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Our Love Affair With Cookware

Have you ever been in love? I mean deeply in love? Well I fell in love when I was very young and in the funniest of places, my mothers’ kitchen. My mum was a stay at home wife. Most people on the street would call her ordinary but I knew she was a genius. She never got any formal education on what to do or what to use in the kitchen but she always said her passion never let her down.

When I close my eyes I can still hear the sounds of her cleaning her cookware in the sink, see her putting them on the stove and the aroma that came from them…..just the memory still has me drooling.She used to say, “Choose your tools well darling, your cookware can be better than a steel bunker in a tornado, if you know what I mean”. At the time I had no idea what she meant, that is until I fell in love of coarse. Then I understood what it was to have passion and desire.

I wanted every food I touched to evoke the same emotions in the people I catered to. For them to understand my fierce love affair with my cooking tools. My cookware sparkled in my eyes, they got hot and whistled beautiful music that till today still gets me in the mood to stir something up.

yes! I am in love. My passion has only allowed me to surround myself with cookware that ultimately makes others fall in love as well. Planning to get a cookware? Cookwithtina is one my favourite blog!

I choose my cooking tools carefully with an eye for detail with mum’s voice in my head saying ” Don’t leave that one behind honey, I know what we’ll do with that one!”.

So even though my mum isn’t with me today, I look around my kitchen every morning with a cup of coffee in my hands and I think to myself, ” Let the tornadoes come mum, our steel bunker is good for any hurricane.”

Things to Know About Siberian Cats

Siberian cats are noted for being fearless, playful and calm.

Siberian cats are noted for being fearless, playful and calm.

1. Key Characteristics

  • Height: 13 inches
  • Weight: 10–20 pounds, with some males weighing up to 25 pounds
  • Life expectancy: Around 15 years

Siberians are medium to large muscular cats originating from Russia. Their eyes are mostly round and can be any color, though some Siberians have blue eyes or one eye of a different color.

Their ears appear pointed because of extra hair found in and around the ears, but the edges are rounded and may have Lynx tipping. According to Kate Conley, author of Siberian Cats, the “ears and toes may have tufts, or a bunch of small hairs. These hairs would have protected its ancestors from harsh weather.”

The tail is bushy and usually carried high off the back. The triple coat is water-repellent and features medium to long hair, depending on the season. Any color or pattern is possible, including pointed coats.

2. Where They Came From

The earliest known reference to Siberian cats was recorded in the year 1000 A.D., according to the International Cat Association. The cats started appearing in conformation shows in the 1870s and were referenced at Madison Square Garden in 1884. After that, several books mentioned the breed, including:

  • Harrison Weir’s Our Cats (1889)
  • John Jennings’s Domestic & Fancy Cats (1898)
  • Helen Winslow’s Concerning Cats (1900)

The first breed standard was written and published by the Kotofei Cat Club in Moscow. After the Cold War ended, the cats were exported to America. The first 3 Siberians were imported in 1990 by Elizabeth Terrell. The first 3 colorpointed Siberians arrived in 1997, when Dana Osborn imported a male and female, and the next year the cats produced the first colorpoint litter in America.

The Siberian cat breed was first registered with the International Cat Association (TICA) in 1992 and later by the Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA) in 2000. TICA awarded the breed championship status in 1996, and the CFA awarded the same recognition in 2006.

3. How Friendly Are They?

Siberians are fearless, quiet, playful and calm. They can take up to 5 years to fully mature but remain playful throughout their lives.

These cats love to be close to family members and get along great with children, dogs, cats and other animals. They are more likely to chirp or trill than meow. They are also very creative ad intelligent; Siberians are problem solvers. They also exhibit dog-like behavior; they will greet people at the door, come when called and enjoy playing fetch.

More information at Petful