On Wednesday, I received a tweet advising that I had won a place on the first Lily’s Kitchen Canine Cookery Course. Correspondingly, this Saturday, I drove up to The London Kitchen, Lambeth, and joined eight other eager students to learn more about Lily’s Kitchen and doggie dining.
I first heard about Lily’s Kitchen via Twitter when they opened a six week “pop up” shop (Lily’s Diner) in Pimlico in the weeks leading up to Christmas – helping among others, The Dogs Trust I believe. I desperately wanted to visit with The Hound, my trusty canine companion, however work commitments prevailed against me.
So I was delighted to receive this invitation out of the blue to finally meet the team behind Lily’s Kitchen and hear more about the importance of organic ingredients in their recipes.
The course, in professional kitchens, was informal, interactive and fun, hosted by three enthusiastic experts – Henrietta, the founder of Lily’s Kitchen and Lily’s owner, Holly, a homeopathic vet and Katy, the chef. Between them, they talked about how to match ingredients to your dog’s metabolism and tastes, and showed us how easy it was to cook a couple of recipes which would have our mutts bounding around in the peak of physical fitness and health in no time!
The idea for Lily’s Kitchen was born around four years ago when Henrietta’s dog, Lily, developed a skin disorder that just wouldn’t clear up. When searching for a cure and investigating what actually went into mass-produced dog food (you don’t want to know), Henrietta started cooking for Lily and making special recipes to help her condition. Within weeks, her skin had cleared up and Lily became a shining example of “you are what you eat”.
Two years back, Lily’s Kitchen opened for business and hasn’t look back since. There are thirteen recipes available for purchase from their website – www.lilyskitchen.co.uk and they are the only certified organic and holistic pet food in the UK. Perhaps it’s not therefore surprising to hear they won “Best Pet Food Company in the UK” for 2009, 2010 and 2011 by the Ethical Good Shopping Guide.
This won’t be for every dog owner, but this one loved the team’s passion and commitment and their sense of fun too. I will be slow oven cooking thinly cut apple slices and liver snacks (enlivened with a pinch of aniseed for that touch of je ne sais quoi) for The Hound this very weekend and feel sure he will enjoy it. He certainly took ownership of the generous goody bag we received on departure – it’s not Lily’s any more – it’s definitely his!
Check with Lily’s Kitchen re new classes as they will be run on an ad-hoc basis. T: 020 7433 1863
Classes run from 10.30 – 14.30 and a place costs GBP45 (to include around GBP20 worth of Lily’s Kitchen’s goodies). Upcoming classes will be focussing on cat cuisine and dogs with health problems.
magellanstraits was a guest of Lily’s Kitchen Canine Cookery Class. Lily’s Kitchen is not a client of Magellan PR