Monday, January 11, 2010

cooking's for the birds

Instead of crafting last week, I did a little cooking. On top of this being the first recipe I've ever followed, I had to substitute some ingredients from the original recipe as well. Needless to say, it was a bit messy, utterly experimental, but certainly satisfying. It's called Pico Pie—it's a recipe for parrots.
Here's was I used:

1 cup cornmeal
1 cup wheatgerm
1/4 cup millet flour
1/4 cup quinoa flakes
1/4 cup buckwheat
1/4 nuts coarsely ground
1 cup shredded carrot
1 cup fresh or frozen corn
1 cup chopped greens (I used kale, Brussels sprouts, & green beans)
1 chopped apple
1/2 cup soy milk
1/8 cup olive oil
3 eggs (shell included)
optional jar of baby food

Prepare all your ingredients. Try to use organic, fresh, raw products. Mix all the dry ingredients together and then add the wet. Mix thoroughly—it should resemble the above picture. I added a 4 oz jar of baby food (garden veggies) to moisten it a bit and because Pico needs to eat her vegetables! The reason for making this concoction in the first place is so my parrotlet has a better diet, rather then the seed diet she prefers.

Prepare a 10" x 10" pan (nothing none stick) or a dutch oven with olive oil and bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes, then at 350 degrees for another 25 minutes. Let cool and remove from pan.

Cut into cubes and serve. I kept a few pieces out and froze the rest in a ziplock bag. If you take a couple cubes out at a time, the night before feeding, you are good to go. I was very pleased that Pico really liked her healthy treats, but I think I would rather craft than cook!

1 comment:

  1. what a fabulous idea!!!
    l wish l could find a home cooking recipe for cats!!