I always have a tin of these treats in the pantry for when my Granddoggies come to visit. They are chockfull of doggie superfoods yet they don’t leave your finger smelling like liver treats.
“There are some dogs which, when you meet them, remind you that, despite thousands of years of man-made evolution, every dog is still only two meals away from being a wolf. These dogs advance deliberately, purposefully, the wilderness made flesh, their teeth yellow, their breath a-stink, while in the distance their owners witter, “He’s an old soppy really, just poke him if he’s a nuisance,” and in the green of their eyes the red campfires of the Pleistocene gleam and flicker.” –Neil Gaimon
At the age of four our Greek friend George’s dog attacked me at a dinner party. Firstly, I know what your thinking, all greek men are named George. Not true there is also Yani and Nick.
My cheek hung to chin.
It was late winter when the rain washed clouds of February are giving way to the poppy petal days of March.
The seas were stormy, the waves were high. No boats ran from our little rocky island to Piraeus.
The doctor was unavailable or at least not sober. You knew that Spring had truly arrived when the doctor wend his way down the mountain from the monastery where he wintered, drinking with the monks.
To my rescue came our friend Red-Cross-Criss-Cross, a Kiwi veteran of the Korean war, with his trusty medic’s kit. He used butterfly bandages to pull my cuts together and iodine to combat infection.
The second sign of spring was Apokries (Carnival) I didn’t want to miss the wonderful parade and so my mom stuck chicken feathers in a head band that she sewed for me and covered the rest of my face with iodine. Iodine stains the skin a bright reddish purple. My costume was as a “red indian” as they said in those days.
I came away from that experience with two scars and no fear of dogs, such is the elasticity of childhood.
“If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and man.” –Mark Twain
A healthy dog treat that will keep for ages and not leave your fingers smelling like dog food. Imagine lying on the sofa with your dog watching your favorite show and sharing a tin of treats. Now that is a romantic Valentine's day.
- 1 1/4 cup wholewheat flour
- 1 cup sweet potato
- 4 tbsp flax seed
- 1/2 cup peanutbutter
- 1/2 tsp turmeric
- 3 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 6 tbsp aquafaba*
Cube and steam sweet potato.
Mash sweet potato well and mix with the rest of the ingredients.
Knead dough 2 minutes adding more flour if necessary.
Take half the dough and roll out to 1/4 inch thickness on lightly floured parchment paper. Cut into desired shapes.
Bake for 20 minutes. They will further crisper once out of the oven.
Cool and store in tin.
*Aquafaba is the liquid left over from cooking legumes. It was first discovered a french tenor named Joël Roessel. An american (at least I think he is american) named Goose Wohlt picked up the torch and furthered investigations into this magical liquid. It is seriously magical, the holy grail for vegans as they could suddenly whip up meringues and macaroons and use it in all sorts of innovative ways. There is a marvelous Facebook Group called Vegan Meringues Hits and Misses. They are an amazing inclusive helpful innovative bunch of people. I highly recommend you check them out.