Posts Tagged With: rescue dogs

Win-Win!

A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to win a Redmond Pressure Multicooker in an online competition! I was absolutely thrilled – couldn’t quite believe my luck, to be honest – as I had read some food bloggers’ reviews on the new Redmond Multicooker and been very impressed. As you know, I bake for my dogs and I also bake for family visits on Sundays, and I love to cook, but it’s just the 2 of us at home now that DD has  moved into her own place with her partner.Even though we have solar panels, electricity is so expensive and I am very aware of how much energy my fan oven and hob use, so I try to limit my baking and washing to sunny days… That can be tricky in England because our weather is nothing if not unpredictable! That’s why I wanted a Multicooker – far more energy-efficient and they can steam, bake, fry, cook, deep fry – all in one gadget that uses a mere 900 watts.

So, I was super-excited when my Pressure Multicooker arrived…

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Isn’t it beautiful??!! Look at all the things that come with it….

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A 4.8 litre cooking bowl (totally non-stick); a trivet and steam basket; spoons; a measuring pot; a deep-fry basket and a 100-recipe book. This cooker has 55 automatic programmes, but you can use the “Multichef” settings to cook the way you want to and for how long you want. I haven’t used a pressure cooker for about 30 years, so I was a bit intimidated at first!

My first meal was a gammon joint, baked from frozen, followed by roasted potatoes and root veggies. Look at this!

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That was incredible… the meat was cooked to perfection, in half the time it would have taken in the fan oven and the veg were perfect too! My next venture was the Meatball soup following the recipe in the Redmond book:

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Super-tasty and nutritious, cooked in 20 minutes. This is the life – chuck it all in, press a few buttons and forget about it! A couple of days later, I was craving something sweet. I don’t eat biscuits or cookies as such, but I enjoy a slice of cake, so I decided to bake a Victoria-style sponge cake. That’s a great favourite here and I didn’t have all the ingredients required by the recipes in the book, so I winged it, using my basic sponge recipe and adding some coffee and stem ginger curd left over from a hamper I won at Christmas! Fingers tightly crossed, I pressed the appropriate buttons and left it to cook/bake!

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When it was cooked, this is what it looked like. I tipped it out onto a plate, (put the plate over the top of the bowl and up-ended it!) – et voila!

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A large, round, super-fluffy cake, dusted with icing sugar!!

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As light as a steamed pudding and it tasted amazing – Bravo, Redmond! I can’t tell you how delighted I am – oh and not forgetting my husband, who is dining like a King lately!! The cake was incredibly light and moist and stayed that way until we demolished the last 2 slices  4 days later!

Today is Father’s Day and I am treating us to steak – with some vouchers courtesy of the Tesco Orchard Programme – #TriedforLess, which will also be cooked in the Redmond. However, I did use the oven today to bake the dogs some peanut butter, carrot and oat cookies, and I have mini meringues baking now for our dessert with Tesco’s fresh berries – also #TriedForLess!!

Zeus and Flake had me virtually pinned to the oven when their cookies had finished baking… Understandable, as they really did smell great!

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So that’s it from me today – do you bake for your dogs too?

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Doggy Ice Cream…

I’m not sure whether or not I’ll make this for my two dogs, but here’s the recipe in case anyone fancies trying it – and also for me in case I forget where I saw it!!

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Let me know if you do try it – looks good enough for us humans too! 🙂
Image courtesy of http://www.tesh.com

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The dogs enjoying the sunshine!

Zeus and Flake have had a lot of fun sunbathing, playing and sleeping lately. The weather has been gloriously sunny, although the air temperature has dropped considerably now… Here are a few fun photos the kids managed to get on Sunday of Flake, and yesterday, of Zeus. Both dogs appear to be enjoying posing in sunglasses…

Flake's "Robert DeNiro" look...

Flake’s “Robert DeNiro” look…

They're both gorgeous!

They’re both gorgeous!

Hello!!

Hello!!

Dis is mah smug face.... 'cos I has swagger!

Dis is mah smug face…. ‘cos I has swagger!

Priceless! I am so thankful for the modern technology that makes these memories for us. Such happy faces! 🙂

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Ups and downs…

When I started to blog about the dogs, owning rescue dogs and bringing two up together, I was filled with enthusiasm and energy. Since Nick and I became ill, I am finding it so hard to remain motivated – the idea of a Journal-style blog and daily updates is way in the past… But I still want to write about our experiences and both dogs are so photogenic, with such expressive faces, that it’d be a shame not to have a record of the journey.

So, much to catch up on: Nick and I are hopefully through the worst of this appalling flu virus that has almost sucked the life out of us – fingers crossed it’s almost over!

LOve our nap-time Dad, xo

LOve our nap-time Dad, xo

Zeus continues to delight with his antics, his developing character and his intelligence – coupled with a willingness to please, bordering on slavishness!! These dogs are so happy to learn and so happy to make you happy that training them is less a chore, than a challenge…

Then, when the boy’s tired, well you get this kind of shot:

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He turned 4 months old yesterday, so I don’t expect he’ll fit in the basket for much longer! I’m posting some pics of him at play tomorrow – he has discovered a new “buddy”…

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