This week's challenge continued today & I picked another three recipes to try.
First out the pile was Eat, Drink & Be Vegan.
I got this cookbook for Christmas last year & hadn't used it at all so I was very excited to see it come up. I was even more excited this morning when the generator picked page 35, Raspberry Chocolate Chip Scones - what a perfect breakfast!
Sadly even after hitting up three different shops frozen raspberries were nowhere to be found & I didn't fancy the expense, possible recipe ruining or air miles of the fresh raspberries so I had a bit of a think and eventually remembered that I had a bag of mixed berries at the back of the freezer. I had a good rummage & managed to find blackberries in there which is pretty close & under the circumstances I decided they'd be a good substitute.
They definitely worked but I think the ridiculous size of the blackberries made them fall apart a little during baking. These scones are made with spelt & oat flour so you can feel a little healthy whist eating them & most of the sugar comes from the chocolate chips - yum.
Second pick of the day was 100 Best Vegan Baking Recipes and, I assumed, more baking! I've used this cookbook before but only to make the Best Banana Bread over & over again - it's awesome! Page 38 came out of the generator & I was excited to flip to that page & find Mocha Stripes, a coffee infused cookie decorated with, you guessed it, chocolate stripes. I'm a big fan of coffee & chocolate so these seemed right up my street.
The baking part was easy but I hit my first real cookbook challenge disaster when my piping bag split making one cookie incredibly chocolatey.
After a minor freakout I did my best to decorate the cookies using a spoon!
They certainly didn't all turn out looking this good but I figured they're cookies so they'll taste awesome however oddly they're decorated!
I'm not going to lie I had my finger's crossed for some 'real' food with pick number three & was happy to see Vegan Comfort Food pop up. The random number generator selected Page 172, Quick Veggie Casserole. This recipe certainly looked very quick & easy - it's basically cous cous, frozen veggies & vegan cheese.
Sorry for the terrible picture - it's impossible to photograph stuff nicely at night in our house!
I made a couple of changes, I had to blend & cook the onions so that my husband would it eat (there was no way I was cooking two dinners & it seemed mean to make him get take out!) & I used raw not frozen carrots so I cooked them for about 5 minutes too. Even with my changes this meal was ridiculously easy to throw together & made for a pretty satisfying dinner.
I'm still loving the cookbook challenge - I wonder what tomorrow will bring?