Some days there just seems no let up with kids. No sooner is one load of washing away than the washing basket is full of her stained clothes. As soon as I tidy our loungeroom, Sylvia pulls everything out to create another house. Last night she was at a sleepover and returned with her glasses in her bag minus a lens. It has since been found. Phew! And I shouldn't complain because I have had lots of wonderful cuddles.
But I did love eating breakfast in 6 minutes this morning rather than watching Sylvia spilling rice bubbles all over the table and yoghurt flying everywhere. In fact it sometimes seems more food finds its way across the kitchen than into her mouth. After sweeping up the rice bubbles I grab the cloth to wipe yoghurt from the table and the floor and her clothes. Next week we will be back to school mornings with the clock watching so that we get to school in time. But enough whinging!
grubs which disappeared quickly. Sylvia had a great time playing with her cousins. It was hard to convince her to leave because she was having such a great time bouncing on the trampoline and throwing the netball about. Yes, the girls were doing both at the same time.
white chocolate chip and ginger cookie recipe I made last December. Obviously I like the ginger and white chocolate chip combination.
aquafaba in these. While I find eggless cakes are fine, I often find that vegan choc chip cookies can be quite soft. I wondered if the aquafaba might make them crisper. I had great hopes with these ones. They were round and airy when straight out of the oven. Soon they had collapsed into chewy cookies with crisp edges. By the evening they were disappointingly soft. Despite the texture not being quite what I had hoped, they were delicious and very moreish.
chocolate coconut and date cake many years ago. It is an intriguing recipe made with dates, tofu, coconut cream and honey. Almost vegan. Full of healthy ingredients. I suspect these days the recipe would use coconut sugar instead of brown sugar. However instead of the sugar and milk, I used some carrot jam.
Previously on Green Gourmet Giraffe:Two year ago: Turtles and Pikelets - with gf buckwheat option
One year ago: Pot Pie with Lattice
One year ago: Pot Pie with Lattice
Three years ago: Patatas Bravas and Spanish memories
Four years ago: Cookie wands
Five years ago: Nutella Blondies
Six years ago: They Who Dare: Masterchef and Ricki’s Tagine
Seven years ago: Miss Marple’s Tea Room – cosy charm
Eight years ago: Peanut Butter Brownies
Chocolate coconut and date cake
Adapted from A Vegetarian Feast by Vikki Leng (via Green Gourmet Giraffe)
300g tofu, drained
270ml coconut milk
1 cup (155g) pitted medjool dates
1/2 cup carrot jam
3 tbsp honey
1 cup white self raising flour
1 cup wholemeal self raising flour
4 dessertspoons cocoa powder
*Icing, if desired
Blend up tofu, coconut milk, dates, carrot jam and honey. (I used a high speed blender but if you don't have one you can use a blender or food processor and make sure the dates are chopped beforehand or even just add chopped dates later.) Stir in flours and cocoa. Bake in lined and greased 20cm square tin or 20cm round tin at 180 for 30 to 45 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Icing is optional.
*NOTE: I pressed out strawberry juice of two strawberries through a sieve. Then I mixed in about 1/2 to 1 cup of icing sugar and a large spoonful of margarine.
Gingerbread, white choc chip and dried apple cookies
And original Green Gourmet Giraffe recipe adapted from Joy the Baker and Vedged Out
Makes about 40 cookies
125g margarine (or butter)
1/2 cups castor sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
4 tbsp chickpea brine (aquafaba)
3 tbsp treacle
1 1/4 cups white plain flour
1/2 teaspoon fine salt
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1/2 tsp ginger
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 cup white chocolate chips
1/2 cup dried apple pieces
Cream margarine and sugars. Beat in chickpea brine and treacle (I did the creaming and beating by hand). Gently stir in flour, salt, bicarb of soda, ginger and cinnamon. Fold in chocolate chips and apple pieces. Drop heaped teaspoons onto a lined baking tray. Bake at 180 C for about 8-10 minutes or until golden brown (a little underdone is better than a little overdone). Cool on the baking paper on tray for about 10 to 15 minutes until they firm up a little and then remove on baking paper to a wire rack to cool completely. Best on the date of baking or the next day.
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