BBB (Beef, Barley, Bowties)

Occasionally it’s good to mix up the food a little with them huskies. Logan sometimes gets bored with his food and decides he’s just plain old not gonna eat it anymore. When that happens we find it’s handy to cook up some food for the week, just to give him something different.

Time for one of Logan’s favourites. Triple B; beef, barley, and bowtie stew.


1 cup barley
1 tbsp veg oil
500gm beef mince
1lt beef broth
1 can diced tomatoes
4 potatoes, peeled & chopped
4 carrots, peeled & sliced
1 half small cabbage, chopped
300gm small bowtie pasta

Here we go:

  1. It’s easier and quicker if you have all of the ingredients chopped, grated and sliced before starting, so go do that now.
  2. Bring 2 cups of water to boil, and add the 1 cup of barley. Cover the pot and bring the heat down to medium-low. Cook for around 45 minutes, or until all the water has been absorbed. Set this aside for now.
  3. Heat the oil in a large pot (roughly 8 litres). Add the beef mince and cook until the mince has browned, stirring it regularly to keep the mince from burning.
  4. Add the can of tomatoes (including the liquid), beef broth, and 5 cups of water. Bring the pot to boil.
  5. Add the chopped potatoes and sliced carrots. Reduce the heat and let the pot simmer for about 10 minutes.
  6. Add the bowties and simmer for another 10 minutes. Once again make sure to stir frequently.
  7. Remove from heat and add the cabbage and barley.

We warm the stew for 90 seconds, and mix in a few biscuits, before serving.

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Just remember these points when cooking for your pets…

  • When cooking for dogs, with all of the crazy good smells in the air, you’ll likely find that your dog(s) will be sitting by your feet the whole time. If this is the case you have to be extra careful not to drop anything, not trip over anyone. And also (much like when there are children present) make sure that no pot handles are facing out over the edge.
  • Allergies to wheat is quite common in dogs, so it’s best to use gluten free ingredients whenever possible. This includes pasta, flour, etc.
  • When cooking for dogs it is important to remember that dogs are unable to digest hot food. Warm is fine, hot is not. Hot food will sit in your dogs stomach until it cools enough, which damages the stomach lining. Before serving to your dog make sure it has cooled enough.


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