Saturday, January 24, 2015

Recipes Worth Repeating

"I'm on my way home."
"Hello, can you hear me now?"
"Damn phone, all I got was static."
"Which phone?"
"The bedroom. Ask me why I'm up here."
"Um, you ate too much Prune Mui?"
"No, I came to get the Hydrogen Peroxide."
"Oh, nooo."
"Yup. "
 "I'll get more bottles on my way home."

Wednesday night I came home with 6 quart-sized brown bottles of Hydrogen Peroxide. The Man was standing in the garage in old clothes and rubber boots. The dogs were happy to see me but not too happy about being washed down. Especially Mattie. She had gotten away before being rinsed and only showed up when I got home. She was covered in dirt from nose to tail - having rolled around on the ground - after her bath.

We rubbed them down with a dry towel (most of the dirt came off of Mattie.) We brought their dog beds outside, covered the fabric beds with large plastic garbage bags, and settled the dogs down for the night. Needless to say they'll be sleeping in the garage for the foreseeable future.

We've had the misfortune to have gone through this same scenario with Mele last year. It was 10 pm, I was working the next day, and already in bed. The Man came in and stood there looking at me. I looked back.

"What's that smell?" Burnt. Thick. Heavy.

His reply, "I think Mele got sprayed by a skunk." The skunk's spray so strong and concentrated it initially smells like burning rubber. A direct hit with both barrels.

We went into action: I searched online and came across Chemist Paul's recipe. The Man headed to the 24-hour drugstore and came home with several quarts of Hydrogen Peroxide. He washed Mele down twice that night and it worked well. She was shiny, clean, and clean-smelling. Only the very faintest whiff of skunk every now and again.

Chemist Paul Krebaum's formula:
1 Quart of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide (fresh bottle)
1/4 Cup Baking Soda
1-2 teaspoons of liquid dish soap (Dawn)

There's more steps and fine print when using Chemist Paul's concoction but the formula works because it neutralizes the skunk odor chemically. 

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Here's another recipe; a pleasant, happier recipe. Did you catch the reference to Prune Mui? Were you wondering what in the heck it was?

Prune Mui is a lip-smacking, mouth-watering Hawaiian yummy treat. I made my Mixed Mui with ingredients I had on hand which is quite different from recipes you can find online.

My Mixed Mui
2 - Trader Joe's Dried Pitted Prunes (16 oz)
2-  Trader Joe's Dried Apricots (16 oz)
1C Brown Sugar
1C fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 tsp Li Hing Powder
1/2 tsp Hawaiian salt
Dried Lemon Peel seed bits
Cut up 1 lemon after squeezing. Mix. Not necessary to refrigerate.

(Thank you, Sandee, for the Omiyage: Dried Lemon Peel seed and Li Hing Powder.)

I hope you have the opportunity to try one of these recipes but not the other.