Onwards with the birthday week! First, some healthy peppermint patties: my gift to you. And read on for instructions on how to enter my awesome cookbook giveaway!
I want to share with you a recipe that has been knocking my socks off for about two weeks now. I found this recipe for healthy – or almost healthy, anyways – peppermint patties on Pinterest and skeptically gave them a whirl. Undifferentiable from the sugar-laden, questionable-ingredient-containing kind, these little goodies are filled with a cashew-based peppermint centre, and coated in dark chocolate. They are….wait for it….vegan, gluten-free, and almost dairy and refined sugar-free.
I know, I was skeptical too.
They are MAGNIFICENT.
The recipe is available at the link above, and I’d suggest you check out some more recipes at her blog too. The woman is making me understand vegans. I, bacon-lover and butter-spreader/dolloper/melter, have suddenly become acutely aware that vegans might be on to something. That is, if they’re eating peppermint patties every day…
And now…THE GIVEAWAY.
Let’s cut to the chase: there have been some FANTASTIC new cookbooks published in the past year by a few local folks.
I talked about Tara MacDonald’s book, The TIBS Guide to Desserts. Remember? I showed you these cookies! The whole book is filled with Tara’s favourite dessert recipes, which are simple to follow and include detailed step-by-step photographs. This book, even though I just bought it a couple months ago, is already dog-eared and flour-dusted. (Oh, but by the way, I’m going to give away a new one. Goes without saying? Hope so).
Then there’s my friend Wendy, the savvy Holistic Nutritionist behind Simple Balance, who published her book, Real Food for Real Families, and shares my philosophy of steering away from pre-packaged, processed food, and focuses on making food from scratch. Her book is chock full of healthy recipes, including remakes of some classic comfort foods.
Finally, Chantal Coolen, baker of The Kind Cookie fame, for those of you who frequent the Halifax Seaport Farmer’s Market, has just released a cookbook featuring vegan and gluten-free recipes. I can’t wait to actually enjoy adhering to my New Year’s (non)-resolutions by cooking the delicious foods featured in Chantal’s whimsical and beautifully photographed book.
Now, the part you’ve been waiting for….
To enter the giveaway, tell me about your favourite Purple House Cafe recipe in the comments section below this post.
That’s all you have to do! Oh, and be from Canada or the US. Shipping is pricey, folks!
There will be three winners drawn – one to receive each book. I will draw for the winner in one week, on January 7, 2014.