Can I get a loud and happy yay for Wednesday? No?! Okay, how about a loud and happy yay for What I ate Wednesday? If it being the middle of the week [or “Bergfest” as we like to say around here] isn’t reason enough for you to rejoice then taking a look at the epic array of good food over at Jenn‘s is? It definitely is the best place for sharing recent kitchen shenanigans.
… and maybe finding some pin-worthy deliciousness?! Seen. Pinned. Forgotten. Lost in the vastness of picture overload on my – and your [?!] – Pinterest boards. Isn’t it the same all of the time? We see a dish, get intrigued, pin and really mean to make it – and then it never happens. Story of my [cooking] life. That’s why I decided to get back to not just filling my Pinterest boards to the brim but actually trying some others’ culinary creations again. My new goal:
not pinning that many recipes anymore* [as if]. If I see an intriguing recipe and happen to have the ingredients: make it. Soon. Let’s see how well I did so far!
First off was a recipe I’d given a shoutout in one of my last Good good links. And I’m happy to say that my initial comment upon seeing these was spot on. They are incredible. Now I won’t pretend miracles had happened overnight and I’d eaten a whole one in a sitting without so much of a second thought. Fairly enough, though, I probably had the equivalent of a whole one in smaller slivers over the course of their life span. Which – just as expected for incredible* brownies – was … not long. Both my neighbours and my mum gave them a thumbs up as well and how could they not? Just look at this perfection. I might have done a little happy dance upon removing these from the oven seeing their cracked top, amazing goey centre and – okay, I’ll stop it here and hope you pinned them. And will make them soon!
*yes, so good they deserved two pictures in one post. Or maybe I just talked about them so much I needed to add another one.
Case in point of a seen-and-made-right-away recipe: Arman’s cookie dough. All ingredients on hand I tried it the very day I saw it pretty much after finishing my comment [okay, maybe a few hours later but you get the idea]. My changes were using a mix of peanut and coconut flour like I usually do in the cookie dough crumbles I use as an ice cream topping. The only objection I have towards this recipe is a fault in the instructions. Rolling it into balls?? Does anybody ever roll raw cookie dough into shape before eating? No. Cookie dough is meant to be eaten straight from the mixing bowl. Or from the package if store-bought is your way of choice.
But for portion control and not to gross out my roommate when offering her some I rolled with it. Whichever way, though, these are delicious. Salty and sweet with three-nut-action thanks to me using a mix of peanut and coconut flour as well as almond butter. Dried mulberries as my mix-in of choice added a nice caramelly sweet crunch. Prior to this I wasn’t into the blogger trend of balls/ bites [any dirty thoughts are yours not mine!] because I’m not too much of a fan of the dried fruit and nut mix. These, however, are right up my alley and seeing as I’m going to have the last ones as a snack today I feel a new batch will be made soon.
Despite what it looks like I’ve actually been eating some savoury fare these past days, too. Only none from my Pinterest boards but an old favourite as part of the random snack fest that was one my recent lunches. The only picture I snapped was of this need-to-clean-out-the-fridge zucchini pasta in a creamy eggplant tomato sauce. With chickpeas, obviously. And seconds and thirds. Just like you do.
The secret to this dish is stirring coconut butter into the sauce. If you’ve never used coconut butter in sauces before: try it! I hardly ever have coconut milk on hand but a nice spoonful of the white gold that is coconut butter works a charm. I did this before in my Red Lentil Kabocha Chili and the difference it makes is amazing. From ordinary to rich and creamy in seconds. The whole bowl was made even better by a generous dusting of nutritional yeast.
And that’s it for this week’s WIAW. Now go and tackle your Pinterest boards :)! Make sure to stop by the Vegan Wednesday board for even more pin-worthy inspiration.
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Are you giving this week’s Wednesday a yay or nay? It’s a short work week only after all so what’s not to like?!
What’s the last recipe by another blogger you tried and how did it turn out?