here’s a video of a tiny turtle desperately trying to eat a tiny tomato. After reading Meave’s excellent post about the potentially insanely depressing side of cute animal videos, I’m attempting to be vigilant with the cute animal videos I recommend. As far as this vegan can see, the turtle is healthy and happy, especially once he finally gets that pesky tomato!
More baby sloths! »
Does everyone remember that superfantasticamazing sloth video we posted? Well guess what: there’s more to come! Lucy Cooke, a frog-activist and filmmaker, has gone back to the sloth orphanage in Costa Rica to supply us with more sloth “cute-crack” as she calls it (as “cute imagery really does work like crack by stimulating the reward centre of the brain”). She plans to make more videos but for now, there are some HOLY-CRAP-CUTE pictures! OMG I NEED A SLOTH TO KEEP IN MY POCKET!
It’s a REAL BEAR and a TEDDY BEAR. It’s from a shitty zoo (I KNOW THEY ARE THE WORST) but it’s a REAL BEAR and a TEDDY BEAR.
[from Laughing Squid]
Chickens in sweaters! »
Yes, chickens in motherloving sweaters! Of course it’s in the UK so they call them “jumpers” because the Brits are a culturally rich and adorable people. Sorry to pair this cute picture with a downer but this goes in the bittersweet category as they are retired battery hens; due to the horrible conditions they lived in before, they have lost lots of their feathers and now they need sweaters just to keep warm. But look at that picture! Those chickens RULE. OK, OK, that’s it! I can’t take it anymore! I think I need a purse hen. Am I allowed to have a purse hen? What?! Can I live?!
Little Hen Rescue, the organization behind this effort, is dedicated to “working with the farmers to retire these working girls into a wonderful free-range life.” They rescue and rehome these sweet but neglected hens, and now with the help of Monkton Elm Garden and Pet Centre (“centre,” adorable!), they are improving the chickens’ lives a little bit more with these handsome sweaters.
Guess what everybody?! YOU TOO can make hen jumpers for Little Hen Rescue! You can get the knitting pattern from the Monkton Elm site. Also, the Little Hen site has a fleece version for those of us who find knitting terrifically boring.
[Image from Monkton Elm website]
The Humane Society of the United States had a photo contest for Spay/Neuter Day and HOLY SHIT LOOK AT THAT FACE. I don’t care if you don’t like rattie rats, YOU’RE A MONSTER. Rats are the very best and as smart as dogs and I love them all soooo much and GUESS WHAT? I’d rather marry a rat than your dumb ass. OH SNAP I HELLA SAID I’D RATHER MARRY A RAT THAN YOUR DUMB ASS! WHAT DOES THAT SAY ABOUT YOU!?*
P.S. You should click through that link because there are hella cute photos, including a pit bull on wheels! that fool has wheels for legs! the future is now!
P.P.S. There is also a cat eating a book! Cats hate books! They also don’t think women should vote and are totally homophobic.
Baby fricking animals »