Apple and cheese please doggie biccies

These were so good I’ll admit to eating a few myself…. Made of nothing more than porridge oats, stewed apples and grated cheese, you could pass them around with the tea rightly (just maybe don’t cut them out with a dog bone shaped cookie cutter).  Recipe below, treat your furry friends!


Biscuits on wood Biscuits on white



400g oat flour or finely ground porridge oats

100g porridge oats

150g grated cheddar, mature works well

150g eating apple

2 tbsp vegetable oil



Preheat the oven to 180°C/160°C fan.  Peel core and chop the apple and stew in a little water in a small saucepan.  When the apple has softened and broke down, set aside to cool.  Once cooled, mix with all the other ingredients in a large mixing bowl.  Add enough water to bind everything together to form a soft dough (about 150ml).  On a floured surface roll out the dough to about 1cm thick (I did this in batches as there is a lot of dough).  Cut out the biscuits into any shape (I used a small bone shaped cutter).  You could use a bigger cookie cutter for bigger dogs.  Lay them out on a lined baking sheet (they wont spread so I didn’t leave that much distance between them) and bake until golden brown.  This will take about 15-25 minutes but keep an eye on them and swap the trays around in the oven from bottom to top to even out the colour.  Leave to cool for a bit in the oven then take them out and leave to coolcompletely and firm up before lifting them from the baking tray.  Store in an airtight container.

Recipe from Marvellous by Kate Bendix.

Fishy Scales and Waggy Tails

Last weekend I popped into the wonderful Salty Dog in Bangor for a spot of  lunch (their seafood chowder is to die for).  Following an ample serving of foodie satisfaction, I went to see what local products the hotel had on offer.  Sourcing all their ingredients locally, The Salty Dog are an excellent example of promoting homegrown – using and selling beautiful produce from across the Province.  Something in particular caught my eye as it’s not at all expected in a Hotel restaurant, or any ‘human’ eatery for that matter!  I was looking at Armstrong’s Twisted Fish Dog Treats with growing curiosity.  Reading the little information leaflet, I learned they are made from 100% natural dehydrated fish skins (cod, haddock and salmon).  No additives, colours or preservatives in these bad boys, or should I say good boys!  I took a bag of treats home , excited to see the reactions of my Jack Russell Terrier Molly.


twisted fish cropped bag


I open the bag and inside are an abundance of the fishy twiglets, Molly is very interested at this stage.  She circles my feet enthusiastically with her head up, nose stuck in the air and looking hopeful for something to fall out of the bag and into her mouth.


twisted fish sticks


After further inspection (I’m pretty sure I too could eat these treats and get away with it), I lay a few out for Molly to sniff over….


Molly and fish treats

Sniffing, sniffing and result – she seems to like this one!





They’re a hit!  Nice work Armstrong’s, Twisted Fish Treats from now on!


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