Playing Cupid in the KitchenPosted: February 11, 2014
I was a little MIA in Blogville last week because my human mommy and I were playing Cupid in the kitchen. We made lots and lots of yummy Valentine treats to share with our canine sweethearts, and now we want to share all the fun we had with you.
We started with all the ingredients needed to make Wheat-Free Tuna Treats from the 3mbakery website: oat flour, yellow polenta, tuna, egg, garlic, oil, baking powder, and a little water. (Click here for the recipe.) Mommy loves the 3mbakery website because every recipe includes interesting nutritional information about the ingredients. You probably already know that tuna contains a high amount of omega-3 fatty acids, so it’s good for a dog’s skin and coat. But did you also know that those fatty acids aid joint health and mobility? And that tuna has heart benefits and can help prevent cancer? I know that humans are into stuff like that.
From a dog’s point of view, I can tell you that tuna is super-duper delectable . . . and that’s all that really matters to a dog.
Under my close supervision, Mommy mixed the ingredients, rolled out the dough, and cut the Wheat-Free Tuna Treats into pretty little bone shapes. And then came the part that I just cannot understand–the baking. Trust me, dogs do not feel the need to have their treats baked; but for some odd reason the humans are just obsessed with cooking things, and so the wait to taste started.
I was right there when the treats came out of the oven, and obviously extremely eager to play my very favorite kitchen role: chief quality control taster in charge. Let me simply say that these treats passed with flying colors.
Next, I helped Mommy collect the ingredients for 3mbakery’s Happy Hip Bones Treats: oat flour, organic peanut butter, turmeric, ground ginger, organic apple cider vinegar, and a little hot water. (Click here for the recipe.) Mommy was very excited about making this one because turmeric and ginger are both anti-inflammatories and apple cider vinegar is beneficial in treating arthritis. I have some problems with my hips and elbows, so we’re always in search of natural remedies. After sampling these treats for a few days, I had one of my best walks ever yesterday, so there just might be something to all that health-benefit stuff . . .
. . . or it might just be that I was still on a bit of a high from sampling the peanut butter. Yum!
Once again, I had to endure that whole mixing-rolling-cutting-baking process before I could sample the finished product. You would think that Mommy might have taken one look at my mournful eyes and let me have a little raw sample, but no such luck. As agonizing as the wait was, though, that first taste was more than worth it. The second and third tastes were pretty good, too!
Mommy put an end to my treat sampling because it was time to get things ready to share with my friends. Some of our treats, along with festive Valentine bandanas, went into boxes to be sent to friends who live far away . . .
. . . and others went into bags to be delivered to friends who live close by. Playing Cupid in the kitchen and baking Valentine treats to share with my sweet friends made my heart feel very happy. Having a few treats left over for me to enjoy was pretty nice, too!
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