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Tofu Tuesday: Tofu and Philippe (a series)

Tofu and Philippe the Philodendron Imperial Green. I hate to pick favourites but Philippe is my favourite houseplant. I love the banana plant look he has going on. I wanted a banana plant for my office but as they need more sun and space than I could provide so I settled for this little guy. He’s gained a few new leaves and shooting up in the middle so I hope this means he likes me too. Philippe does not like direct light, will tolerate shady spots and hates the cold. A perfect office buddy. Strangely, Phillippe’s leaves are always wet, as if he dreams of the rainforest. I’ve been listening to hours rainforest sounds while I’ve been working at home. I hope Philippe appreciates the gesture. Tofu the bunny wasn’t shy at all about licking Philippe’s water droplets. No Philippes were harmed in the taking of these photos. Click here to see more editions of Tofu Tuesday.

Tofu Tuesday: Lemon peel

My first week of full-time freelancing went well. As well as working on my current projects, I updated my CV, worked on new quotes and proposals and managed to leave the house almost every day. I have been at my desk, with coffee in hand every morning before 8am. I spent had one day working in my pyjamas, which happened to be Friday, a reward for a good week’s work…which in the bigger scheme of things, is a pretty good ratio. It’s Tuesday morning here after a long weekend and I’m back at my desk and it’s not even 8am. Working from home means I see Tofu more than I did and I noticed that he was very interested in this horrible rotting lemon underneath our lemon tree. In fact, he had eaten most of the lemon peel before I took these shots. I can’t imagine that this is very delicious. It sure doesn’t look appetising to me, but maybe the blind rabbit knows better. Please note, lemons are not recommended rabbit food. After discovering this …

Tofu Tuesday: bunny bouquet

Last week, my friend Bri from Food Adventures blog picked a gorgeous bouquet from her garden for Tofu. Everything was bunny safe and Tofu loved it, especially the apple, cucumber and herb kebabs. The bouquet included silverbeet, borage, radish, radish greens, artichoke leaves, apple, cucumber, nasturtium, sage, thai basil, and mint. What a lucky bunny! I weighed Tofu on Sunday and he has surpassed the 2kg mark by 25grams. Yay! Click here to see more editions of Tofu Tuesday.

Tofu under goal weight

A little update on Tofu’s health. Since dropping from 2.7kg to 2kg (and under) after surgery, I’ve been weighing him once a week and syringe-feeding regularly. Tofu weight ranges between 1.98 to 1.99 and I just want him to hit 2kg and stay over. Ideally, 2.2kg would be good. It doesn’t sound like much and perhaps I worry too much but a little weight gain and a better appetite would make me happy. Still, he does look quite handsome at this weight. Click here to see more editions of Tofu Tuesday.

Tofu Tuesday: Tofu and Bella

The neighbours who share our building and backyard, got a puppy. Yes! A puppy! It’s like we got a puppy for our backyard. It’s awesome. These photos were taken a few weeks ago and the pup has since had a haircut and is looking very smart. She’s grown a little bit too.    P.S. All bunny puppy visits are are supervised. Please don’t leave new pups and bunnies alone together. Click here to see more editions of Tofu Tuesday.

Tofu Tuesday: Hot Cross Bunny

From the archives: Like most bunnies, Tofu has a sweet tooth and adores raisins and bread. Neither are good for rabbits but can be viewed as occasional treats. Tofu goes crazy for hot cross buns and a single bun can transform this usually mild-mannered lagomorph into a common thief. One Easter, I left a plastic-wrapped hot cross bun in my handbag which was on a chair near our front door. The next morning, half the bun was found under our bed in our bedroom. Tofu had sniffed out the bun, foraged for it in my bag and carried his trophy to the bedroom to enjoy. Over the weekend, I visited Parnell Farmers Market and purchased a couple of these giant hot cross buns from Pukeko Bakery. They were delicious! These buns were much better than the buns we bought from a local cafe/bakery after reading a glowing review by a popular website. We paid $16 on 6 cafe buns! I guess everyone has different ideas on what constitutes as a good bun but the cafe buns were mushy, small and we decided were “very similar to …

Tofu Tuesday: Taste Mag bunny!

It’s official! Rabbit world domination has begun. Cute lop eared rabbit spotted in pages of Taste Magazine. I’ve been subscribed to Taste for EVER. So it was lovely to see both a bunny and a bunch of lovely local bloggers featured in Taste Magazine this month! Tofu approves. Click here to see more editions of Tofu Tuesday.

Tofu Tuesday: Finding shade

We took Tofu the bunny for another checkup on Saturday to see his progress now that he has finished medication. The vet was happy with his progress. His weight is up by 30 grams. Not heaps, but promising. We bought a set of digital kitchen scales and will be weighing him once a week. At his heaviest he was 2.7kg and now just 2.06kg. As my Mum pointed out, the difference is more than a block of butter! I think I will keep boosting his diet with 1-2 feeds a day until he gets to 2.3kg. Tofu is much more active than he was 2 weeks ago and yesterday morning, as I was chasing him around the house, I thought to myself, surely I should have the advantage? He might be old and blind, but he doesn’t act like it. Tofu is spending most of his days outside. It can get pretty hot in the sun but Tofu knows how the shade works. He knows that there’s a narrow strip of shade down by the fence. He’s so …

Tofu Tuesday: Instagram edition

Although Tofu doesn’t have his own Instagram, any Tofu-related post has always been popular there. I guess Tofu Tuesday just makes more sense on an image-heavy platform. A fluffy bunny just brightens up any foodie’s feed. I haven’t given Tofu a separate account so I can count his followers as my own. Ha! But if you do just want to see Tofu posts, I’ve given him his own hashtag #TofuTheBunny. It’s been exactly one year since I started using Instagram and I’ve recently reached a milestone of 3000 followers. Yikes! Thank you! Somehow I missed the 2000 milestone, I think it was sometime over the summer holidays but this time around, I’m ready to celebrate and reflect. I’ve written a list of 12 things I’ve learned about Instagram so far. One tip for each month I’ve been addicted to Instagram because let’s face it, this is addiction. What I’ve learned about Instagram so far: Experiment. Look at things differently. Shoot outside your comfort zone. See what happens. If it all turns to custard, you can delete your photos. Use …

Tofu Tuesday: Lumps in the night

It’s been 4 weeks since Tofu’s surgery to remove two large lumps. Last week, Tofu was eating a little on his own, but still had to be force fed and he seemed like he was in pain. Last Thursday, he had another vet visit to see how he was going. The vet found edemas – lumps of fluid that collect around the body – in this case, it was protein related. There were edemas around his belly and his rump and vet could also feel a lump inside his belly. We were heartbroken. It was way too soon for Tofu to be growing new lumps and we felt that he couldn’t go through another surgery so soon. The Koala and I were scheduled to leave town the next morning so we left Tofu in at the vets while they started him on medication, praying that we wouldn’t have to make any big decisions while we were out of town. We tried not to think too much about it while we were away. Like Shrodinger’s rabbit it was best …

Tofu Tuesday: Gong Hei Fat Choy

Happy Chinese New Year! Wishing everyone a prosperous year of the Monkey. May you have good health and good fortune. We visited the vet again on Friday to check how Tofu is going. He has gained weight and is now the same weight as he was pre-surgery. That’s good going since he had 2 large lumps removed. He isn’t eating much on his own though so I’m still syringe feeding him critical care 4-6 times a day. I bought a new pack of critical care which is apple and banana flavoured (instead of the original aniseed flavour) and the result is that feeding time is much cleaner. Less on the towel means more in the rabbit. I can keep up with the feeding schedule, but it would be great if he would eat more on his own. He’s usually such an enthusiastic foodie so it’s hard to see him not into his food. Thank you for keeping Tofu in your thoughts. Click here to see more editions of Tofu Tuesday.

Tofu Tuesday: After surgery

It has now been one week since Tofu had surgery. Tofu had to stay 2 nights at animal hospital as he wasn’t eating or pooping after surgery. Since he came home on Wednesday night, we have been to the vet for a revisit once and are due again on Friday where he will be weighed again. His weight was down last time so we are hoping for a little weight gain this week to show he is springing back. His meds are finished now and he seems to be coping without them. His appetite isn’t back but we’re making peace with 3-5 syringe feedings a day. It’s hard work because he doesn’t want to cooperate, but it’s gotta be done. Who knew how messy feeding a rabbit can get?! I now cover myself with a towel before we start otherwise I’d have to get changed after each feeding. Tofu has been restricted to indoors only, though he made a run for the outdoors the day after he got home. He got to the top of the back deck stairs …

Tofu Tuesday: Abdominal laparoscopy

On Saturday we went back to the vet to get Tofu checked out again. After a feel about, the vet was concerned about some lumps in Tofu’s belly. Two lumps had been noted in the past but now a 3rd could be felt. Lumps can be bad news. Best case scenario would be lumps of fat but there was no way of knowing what they were without going in. Tofu wasn’t in pain, but he wasn’t eating much and that could have been related. So yesterday, Tofu was scheduled for an abdominal laparoscopy. A laparoscopy is when they poke telescope through a tiny tube into the body which feeds images of what’s going on inside to a monitor. I received a phone call from the vet late yesterday afternoon. Tofu was in recovery at time of call, a bit groggy but doing well. Two fatty lumps were found and removed by surgery. One lump was the size of an egg, the other lump was the size of a ping pong ball. These may have put pressure on his …

Tofu Tuesday: Gourmet

Here’s Tofu’s dinner from the other night: Parsley – a natural remedy for urinary tract infections, diuretic Corn silk – a natural remedy for urinary disorders, anti-inflam, diuretic Coriander (cilantro) – anti-bacterial Cucumber – high water content Broccoli – Vitamin C Also pictured are carrot peel and false dandelion flowers. The plate is Bayley & Collis, a collaboration between chef Ben Bayley (The Grove, MKR) and Collis Studio. On Saturday, Tofu had a re-visit with the vet to make sure he was on track. Unfortunately, Tofu hadn’t eaten or drank much the morning of the visit so there wasn’t much for the vet to check. I must remember to give Tofu a big breakfast and plenty to drink before our next vet visit this Saturday. Tofu has lost 80 grams this week, probably due to pellets being cut completely. He should lose around 200 grams to be his ideal weight so I’m not too concerned about the weight loss and diet change. To help flush Tofu’s bladder and keep it free of bladder sludge, I have been syringe feeding him water. …

Tofu Tuesday: That feeling when…

Tofu had a check up last week with bloods, poop and x-rays done. At over 8 years old, he is considered a geriatric so it’s be advised that he gets regular check ups. Most things can be caught early on. He had a little bit of bladder sludge which was treated by expressing the bladder rather than the bladder flush he had previously. We have a course of Metacam and we’re due back this weekend to see if the sludge has stayed clear. Tofu should definitely increase his water consumption to help with is bladder issues. Tofu doesn’t drink water very much. His water bottle holds about 300 mls and never needs refilling. Ever. I tip it out and refill it when I feel like it’s needs refreshing, but it never goes to empty…not even close. My estimates is he drinks about 3 mls of water a day. Average. Most days he drinks nothing, some days he drinks a little. Online sources say that rabbits drink between 50-200 mls a day. The difference is huge. Since our vet visit, I’ve been force …

Bunnies of Instagram

Wishing you and your family a lovely Christmas this year from Bunny Eats Design. Here’s a round up of Instagram bunnies celebrating Christmas this year. Just because. Click on the images to view their Instagram accounts directly.   And last but not least, here are a few of Tofu over the years.