In my quest on the internet I have recently stumbled upon this great blog, written by Patricia Sund called Parrot Nation. I subscribe to an american BirdTalk magazine and she has a regular column called "Memo to Parker and Pepper" printed in every issue. Parker and Pepper are her gorgeous African Greys. So more to the point - on her blog I have found this recipe for parrot food called Chop. It is not a lot different to Mash recipe but it has got plenty of fresh, wholesome and beneficial ingredients. So I had a go at making Chop and here is my photo report:
PS: here is the link to the blog http://parrotnation.com/
and the link to the recipe http://parrotnation.com/2009/07/22/the-chop-blog/
So here are some of the ingredients I have purchased from my local health-food store:
wild rocket, parsley, broccoli, beautiful red and regular carrot, pears, kiwi, a large squash, chinese cabbage, red pepper, apples,
Hemp seeds, Jumbo oats, Millet, Golden Linseed, Fennel Seed, Dill Seed, Chamomile flowers
Seaweed (nori, dulce and sea lettuce) - can be find in japanese food sections of the supermarket. and I bought rosehip and hibiscus tea - that is all it contains and both are very good sources of vitamin C so I thought I will throw it in for a good measure (just opened about 6 teabags and sprinkled it in)
And I already had some wheat grain, amaranth and brown lentils
I chopped all the veg in a food processor
Then to chopped vegetables I added some cooked lentils
Then I mixed chopped kiwi and pear with dry jumbo oats, so that they absorb the moisture from the fruit and added them to the rest of the mix
Next I added some cooked millet, wheat, amaranth, rosehip and hibiscus herbs, golden linseed, hempseed, fennel and dill seed to the mix
Then I soaked the seaweed for 30 minutes, drained it, rinsed it thoroughly under cold water, drained properly and added that to the mix too and mixed it all together. Somewhere between me adding the last ingredients I went to check the answer from Patricia to my question as to how i prepare the seaweed and Digby decided to jump right in the bowl and eat there and then!
I took a photo and quickly retrieved him from there and added the rest of the ingredients.
Here he is enjoying the final mixture
My bunny wasn't left out either, as he got to snack on some of the greens from Digby's Chop
(He is eating from a Wedgwood Beatrix Potter Peter Rabbit bowl by the way
And while my animals were enjoying these healthy offerings of nature, look what I was having!