Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Tasty Tuesday - fish and chips of love

Forget romantic candlelit restaurants - the Lady Of The House tells me that when you're young and in love (though how she can remember that far back I DON'T KNOW) the good old British 'chippy' is the place where love often blossoms over the fish and chips.

So this Valentine's Day she got up early to try out a recipe for dog-friendly fish and chips on me!

You may recognise that the 'chips' are carrot batons drizzled with cod liver oil and baked in the oven.

The 'fish' is a pattie made from mixing together the following ingredients:
  • Cooked fish
  • Cooked quinoa
  • 1 beaten egg
  • About a couple of tablespoons of plain flour.
The recipe we were following came from the More Than pet insurance website where they are currently promoting dog AND cat-friendly version of takeaway favourites. Apart from fish and chips they also have recipes for healthy chicken burgers, chicken tikka masala, pizza, a fry-up and a Sunday roast conjured up by animal nutritionist Stephanie Mehanna.

Their fish and chip version also included blackstrap molasses - but we didn't include that because we couldn't find it and it didn't seem to matter.

We also didn't follow their quantities. We didn't want to use tinned fish (not even in spring water) so the LOTH bought some lovely, boneless (VERY important) white fish which she cooked and then she just added one egg and enough cooked quinoa and flour to make firm patties that she could mould into fish shapes.

Here is the fishy mixture as she was stirring it up. Notice there is still a LOT of cooked quinoa in the saucepan behind.... not sure what she's going to do with all that......

Here are the 'fish' and 'chips' waiting to go in the oven.

Now, while this was going on I was pacing the kitchen and in and out of the utility room (where I take my meals) and 'roo-ing' a bit.

"Do you want your breakfast, Win?" asks the LOTH.

"NO!! I answered. "I want some of that fishy stuff that smells LOVELY."

She didn't understand. She said: "Well the fish and chips has to be cooked and cooled, so you have your breakfast and you can have this for tea."


So she dishes out my usual breakfast and then wonders why I am standing there staring at her and saying (quite clearly, I thought) "You ARE kidding me?"

I went and lay on my bed in disgust.

I did go and nibble a bit.... but when the 'fish' and 'chips' started to cook the smell was even nicer and I took up position next to the oven to make it clear exactly what I was waiting for.

The 'chips' cooked first, so they started cooling while we waited for the 'fish'. They looked all golden and lovely when they came out of the oven.

So once they were cooled I got the smallest 'fish' (the one on the left that looks as if he's got a little eye) and some 'chips' chopped up and mixed in with my breakfast.

THAT was better.

Hope you all have a lovely Valentine's Day. I hope another little 'fishy' is lined up to go with my tea later.

I am joining the Tasty Tuesday blog hop celebrating good food and hosted by Kol's Notes & Sugar the Golden Retriever.

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Have fun in the kitchen.


tubby3pug said...

Lovely! We used to have a fish and chips place in NYC that I would visit called A Salt and Battery. They had very tasty fish and chips, I never thought of adopting it for the hound.

Sugar the Golden Retriever said...

Woof! Woof! Happy Tasty Tuesday!!! I hardly had fish as a treat ... what your mom made is delish!!! Enjoy your Tasty Day n Happy Valentine's Day. Lots of Golden Woofs,Sugar

Casey said...

Yum!! Wow, you're lucky, all I got was dry kibble this morning. I hope your fish and chips were yummy.

Amber DaWeenie said...

OOOOH...fisheys! Me never had one. Do dey taste good? Guess so.

Hap-Pee Valentines Day

Jen said...

That fish looks pretty great! I think Elka would really like that.

Hiking Hounds said...

That looks so yummy, Winnie! Happy Valentine's Day!

Tucker The Crestie said...

Wow, you are a lucky girl, Winnie! Happy Valentine's Day!

Two French Bulldogs said...

Happee Valentine's Day
Benny & Lily

mayziegal said...

Whew! I am SO glad you finally gots a fish! It felt like you had to wait FOREVER for it, though. I'm glad you didn't pass out from hunger or something.

Happy Valentine's Day, Winne and pack!

Wiggles & WAgs,

scotsmad said...

We love fish! We think we can smell those over here.

XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & roxy

Stewey said...

Sounds delish! Happy Valentine's Day, Winnie!

Sophie said...

Looks like a delicious Valentine's Day meal - and worth the wait, too!

Anonymous said...

A Fury Happy Valentine's Day!

woos, Tessa

Sarge said...

Hey Winnie!
Wow, I'm drooling on my Mr Dell! My keyboard is soggy, but I bet your yummers are delish.
Happy Valentine's Day!
Grr and Woof,
Sarge, COP

houndstooth said...

Oh my dog! Winnie, the only way that could have gotten better was if you were served on the good china while you lounged in your bed! You are one lucky hound!


curator said... know Winnie, I think I would eat those too! And I think fish and chips in a newspaper goes wonderfully with love of any age. Happy Valentine's Day!

Peggy Frezon said...

YUM fish and chips sound good! I think Kelly would enjoy a dinner at your house!

Bassetmomma said...

Hope you had a very Happy Valentine's Day!

Bobby said...

Hi Winnie those fish and chips look
delicious. I bet you enjoyed them.
Licks Bobby
PS John said he did not know he had an accent, he thought he spoke queens english

Oskar said...

Yummy, that sounds like one great treat!

Nubbin wiggles,

Gracie Lu Shih Tzu said...

How yummy! You are SO lucky that you got such a lovely treat on Valentine's Day.

Gracie Lu

Sue aka Greyhound Lover said...

wow how Lucky were you Winnie having LOTH make such yummy treats for you xxx

Brenda said...

Winnie, I think you are just about the luckiest dog ever!!! Those look fabulous. If I keep reading posts like this I'm going to have to try some special home cooked treats for Lady, Lucky, and Katie...who, names not withstanding, I think are not quite as lucky as you. They're lucky to score the sweet potato skin after a meal! :)

Sophie said...

There's a Pawsome Blogger Award up for you guys at my blog!

Angela J. said...

Those look like they must have tasted wonderful. Beckett does the stand guard in front of the oven thing too, when I'm making treats.

ForPetsSake said...

Oh you poor Darling! How awful having to wait like that! But it all sounds like it was delicious ;)

Kolchak Puggle said...

Holy WOOF! Winnie - that sounds FANTASTIC! We are so so so making this!