Article 25: “Food for the Table” from the Swan’s Kitchen


Paws for thought!!!


Half Term is here and a break from school, a week to enjoy with family and friends.  Or is it? We still have limitations on our social life.  Jim and I say “Hello” to people in their gardens as we pass but that is reduced as the weather turns colder and people are not venturing into their front gardens as much as the deadheading has been done and the gardens have been prepared for the winter months.

One of the ways that we can interact safely and show the love that we want to share is through the pets that we meet on the dog walks.  So I have been making treats for Poppy and doing some extra for the neighbourhood dogs.

A packet can be made up with a gift tag saying something nice, placed on a doorstep ringing the doorbell and stepping back followed by a quick chat.  Undergirded with prayer before and after and a great connection has been made with the greatest of safety in every sense.  This can be followed up at Christmas and then who knows what may result from a little act of kindness, a treat for your own dog and an afternoon of fun in the making.


Liver and bacon biscotti.



2 rashers of bacon
3 ozs (80g) liver
2 tablespoons oil
½ cup (4fl ozs, 120ml) water
1lb (450g) plain flour
2 tsp baking powder


  • 1.     Prepare oven at 160C
  • 2.     Grill bacon till crispy but not burnt. Crumble it up.
  • 3.     Put a little of the oil into a frying pan and fry the liver till just cooked.
  • 4.     Put liver with the remaining oil and the water into a food processor and blend
  • 5.     Put flour, baking powder and the bacon into a bowl and stir to mix.  Add the liver mixture to make a dough.
  • 6.     Make the mixture into a roll on the table about 4”, 100mm wide and flatten.  Put onto a baking tray.
  • 7.     Bake for 18 – 20 mins until firm and then cut into thin slices.
  • 8.     Bake these slices for a further 15 to 20 mins and cook on the tray.
  • 9.     When completely cool package into a pretty bag and tie with a ribbon.

Liver normally is sold in packs so either take 3 ozs off for the biscuits and make the dinner with the remainder or freeze 3oz packs for further use.  Lambs, m pigs and ox liver are all suitable for this recipe.


Peanut Butter Treats



9ozs (250g) plain flour (wholemeal is best but not essential)
1 Tablespoon baking powder
8ozs (275g) peanut butter (smooth is best but crunchy ok)
8fl ozs (225ml) skimmed or semi skimmed milk

  • 1.     Prepare oven 190C
  • 2.     Stir Baking powder into the flour and mix well.
  • 3.     Add remaining ingredients and mix well/ knead lightly to make smooth and roll out 1 cm thick.
  • 4.     Cut into shapes.  1” – 2½ cms squares but using a dog biscuit shape works well too.
  • 5.     Space out on baking tray and bake for 20 mins more for the bigger bonne biscuits until firm.
  • 6.     Cool completely before packing into a small box or package


Both biscuits keep well for a week but must be totally dry before storing.
Warning : Read the ingredients on peanut butter jar and do not use if it contains xylitol. This is poisonous to dogs but not humans.


CLICK HERE for a downloadable and printable version of this recipe               

by Marna Swan Blog #3, 27/10/2020