Grandpa Greens for Brunch

The weather on Saturday morning was so bright, it would have been rude not to go to a local for Brunch! Grandpa Greens not only sells award winning Ice Cream but also cooked Breakfasts and lunches. It is in a beautiful location, in the village of Diggle, Saddleworth. Just 10 mins from home.

Sat at the side of the Huddersfield canal, its a great place to eat and relax, and best of all Dog Friendly. They even have a dog menu that includes Mancunian Sausages and Ice Cream. 
This is an Arial view of the site from their Facebook Page.

Jessie and Max know the venue well and were keen to make the trip past the ducks and over the field. The transparent eating Igloos are a new addition this year and are not on the video above.

The food is good and well priced and the menu has enough to choose from.

For the second time in as many weekends, we ate Brunch, went for a stroll down the canal.
Stopping for an Ice Cream when we came back past. Perfect Saturday morning!

So if you ever find yourself in Diggle, on the edge of the Saddleworth Moors, 
add Grandpa Greens to your list of places to visit !

Grandpa Greens can be found on Facebook HERE

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Homemade Chicken Treats

As far as making treats go, these could not be any easier.

The starting point is a pack of boneless Chiken thigh Fillets.

Place on a tray and pop in a medium oven. The idea is to cook them not too hot, but for perhaps longer than you would do for yourself. You are aiming for chewy and a little dry, not soft and tender !

Once done they will have no pink bits inside and will be a little tough. 
For ease leave to cool and then cut into cubes or chunks.

Once chopped, If they are a little greasy you can always pop them back in the oven
on a low heat to dry them out. Then all that is required is to put them into reasonable sized food bag portions. We normally have enough in a bag for 2 - 3 days and freeze the rest in similar sized bags. As we get to 1 day left in the current bag ( kept in the fridge) we get another bag from the freezer and put that in the fridge, it defrosts overnight.

Cooking with Jessie


If you own a dog you may be familiar with the concept that they want to be involved in EVERYTHING you do.

With that in mind we thought we would share making our evening meal with you, and let you realise, you are probably far more normal than us !!

Not a brilliant chef, due to no opposable thumbs and and furry paws, that doesn't stop Jessie wanting to see what goes on at every stage of a meal.

Tonight it was home made pasta and meatballs.  Let the cooking begin.

Grating cheese to go on the Cauliflower, always an opportunity for small bits to drop on the floor or even the occasional bit that gets too small to grate !

Cauliflower cheese, endless opportunities, falling cheese or even a dropped dish, well worth the wait.
Often seen as a two dog job !!


Meatballs, the gold standard of potential kitchen food. They are balls made of meat! 
If the name isn't enough, the possibility of them rolling off the tray is ever present !

The pasta machine, a bit scary ! 
You wouldn't want to get your tongue caught in that while snaffling something. 
The Pasta drying rack however, a lot more tempting !


The only real chance of anything once the pasta goes in the pan, 
is a strand being dropped during taste testing !

Dishes being put out, mouth starts to water!

Food plated up and its a race to get sat down on the sofa before the humans get there.
Well TV dinners are first come first served aren't they?

The only thing left after eating is cleaning down and washing up. 
Need any help licking that bowl clean ?