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.
Kol's Notes & Sugar the Golden Retriever.
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