3 cups rice
1 cup rolled oats
1/3 cup Quinoa
5-6 cups water
pat of butter (about 1 Tbsp)
The result with 6 cups will almost be a slurry, so if you want something firmer, use 5 cups instead. Cook on medium for 5 minutes. Reduce heat to low and cook 20 minutes.
This is the basis for a grain based dog food in which you can add anything you want. Depending on the size and activity level of your dog, I would imagine you’d have enough for a week or two for a smaller dog, to a day or so for a larger breed. I have a big dog, she eats a lot, and I served her a third of the resulting base with hot dogs (yeah, I know, not ideal, but they’re cheap!), a quarter can of chicken broth for flavor, half a cup of commercial refried beans, and a small portion of previously cooked and processed chicken gizzards and hearts.
Now the refried beans have onion powder in them, which is a big no no with dogs, but I think the relatively small proportion will be ok. After all, she has been fed everything from pizza to hamburgers and other “human” food. You’ll notice this mix has a lot of protein from both animal and vegetable sources (beans, quinoa, hot dogs, chicken gizzards and hearts). However, it was seriously missing vegetables. That’s because I’m currently out of veggies! I will have to get some more. Later, I will try adding chicken or salmon and plums (because I have some!) and see if Daisy eats it with as much unabashed relish. I think we have another winner here!
Speaking of winners, today I will try to resuscitate my waning NaNoWriMo chances. At this point, it’s more like NaNOWriMo (National NO Writing Month) for me. I need nearly 3000 words a day to catch up. Yikes!
However, there is a write-in at a local bookshop called “Avid Bookshop” (which, after more than a year of well-known plans, finally opened just in time to catch Borders’ customers). I plan on spending an hour or two with fellow Wrimos, simply writing. No distractions. I hope! However, it is raining today, and the original plan had called for writing outside. Hmmmm… I wonder if I can make a rig to hold up my umbrella over my laptop?
Also, my very favorite author was on MSNBC this morning, talking about his new book., “11/22/63”, about the Kennedy assassination… but not. If you know anything about Stephen King, it’s that he’s all for the twist in a story, and this one is likely no exception. It’s currently only available in hardback for a whopping $26 at the store, bu Amazon.com has it for less than $20 right now, a real deal. I might have to order a copy this week.