- Lesson from Sugi: Dogs love fun food!
- Sugi says, “I just have to give Julie the stare and she knows I want mochi!”
When Sugi was being picky about his food a few months ago, I searched for alternative treats that would be nutritious for him. I came across this product called Mochi by a vegetarian restaurant in Victoria called Green Cuisine. It is based on the Japanese food used for mochi deserts. The Green Cuisine mochi is made from organic brown rice only. It comes as a hard slab, and you can buy it from Capers or Whole Foods. You can freeze it if you need to. You prepare the mochi treats this way:
Preheat your oven to 375 F. Cut the slab into 1″ cubes and spread them out on a cookie tray (I use a pizza stone). Cook the pieces for about 10 min or until they puff up and brown a bit. Let cool before giving to your dog.
I eat them dipped in salted olive oil! They are puffy and crispy with a delicious softness on the inside. A nice gluten-free alternative to bread.
Lesson from Sugi: When Sugi was on a homemade allergy-free diet the only things he could eat were buckwheat noodles and squash purée! this was a treat that I made up that Sugi could eat. I still make them and both Tom and Sugi love them!
Sugi says, “I love these treats because they’re crunchy…!”
Buckwheat flour treats
2 cups organic whole buckwheat flour
4- 6 cups water
Put the flour in a bowl. Add water and mix with a whisk. Keep adding enough water until this batter has the consistency of thin pancake mix. Let sit for 15-20 minutes. Heat up a cast iron frying pan using medium heat. Pour the batter into the pan until about a 6-7 inch pancake is formed. Let cook until the top of the pancake has no liquid. Flip and cook the second side for only 1-2 minutes. Remove from pan and let cool. Make sure you’re not burning them! Keep making these pancakes. The batter will make about 8-10 pancakes.
After all the pancakes are cooled off, cut them into 1/2 inch squares. Arrange on your dehydrator racks and dehydrate for 6-8 hours or until completely crispy.
These will keep for many weeks. Yum!!