Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Making 'bones' for Ruby

Ruby, being raw fed, needs quite a variety in her diet. The tubes of meat and minced bone she predominently has, have offal incorporated into them. However, sometimes, we go for slightly cheaper packets which don't.

However, the difference in price is about 35p per tube and the extra's I might add, are less than this.

Two weeks ago, I bought some liver and kidney (kidney is hardly ever in commercial ones) for us, but chavelled up 3/4 for her and froze them into bone shapes. This gave us 15 offal bones for about 70p.

When we use the cheaper tubes, she has one of these added plus occasionally, a vegetable/fruit based one. The vegetable/fruit based ones give her a bit more to eat but with less calories. She is one hungry girl at times but would be huge if we gave in to her!

Today, I made up, one of the above mentioned batches, consisting of:

3 large carrots, 2 handfuls of spinach, a few blueberries, a few raspberries, two tablespoons of flax, pumpkin and sunflower ground seeds, plus two spoonfuls of yoghurt whey:
 In the bone mould, ready to freeze. These probably work out at 15 for £1.00.
Once frozen, they are tipped into a bag, ready for use. Here is one of each for comparison - kidney on the left, fruit and vegone on the right:
They weigh about 25g - 30g each.

The last lot of vegetable only ones I made, consisted of carrot, green cabbage, kale and spinach.

When I mention this to people, they think we are giving her "too many treats" and that she is "spoilt". What they don't realise is, these are essential nutriments for her. She needs them to have a rounded diet. She is not being spoilt.

Tuesday, 15 January 2019


I do like watching a machine at work!

We needed a new dog tag for little miss. Last time, a human operated the machine. This time, a machine did the work. Insert cassette, type what you want, leave it to happily laser etch on the information.

I reckon it took no more than 5 minutes but was very enjoyable to watch all the same.

One of the programmes we enjoy watching is how it’s made. Never ceases to amaze us.

Saturday, 12 January 2019

Congrats and bread ...

First of all, congratulations to Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares for winning their first ATP title of this year. May you have many more.

Needing to bake bread, I decided to double up my mixture to make one loaf of bread and 8 baps. 10% was rye flour, 40% brown and 40% white flours. A 1/4 cup each of pumpkin and sunflower seeds was also added.

I wanted to make some baps as we all enjoyed the ones I had made for the festive period. Once cooled, I shall freeze half the loaf after slicing and freeze the baps in two's for future use. Here they are, fresh from the oven: