A tale of tails

Fudge's tails.com food has arrived | H is for Home

We’re running this month’s competition in association with tails.com – and Fudge is obviously very happy to get involved in this one!

Fudge's tails.com email order confirmation | H is for Home

As you can see, he couldn’t contain his excitement when the package arrived.

Fudge and his tailor-made food chart | H is for Home

The prize is a month’s supply of bespoke dog (or puppy) food, tailor-made to your precious pooch’s needs – age, size, dietary requirements and health issues.

Fudge's tails.com diet assessment | H is for Home

tails.com is a really well designed and easy to navigate website. Just enter your pet’s details and it will magically tell you what mix of food they need and how much of it makes a portion. A handy scoop is included to help you measure the amount correctly every mealtime. Each month, you’ll receive a new delivery before your current bag of food runs out. You can update, pause or cancel online at any time.

Fudge waiting patiently for dinner time | H is for Home

Yada, yada, yada – can we get on with trying out the food now?

Fudge getting stuck into his tails.com food | H is for Home

Patience never was one of Fudge’s virtues, especially when it comes to food! He reminded us that it’s all well and good that the food is stuffed full of protein, vitamins and minerals, but is it tasty? We had to agree that the proof of the pudding is in the eating – so the waiting was over – and he genuinely loved it. Here he is devouring his bespoke dinner!

To win a month’s supply of tails.com tailor-made dog or puppy food leave a comment telling us the name, age and breed of your dog.

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Price Points: Dog boots

Selection of dog boots | H is for Home

We may have mentioned in the past that our Weimaraner, Fudge in his old age is beginning to suffer with his hips. He now has trouble going up & down stairs and needs to be carried over stiles when we go walking in the hills.

One of the other symptoms is that he drags one of his rear paws as he walks; so much so that he has worn his toenails down to the quick. We’ve bought him some dog boots (#2 above) which should allow his nails to slowly regrow.

They’re also good for allowing cuts on paw pads time to heal – and indeed, to prevent injury in the first place if walking terrain is likely to be jagged, rough or strewn with sharp objects.

  1. Alcott Botas Explorer Adventure: £21.15
  2. Ruffwear Grip Trex boots for dogs, 3-inch, Granite gray: £32.54
  3. Grip Trex dog boots – obsidian black: £79.95

Fudge has been collared!

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orange dog collar and lead

We received a surprise cheque in the post last week. Not a lottery style win or anything, but a couple of hundred pounds that we weren’t expecting. So, only one thing for it – ‘save half, spend half!’. Adelle got a pair of new shoes, Justin needs some new jeans – and Fudge got a lovely new collar & lead set.

tissue-wrapped collar and lead with complimentary dog treat

They were ordered from Suzy Q based in Hove. Not on the High Street give 5% of the sale price to Battersea Dogs & Cats Home. Lovely attention to detail in the packaging – nice tissue paper wrapping, pretty labels and a dog treat!

personalised, engraved collar

The collars are very well made – and customised too which is included in the price. Just one word of caution – if you have a dog that pulls very hard, we have known this type of clip-in fastening to pop open suddenly. This might be an issue if your dog has an aggressive streak, runs into busy roads or heads off into the hills as soon as it gets chance!

Fudge sporting his new, orange matching collar and lead

We went for the vibrant orange – he might be ten years old, but Fudge still likes to turn heads. You can almost hear him saying, “Don’t I look handsome… not bad for an old man”. The George Clooney of the canine world!

Cakes & Bakes: Peanut butter & banana dog treats

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peanut butter & banana dog bones

We must have published at least 100 Cakes & Bakes recipes. This is the first one that’s specifically for our canine friends. Peanut butter & banana dog treats are Fudge’s idea of heaven. They contains all the things he loves the most; egg, honey, peanut butter and bananas.

He hung around the kitchen the whole time I was making these – it must have been the smell of the bananas and the peanut butter. Torture when you’ve got a dog’s super-sensitive nose!

Fudge paying close attention to me making peanut butter banana dog treats

He must have known they were for him – “Are they nearly ready yet?” he was thinking!

Fudge sitting and waiting to be given one of his peanut butter banana dog treats

It was worth his wait. He sat to attention putting on his best behavior as the treats were unveiled.

Fudge eating one of his peanut butter banana dog treats

….and then the first taste. Wow! Things will never be the same in his little doggy world ever again!

Cakes & Bakes: Peanut butter & banana dog treats

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Cakes & Bakes: Peanut butter & banana dog treats

Ingredients

  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 75g peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp runny honey
  • 1 large egg
  • 225g rolled oats
  • 40g wholemeal flour
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Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 175ºC/350°F
  2. Mash the banana with a fork until smooth
  3. Mix in the peanut butter, honey and egg
  4. Add the oats and flour and stir until well combined
  5. Drop the dough (I moulded them into bone shapes using a cookie cutter) onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment/greaseproof paper
  6. Bake for 15 minutes or until just turning brown
http://hisforhomeblog.com/cakes-bakes/cakes-bakes-peanut-butter-banana-dog-treats/

Cakes & Bakes: Peanut butter chocolate fudge

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peanut butter chocolate fudge | H is for Home

This isn’t a regular fudge recipe – there’s no need for a thermometer, no need for all that arm-aching stirring. This peanut butter chocolate fudge recipe takes 20 minutes to make… tops! Because of the high butter content (let’s not even mention the sugar content!), this fudge is best kept in the fridge.

It’s sweet, smooth, buttery and very, very naughty! It made two big jarfuls and there wasn’t enough room in there for that last piece – oh well, I guess I’ll just have to eat it then! 😉

Cakes & Bakes: Peanut butter chocolate fudge

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 minute

Yield: makes 12-16 squares

Cakes & Bakes: Peanut butter chocolate fudge

Ingredients

  • 250g peanut butter, creamy or crunchy depending on your preference
  • 250g butter, cubed
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • 450g sifted icing sugar
  • 100g roughly chopped dark chocolate or chocolate chips
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Instructions

  1. Line a 22cm/8inch square cake tin with parchment/greaseproof paper
  2. Put the peanut butter and cubed butter into a large microwave-proof bowl and cook on high for 30 seconds
  3. Stir the mixture and microwave again for another 30 seconds
  4. Stir in the vanilla extract and chocolate before adding the icing sugar. The consistency should resemble cookie dough
  5. Using a spatula, put the mix into the lined cake tin pressing it down to level it out. Use the back of a spoon if needed
  6. Cover the tin with cling film or foil and refrigerate for at least 4 hours
  7. Remove from the tin and slice into squares. Keep refrigerated in an airtight container
http://hisforhomeblog.com/cakes-bakes/cakes-bakes-peanut-butter-chocolate-fudge/

Fudge two ways

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squares of plain fudge and rum & raisin fudge | H is for Home

The first & last time I made fudge I was about 12 years old. The only way I could get it to set was to stick it in the freezer for a few hours. It wasn’t exactly inedible, but it was bad enough to put me off attempting it again until now.

Just like our taste in ice cream, Justin & I differ in our taste in fudge. He likes it plain, I like mine stuffed full of fruit, nuts, chocolate and alcohol! To please us both, I made a normal portion of basic mix, divided it into two and made one half into rum & raisin fudge.

I used the basic recipe I found on the Carnation website. I’m already thinking of folding some of this fudge into some of my home-made vanilla ice cream – what do you think?

Fudge two ways

Yield: 24 squares

Fudge two ways

Ingredients

  • 115g/4oz raisins
  • 2 tbs dark rum
  • 397g/14oz can condensed milk
  • 150ml/5¼ fl oz milk
  • 450g/16oz Demerara sugar
  • 115g/4oz butter
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Instructions

  1. Soak the raisins in the dark rum for at least an hour
  2. Line the base & sides of two 18cm/7inch square cake tins with baking/parchment paper
  3. Put all the remaining ingredients into a large non-stick, heavy-bottomed saucepan over a medium heat and stir with a wooden spoon until all the sugar dissolves
  4. Bring to a boil and gently simmer for 10-15 minutes, stirring continuously and scraping the base of the pan
  5. Using a food thermometer, make sure the mixture reaches 118°C/240ºF
  6. Remove from the heat and beat with the wooden spoon until it thickens & begins to set ( this should take about 10 minutes )
  7. Put half of the mixture into one of the lined tins, using the back of a metal tablespoon to get it into the corners and levelled out
  8. Add the rum and raisins to the other half of the mixture and put back over a medium heat for another 5 minutes or until it begins to thicken up again
  9. Put the mixture into the other lined tin, again using the back of a metal tablespoon
  10. Allow to cool completely before turning out on to a chopping board and cutting into squares
  11. You can store the fudge for up to a week in (separate) airtight containers
http://hisforhomeblog.com/cookery/fudge-two-ways/