Archives for the day Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

Palette’s spring treats diary;April 16th,2013

 For Palette, last month was another eventful month.

 For one thing, I did a lot of baking,making Jerky treats for Yassy’s Gourmet Dog Kitchen, plus I had baked Irish soda bread, 20 hour proofing Dutch oven bread,and I also made Vietnamese style Gyoza dumplings etc for our family.Therefore,there was a lot of interesting activities for her in the kitchen.

 Every St.Patrick’s day, I make Irish stew and Irish soda bread.

 I personally love to experimenting flavors of ordinal things,and this year, I thought what if I make the Irish soda bread with Chocolate flavor.

 I am chocoholic and,I love everything chocolate unless it is super sweet.

 Here it is, my made up Irish soda bread with chocolate flavor. It got Whiskey in it and, my husband really loved it very much. Of course,Palette wanted nibble of the bread but,she did not  get any.

 It is because chocolate is toxic to dogs. Palette enjoyed the smell of it.

Chocolate Irish soda bread..

 Since it came out good, I would like to share the recipe with you. Please do not share with your dogs.

 If you like to see the regular Irish Soda bread at our house, you can find the recipe of “Irish soda bread with Orange liqueur raisin” here.


1/4C    dried cranberries
3/8C    golden raisin
7/12C   Whiskey for soaking
chopped hazel nut
2 tbs     butter
1 tbs     dark brown
1 tbs     whiskey for toasted Hazel nut
1 tbs    
heavy cream
        unbleached all purpose flour
1 1/8C
unbleached bread flour
1 3/4C Dutch processed coco powder
1/4C    white
1 tsp    baking soda
1 tbs    baking powder
1/4 tsp table salt
8 tbs    margarine

3 tbs     butter
1            egg
1 3/4C   buttermilk
Ghirardelli dark 72% cacao twilight delight bar-dark intense 4 squares chopped to 1/4″ pieces
1/2C     Whiskey to mix in the dough
2 tsp     espresso powder
confectioner’s sugar for garnish

1.In the small container, add 3/8C golden raisin,1/4C dry cranberries and pour 7/12 C Whiskey (It is easier to pour 1/4C whiskey plus 1/3C whiskey to make the total whiskey added gets 7/12C) and soak over night

2. Preheat oven at 375F

3. In the skillet, add 1/2C chopped hazel nut,and toast them in 1 tbs butter,1 tbs dark brown sugar,and when it got fragrant, add 1tbs butter,1 tbs whiskey,,1 tbs heavy cream,and let it come to boil and stir and cook for 30 seconds and pour it over non stick foil to cool

4. In a large bowl, add 3C unbleached all purpose flour, 1 1/8C
unbleached bread flour,1 3/4C Dutch processed coco powder,1/4C white sugar,1tsp baking soda, 1 tbs baking powder,1/4 tsp table salt and mix well

5. Cut  8 tbs margarine right
out from the fridge into about 1/2″ thick slice and add them to the
flour mix and blend the butter with your hand to about pebble size

6. In another bowl add 1 egg and 1 3/4 C buttermilk, and whisk well

7. To the flour mixture, add toasted hazel nuts, egg-buttermilk mixture small
amount at a time and mix well with your hands to form a ball

8. Add whiskey soaked cranberries,golden raisins as well as whiskey itself used for the soaking, Ghirardelli Dark 72% Cacao Twilight delight bar-Intense Dark 4 square chopped to about 1/4″ pieces

**Dough should be sticky,but not too sticky. If the dough were too sticky,dust some flour to the dough

9. In the small container, add 1/2C whiskey, 2 tsp espresso powder and mix well

10. Add espresso-whiskey mixture to the dough and mix well

11. Knead the dough just enough to form the dough and shape the dough to round ball

** If you over kneading the dough,the bread will come out tough

12.  Line the baking sheet with non stick foil

13. Place the round shaped dough onto the non stick foil lined baking sheet

14. Dust the bread with flour,make “X” mark slit on top at about 1″ deep

15. Bake the dough about 65-75 minutes or toothpicks inserted in the center comes out clean

** Also,you can use meat thermometer to take the inner temperature of the bread. Often times, when meat thermometer reached to 200F to 205F, the bread is done baking.

16. Let the bread sit on the baking sheet about 5-10 minutes and transfer the bread to cooling rack

To reheat the bread, slice and toast the bread or wrap the amount of
bread you like to reheat with foil and warm them up in the oven at 350F
for about 15 minutes or so

17. Cover the 4 top portions with paper towel so the “+” mark gets exposed,and sprinkle confectioner sugar over the bread using kitchen sieve


Makes; approx 10″ round Chocolate Irish soda bread

 Then, we had UPS/FedEx guys visiting us often last month since I had many treats to restock. It was kind of busy month for me.

 Palette gets so excited when she saw their truck backing up to our driveway, because she knows they will bring boxful of yummies…most of the time.

 This month,I had one box coming to our house but,it was full of bakery bags. When she saw the UPS truck coming in to our house,she was so excited and I could see her nub was going 1,000mph moving side to side.

 However, once she was allowed to investigate the box, and knows that it was not treats inside, she got so disappointed and excused herself,walking back slowly to her favorite bed room as if to say “why I got so excited for this non food stuff!”.

 Palette thinks that the UPS/FedEx guy should bring treats all the time

 When the box had something interesting for her,such as bully sticks, she will be staying right next to me,staring at the box,staring at me and waiting patiently for the opportunity of nibbles.

 Sometimes, she gets lucky, and she gets one when treats comes. Sometimes, she gets small treats from her own treat box because she was patient.

 Once treats were taken out from the shipping boxes, I start flattening the shipping boxes so we can put them in the recycling bin.

 When I was in the process of flattening the shipping boxes, I have found Palette on the flatten boxes. She says she is helping me, but is she?

Mom,I am helping to flatten the boxes!

Mom:I need to put one more box to that. Can you move?

Palette: Um..I am being comfy on the cardboard bed..

 Another event Palette enjoy was the snow.

 We had snow 2 -3 days in the last month. It was not as heavy snow as Palette would have hoped it to be,but she had a good fun with it.

 She loves snow,and her face lights up when she sees the white snow covered yard. When snow happens, she does not want to come back into the house right away when she goes for potty so, it becomes a bit of play time as well.

 One thing she enjoys with snow is to sniffing the ground by sticking her nose as deep as possible and also she loves to enjoy grass-icle.She has her favorite spot as her own salad bar so, she visits there to enjoy the grass-icle on snow days.

 Because of snow days, Palette did not get to go for walkie some days but,when we do, she enjoys her walkie time very much. She enjoys reading up the missed doggy daily news on the ground,of course,but one thing she really is looking forward to is to meet people on our walk, and she gets lots of petting.She loves when people says “Oh,pretty girl”, and she cannot get enough of being pet.


 Now I will pass a pen to Palette to write a dairy here.

April 16th,2013

 Last month was super exciting month for me.

 Lots of boxes were delivered by UPS/FedEx guys,and mom baked many canine treats, and she also made my favorite bread!

 Hmm,I miss the crunch of crusty bread she made last month.It was so good that I kept going back to the kitchen to sniff the floor to make sure no bread crumbs were left behind.

 That bread needed 20 hours long proofing time so,my nose was tortured for that long but,when it came out from da oven.. Ugh,so good.

 I love freshly baked bread.

 Da bread was baked in da oven inside da dutch oven mom calls it and, it was her first time to experiment the method but both me and my dad loved da bread and,I was everyone’s best friends if one had a slice of mom’s bread.

 I whined,whined next to da dining table with drool bubbles around my mouth. When my dad finally finished his dinner and decided to give me small piece of bread,I was very ready to catch it in da air.

 Hmm,it was soo good! I chewed to enjoy da every bite of it.

 After a couple of days later, when mom still had leftover 20 hour dutch oven bread, mom decided to make bruschetta.

 Good idea! Dad loved da bread very much and, I am sure mom would make it again.

 Here is da Bruschetta picture. Doesn’t it look yummy?

Zesty garlic chili Bruschetta..

 I love homemade bread or homemade pizza night. It is da days I get naughty.I become whiny dogs and, hope for da nibbles!

 I usually sit near dad for that because dad is easier for me to get itty bitty nibbles from.It is da trick that I learned over da years.

 Other than that.. yes, we had snow days.I love snow! Very much. I love sniffing da ground.I love munching on da grass-icles.. I have my special spot for that.

 One day,when I went to potty,this was what I saw.

Snow..March 2013

 Snow fairy! She must have known I was missing snow so much! My face lighten up with da view.

 I did not like snow truck that came that day.. too loud for me to feel da peace.. I had to woof at them.

 Sniffing out da snow..

 Because of da snow, we did not get to go for walkie but,when we went, I enjoyed da every minutes of it. I love walkie!I get to read daily doggy news on da ground, I get to meet new people..I get to see my Miniature Schnauzer boyfriend sometimes..

 Then, I get to enjoy mom’s cool down treats too!I love them very much!

 It is
something mom made me since I was a puppy . It is basically a frozen
yogurt treats without fillers and,she gave me after walkie,after bathing
time,after workout that makes me woofy hot.

 Mom has been introducing variety of frozen yogurt treats for furriends here,but have you tried any of those?

 It is very yummy and highly recommend it!

 Anyhow, the cool down treats mom made this time is frozen Kiwi Roasted green pepper  yogurt treats.

Frozen Kiwi Roasted Green pepper yogurt treats..

 Here is how you can make Frozen Kiwi Roasted Green Pepper yogurt treats.

1. Wash the sweet green pepper under the water,make sure to peel the produce seal on them and, place it on the non stick foil lined baking sheet without wiping off the water

2. Set the oven “Broil HI”

3. Roast the green pepper about 15-16 minutes or until all sides of the pepper gets wrinkly and gets blisters all over

** Make sure to rotate the pepper time to time so all sides gets blisters and bubbly

The roasted pepper should look like this.

Roasted green pepper..

4. Take it out from the oven,and place it in a Tupperware with the lid on.Wait till the pepper gets cool enough for you to handle

5. Peel off the skin, remove the seed,and wash it under the running water,and rough chop them,and set it aside

6. To the mixer, add 2.8 oz peeled,seed removed rough chop roasted green pepper,3 oz fresh Kiwi, peeled and chopped, and 5 oz of
Stonyfield organic
plain yogurt and puree them.

 5. Pour those onto ice cube tray and freeze them

yield; 11 block of frozen treats

** Frozen Kiwi roasted green pepper yogurt treats whole amount is roughly
about 178 kcal (you can see more detail at
website here ).So, each ice cube given is about 16 kcal.

**Mom wanted rough kcal to be as close to real one, and she used
Nutrition fact food label on the back of yogurt she used. She typed in
the information provided in the nutrition label on the yogurt.

Nutrition profile for this treat was calculated using  “boiled sweet
green pepper without salt” since there was no profile for roasted pepper.

I know that some moms like to fill da Kong with peanut butter, but did
you know that small size kong can hold approx 5 tsp of peanut butter?

creamy peanut butter 1 tbs is 90 kcal, so it means you are giving
158kcal (out of the 158kcal, 117 kcal comes from fat) just by filling
the small size kong for your dogs to lick them each time.

 I think it is way too much kcal from treats.

 This frozen yogurt is much healthier to fill in the kong and, dog love them.

 My cool down treats usually is ice cube
size, and it is around 15 kcal to 30 kcal depending on what I will be
using but, they are much low calorie cool down treats, and they do not
contains added sugar or high calorie ingredients such as peanut butter.

 If you were not familiar with kong,
it is a non toxic dish wash safe rubber chew toy that you can fill the
hole in the center with food.

 Dogs are to chew/lick the Kong toy to get
to the treats inside the hole and, it is popular classic interactive

What is that! My nose is getting wet.Smell so good!

Me interested! Can I nibble?? Please?

 I was very surprised to see how much Palette got excited over the roasted green pepper

 When Palette saw the frozen Kiwi Roasted green pepper yogurt treats, it made her much more excited.

I want one!I want one!

I will climb you up to get my prize!



Oops, da treats broke into 3 pieces..

I am enjoying the one piece,but keep my eyes on the prize…

I really loved them!

 If you have dogs with Arthritis, night shade family vegetables such as sweet pepper is something it would be best to avoid,since they aggravate the inflammation in dogs with Arthritis.

 Palette does not have Arthritis, but since she has limping history, I do not feed night shade family vegetables often,and I tend to focus more on feeding menu that are great natural source of glucosamine/chondroitin such as poultry paws,trachea,cartilage and gullet.

 Lastly, here is the last picture I took after taste testing Frozen Kiwi roasted green pepper yogurt treats.

 Attention to her nose;very wet!

 Attention to muzzle; Palette got a Yogurt mustache!

Got Yogurt mustache!

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