Are croton plants toxic to cats? Not any more than the dandelions (a.k.a. milk thistles) that are popular in my neighborhood. But they're in the same family. That's important to remember! Cress plants (a.k.a. sow thistles) are not in the same family as dandelions. And they aren't poisonous or even very bad tasting.
I just want to add that my dog will absolutely not eat leaves, flower buds, or anything else from this plant.
So even though cress and dandelion are in the same family, the former is not dangerous to cats (and you will most likely be able to find a home for the plants you found) and the latter, if that's all there was to it, would most likely be okay. But the fact that there are many other plants in the same family that are poisonous to cats has to be considered as well.
I also want to add that I'm pretty sure you can use dandelion for all sorts of things besides being used to stop runny pooh. I know it's used for that purpose because of how prevalent it is in your neighborhood, but I also saw it used in a recipe that included leeks. And maybe not being used for that purpose is what caused your cat to keep trying to eat it.
Just some other things to think about when you're deciding whether or not you want to keep the cress. I hope this helps!
Is there any reason that he wouldn't have gotten so hungry? He's not like my cats at all - I'm not sure he'd eat just for the sake of it (that's just my opinion, of course).
I've just had a few thoughts on this but I'm not really sure how to best ask this so feel free to give me feedback on it.
My sister, in law and her friend were coming to my house the next day to have a house-warming party and they said it would be nice if I gave them some nice, healthy snack food to eat - I just told them about the cress and mentioned that I wouldn't know which to use to bake something. I then told them that I could probably bake something with it but that they should have a look around their house and see if they found anything else to go with it that they wanted to use. They went off and I could hear them talking for a while about what they were going to make - they had a list of stuff they wanted to make but I don't think they went for very long in deciding on their menu - I'm pretty sure it was just whatever they liked best out of the list (with the exception of the cookies - they said they needed something that involved baking). They asked about a lot of things but it wasn't until we were talking about our dogs and my sister mentioned the dog biscuit recipe (which my sister and her friend bake for their dog) that they were keen to have a go at doing it themselves.
It took them about 2.5 days to bake the stuff for the party, but they are really happy with the end result. They got a lot of compliments on how it tasted, and everyone thought it was yummy - the fact that it was something they had prepared themselves seemed to help, too. They ended up with plenty of leftovers, which is always a bonus.
So I was wondering, is it ok to bake for someone who has requested your help in putting something together but who have no food or baking experience? They are happy with the results they got (and in general, it was an extremely positive experience for me) but I was just wondering if I could suggest certain recipes, ingredients, and ideas for them, and if so, how?
It would also be really great to get an opinion from the food-poisoned community on this - you all seem to have lots of experience when it comes to cooking for special needs people.
Thanks a lot!
This may be a good place to say, that I now live in a country where the majority of the population are allergic to wheat. I live with an allergy to all other grains (and soy and coconut).
Well that's certainly a huge compliment to all the hard work you and your sister put in.
However, I'm not entirely sure how much of an opinion I could give. I'd love to be helpful, but I am not a baker. It's one of the reasons why I don't get involved in the baking forums or such, because I don't have the time or the skill set.
I can still take the time to post stuff and answer any questions, however. I think I can offer ideas, too - they could always ask me if I have a particular kind of milk, a certain flour or something that I'd be happy to send them.
You're absolutely right though, I think, that a lot of people here have experience, and a lot of that experience comes from when other people have asked for help - so if you have a particular food allergy or dietary concern, it might be helpful to search this thread. I'm pretty sure someone has a very different experience from me when it comes to that!
That's a little outside my usual circle of baking but I think I can be useful - my two sisters have similar gluten sensitivity and have made me do all the baking and food prep so I'm fairly confident I'm not a total incompetent cook.
I'd love to be helpful. I'll put a post up with things like flour I have that isn't gluten free and that a lot of people have mentioned here. If I have any ideas or if anyone has questions about food prep, just let me know.
I'm more of a generalist when it comes to cooking. My mom is the baker in the family (she's been a part of this forum for quite some time) and she's taught me most of my "basic" cooking skills (which isn't much, but it's better than nothing) so I can be helpful in that regard.
I just checked out the food allergy thread and saw some of the questions there, like how much to use of specific ingredients. I can answer that question but I also think it might be helpful if I explained some of the basics about why flour is not gluten free. I know, I know, probably a lot of you already know this but it's just my take on it:
Gluten is a protein found in wheat. When mixed with water, it creates a sticky glue that gives bread a firm texture. The problem with wheat is it has a lot of carbs and carbs are the devil. So yes, you can eat it as a "health food" but if you are trying to loose weight, no amount of wheat is going to help you out.
If you are going to be eating bread, your best bet is to make your own. In case you haven't already figured it out, gluten-free baking is very different from regular bread baking. You can buy a bread baking kit and follow the instructions. However, it's best to just make your own.