The one about salade aux fines herbes and the veggie thief


This was supposed to be a simple post about how to make salade aux fines herbes, the basic French salad with mixed herb dressing. 

It really is simple, just a basic vinaigrette with a mix of chopped parsley, chervil, chives, and tarragon – about equal amount except for a tiny bit less of the pungent tarragon.  

So I was just setting up a shot of the salad greens and herbs I just picked from the garden.


Then Miss Ella got a little interested and came to investigate.


Ok, perhaps a tad more than just a little interested.


And then….off she goes….


The little thief!


…..making a run for it!


…nom nom..


…nom nom nom…my name is Ella and I'm a vegetarian…nom nom


Happy Ella, contemplating stealing another leaf of lettuce I'm sure.


The End.

Oh, right, and how exactly does one make a salade aux fines herbes?  I guess that story can wait for another day.

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39 Responses to “The one about salade aux fines herbes and the veggie thief

  • Monica said:
    September 4th, 2009 at 4:04am

    Lol what a sweet thief, good food you can`t get enough of it.

  • Gastroanthropologist said:
    September 4th, 2009 at 4:53am

    Your kitty cat has refined tastes!

  • Passport Foodie said:
    September 4th, 2009 at 5:02am

    What a beautiful, sneaky cat. Adorable.
    Nice salad!

  • Micha said:
    September 4th, 2009 at 6:37am

    In Germany there is a saying, that it is going to rain, when cats eat greens.;-)

  • The Gardener's Eden said:
    September 4th, 2009 at 6:54am

    Oh my goodness! Your Miss Ella looks like a twin to my Doctor Goof. I just put a photo of her on my blog-post yesterday, (sitting in the native garden), you must see… they are like twins! (she is in the last photo at the bottom of this post on ornamental grass).
    Doctor Goof is also a kitchen thief, (anything with cream, of course), but she also likes to eat many veggies, including corn. I have yet to see her steal salad. :) I love your blog… but this post really hit home!

  • Russell Kieselbach said:
    September 4th, 2009 at 8:31am

    I have a cat the looks just like yours. Mine is a fan of romaine lettuce though, I have to give him a piece eve time I make a Cesar or he’s just relentless. Any idea what kind of cat yours is? I’ve been trying to figure out what mine is; he was an orphan so I’m not sure.

  • oakley said:
    September 4th, 2009 at 9:08am

    Time to put that picture of Miss Ella on Icanhascheeseburger? ;-D

  • them apples said:
    September 4th, 2009 at 10:50am

    It’s great to see that your cat has a balanced diet.

  • Kitchen Butterfly said:
    September 4th, 2009 at 3:49pm

    Ha. Ha. Ha. Ha. Glad you were close-by to capture it all, if nothing else.

  • Laura [What I Like] said:
    September 4th, 2009 at 6:09pm

    Good lord, what a healthy cat!

  • Chin said:
    September 4th, 2009 at 6:13pm

    Ha ha, that’s cute!
    And by the way, congrats on your new book!

  • Serina B said:
    September 4th, 2009 at 6:40pm

    Aaaaah, thats a nice catty. I found a realy cool website with pics of cats in gardens:

  • Rebecca said:
    September 4th, 2009 at 9:58pm

    Your cat is somewhat more gourmet than mine. Boots is mostly an indoor cat (99% of the time) but occasionally makes a mad dash for the front yard when the garage door goes up. He always heads for the choicest patch of grass in my scragly front yard. Meanwhile, I get in the car and begin to back down the driveway and hit the garage door closer. He dashes back into the garage having snagged a few blades of grass. I come home three hours later to find said grass puked up in the middle of the living room carpet. Never fails. Aaaarrrrggghhh!

  • Karin Wassdahl said:
    September 5th, 2009 at 3:50am

    You should be proud. My experience is that cats are very picky eaters.
    I have a compost trench which I fill with vegetable peelings, coffee grounds, eggshells, greens and other household vegetable waste. I also have a neighbor who keeps letting his dog run loose and that dog is digging in my compost every day and he greedily eats what I throw away. Its a “pigdog”:)

  • Griff said:
    September 5th, 2009 at 6:14am

    mais oui…kittehs love greens!

  • Jimmy-in-Seattle said:
    September 5th, 2009 at 9:27am

    Pimmy – Congrats on the book!!! Good job!
    For the record: In the last blog entry – the photo from the Thai cucumber salad is one of your best! Bravo!
    A Cat?? Cat! Typical ‘parent.’ Yawn…

  • june2 said:
    September 6th, 2009 at 2:04am

    We give our cats BarleyCat, a dried barley grass powder that they absolutely LOVE and wolf down, it’s crazy.

  • karenology said:
    September 6th, 2009 at 1:28pm

    I have a thieving vegetarian feline too! He’ll go after sweet potatoes and butternut squash.

  • Jen said:
    September 6th, 2009 at 6:31pm

    What a beautiful cat. I have a feeling mine would do the same thing. The salad looks delicious by the way.

  • Melinda said:
    September 6th, 2009 at 6:33pm

    Where was this cat when I was young and trying to get out of eating my veggies? :)

  • lesplaisirsduplat said:
    September 7th, 2009 at 2:34am

    What a smart cat. Even she has
    the sense to know one needs to
    get their fill of vegetables
    every day.

  • sir grumpy of hobart said:
    September 7th, 2009 at 4:37am

    You sure that isn’t RATatouille, Pim?

  • Jennifer said:
    September 8th, 2009 at 7:18am

    I’m humored by these photos of beautiful Miss Ella. They remind me of a photo I caught of our pup attempting to sneak cheese away from a shot I was setting up: . Oh, the lives of the pets of food writers…

  • Fatemeh said:
    September 8th, 2009 at 11:10am

    Adorable, Pim. And I can attest that Miss Ella is even more darling in person!

  • chef4cook said:
    September 8th, 2009 at 5:29pm

    I love fluffy cats. And look at that regal tail! What a cutie.

  • Lori @ RecipeGirl said:
    September 10th, 2009 at 6:24am

    I’m obsessed with darling, furry, furry cats like that, so your post has me gushing w/ jealousy that I don’t have one of my own.
    Guess your salad was pretty darn good if Ella the kitty ate it! So cute.

  • lisaiscooking said:
    September 10th, 2009 at 6:28am

    That is exactly what my cat would do, and she even looks like my cat!

  • lo said:
    September 10th, 2009 at 6:33am

    Heh — I love it.
    We have four curious kitties at our house who like to sniff and steal all sorts of things.
    Did she actually eat it??

  • Mandy said:
    September 11th, 2009 at 11:01pm

    One of the cutest posts I’ve read in a long time. What a treat to witness that!!

  • Chez Us said:
    September 12th, 2009 at 9:25am

    Too cute, Pim. Love that she eats such a refined French salad, great taste just like her “mother”.

  • Simone (junglefrog) said:
    September 17th, 2009 at 4:37am

    Now I’ve seen my cats eat many things, but salad leaves has never been one of them! How cute!! Great that you caught it on camera too!

  • annie said:
    September 18th, 2009 at 5:54am

    What a brazen girl to keep stealing greens while you snapped away! I enjoyed this – can’t wait to get my copy of the book!

  • Jes said:
    September 21st, 2009 at 1:29pm

    Too cute! Looks like you kitty has refined tastes. I am still just cracking up that she was delicate enough to grab just one lone leaf. Very cute!
    Thanks for the post!

  • Vetmed said:
    October 21st, 2009 at 7:27am

    All things belong to the cat- if you don’t believe me, ask anyone who lives with a cat.

  • No said:
    December 1st, 2009 at 11:50am

    Hi Rebecca and all who perhaps have an indoor cat in their life,
    Cats need daily access to fresh grass! Yes, unfortunately they use it as an emetic. Aaaarggh, indeed! Please ensure your kitty has a good supply. I used to plant up grass for my cat whenever she was confined indoors.

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  • kateamy said:
    March 18th, 2011 at 10:52am

    My cat does EXACTLY the same; leave a freshly roasted chicken on the side, no problem at all. But a bowl of salad or (heaven forbid) a cucumber and you’re in trouble…..

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