Monday, October 18, 2010

Doginista: A Day in the Life...

"I like as much poof on top as possible, can we add some extra rollers?"
"Five more minutes head massage..."
"NOW we're talking!!"
"I'm starting with the Pom in the mirror...time for my doginista close up!"
"Modeling h to t"
"Everyone knows I give great profile."
"Chew? Pose? Chew? Pose?"

Making Cakes with Mulberry

Mulberry Communications Director Vanessa and me (photo courtesy Mulberry)
Whilst attending the Mulberry Press Day this week, Mommy was busy oohing and aahing over the new Tilly bag, my main objective was to score a piece (if not a whole one) of Mommy's Mulberry Victoria Sponge Cake. Watching her scarf down the fluffy treat, icing and all, without dropping a single crumb was too much for me to handle. I put on my best Sponge Cake Airs--puppy eyes, high pitched whimpers and even resorting to a bit of "dancey dancey!" To no avail. Hence when I saw that Mulberry had published the recipe for said sponge cake on their blog, I decided to set about making one of my own whilst mommy sneaks off to yet another press day. Too bad, the ingredients, upon closer inspection, were not doggy friendly, and so I offer up some tasty substitutes....
NOT for POMS :(

Bow Wow Beef and Bacon Cake

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 

2 cups all-purpose flour  
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 
2/3 cup butter, softened  
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil  
1 jar of strained beef baby food  
3 large eggs  
1/2 cup bacon bits
     Stir flour and baking powder together in a mixing bowl.  
    Cream together the butter, oil, baby food and eggs.  
    Mix the dry ingredients with the wet mix, and then stir in the bacon bits.  
    Pour into a greased and floured 8" x 8" baking pan.  
    If desired, sprinkle a light layer of bacon bits on top as a frosting substitute.  
    Bake in a 350 degree F oven for approximately 35-40 minutes or until the center of the cake springs back when lightly poked. Oven times may vary.

      Canine Carob and Carrot Cake

      Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

       1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
      1 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
      1/3 cup butter, softened
      1/4 cup vegetable oil
      1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla (Optional)
      2 eggs
       1 cup shredded carrots
      1/2 cup carob chips (Easily available at your local health food store)

      Mix the dry ingredients.
       Cream together the butter, oil, eggs and optional vanilla.
      Stir in the carrots and carobs.
      Pour batter into a well-greased 8"x 8" square or 8-inch round baking pan. Bake for approximately 35 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. Baking time may vary in your oven. 

      The Most important bit: FROSTING OPTIONS!!!!!

      * Cream cheese: Well whipped cream cheese is quite spreadable and super super tasty too, Mommy used to coat my kibble in the stuff when I was a picky pup turning my nose up at dry food. Just be sure to refrigerate the cake when you're finished decorating.
      * Plain yogurt: Yogurt makes a healthy cake topping (read: not as tasty as cream cheese), and the plain variety compliments just about any cake flavor. Due to its consistency, yogurt is best used on a birthday cake you plan to leave in the pan. Again, be sure to refrigerate.
      * Peanut butter: OMG OMG I LOVE peanut butter and the creamy consistency makes this a natural choice for a frosting substitute. Just be certain your dog doesn't have any kind of peanut allergy before you give it a try. You can also blend a little peanut butter into cream cheese for added flavor and color.

      My Fabulous Friends: Pixie & Me BFFs for Life

      Look who I met at the Dolce & Gabbana party??

      Dog in a Bag: London Fashion Week from Inside My Jaeger "Butters" Bag


      Friends and Fabulousness: The Pomeranain Takes London Fashion Week

      While I may not have hit New York Fashion Week, I was ready and waiting to pound my paws on the pavement outside Somerset House upon Mommy's return. In fact, I was so excited to see her after two long weeks apart (and my life seriously lacking in fabulousness accordingly) that I literally wagged my tail so hard that it propelled me off the bed the minute she walked in the door. Reunited at last with my human version of AddLee (call Mommy anytime, anywhere, all she needs is a postcode and a tote with my name on it arrives at my paws), I made the obligatory fashion dog rounds...

      "Front row? Yes Please!"
      "I'll show you force fed daily, Aunty Em of Fashion Foie Gras"
      "Nice matching sweaters (snicker snicker)...two pugs snug as bugs in Mulberry rugs."
      "Joy to the World, the Pom hath come"
      "I love you Mommy!!!"
      "I'm not sure who you are but I'll smile because I'm fabulous!"
      "Aunty Lira made me a GORGEOUS new coat...jealous???"
      "So excited to be at Mulberry my tongue is falling out my mouth!"
      "That fashion is an industry devoid of straight un-neutered men is a totally fallacy. Three way flirting behind Somerset House!"
      "EXQUEEZE ME!!!"
      "Vauxhall Fashion Dog"
      "Pommy in the Middle"
      "Where IS my intern with my dogachino??"
      "NO Standing, seated only, biatch."