100 Cat Food Recipes In 100 Weeks; Challenge No. 5 Sardines à la Cat

Welcome to the Week #5 100 Cat Food Recipes in 100 Weeks Challenge!

Recipe #5 “Sardines à la Cat”

…turned out to be Sardines á la human as we loved them, but stay tuned…

Let’s start:

Preparation

The time required to get it done is about 15 minutes (that’s if you use fresh sardines) if they are frozen let them unfreeze for half an hour at room temperature.)

Here is what we need:

Many cats are crazy about the preserved olives, but they are too salty which is not good for their health, so don’t let them eat too much of it.

So, let’s get started!

Recipe #5 "Sardines à la Cat"

Preheat the oven at 180 degrees. Clean the sardines (remove the heads, guts and fins) or you can buy already cleaned ones like we did 🙂 i put them on the baking paper.

Recipe #5 "Sardines à la Cat"

Pierre figured that the one of the sardines should be more to the right …

Recipe #5 "Sardines à la Cat"

Bake them for around 10 or 15 minutes (the baking time depends on the size of the sardines).

Recipe #5 "Sardines à la Cat"

Cool them off and sprinkle some olive oil on it, cut one olive and add few rings to the plate.

Recipe #5 "Sardines à la Cat"

Another way to serve them, if the sardines are big, remove the spinal bone and grind them. Again, sprinkle the meal with olive oil, cut one olive and add few rings to the plate.

Recipe #5 "Sardines à la Cat"

And now, ladies and gentlemen, the moment of truth. How did the jury of five vote?

(If you’d like to know more about our jury of five, please see the post with the first recipe, we introduced our jury here ->

Unfortunately, on the contrary to the popular belief, cats don’t like sardines. Except for Tito who, as you already know, likes everything. All in all, the recipe was a disaster. Again, this goes for our jury, if you have a cat(s) like our Tito, you’re just lucky!

So, here are the votes:

Poofah McClaw Mr. Alphons Meower Myratz Catsidy Tito Meowalot Pierre Purry
one star

Poofah: “Again? Just when I started to believe in you, you serve inedible stuff again? Oh. You know what’s coming now. Get ready. I hate you.”

one star

“This is quite disappointing my dear. Terrible. Do better next time or I leave your jury.”

one star

Myratz: “Look. Let’s keep it short. I’ll take the olives. For the rest of it… I better keep my mouth shut.”

five stars

Tito: “Yeah!” short silence “Yeah! Yeah! Gimme more of this!”

one star

Pierre: “I hate raw fish, but this, I hate this even more. Now get me some real food.”

 

The Verdict

Since each vote of the jury members has the same “weight” we will calculate the average. Total stars given was 9 divided by 5, well, average is 1,8.

We will try to forget about this recipe. The good thing is that you can always eat the sardines yourself 🙂

Next time we will come up with fish again. There must be some kind of fish they like (apart from raw fish). The working title of the next recipe is:

Hake with yogurt

Until then, stay well!

A big MEOW! from the CatMagg Crew

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100 Cat Food Recipes In 100 Weeks; Challenge No.4 Chicken Barley Porridge

Welcome to the Week #4 100 Cat Food Recipes in 100 Weeks Challenge!

Last week we promised to prepare “Chicken Barley Porridge” for our Jury of 5 cats (Poofah, Mr. Alphons, Myratz, Tito and Pierre) and, well, we prepared

Recipe #4 “Chicken Barley Porridge”

Preparation

The time required to get it done is about 40 minutes if you already have a beef broth ready, if not, it will take about 1 h i 40 minutes to prepare this meal.

Here is what we need:

So, let’s get started!

100 Cat Food Recipes In 100 Weeks; Challenge No.4 Chicken Barley Porridge

Cook the chopped chicken, barley and chopped carrot for a 40 minutes in beef broth.

100 Cat Food Recipes In 100 Weeks; Challenge No.4 Chicken Barley Porridge

As always, at least one of the jury member has to inspect the process and make sure all is according to the Cat Food International Standards, Reg. 1305/3341-CAT. On the image below we can see Tito in inspection.

100 Cat Food Recipes In 100 Weeks; Challenge No.4 Chicken Barley Porridge

Drain and mix all ingredients.

100 Cat Food Recipes In 100 Weeks; Challenge No.4 Chicken Barley Porridge

Once it’s cooled it can be served to the jury. On the image below we can see Mr. Alphons testing the recipe.

100 Cat Food Recipes In 100 Weeks; Challenge No.4 Chicken Barley Porridge

If you’d like to know more about our jury of five, please see the post with the first recipe, we introduced our jury here ->

And here are the votes:

Poofah McClaw Mr. Alphons Meower Myratz Catsidy Tito Meowalot Pierre Purry
three stars

Poofah: “OK. This is a bit better. I already started to worry about you. Will give you three points which is the highest you got so far in this challenge of yours. As an extra bonus, I will not piss in your kitchen for a while. There.”

four stars

“I knew, sooner or later, your work will start showing some results. You see how persistence and hard work eventually pay of, my dear. Four points coming up your way, keep up the good work.”

three stars

Myratz: “Look, you may have reached the standards of these sorry excuses for cats, but you are still far away from reaching mine. Let alone that I will ever talk to you. However, I’ll give you three stars, just to keep you rollin’.”

five stars

Tito: “Yeah!” short silence “Yeah! Yeah! Gimme more of this!”

four stars

Pierre: “Well, well, well… now we’re getting somewhere. This is the best meal you prepared so far and I congratulate you. Here goes four well deserved stars.”

The Verdict

Since each vote of the jury members has the same “weight” we will calculate the average. Total stars given was 19 divided by 5, well, average is 3,8.

This is by far the best recipe we prepared in our challenge.

Next time we will come up with something based on sardines. The working title of the next recipe is:

Sardines à la Cat
(well it’s just roasted sardines but we’re preparing them for cats so we called them Sardines à la Cat :))

Until then, stay well!

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100 Cat Food Recipes In 100 Weeks; Challenge No.3 Beefy Dinner

Ha! And just when you thought we are not going to make it, as today was the last day of this week – surprise! We did it and pushed it to Week No. 3 in our 100 Cat Recipes in 100 Weeks challenge! 3 down 97 to go. It’s a long road ahead of us but, well, we’re taking it small steps, small steps 🙂

Ladies and gentleman, CatMagg.Com crew proudly presents:

Recipe #3 “Beefy Dinner”

Preparation

Time required to make this meal: 20 minutes. Ingredients: 2 cups of chopped beef

So, let’s get started!

Recipe #3 "Beefy Dinner"

Chopped beef needs to be cooked for 15 minutes. (On this image we can see shy Pierre as he was, waiting for the meal to be finished.)

Recipe #3 "Beefy Dinner"

Once it’s done, drain it and cool it off, mix it with chicken egg yolks, optionally you may add 1/2 tea spoon of olive oil. Add a 1/2 tea spoon of barley grass powder or sprinkle it over the food.

Recipe #3 "Beefy Dinner"

Serve it fresh!

Recipe #3 "Beefy Dinner"

It doesn’t look much from the outside, but Tito, obviously didn’t mind.

If you’d like to know more about our jury of five, please see the post with the first recipe, we introduced our jury here ->

And here are the votes:

Poofah McClaw Mr. Alphons Meower Myratz Catsidy Tito Meowalot Pierre Purry
two stars

Poofah: “Look, I will give you two points. But only because I can see that you struggle and I don’t want you to get depressed. Again. Otherwise, you’d get one point. Just sayin’. To make it clear.”

three stars

“OK. This is kinda better but still not Tres bien. However, my fears that you ‘ll repeat the disaster from the last time were not justified. Here is three points, but just so you know, I expect much more from you in the future.”

two stars

Myratz: “This is a bit better, but I am still not talking to you. And I never will. I talk to you when you’re asleep. But this doesn’t count.”

four stars

Tito: “Yeah!” short silence “Yeah! Yeah! Gimme more of this! And I’ll give you four point just because I want to leave an impression of a guy who has a criteria when judging a food.”

three stars

Pierre: “Yeah. That’s better. Tastes almost like the fly I ate this morning. I headed on with a lousy start and this was your last chance to save your reputation before you even started building it Here’s three.”

The Verdict

Since each vote of the jury members has the same “weight” we will calculate the average. Total stars given was 14 divided by 5, well, average is 2,8. Which is better than 1,8 which we had last time.

So, we are making a progress but are not there yet. And, as Churchill once said: “We shall make cat food on the beach, we shall make cat food on the shores, we shall make cat food on the airports and, all in all, we shall never, never surrender!”

So, next time we will prepare

Chicken Barley Porridge

Until then, stay well!

A big MEOW! from the CatMagg Crew

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100 Cat Food Recipes In 100 Weeks; Challenge No.2 Chicken Meowy Jelly

Wise man once said: “Make promises. Keep promises.” Or was it a wise warrior? Or brave warrior? Doesn’t matter. We promised last week to deliver one cat recipe each week for the next 100 weeks (yes, that’s one-hundred) and we managed to make it to the week two! Ladies and gentleman, CatMagg.Com crew proudly presents:

Recipe #2 “Chicken Meowy Jelly”

Preparation

Time required to get it done: 20 minutes – that’s if you already have a chicken broth ready, if not, it will take 1 h i 20 minutes to prepare this.

Here is what we need:

So, let’s get started!

We didn’t have prepared chicken broth, so we cooked chicken and carrots (which we used later)…

Recipe #2 "Chicken Meowy Jelly"

As always, some of the jury members had to inspect the cooking process as well …

Recipe #2 "Chicken Meowy Jelly"

… and check the quality of the ingredients.

Recipe #2 "Chicken Meowy Jelly"

Cool the chicken broth for abut 5 minutes and add flour. While the mix cooks stir it until you get a creamy mixture.

Finally add chicken meat and sliced carrots.

Recipe #2 "Chicken Meowy Jelly"

Pour the contents into the bowl(s) and let it cool off.

Recipe #2 "Chicken Meowy Jelly"

You may sprinkle a little fresh (or dried) celery and serve the meal to the cat(s).

On image below you can see Poofah contemplating over the served food. It seems like she already reached the verdict.

Recipe #2 "Chicken Meowy Jelly"

If you’d like to know more about our jury of five, please see the post with the first recipe, we introduced our jury here ->

And here are the votes:

Poofah McClaw Mr. Alphons Meower Myratz Catsidy Tito Meowalot Pierre Purry
one star

Poofah: “Again? And you really plan on producing this in-edible meals on weekly basis? For 100 weeks? You gotta be kidding me.”

one star

Mr. Alphons: “My dear lady. I know I am known for my good manners. But that is no reason to abuse them. I might lose my patience one day you know. I am really counting on you to do a better job next time.”

one star

Myratz: “I’m not talking to you any more. Not that I was talking to you before, but now, all chances of me talking to you again are dead and buried.”

five stars

Tito: “Yeah!” short silence “Yeah! Yeah! Gimme more of this!”

one star

Pierre: “Last time you made a meal, I was shore it can not get much worse.  I’m totally terrified that I was wrong. The fly I ate this morning tasted better.”

The Verdict

Since each vote of the jury members has the same “weight” we will calculate the average. Total stars given was 9 divided by 5, well, average is 1,8.

Again. Not a success. We truly hope the recipes we plan to do in the future will do better. Otherwise we might start losing hope that anything can be better than the food from the pet store.

Next time we will prepare

Beefy Dinner

Until then, stay well!

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100 Cat Food Recipes In 100 Weeks; Challenge No.1 The Tuna Crackers

Ladies and gentlemen! Dear visitors and cat lovers! Welcome to catmagg.com and welcome to the

100 Cat Food Recipes In 100 Weeks Challenge

So, what is the challenge? In the next 100 weeks, we will try and do our best to test 100 cat food recipes, one recipe per week.

It is a huge undertaking and it’s very long-term, but somehow we decided to try and go for it. Each week, we will present you the recipe, make a meal according to it, show you how we did it and we’ll give it for tasting to our five cats grand jury we have over here. We will carefully observe their reactions and let you know exactly what they told us (well, in their specific – cat language) about the food they were give to taste.

So, before we begin, let’s meet the jury. As we said, the jury is a gang of five cats who were kind enough to let us stay (and live) in the house with them and make them food (in addition to other daily cat related duties of course). We have reasons to believe they will keep us alive for as long as they think we are useful.


Meet The Jury

Poofah McClaw Mr. Alphons Meower Myratz Catsidy Tito Meowalot Pierre Purry
Poofah, the oldest member of the jury (9 years old) calico cat. The queen. Leader of the gang. Mr. Alphons, eight years old, three legged gentlemen with manners and a fine taste for food. Myratz, six years old tiger cat, the strongest in the bunch. Tito, B&W male cat, the craziest (and the one with the best appetite) in the bunch. Pierre, the charming cat.

So, these five live with us in our house and they will be the lucky ones to try and test all these recipes.

So, let’s get to it. The name of the first recipe we tried is:

Recipe #1 “The Tuna Crackers”

Preparation

Time required to get it done: 25 – 30 minutes

Preparing “The Tuna Crackers” is quite simple and straight forward.

Here is what we need:

Recipe #1 "The Tuna Crackers"

Mix all these ingredients in a bowl, preferably with hands so that the tuna is well crumbled and mixed with the flour.

Recipe #1 "The Tuna Crackers"

Roll the mixture into a 1/4 inch thick roll and cut it into pieces (the usual treat size).

Recipe #1 "The Tuna Crackers"

As you can see from the image below Tito immediately showed interest in the process which looked quite promising.

Recipe #1 "The Tuna Crackers"

Once the cookies are ready, place them into a greased cookie sheet or cooking pan as we did.

Recipe #1 "The Tuna Crackers"

Bake the crackers for about 20 minutes on 350(°F) degrees (180°Celsius). Once they get a golden-brown color – they are ready.

Recipe #1 "The Tuna Crackers"

Once they were cooled off and we were finally ready to present them to our jury (which was mostly sleeping at that time but Tito, as you can see was delighted).

Recipe #1 "The Tuna Crackers"

Eventually, our jury woke up and tested the crackers.

Here is how they voted:

Poofah McClaw Mr. Alphons Meower Myratz Catsidy Tito Meowalot Pierre Purry
one star

Poofah: No, thank you, no, no!! What is this? Are you serious? What? Are you trying to offend me? What did I do? I’ll piss in your kitchen if you offend me like that again. (She actually did that some hours later, but that’s a whole different story.)

two stars

Mr. Alphons: “Look, well, ok, I’ll eat some. Not much. It’s tasteless. But I will consider it an appetizer or entrée as we say in France. Make it better next time

one star

Myratz: “Get out of here. Where is the real food?” Obviously: 1 (that’s because 1 is the minimum).

four stars

Tito: “Awesome! Love it, but it was better before you cooked it.”

one star

Pierre: “I don’t know. You seemed like a nice gal. I’ll give it two points only because I can’t believe you’d give me something that tastes like one star. (and please don’t let me judge something like that again)

The Verdict

Since each vote of the jury members has the same “weight” we will calculate the average. Total stars given was 9 divided by 5, well, average is 1,8.

Obviously, the tuna crackers were not a great success, but, well, who knows, maybe it is still worth to try it and see what your cat(s) think about it. Ours is a strange bunch 🙂

Well, the journey of 1 000 miles starts with the first step and pretty similarly, so our journey through 100 cat food recipes started with this post.

We hope you liked it, we certainly had fun making the food and, well, see you next week when we will prepare

Chicken Meowy Jelly

Until then, stay well!

A big MEOW! from the CatMagg Crew

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