Friday, 27 April 2018

Tasty Adaptations of Favourite Treat Recipes for Oli's Birthday

The final post of Oli's barkday week bonanza of golden goodies!  In addition to the birthday cake and special birthday treats shared throughout the week, we also had some adaptations on go-to treats and favourites on the birthday buffet menu. Here's the scoop on our Turmeric Gummies with Coconut Milk, Lamb and Carrot Meatballs, and Turmeric Coconut Oil Hearts. 

Gummies gummies, gummies! I've been trying to keep a batch of gummies on hand at all times as part of our Year of the Dog resolutions, and turmeric gummies are one of our dogs favourites. Shortly after Oli's eye surgery, I made a batch of Turmeric Latte Gummies with coconut milk powder and they were a massive hit with the dogs.  I've since run out of coconut milk powder and am limiting pantry items pre-move so opted to adapt the recipe to use tinned coconut milk instead. Easy peasy!

Turmeric Gummies with Coconut Milk - The gummies were made with 3/4 cup plain low-sodium chicken stock or cold water, 3 tbsp powdered gelatin, 1/4 cup coconut milk, 1-2 tbsp ground turmeric, sprinkle of ground black pepper, sprinkle of ground ginger, and a sprinkle of ground Ceylon cinnamon. Bloom the gelatin atop the stock/water, then add seasonings and heat over medium low heat until dissolved before pouring into molds to chill set.  See the original recipe post for full instructions, seasoning notes, and tips/tricks.

Since I was making a cakey pumpkin and peanut butter birthday cake this year instead of a meatloaf style cake like we have for most previous birthday celebrations (see Oli's 11th birthday cake here), I decided to do meatballs on the side. They're a great way to make a special meaty treat and freeze well for later defrosting as individual treats and/or special meal toppers.  I prefer to make my dog meatballs firm, either with a meat-only base or a meat-and-carb combo (like these) but I decided to experiment with a meat-and-veggie combo for these and ditch most of the carbs. The end result was no doubt tasty and healthy, but much wetter and softer for handling - especially when warm. The dogs (of course) loved them. I had delusions of making a doggie croquembouche of meatballs but ditched that plan between my soft meatballs and being time poor with moving prep, and just stacked them instead. :)

Lamb and Carrot Meatballs - The meatballs were made with 500g minced lean lamb, 1/2 cup cooked carrot pureed, 1 egg, 1 tbsp dried parsley, 1 tbsp dried dog-friendly herbs, 1 tbsp turmeric, and a sprinkle of ground black pepper.  They were baked at 200C for approximately 25 minutes turned midway (cooking time will depend on size), then broiled briefly for additional browning.  I refrigerated them until plating up for the pawty and extras were frozen.

With all the turmeric in these golden goodies, I couldn't resist making a few coconut oil shapes.  Both coconut oil and black pepper are purported to enhance the benefits of the curcumin in turmeric.  I have used a prepared and grated blend like this easy recipe as a food sprinkle, but often use the ingredients separately for a treat of each, or one in a treat and the other as a topper. Mixing things up!

Turmeric Coconut Oil Hearts - The hearts were made with coconut oil, turmeric powder, and a sprinkle of black pepper. I've done this a few times now, and it is easy peasy. My only grumble is that irrespective of how long/short I let the mixture sit together over low heat of how quickly I set the finished mixtures, there is always precipitate which settles on the bottom of the mold. It doesn't affect the treats, they still hold together firmly, and it actually looks rather cool (I think) but for this particular batch I experimented with letting the mixture cool and thicken, stirring periodically, before transferring it to my molds and putting in the freezer to rapidly finish the settling. More effort for sure, less settling as well.  If you have other tips/tricks, let me know! :)

Hungry for more tasty treats?  See all of our recipes hereRemember, treats are for spoiling your pup in moderation. Some dogs have special dietary requirements and/or food allergies/intolerances. If you are ever in doubt, have a chat with your vet.

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