Cooking Up Mischief, A Cookbook For Pet Rats, By Darleen Watts

Jul 11, 2015 | 2015 Articles, Diana Hockley, Rodent Ramblings

by Diana Hockley’s Four Rats

Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win an ebook copy of this book.

ratsWe could have admired the cover, by illustrator Drusilla Kehl, all day! The three rattie cooks, fetchingly attired in aprons and chef’s hats, cavorting around kitchen while juggling trays of delicious cakes and biscuits is delightful. Needless to say, we thought the recipes looked just as yummy!

Varieties of squash, mushy peas, beans – they’re all there, and so well integrated that our mum thought she might like to eat the dishes herself! We loved the Sauteed squash and mushrooms! We didn’t realize there were mushrooms in the dish, because when offered previously, we turned up our discerning little noses.

Some of the recipes in the book-Deviled Eggs, Kale Barley Salad, Grape Granola

Some of the recipes in the book-Deviled Eggs, Kale Barley Salad, Grape Granola

For example: Sauteed Squash and Mushrooms.

Ingredients: 4 yellow squash, 4 zucchini, 16oz white button mushrooms and 2 tablespoons of oil.

What did we do with these? Well, you’ll have to read the recipe to find out! You will have to tweak the amounts of the ingredients to suit your rattie numbers, but your mum could probably freeze most of the dishes for later – if you ask her nicely with rattie kisses.

Beautifully crafted and set out, this cookbook is a must for all our rattie mate’s mums and we highly recommended it. All proceeds for the purchase of this book goes to help support rat rescue For the Love of Rats. To purchase a copy donate 6+ dollars to their account on paypal (totallycharmed@cox[dot]net), and they will send you a PDF copy.

To enter to win a copy of Cooking Up Mischief, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “Mischief,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen July 18, 2015. If entering via email please include your mailing address, and if via comment please include your email address.

Check out more rat rescue profiles & other pet rat related articles and stories in our Rodent Ramblings section and other animal rescue and pet related articles in our Pet Section.

Diana Hockley is an Australian mystery author who lives in a southeast Queensland country town. She is the devoted slave of five ratties & usually finds an excuse to mention them in her writing, including her recent novel, The Naked Room. Since retiring from running a traveling mouse circus for 10 years, she is now the mouse judge for the Queensland Rat & Mouse Club shows. To learn more, check out her website.


  1. Cooking Up Mischief, A Cookbook For Pet Rats sounds delightful! Thank you for the chance to win.

  2. This book sounds wonderful. I always make homemade food for my ratites. So much healthier for them. Their lives are so short as it is, I like to keep them as healthy as possible!

    • You are the winner. Can you please contact me asap?
      Lorie Ham, KRL Publisher

  3. This book looks great. I hope win it and prepare new recipes to my ratties <3

  4. Wonder if the book include recipes for desserts or treats.

  5. Could use the helpful book, as I’m new to ratties 🙂

  6. I’ve seen it all now! And OF COURSE I’m entering to win an e-copy of this delightful book!

  7. We have a winner
    Lorie Ham, KRL Publisher

    • Hi, Lorie! I’m Lori Rumpf. Am I the winner?! I received a comment via KRL in my Yahoo In Box which stated, “You are the winner.” But by “you”, I’m not certain that meant me as I know that comments go out to those who check to receive comments. I’m unfamiliar w/ Twitter & don’t have a twitter account. Hoping you get THIS comment here. My yahoo e-mail address is:
      Mail me there & we can figure out shipping. THANKS!

      • No sorry. Best of luck next time!


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