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A Little Taste of Thailand

November 11, 2014

If, like me, you are a lover of Thai food I know just the place that will get your taste buds excited.
With authentic decor and beautifully fresh ingredients the Asia restaurant at the Shangri La is a luxury dining spot for lovers of Asian cuisine. A little drive out of town but well worth the distance.

I headed along to sample their current “Taste of Thailand” promotion and get my fix of delicious Thai food.

Popular guest chefs Yanavit Theerasomboonkum and Montri Piyavinichaikul have jetted in from Bangkok to showcase their talents especially for this event.

01 Asia

I sampled a few delights from the set menu of the evening

Goong Hom Sabai - Deep-fried prawns in rice paper

Goong Hom Sabai – Deep-fried prawns in rice paper

Som Tam - Traditional papaya salad with beef tenderloin

Som Tam – Traditional papaya salad with beef tenderloin

Gaeng Kiewwarn Gai - Green chicken curry with jasmine rice

Gaeng Kiewwarn Gai – Green chicken curry with jasmine rice

Kho Niew Mamunag - Mango sticky rice

Kho Niew Mamunag – Mango sticky rice

After we were all suitably stuffed it was time to hunt down the chefs for a chat and to take a few snaps.

01 Chef picture

Then the hilarity kicked in… What do call a selfie with a chef? A chelfie. Hee hee

Chef + Selfie = Chelfie

Chef + Selfie = Chelfie

If you want to catch this promotion at the Shangri La it is running until 21st November 2014. Be sure to book, especially on weekends.

You can find all the details of the Asia restaurant by clicking here.

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Italian Cooking Class at Tuscany

November 10, 2014

Boungiorno friends!

Recently I signed myself up to an Italian cooking masterclass. Even for the more skilled chefs amongst us – which is not me – adding a few more cooking techniques to your repertoire is never be a bad thing.

Italian is one of my favorite cuisines; along with Indian, Thai, Greek, Chinese, American, Lebanese and chocolate cake…

The class was held at the beautifully rustic Tuscany restaurant in the Grand Hyatt Hotel. With outdoor views overlooking the Arabian sea the indoor setting is also impressive with a large, grand lion statue in the middle of the dining area.

01 Tuscany lion

Yellow flower

The view from the terrace at Tuscany

The view from the terrace at Tuscany

Throughout the morning we would be taught to make three courses;

– Rosemary skewered shrimp

– Duck Ragout with tagliatelle pasta and pepper cream

– Hazelnut tart with a mascarpone coffee cream

Our skilled instructor for the morning was Chef Mauro Ferrari – With a name like that he just oozes an Italian vibe.

The best thing about this kind of master class is that you can experience the different foods, techniques and smells without actually having to get too dirty ourselves. Chef Mauro chopped, simmered and cooked up a storm as we looked on eagerly through each course. In his thick Italian accent he explained each stage of what he was cooking and gave us some helpful hints and tips as he cooked.

Quack Quack - The beginnings of duck ragout

Quack Quack – The beginnings of duck ragout

01 Tuscany pasta sauce

01 Tuscany chopping

After a morning of teasing our taste buds with delicious smelling food we settled into the private dining room to tuck into the meal that we had just learnt to cook.

The private dining room at Tuscany

The private dining room at Tuscany

And voila, lunch was served…

Rosemary Shrimp Skewers

Rosemary Shrimp Skewers

Duck Ragout with tagliatelle pasta and pepper cream

Duck Ragout with tagliatelle pasta and pepper cream

Hazelnut tart with mascarpone coffee cream

Hazelnut tart with mascarpone coffee cream

This class cost 20 rials (£32) and included welcoming coffee and biscuits, morning refreshments, the 3 course meal that you had learnt about and a cooking apron to take home with you. Pretty great value for money if you ask me..

For more information on Tuscany or to book a table click here.

Bellissimo!

Food & Entertainment

Al Fresco Nights at the Marjan

November 9, 2014

Recently I was invited to attend a meal at the outdoor Marjan restaurant to celebrate it’s reopening for the cooler winter months. Some of the local media and members of the Blogosphere were invited along to stuff their faces and mingle the night away, I was lucky enough to be included.

For those of you know aren’t aware of this little gem, you can find it by the poolside of the Grand Hyatt Hotel.
With it’s varied Indonesian menu The Marjan is one of my favorite outdoor places to dine for its relaxed, holiday like vibe. Nestled between the glow of the evening pool and the lapping ocean it’s the perfect place to chill out with friends or romance with a loved one.

To wet our appetite we indulged in platters of delicious Asian foods from spring rolls to satay skewers and a generous serving of prawn crackers on the side.

For my main I chose the Mie Goreng – fried noodles with chicken, shrimp & veg – with extra chilli. In my eyes you can’t go wrong with some spicy noodles. They were delicious and just what I had been craving.

My beautiful date for the evening, Lucy, ordered a colorful dish.. I don’t remember the name but I do remember that she said it tasted delicious and was really fresh. It looks good though and came with a good sized bowl of steamed rice.

Delicious and Fresh

Delicious and Fresh

Once the main meal was devoured we settled down for some sweet refreshments. Being British I, of course, ordered a nice pot of tea. We proceeded to try out the old wives tale and see our future in the tea leaves. All I could see was tea……

I'm a little tea pot..

I’m a little tea pot..

I see a trip in the near future

I see a trip in the near future Lucy

I can see the future...

All I can see is tea leaves…

If you are planning a visit to the Marjan I would advise bring some mosquito spray, it’s the season for the little terrors.

I played a little game of “Guess where I am” with my Facebook friends by uploading a picture of myself in the lobby of the Grand Hyatt. It wasn’t hard to figure out the location.

Where is Wally?

Where is Wally?

Something was clearly very funny

Something was clearly very funny

As always at the Hyatt, with great food and wonderful company a great night was had by all as we laughed and shared stories. Some more juicy than others, us bloggers really do love a good story!

For details and how to make a reservation at the Marjan click here.

Expat Life, Food & Entertainment

Friday Brunching

August 21, 2014


If you have spent anytime at all in the Gulf – especially Dubai and Abu Dhabi -you will know that Friday Brunching is a BIG deal! It the place to be seen and a chance to spoil yourself after a long week.

The past weekend we brunched the day away to celebrate the 30th birthday of a friend. The chosen venue was the ever popular, Grand Hyatt Muscat.

We arrived with our troop of hungry bellies ready to feast!

Bang on 2pm the fizzy juice – wink, wink – was poured into expectant glasses for those who were choosing to indulge in a few bubbles.


This handsome, smiley chap was my main date for the day. 


As the Bambino was along for the meal I didn’t snap as many pictures of the beautiful decor of the Mokha Cafe as I would have liked.

For me, the best thing about brunching is variety of different foods to sample and being able to indulge in the seafood delights. I dined on huge prawns, smoked salmon, crab and oysters. These are things that I would rarely eat at home so I like to make the most of it when dining out.

See if any of this gets your taste buds going!

 

 

 
Between courses the boys had a ‘time out’ and orchestrated a plan of who would keep them in a constant supply of finger foods…
 
George won the award for most bread actually eaten and swallowed and Spencer trumped him with the most slobbery bread sticks on the floor.
 
 
Then it was on to the deserts…
 
There were fruits, puddings, cakes, pies, ice cream cones with sprinkles and even a huge flowing chocolate fountain. I couldn’t resist but have a few chocolate covered strawberries.
 
Bang went that diet. Oh well.
 
 
 
With a belly full of bread sticks and cucumber slices it was all too much for the little Dude.
 
After copious amounts of delicious food, a few bubbles and lots of laughs we headed home for a well deserved rest. This brunching malarkey is hard work! 
 
Prices-
  • Non alcohol – 22 rials per head, includes water, soft drinks and juices
  • Alcohol- 25 rials per head 
For more info contact the Grand Hyatt or visit their website.
Expat Life, Family Life, Food & Entertainment

My Ramadan 2014, Expat Style.

July 31, 2014

This week we welcomed the start of the Eid-Al-Fitr celebrations where people rejoyce celebrating with banquets and parties and some well earned days off work. These celebrations signify the end of Ramadan 2014. 

For those who don’t follow Islam, Ramadan can be a strange and bewildering time. Most Non-Muslims are intimidated by the very thought of leading such a restricted life for 30 days. Many of these families will take the opportunity to use their annual vacation and head to the airport in ridiculous numbers to get out of town and ignore it altogether. 

This year I didn’t have a choice whether I was going to be in town or not as we had already taken our vacation early due to family commitments. I wasn’t exactly thrilled at the thought of it but I had a simple choice – drag it out and be miserable like last year or embrace and enjoy it. Thankfully I chose the latter and in all honesty I have really enjoyed the past month!! So I wanted to share with you how I spent my Ramadan as a Non-Muslim in Oman.

First, let me rewind a little to the previous year – I was newly pregnant, extremely sick in the intense summer heat and most of my friends had skipped town for the month. My negative outlook on the month of Ramadan manifested from being sick, bored and lonely. In all honesty I did not understand the culture and the fasting. This made the month drag past so slowly and it really was no fun at all. This is why I knew that I had to change my mindset for this year.


This year I have so many more Muslim friends and acquaintances that celebrate the holy month and their excitement and enthusiasm had rubbed off on me. I was excited for them like I would be excited for our own Christmas celebrations. During our Christmas party I was in awe of one of my Muslim girlfriends joining in with us, not because she believes in Christmas but because she wanted to join something that made us happy. At that point I knew that I wanted to to understand her celebrations like she does with mine. I began to educate myself as to why things happen the way that they do in Muslim culture and this was huge turning point for me to understand and more willing to accept.

Having to refrain from eating and drinking in public places can be very difficult in the intense heat, especially as Ramadan landed in the peak of the summer with the mercury hitting over 40 degrees, so to avoid dehydration we spent most of our time indoors whether it be at home, in friends homes or at the Mall. The difference from last year to this year is that I was prepared. I knew what to expect and to plan activities to keep us occupied.


Here are a few examples of things that kept me busy for the past month:

  • Going to delicious Iftar meals at the Shangri La and the Grand Hyatt
  • Experimented cooking with some new recipes and perfecting some old ones
  • Started a project to learn HTML coding. As a Blogger I often need to alter my blogs HTML code and it really intimidates me so I took a course to feel more confident.
  • A great trip camping at Jebel Shams
  • Bought a new camera for blogging so watched lots and lots of tutorials to try and learn some new skills.
  • Colin celebrated his birthday and we threw a big birthday party for our friends
  • We hosted a dinner party for friends
  • I made a point of taking quiet time to read an actual book instead of just newspapers and iBooks. I read ‘The Fault in our Stars’ by John Green.
  • Baby groups with Spencer and lots of reading and play time

My favorite part of Ramadan is Iftar! (The breaking of fast at sun down). The happy, celebratory vibe around the evening dinner table is infectious! I was lucky enough to spend these meal times with my family, friends and lots of new friends. We ate lots of food, we chatted, we laughed and then ate even more food! I’m actually quite sad that I have to wait until next year for more Iftar, no other meal times have the same kind of atmosphere.

A rare moment of quiet time in the Duncan house
Throughout the day instead of going out to eat we have been eating and drinking at home and taking the time to prepare and cook our own meals. It is quite amazing how much money we have saved in a month just by stopping the lunching, brunching and take away coffees!
Trying to perfect ‘Millionaire Shortbread’ – Mmmmm!
 
 
For me, by taking on some new projects and setting myself goals it helped the days to pass by in a flash and I didn’t dwell too much on the negatives. It was actually quite nice to make the time to chill out instead of dash around town all the time running errands.

 

Spencer and I have been reading more books together





During the Holy Month women must take extra care to cover themselves and respect the culture. Thankfully women in Oman are not forced to cover themselves by wearing any kind of Abaya, Burka, head scarf or face veil. This allows us freedom to chose what we wear but during Ramadan it can be tricky to find clothes that are culturally appropriate yet cool enough in the scorching temperatures.

Below are a few examples of my Ramadan clothing choices. As you can see, I am still modestly covered but incorporating my own style at the same time.

My Ramadan Style





Now that Ramadan is finished for another year the Expats start flying back into town in the masses, we can get back to our caffeine fix during sunlight hours and generally things just go back to the chilled way of life. Although it will be nice to get back into normal daily life again I wish that we could keep the happy and charitable community spirit of Ramadan all year round!

As much as I managed to embrace the culture this year there is one thing that I really struggle without – Starbucks! Ohhh soya latte in the morning I have missed you!

To my Expat friends, If you find yourself in the country for the next Ramadan there is no need to be afraid! Try to keep and open mind and embrace the culture and everything else will fall into place.


Wishing you all a happy and blessed Eid Mubarak from my family to yours.

Expat Life, Food & Entertainment

A Grand Iftar at The Grand Hyatt

July 21, 2014

Last night I had the privilege of being invited by Qatar Airways to attend an Iftar dinner all in the name of everything social media. The event took place at one of my favorite hotels in town, The Grand Hyatt Muscat.

Just incase you aren’t clued up on what “Iftar” means then please let me explain – Iftar is the Arabic word for ‘breakfast’ and is the meal eaten when Muslims break their fast at sundown during the holy month of Ramadan. Iftar is usually a meal eaten with family and friends and is a time for bringing people together. As a Non-Muslim being invited to join such an event is an honor.
If you follow me on Instagram – find me here – then you will have seen some of my pictures already. You may also have noticed that in the past 3 weeks of Ramadan I have been to 4 Iftars already. This is my favourite thing about Ramadan for sure! The food is amazing but I also love the spirit of it and it’s a time to be social together.


Recently I read a very funny blog post by Hey Fat Su called “How to dress to eat”. Fat Su explains what clothing you should wear for optimum food indulgence without any fashion mishaps. She has made these mistakes so you don’t have to! Iftar is a time of eating, well in my case gorging myself, so I was going to make the most of it and had to dress appropriately. On her advice I made some wise clothing choices.

This was my outfit for the evening


The Iftar tent at the Hyatt was so beautiful and dream like with the light, floaty fabrics and the ornate lamp shade leaving shadows around the room.

 
Goodie bags!! Whoooo!
 
 

It is traditional to break the fast with dates. There were plenty available but I chose some dried apricots instead which made a nice change. And then it was on to the real business!

The selection of different foods was extensive for all tastes and appetites. It ranged from soups and salads to fish and lamb dishes. I took Nicole’s great recommendation and tried some of the Lebanese Tabouleh. 

You see the chap in the below picture? Well I’m thinking of asking him to be my best friend… He made the most amazing schwarmas and that is high praise from me – I am quite the schwarma expert don’t you know!



When I looked back through my pictures it seems that I have spent more time taking pictures of the deserts than the rest of the foods. It’s obvious to tell which course is my favorite!

 
 
 
Mr Official Camera Man appeared on front of us to take the group photos right after my third plate of food.. Moving at the pace of a slug and trying to suck my stomach in I obliged to the pictures. Why do I eat so much food?! There were pictures aplenty so I shall update the Blog, Instagram, Facebook when I see them myself- Providing I don’t look like a dough ball who just ate 3 plates of food, of course.
 
No social media event is the same without a group selfie!
                      Can you spot any of the local Blogerati in the picture??
 
 


Meeting the guys from Qatar Airways and hearing all about their upcoming projects was a pleasure. Did you know that Qatar Airways flies from Muscat to over 125 destinations?! I certainly didn’t!


It was a wonderful evening with delicious food and great company. Thank you so much to the Grand Hyatt for their hospitality and to for Qatar Airways for inviting me to be part of the event.




PS- Qatar Airways… Any time you want to give me free flights to Miami that would be lovely. Thanks! 🙂
Food & Entertainment

Date Night – Rumba Lattina

July 19, 2014

It is not often these days that Colin & Myself manage to have a date night alone. Never mind going to an actual nice place to eat instead of junk food and asleep by 10pm. Last night we made the effort to spend some time together and headed to ‘Rumba Lattina’ the new Latin American restaurant at ‘The Cave’. 

If you don’t already know of ‘The Cave’ it is a new development just off the Qurum Heights road and perched on the side of the cliff overlooking Darsait. It is built with steel and concrete but great efforts have been made to camouflage the building into the surrounding landscape. I believe that there will 8 different restaurants over 3 floors and will have the capacity to seat 1,600 guests at any one time.



We had heard many positive things about Rumba Lattina so jumped at the chance for a nice meal together. 

My initial reaction of the building and location was very impressive. I expected a restaurant in a cave to be something gimmicky and tacky but this place was something very different. It had a fun, holiday feel and something very different for Oman.


Rumba Lattina is spilt into three sections – first is the outdoor seating area with palm trees, lights and soon to be shisha area. As you come in the front door past the greeting area is the main dining section with lots of seating and towards the back is the drinks bar. The bar acts as a divider between the third section which is the club area. There is a large TV screen, pool tables, dance floor, smoking room, VIP area and DJ booth.

I love the fact that Muscat has a new hang out to dance and have a good time with friends without being hidden away. When the new Colombian DJ arrives this may just be the new place to be seen in Muscat!

Before our food we headed to the bar area where the Venezualan bar tender, Johnny, was at the ready to mix us up some mocktails. After a long time studying the drinks menu I couldn’t decide so I told Johnny what flavors I liked – definitely no coconut for me- and in minutes he whipped up the most amazing cocktail made just for me. 



Johnny entertained us by skillfully throwing bottles in the air and juggling fruit. 


It is clear to see that there has been a lot of thought put into the decor with lots of authentic touches, mostly imported specially from Latin America. 

The atmosphere is warm, friendly and fun. It is very easy to forget that you are in Oman at all. 

From the front of house staff to the chefs in the kitchen all the staff are from Latin America which gives it a real authentic feel.



For starters I began with a Peruvian dish of “Aguachile” – butterfly shrimps marinaded in a serrano green chilli & lime garnished with cucumber & red onion. Price 3.9 rials. Great quality shrimps and a huge portion for an appetizer!

Colin went for the Mexican “Caldo De Queso” which is a cheese broth with potatoes, bell peppers, corn & fresh mozzarella cheese. Price 3.5 rials. He really enjoyed the soup and was impressed with himself for trying something new.




For main course I chose a Brazilian dish of “Seafood Fettucini” which was an assortment of seafood with octopus, shrimp, fish, mussels, cachaca chipolte sauce tossed through fettuicine. Cost 8.4 rials. I thoroughly enjoyed this dish. The portion was huge and the flavors were great, unlike anything else I have eaten in Muscat for a long time.

Colin chose the Venezuelan “Pabellon Venezolano” – twice cooked shreaded beef served with seasoned rice, black beans and tajada. Cost 7.4 rials. I would have taken a picture of his meal but before I got the camera he had already tucked in and making very appreciative noises.

Seafood Fettucini


After the main courses we were suitably stuffed but we couldn’t resist sampling some of the desserts, of course it would be rude not to!

Once again Colin and his new found enthusiasm for food chose something different to his usual preference with a desert of poached pears. By this point I forgot what the official names were and the prices – I was in a completely satisfied food daze. He was most impressed with the pears and literally ate until he couldn’t take another bite.

I chose the chocolate brownie with lime ice cream on the sizzling skillet. The brownie was so chocolatey and tasty! I REALLY enjoyed it!

Sizzling hot chocolate brownie

Some advice from me to you – go with a good appetite and a stretchy waist band. The portions are large and you won’t want to stop eating! The prices are all very reasonable for the large portions and quality of the food served.

The rumors are that after Ramadan & Eid they can then apply for their liquor licence. A Columbian DJ, exotic cocktails and a great atmosphere is sure to be a winning combination. Other establishments in Muscat should be following this lead!

You can visit the website page for The Cave here, hopefully they are working on a more detailed website to showcase all the different places to eat.

We had a great date night together and enjoyed taking some time out together as Husband and Wife again rather than always Mummy & Daddy. I very much look forward to the next date night. Hint, Hint Colin!

Expat Life, Food & Entertainment

Iftar at the Shangri La Muscat

July 8, 2014

Last night I attended an Iftar dinner at the Shangri La (Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa) as part of a social media event to meet with some of Oman’s creative minds. 

Visiting the Shangri La is always a pleasurable experience where you are made to feel welcome and at ease. Back in April I attended a special lunch at the Shangri La with a Michelin Star chef, you can read it by clicking here.

The Iftar event was held in the stunning Ballroom of the Al Bandar hotel. If you haven’t visited the resort, The Al Bandar is the main hotel and is one of the three hotels in the resort.

The resort is so beautiful. This was 5 minutes before sundown and Iftar began.


Iftar is the Arabic word for “Breakfast” and is the meal eaten when Muslims break their fast at sundown during the holy month of Ramadan. Iftar is usually a meal eaten with family and friends and is a time for bringing the community together. As a Non-Muslim being invited to join such an event is a great honor.


As always, the food at the Shangri La was exceptional! The meal was offered as a buffet which gave me the opportunity to sample many traditional Omani foods that I wouldn’t normally choose on a menu. The lamb with saffron rice was beautiful! There was a selection mixing traditional Omani foods such as Kanafeh and date puddings with their upmarket seafood and a selection of lighter foods like soup and salads to cater to all tastes. I certainly made the most of the crab and smoked salmon on offer.

 


My fellow dinner guests were made up of a selection of some of Oman’s creative and upcoming talents from TV Personalities, Designers, Artists, Photographers, Talent Managers and then there was little old me, the blogger from Scotland. To be included in a group with such amazing people was extremely flattering. Honestly, what a fantastic bunch of people and I thoroughly enjoyed meeting them all and learning more about how they celebrate Iftar.

The picture quality below isn’t fantastic but can you spot some of Oman’s famous faces?


Thank you once again to the Shangri La for providing a platform for us to come together.

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Lunching with a Michelin Starred chef

April 30, 2014
With Michelin starred chef Alfredo Russo in town for a few days only I knew that this was one lunch event that I didn’t want to miss. A selection of the local Bloggers and Media were invited along to the exquisite Al Husn Hotel in the Shangri La Barr Al Jissah Resort to sample the wonderful food and chat about all things social media.

The Shangri La resort is well known in Oman for being the height of luxury and they never fail to disappoint. Even the drive to the Shangri La Resort is beautiful!

Even the car park here is pretty swanky!
The Al Husn Hotel was a stunning location for lunch
We headed along to the Sultanah restaurant to sample an afternoon of Chef Alfredo’s fine dining. Although children are not usually permitted to such events an exception was made for my mini date, Spencer. I was a little apprehensive whether Spencer would behave himself appropriately in such a lovely place but thankfully the staff were warm and welcoming to their small lunch guest.
Who doesn’t love Italian food?! This was fine dining indeed and not a margarita pizza in sight.
Zucchini lasagne, parmesan cheese and chopped anchovies
Roasted lamb shoulder with pink pepper and potatoes cream
This dessert was to die for! 
Chocolate millefeuille with fresh herbs mint, basil, lemon balm and coriander
During a meal I am usually adamant that all mobile phones must be ignored but the funny thing about a social media event is that you are encouraged to take your phone out and take pictures, blog, Instagram and do all things social on your media.
The Chef, The Gang and The Spencer

Chef Alfredo Ruso will be in town until the 3rd May 2014 so be quick to avoid missing him!

Thankfully Spencer, the mini blogger, was a complete angel through the afternoon being generous giving everyone lots of cuddles and smiles and thankfully not one tear. Phew!

Thank you to the Sultanah restaurant, Rasha and Chef Alfredo for their amazing hospitality today. We had a fantastic afternoon with great food and wonderful people. 

Family Life, Food & Entertainment

Update on Penny’s RAW food diet.. Week 5..

May 29, 2013

It has been 5 weeks since I first blogged about my dog’s new raw food diet, you can read the first blog post here. After many hours of research into a raw food diet for German Shepherd’s we decided to give it a try and I can now rave about the change in her health since then.

The main thing that concerned me was that she developed two large wounds on her skin called ‘hot spots’, probably due to the fact that this is her first summer in the Middle East and her body doesn’t quite know how to process the change. When researching how to help her with this the main suggestions were all to change her diet. Thankfully since we changed her food, these hot spots healed and no new ones have developed.



Here are my findings in our case:

Plus points:

  • Hot spots have healed and no new ones have formed
  • Eyes are bright and healthy
  • Only one poop a day and no major smell surprisingly. Also no farting from the dog at bed time which is much appreciated.
  • Clean teeth from chewing on bones
  • Fur is healthy and clean
  • Only wax in her ears is from swimming and sand at the beach


Bad points:

  • Preparing food takes a little longer than just opening a can
  • Trial and error to find out what works for your dogs
  • Quality raw meat is working out more expensive than bagged kibble


It looks gross but it works. Chicken, beef, rice and yogurt all mixed together.

In my opinion and based on our case, the raw diet works out really well for us. Buying the raw food may work out being a bit more expensive every month but I would rather that than paying for medication from the vet in the hope it ‘might’ work. I’m looking at it as an investment in her health rather than an unnecessary expense. We have stuck to two large meals a day which keeps her going.

The main foods she eats are listed below, all meats are raw and the only thing cooked is the rice:
  • Chicken breasts, pieces and drumsticks. Bones included but not too much at a time.
  • Minced/ground beef
  • Steak cubes
  • Boiled white rice to bulk up the meal
  • Tuna with the water or oil drained
  • Carrots
  • Apples
  • Yoghurt 


Penny waiting patiently for dinner, she will eat every single morsel!

When starting this diet it really is trial and error to what they will like. For example Penny won’t eat any liver or kidney and will only eat rice if it has yogurt or milk mixed into it to make it a bit less boring.

For her the diet is working and she has lost the couple of kg’s that the vet advised and maybe a little bit more so I have started increasing the amount of food a little. Maybe now it’s time to sort out my own diet!



Under all that fluff you can see she is in good shape and her stomach slopes up the way it should. Being leaner will help her body cope in the heat.

If you have tried a similar diet with your dog I am interested to hear your experiences!