My Kitty Kedgeree


Catherine's dish Hi everyone,

This is a recipe I adapted when my children were little and I had very little money. Ever been hunting down the back of the settee for coins? Then you get the picture! I have never actually had a conventional haddock kedgeree.

(Please note – no kitties were harmed during the making of this kedgeree. It’s only called that because my two cats love it with a passion!)

This dish is very affordable and a great last-minute standby meal. I also like it because you can chuck it in a Lock & Lock and it makes a great packed lunch without looking like yesterday’s leftovers. This is so easy to make and great if you’ve got a few people round for an informal gathering. It goes well on a buffet table at a bbq too!

At the top you can see a picture of my finished kedgeree in my cook’s essentials buffet pan.

For 4 – 6 people


Roughly 2 cups of basmati rice (or two bags if you buy the boil in bag ones – cook as directed on pack and leave to cool so as not too sticky)

4 – 6 hard boiled eggs (diced)

1 large onion (diced)

4 carrots (sliced into ‘coins’ – around the thickness of a pound coin)

2 tins of tuna (I prefer the ones in spring water but it’s up to you)

2 tablespoons (or splodgy guesstimates as I do. I never measure anything out) of olive oil

1. One of my all time favourite buys from QVC is my ‘nicer dicer’. I use it for making carrot sticks and then drench them in lemon juice as a healthy snack – saves a fortune in pre-prepared vegetables. I use it to dice my onion firstly.

2. I then use another can’t-live-without QVC gadget for slicing the carrots – Michael Haberstroh’s manual slicer. I think sometimes people must think there’s no way I have all the things from QVC that I say I do but it’s all true, I’m an addict!

3. Now heat the oil in a pan on high and add the carrots and onion. I like to allow mine to slightly scorch and then turn the heat down so they just get nice and tender whilst covered for about ten minutes, stirring now and then. Cook until nice and tender with the lid off.

4. Whilst the carrots and onion are softening I cook the rice, boil the eggs and open and drain the tuna. I use my nicer dicer to chop the eggs but run cold water over them first so they aren’t too squashy.

5. All you have to do now is mix all the cooked ingredients together, top with salt & freshly ground pepper to season according to taste.

Catherine's partner, SteveIf you have cats you can let them help by cleaning out the excess tuna from the tins making sure not to give them the sharp lid, of course. My Pixie and Popsie were very helpful.

Catherine's cats

Plus my better half approves of this dish – here is Steve tucking into a bowl!


Catherine x


  1. Adele Johnstone March 12, 2008 at 10:23 pm -  Reply

    I like the look of this recipe and will try it out on Friday.It sounds like my kind of meal.Love the pics of your cats. I also have two cats,Lonesome and Midnight.I really enjoy your stories of the cats on air and liked your discription of them making biscuits.

  2. Joy March 18, 2008 at 12:34 am -  Reply

    Hi Katherine, definitely going to try that. By the way, your cats are beautiful. I must put mine in my blog. Not as cute as yours but I love em

  3. Pat Davis. March 22, 2008 at 11:03 am -  Reply

    Hi Catherine. Your cat’s look great, (how strange though) i help out the cat’s protection and years ago used to foster. Two of my rescues were homed together and both share the names you have chosen for your kittens.
    After quite a long break i am going to start fostering orphaned kittens again, (i will be looking out for a miracle eye cream on qvc or perhaps matchsticks will be needed)
    I will also be trying your recipe, it looks tasty and quick.
    bye now. Pat x

  4. Catherine Huntley March 23, 2008 at 10:58 am -  Reply

    Hi Joy and Adele,
    Thanks for your comments. I couldn’t help sneaking in another pic of the kitties, could I? I’m sure if your cats are anything like mine they’ll enjoy helping to clean up any leftover tuna! I hope you like the recipe, it doesn’t look too posh or anything but it is very yum!
    Lots of love, Catherine x

  5. Catherine Huntley March 26, 2008 at 9:50 am -  Reply

    Hello Pat, lovely to hear from you. How funny to hear of another kitty pairing with such unusual names! Well, I suppose Pixie isn’t that unusual but when paired with a Popsie it must be rare odds! Being a kitty foster mummy must be wonderful but bittersweet as you probably find it very hard to say goodbye. Better that than no feline company at all, though, I’d say. Hope you enjoy the kedgeree.
    Much love, Catherine x
    PS. Philosophy’s ‘Eye Believe’ is a good eye cream!!

  6. Lyn Soanes February 11, 2009 at 10:54 am -  Reply

    Hi Catherine Love your cats I had kennels a number of years ago I bred toy poodles, but the cat fluffy was the BOSS and they all knew it I groom dogs in peoples homes and one lady I go to has 7 dogs Poodles and yorkies and also 11 cats a few look like yours, one cat sits on the table by me as I clip the dogs. She works in office but her home is lovely (no smell) the animals do not go out only in her garden and they are all good together Lyn

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