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A RECIPE: Vegan chocolate chip cookies

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The lifestyle of a vegan appeals to me, as equally does a lifestyle of eating out of a rubbish bin. I’m not criticising and I’m not saying it’s wrong to live as a vegan- it’s just not for me. I like meat and I like cheese, end of story. But just because I’m not vegan, doesn’t mean that I’m not up for trying vegan foods and it was shock, horror and a little head spinning that took place when I discovered that these cookies were not only vegan but they were also some of the best cookies that I’ve ever made in my life. Who knew a cookie without butter and eggs could be better than an “okay, considering it’s healthy” cookie? I have to give credit where credit is due, begrudgingly though it is- the idea came from the Skinny Bitch in the Kitch vegan cookbook (which no I did not buy, I was given because nobody else at work wanted it).

The book itself irritates me by the very recipe titles alone- why call something “chicken salad” if it’s made using a substitute soy product made to look like chicken. For those who don’t know what a vegan is- let me give you the dictionary definition: ‘a person who omits all animal products from their diet’ and this includes dairy products, eggs and honey. The whole concept of the book rests on the idea that if you cut out meat, dairy and foods with preservatives that you eat then you will be healthier and slimmer (and it implies that the lack of animal in you life will also turn you into a bitch). It’s a nice concept and the book, which is a follow up recipe book to Skinny Bitch, is funny and the recipes straightforward. But they promote using products like soy*, of which there is great debate over and vegan cheese and veganaise which are processed just as much as normal processed cheese and mayonnaise, only without the flavour. Some of the recipes I tried like “Macaroni and four cheeses” not only looked completely indigestible but smelled fake because of the use of fake cheese. Like I said, I can respect these two skinny vegans for their discipline and principals, but I will never be one.

However, the skinny bitches do have a recipe for chocolate chip cookies, which didn’t seem all that healthy to me but having never once eaten a cookie that was marketed for people with dietary intolerances that didn’t taste of cardboard, I was compelled to try. The flavour of the cookie was promising- though I found it a little sweet for my tastes and far too greasy. So, over the past two weeks I have played around with the concept of this recipe multiple times and culinary miracle worker that I am, I ultimately have come up with a couple of far healthier versions without turning myself into a kitchen bitch or compromising on their flavour and dairy-free origins. I say versions, because I found through making slight alterations in the ingredients you could produce an entirely different texture in the cookie- and we all have a type of cookie that we like. For me, I steer away from the soft and chewy cookie- if it hasn’t got crunch and a trail crumbs strewn across my jumper when I take a bite then it’s not my kind of cookie. But you can take your pick when making the recipe below following the guidelines for omitting and adding certain ingredients.

I never thought the day would come when I would add a vegan cookie to my top baking recipes of all time, let alone a relatively healthy one- but here it is, dairy free and ever so addictive. The coconut oil gives a wonderful natural flavour make sure that you use it when it’s in it’s solid form in a jar, like all oils it can melt. I recommend making them only when you have company or you may find your hands wandering to the biscuit tin a little too often- and that might make you a fat bitch in the kitch.

* for more on arguments against soy

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A RECIPE: Chocolate chip cookies

When I attended school in Philadelphia, Valentine’s Day was a big deal. Everyone bought in candy and cookies and everyone received a card. This of course was because the school didn’t want a single child to feel left out- so if you had one secret admirer in the class then you’d never know as they had to give a card to everybody else too. I don’t rate Valentine’s Day as an important holiday and yet I do remember every almost every one better than I remember most Christmases and birthdays. That said, these memories are mostly not happy ones’ (it is after all a holiday which simply reminds us of how thoughtful or useless our other halves are or how desperately single/unloved we are).

I blame the reason for my undiagnosed secret obsession with Valentines Day on growing up in the States. The day is treated like a holiday over here- candy and cupcakes are sold by the tons; (cut into heart shapes and decorated in pink and red) and advertisers leap at the opportunity to make us feel bad about being alone or worse still being with someone uncaring, who doesn’t think to buy you an impressive diamond rock on this oh so special day. It angers me because I’m sucked in and I too want to make heart shaped cookies and have flowers sent to me by a secret or not-so-secret admirer.

When I went to boarding school in England it was hard to overlook the fact that their approach to Valentine’s Day was somewhat different. At school they actually allowed students to anonymously send turnips to people who they didn’t like! Turnips aside, in England the fun and secrecy of Valentine’s Day still exists where it has commercialised here. Thoughtful as it is to acknowledge everybody, I think I prefer the secrecy (so long as I’m not the one receiving turnips).

I’ve only ever indulged one secret admiree and because it was sealed with a giant heart-shaped cookie it was sort of a give-away that it was from me. I can’t guarantee that this cookie will bring you success (it definitely didn’t in my case) but it won’t be ignored. It’s delightfully chewy and awesomely chocolaty so make sure you REALLY like this person before you consider letting it out of your sight.

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