Writing my intro after finishing the remainder of the post – typical – I’ve decided you don’t really care about long intros on What I ate Wednesday – and Vegan Wednesday – in anyway. And I know at least Courtney agrees with me here and I hope Jenn won’t mind less wordiness and more talk about food, either. Thanks for hosting either way!
About the cooking mojo … Way back when I was still in school reading issues of the single one women’s magazine [the only actually interesting one on the market] my mum would buy occasionally there was one topic that surprised me. More often than once I’d find advice for working women feeling ‘too busy or stressed to grocery shop and cook after work’. Not feeling like cooking after work? Really?! Unbelievable. Who wouldn’t want to come back home, head into the kitchen and chop vegetables for a great meal made from scratch? The answer nowadays: me, too. Yes, I can relate. No, that’s not to say I’d become best friends with the delivery services around or that my idea of dinner was a bag of chips. It just means I’ll go for simple, quick meals for office lunches that I can easily prepare while simultaneously cooking dinner. Like … soup.
Luckily, my worries about losing my kitchen mojo completely were unneccessary when I found it again last weekend. First off was Friday’s afternoon snack after getting home from work earlier. I’d been eyeing Becky’s mug cookie for a while and decided it was a better – read: more interesting – option than going for straight-up chocolate chips.
More interesting, yes, and more filling. The only changes I made were using vegan chocolate chips instead of M&Ms, subbing baking powder for soda and adding less of it. On a very random note this goes to show I know zilch about baking chemistry. Swapping baking powder for soda might make a decided difference but I don’t have a clue. Feel free to enlighten me if you know better :) . What I do know, though, is that – powder or soda – this turned out to be a very photogenic snack. Becky knows what she’s doing so if you happen to have some coconut flour sitting around you might want to give it a go.
The highlight of my cooking weekend, however, was a creation of my own that helped me tackle two fears in one: Eating Pfannkuchen – no, not calling them pancakes [that’d be the direct translation but I feel it’s off] but I’ll explain that in the recipe post! – and Pfannkuchen-making. As in: not having tear apart what were actually delicate crepes apart when trying to flip and transfer them onto a plate. Doesn’t that always happen?? Luckily, I had the crepe-flipping powers on my side for my first batch of them after years. Not that it’d have played a role, here, though, because I had much better plans than eating them as is.
Both gluten-free and vegan these weren’t the Pfannkuchen I grew up with but a take on the classic that will see a repeat more than once in the future. Filled with a spicy vegetable mixture and baked with a quick vegan cheese sauce these were amazing. I’ll try to post the recipe as soon as possible. For whichever reason I had to think of a certain blogger while making these so texted this creative chef to let her know I’d channeled my inner Davida ;) . So while I haven’t found the ultimate cure for losing my cooking mojo every once in a while looking at blogs – or in this case: just vaguely thinking of certain bloggers :) – can help get it back. Emily knows I have a feeling one of my next bigger kitchen adventures will be influenced by her. Just wait for it …
For now I hope all of you are having a delicious and happy Wednesday!
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What do you do/cook when you feel you’ve lost your kitchen mojo?
Which was the last recipe you created?