recipes

for dogs...

We never feed our dogs scraps from the table to discourage begging plus dogs shouldn't eat everything we do, however we will make them their own special treats. After all a life on the same old dried or wet dog food would be boring. 

Conversion tables for weights and oven temperatures. Bear in mind that all ovens are different, so all baking times are approximate. 

 

healthy treats:


apple, excluding core

banana, peeled (occasionally)

blackberries

blueberries

raw carrot

courgette, diced

cucumber

egg, boiled and peeled

goats cheese

goats yoghurt

green beans

mango, excluding stone

melon, deseeded

orange, peeled

peas, frozen

peach, excluding pit

papaya

peanut butter

raspberries

strawberries

 

for humans...

I love spending time in the kitchen, both the cooking and the eating. And for me there is nothing better than rustling up a good meal for loved ones.  

Baking is a science so needs a bit of precision. Cooking on the other hand has no rules - play a little...miss things out that you don't like, add those that you do. Does the recipe suggest 250g of something but you have 300g and won't use the extra 50g in a day or two? Then throw it all in. Handful, splash, glug, dollop...use as much or as little as you fancy.

Useful swaps: 1 tablespoon of fresh herbs is equal to 1 teaspoon of dried herbs. Thyme, marjoram, rosemary, oregano and sage are interchangeable as are basil, tarragon, dill, chives, flat leaf parsley. I also swap out cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg and mace. Juniper berries can be replaced with black pepper. 

The following are also interchangeable: marsala, madeira, sherry, port, ale, cider, white wine, red wine, vermouth.

Conversion tables for weights and oven temperatures. Bear in mind that all ovens are different, so all baking times are approximate. 

The recipes in general serve four (pies, tarts and cakes six) and sometimes there is a little left over for a nice lunch.

 

some of my bits and bobs:

bread machine for proving

buffet server *

compact food processor

garlic press

ice-cream machine

one egg frying pan

pasta machine




pestle and mortar

pressure cooker

rice cooker

skillet

slow cooker (3L and 6L)

temperature thermometer 

wok for deep fat frying 



* of all my bits and bobs this my number one and just pips ahead of a slow cooker as it keeps all elements of your meal warm for a good few hours if people within the household arrive home at different times