The generator picked page 465 - Peanut Butter Blondies. Now I've never had a blondie before and to be totally honest I have no idea what they are meant to be like - I'm assuming they're meant to be like a brownie but not chocolatey right?
These were very peanut butterey & I followed the authors suggestion to serve them with an all-fruit jam. I went with strawberry & it was just like one of my favourite snacks peanut butter & jam on toast. Although now that I think about it doesn't jelly mean jam in the US? If so what does jam mean? Should I have put something completely different onto my blondie?! Mr VeganInBrighton loved these so much that he ate three & then made me hide them from him!
Second pick of the day was another of my awesome looking but never used cookbook's Please Don't Feed The Bears. I picked this up at a vegan fair a couple of years ago because the illustrations & style of the cookbook seemed pretty rad but sadly I think the lack of pictures has meant I haven't been inspired to make anything from it - until now that is.
The generator picked page 61 - Hungarian Potato Paprikash. Wow, as a hater of anything where I can taste the paprika I have to say I was a little scared of this one but I went ahead anyway because this, my friends, is a challenge!
I hate to be rude about recipes because hell, I've never managed to write a cookbook, but this was really disappointing. I was expecting to be challenged by a spicy potato dish but this was incredibly bland even for my tastes - I couldn't taste any spice at all. I think there are also some major flaws in the recipe because I don't think that cooking 1 pound of potatoes in 1/2 cup of water and just letting it simmer for 30 min's was ever going to work. I stirred it quite a bit so that all the potatoes would get a chance to be in the liquid but even after adding an extra 1/2 cup of water & cooking for 45 min's half of the potatoes were still raw. I served the cooked potatoes with some sausage & it was edible but certainly not something I'll be making again.
If anyone has any favourites from Please Don't Feed The Bears please let me know. I don't want to end up writing off a whole cookbook on the strength of one recipe.
After the lunch failure I was hoping for something exciting for dinner & that's exactly what I got. You Won't Believe It's Vegan came up...
...as did page 37 - Tiffany's Pancakes. Awesome, pancakes for dinner! I don't know why I've never made this recipe especially as I now remember that it was the picture of these pancakes in the centre of the book that inspired me to buy it in the first place!
I gathered all my ingredients together & was excited to finally find a use for the Vanilla Soya Drink we'd picked up on our honeymoon travels.
I adapted the recipe slightly and added chopped nuts & chocolate chips rather than the suggested chopped nuts & fruit, because really if there are chocolate chips around why would you use fruit?! My nut of choice was pecan's, of course my favourite nut is the most expensive! Is that the same everywhere or just in the UK?
We ate these topped with Pure sunflower margarine & maple syrup & they were delicious! I think this might be the first time I've ever managed to make a proper fluffy pancake. We'll definitely be making these again but perhaps next time we'll use plain soya milk as they were almost a little on the sweet side for me.
I really can't wait to see what tomorrow throws at me, maybe I'll be having more pancakes...