More benefit from Turmeric that I am surprise we can use it for dogs as well!!!

Healing with Turmeric Golden Paste for Dogs

I’ve learned a lot of good things about turmeric, I cook with it, I drink with it, but I didn’t know turmeric can also do good to our dogs. I am surprise to find out that we can actually feed our dogs with turmeric and help them to improve their health condition.

My 6 years old labrador is suffering from arthritis these days. It started few months ago with a bit of limping after rest, but she looks totally fine when she is out for a walk. It got more worse about a month ago, so we did x-ray at the clinic and confirmed that she got arthritis. She’s been taking Carprofen for 2 weeks, but the limping came back few days after she finished the course. So we carried on with the Carprofen for 2 more weeks, but we think she might still have problem after stopping the pill. We really don’t want her to end up with operation, so I was searching online to see if we can find any recommendation or tips from others to see what others solution can we come up with.

Browsing on internet, looks like it’s hard to heal and it will not get better, we can only monitor it and make sure that is not getting more serious. As I came across the page of the Dogs Naturally magazine website, I was surprise to learn that we can feed our dogs with turmeric! This recipe of golden paste for dogs is created by Dr Doug English, this vet is an expert about turmeric, and he even has a website talking about turmeric for animals.

Turmeric Life by Dr. Doug English

I’ve made this golden paste for our dogs the night after I found this recipe, just right after our girl finished her second time of 2-week Carprofen course. The ingredient is very simple, turmeric, black pepper, coconut oil and water. If you can find the organic ingredients, that will be better! I was a bit skeptical about giving black pepper to our dogs, but I guess the amount is very little, which should be fine. Let’s see how will this go, but both of our dogs don’t mind to have this paste in their food. Hope this natural remedy could help!

Sunday homemade dinner – Tandoori shrimps skewer with long grain rice

Tonight I would like to cook seafood, was thinking to cook something with shrimps. What can I do with shrimps? Searching online for idea, and I found something with tandoori shrimps, sounds like a good idea to me! A touch of Indian and a bit of spice. I think the best thing to go with the shrimps is the long grain rice that my husband likes, he do prefer long grain rice much more than the Chinese one. After my last trip to India, I always would like to cook something Indian, why not trying it tonight?

The ingredient for tandoori shrimps is not complicated at all, I almost have all the herbs at home, just missing turmeric powder because I finished up with it and need to buy a new one. The first thing to do for this dish is to marinate the shrimps, make sure you’ve spend enough time to marinate them before cooking. At least marinate the shrimps for half an hour, the best at least up to two hours. Remove the head and shell of the shrimp but leave the tail on, and make sure you devein them nicely. Use a large bowl to put all the ingredients for marination, around 300ml of Greek yogurt, together with some olive oil, pinch of salt, lime juice, minced garlic, Garam Masala, turmeric powder and chili powder. Please go for your taste, as there is not a fixed formula because the level of spice that each of us like or can take is very different. Mixed all the ingredients well, and check out the taste always, then place all the shrimps into the bowl and let them sit inside the fringe for around 1 to 2 hours.

Meanwhile, you can prepare the rest, getting things chopped up and ready. I would like to put also onion, red pepper and pineapple to the skewer, so I need to chop them into pieces. For the long grain rice, I would like to cook with carrot and broccoli, so I have to chop them into small cubes as well. You might want to use green pea instead of broccoli, but I really do not like green pea, so I rather go with broccoli. You can choose other green vegetable as you like, for example other kind of beans or even chopped celery. If you are using wooden skewers, please make sure you’ve soaked in water at least for 15 minutes before cooking, as you do not want them to burn later on. I do have some stainless steel skewers, so I do not have to do that.

Let’s start cooking the rice before starting to cook the skewers. I am not sure what are you using to cook the rice, but I am using the rice cooker, as each Chinese should have one at home which is very convenient. If you do not have one, just put the rice with double portion of water and boil them. Add a pinch of salt, and the chopped carrot and broccoli into the rice just right before the rice is done, mix them well together and let them sit into the rice cooker or pot for at least 10 to 15 minutes before serving.

I was cooking the skewers in the oven, but you can do it by frying. Pre-heat the oven under 210C, and get a tray ready covered by foil. Put one piece of onion, red pepper, shrimp, onion, pineapple, shrimp, and so on, alternatively on the skewer until it’s filled up. Repeat the same until you finish with all the ingredients. Place them nicely on the tray and put some olive oil on each single piece, and place them in the oven and grill them for around 15 to 20 minutes. Turn them over in the middle of the way, but the oven is hot enough to cook for both side.

Serve the skewers with the long grain rice, and garnish the skewers with finely chopped coriander and a touch of lime juice. My husband feels that the rice is a bit blend, but I love it with vegetables and actually the touch of carrot is adding some good flavour into the rice. Maybe you can try to use the marinade to make a source for the rice or the overall dish. The dish is not spicy at all for us, I guess next time I will try to add more spice.