With the Christmas season just around the corner, here is a very special recipe for your dog from writer Elaine Everest, author of hit book Canine Cuisine, and a recipe for a festive dinner for your cat from Marie Rayner, a top food blogger and author of ‘The Big Blue Binder Book’. Hope your pet likes it!
Christmas feast for your dog
- One mug of brown rice
- One beef stock cube
- Half a small butternut squash
- Four large carrots
- One head of broccoli
- A small bunch of fresh parsley
- One tray of minced turkey
- A small carton of chicken liver
- Two cloves of garlic
- One mug of wholemeal flour
- One mug of oatmeal
- Four eggs
- Half a mug of vegetable oil
- Heat your oven to 190Â°C or gas mark 5.
- Put the brown rice into a pan with the stock cube and cover with boiling water. Bring to the boil and simmer until the rice is cooked but not too soft.
- Meanwhile wash the vegetables. Peel the butternut squash and chop all vegetables into even-sized pieces and place into a food processor. Blitz until the vegetables resemble fine breadcrumbs before adding the parsley for a final five-second blitz.
- Place the finely chopped vegetables into a large mixing bowl along with the wholemeal flour and oatmeal. Mix together.
- Next, place the minced beef and the ox liver into the food processor and blitz along with the garlic cloves until you have a smooth paste. Add the four eggs and mix well together for several seconds.
- Add this mix to the bowl and stir together well. At this point, stir in the cooked rice and add the vegetable oil until you have a mixture that is not too runny. It is not essential to use all the oil. If the mix becomes too liquid, add a little more oatmeal to stiffen.
- Pour into a greased baking tin or two round cake tins and place into the centre of the oven. The new-style silicon bakeware is ideal for this recipe as the cake will slide away from the container with ease. Bake for 45 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean when slid into the centre of the cake. Turn out onto a cooling rack and leave to cool.
- After feeding your dog a portion of his own cake, allow his meal to go down for an hour or so before enjoying a brisk walk with the whole family.
Christmas feast for your cat
- 56g cooked turkey giblets, ground or finely minced (liver, heart, neck meat, gizzard) See note*
- 28g cooked rice
- 14g of raw, grated carrot
- 14g chopped spinach (or one cube of frozen spinach thawed)
- 1 tsp fish oil
- Heat the fish oil in a skillet.
- Add the ground giblets, rice, carrot and spinach.
- Cook and stir over medium / low heat until heated through and the vegetables are soft.
- Remove from the heat and allow to cool to room temperature before serving.
Note* – I always cover the giblets with some cold water, bring to the boil and then simmer for several hours the day before Christmas so that I have a nicely flavoured broth to make my gravy with.
Have fun with your pet this Christmas!
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