Our Cindy (miniature black & white Jack Russell) just had some major dental work done with 13 teeth being removed...(she already had 9 missing).....I've had to rearrange her diet. With our home-made biscuits being far too crunchy now for her now.
The other day, I bought trays of liver and kidneys....and two trays of cheap minced beef. I had beef and pork bones in the freezer to make some serious stock once home. I forgot to buy chicken carcasses....so it's just beef, lamb and pork for this batch.
Once I had a pot of stock brewing, I got on to chopping up veg in the whizzer to add to the dog food....I was also chopping veg for coleslaw and soup for the community garden...so one mess for three different projects. Brilliant!!
To make the veg fine for the dog food, I put it in the whizzer and added some stock from the stove (in batches)....this makes the veg move around the blades easier and get chopped up nice and fine. I also did this to cut up the kidneys and liver. (Thinking that Cindy won't be doing much chewing, I kept everything fine). Each batch then got put into the big boiler pot, along with the two trays of browned off minced beef.
A good heaped cup of rice, as well as small pasta was also added to the meat and veg mixture.....I then added a few heaped dessert spoons of garlic powder (good for keeping fleas at bay) and more dried herbs..(there was lots of herbs in the stock too)....Covered with the stock I made earlier, it was all left to simmer for a few hours. I also thickened it with some gravy powder.
My cooking was cut short with a huge fall in the kitchen, catching my toe on a milk-crate I had bought into the kitchen to sit on to get down in those deep corner cupboards.....(bugga! those cupboards, bugga! that milk-crate)......Once I was able to get up off the floor, I got DS17 to turn the stove off, while I hobbled off to lie on the bed and he went and got the ice-packs.....All I could keep thinking was...."Hubby is on his way home for the weekend....and I'm going to spend my time in the hospital having x-rays". The ice immediately paid off...because this morning I woke feeling very sore, but I really don't think I have broken anything. I certainly done some short term damage with my bad leg, as I feel like I'm walking in a moon boot again.....I definitely hurt an area on my leg where there are screws and a plate....with pain in the same area where I broke my leg last year.....don't worry, I will keep an eye on it.
So....the following morning, I found how thick it had turned out....lovely! For my puppy dogs anyway! It actually smells pretty darn good...and the dogs were circling while I was packing it all up for the freezer. I decided 3/4 cup for each dog, but froze it in double batches.
|This pot was full to the top.|
|19 meals for two little dogs.|