The Happy Cookbook Challenge – Week 18

I’m a little behind in posting about my The Happy Cookbook Challenge, but here’s a quick catch up on what I’ve been making….
Week 18 - a Week 18 - b Week 18 - c Week 18 - d If you don’t know what I’m on about, you can read about it here, but basically I challenged myself to cook all the recipes from a cookbook within a certain time frame.

At this point I’m 75 Recipes down, so out of 144 I have 69 left with 8 weeks before I reach the end date I originally set. Which would mean I’d have to make 8.6 recipes a week to be able to complete the challenge on time…. While I’d like to move the end date by a couple of weeks as I know we have a holiday coming up and reasons I won’t be at home, I’m going to keep it and see how much I can plough through by the time the original six months are up.

I will say though, loads of good recipes! I’m loving this book and am itching to get my hands on her new one but will wait till I’ve completed this challenge first. 🙂

I love love loved the Paleo Burger, Choc and Macadamia nut Brownies, Hot Cross Buns (Yay for Easter and an excuse to make them again!) and the Baked Pear Porridge (unfortunately I don’t think the porridge much liked me though… I’m going to try the porridge again with soaked Quinoa Flakes.) A few of the smoothies I’ve been a little ‘meh’ about but I keep going back to the first one I made – A Golden Goddess one with ginger and turmeric – soooooo good!

This week I’m going to make a few of the tea cakes for a morning tea tomorrow and am menu planning this afternoon to get organised to smash through as many more as I can. I love that a few of the ‘recipes’ I need to make are just simple smoothies and dressings which makes the 8.6 a week easier to complete.

If you’d like to follow my progress I post them as I make them over on my Instagram – @thestrandsofme

Happy Cooking!

The Happy Cookbook Challenge – Weeks 4, 5, 6 & 7

Okay, so shoot. I’m a little behind in posting. But have been cooking like a madwoman, so that makes up for it, right? And if you follow me on Instagram you can see how much I have been making for my The Happy Cookbook Challenge, and know it’s just that I’m a slack poster.

Weeks 4 5 6 7

So here’s a list of what I’ve made:

  • Oven Baked Salmon Patties
  • Super Green Smoothie
  • Lemon Butter
  • Salted Almond Butter
  • Raw Caramel Butter
  • Sweet Potato and Quinoa Patties with Tahini Dressing
  • Vanilla and Blueberry Oaty Piklets
  • Zucchini Chicken Pasta with Basil Pesto
  • Pineapple Crumble with vegan Mint and Lime Ice-Cream
  • Apple and Mint Pancakes
  • Banana and Berry Bread
  • Fried Banana with Toasted Coconut and Nut Butter

I haven’t had Salmon patties in years. I used to work in a beautiful cafe that would serve them once a week, and people would line up at the door so they didn’t miss out! I know that recipe was different to the one in The Happy Cookbook so I’m planning on experimenting and making a Thermomix version of it to post for you.

The Butters are amazing, and nearly all the Raw Caramel has been eaten. With a spoon. Straight from the jar…..

I loved the Pineapple Crumble (and there’s some left in my fridge, guess what’s for lunch!) as well as the vegan Ice-Cream. What a great idea! Tastes much like a Raw Cheesecake, so good.

This week I’m going to menu plan the next few weeks to help me stay on top of my challenge, especially with Christmas just around the corner and a trip home to family coming up. Challenges are all in the planning!

28 Recipes Down, 117 to go.

*not sponsored, I just enjoy the challenge of making lots of good food!

The Happy Cookbook Challenge – Week 2

Week 2 of my The Happy Cookbook Challenge already! And another seven dishes down, only 133 to go.

I’ve found that I’m trying to make as many dishes as I can while I’m able to as I know that over the Christmas/New Year/School Holiday period I won’t be able to whip out as many. Holidays and celebrations and birthdays are a welcome distraction from the hustle and bustle of life, but cooking is always my escape. If I can get as many dishes done as I can, I definitely will.

This week I was able to seven though, so I’m happy!

Week 2 I made:

  • Chilli Beef Lettuce Cups (without much chilli as it doesn’t tend to agree with me)
  • Quirky Carrot Salad
  • Green Tea and Lime Raw Cake
  • Passionfruit and Lime Snowballs
  • Avocado, Mint and Lime Ice-Pops
  • Crunchy Paleo Granola (which I have been sneaking by the spoonful whenever I can!)
  • Golden Goddess Smoothie (topped with Cruncy Paleo Granola)

My favourite dishes this week were defiantly the smoothie and ice-creams, with how hot and humid it is here they’re a beautiful way to cool down. I love beef in lettuce cups so that was right down my alley and leftovers the next few days were the bomb.

If you’d like any recipes head out and grab your own copy of The Happy Cookbook*!

Here’s to another week of cooking! I already have a dish done and in the fridge (waiting patiently to be photographed!) and more to come.

Happy Cooking!

*not sponsored. 

The Happy Cookbook Challenge – Week 1

So, by now you might have read about my new cookbook challenge with Lola Berry’s The Happy Cookbook. I’m one week down already! How fast did that go!?

Last week I worked out that if I make 6 recipes a week I can have the challenge done by April 25th, six months away. So with that deadline in mind, I got to cooking.

This week I’ve made:

  • Avocado Bowls
  • Chicken and Quinoa Super Bowl with Chimmichurri Dressing (Yum!!)
  • Coconut Toasted Almonds
  • Epic Pumpkin Pie Pancakes for Halloween
  • Chai-Spiced Carob Balls
  • Nutella Balls. (dangerous!)
  • Poached Chicken with Maple Roasted Pumpkin, Feta and Pepitas.

The Poached Chicken dinner is hands down my favourite so far, and Hubby’s too! He actually went so far as to say it’s the best thing I’ve ever made! I don’t know about best, but I’ll take the compliment where it’s given! The Avo Bowls were so quick and easy and such a lovely light side dish for summer, they’ll be made a lot.

And Nutella Balls. Seriously. They didn’t even last a day….

Week 1

I made some of these recipes using my Thermomix for ease, the balls for example is just a matter of throwing all the ingredients in and Turbo-ing a few times, or letting them blitz till they’re the right consistency. Poaching the chicken and quinoa in the machines and I made the mix for the pancakes in about 30 seconds, so nice and easy cooking.

I just tried to see if any of these recipes are available on her website but couldn’t see them (or a search function) so if you want them you’ll have to head out and buy the book!*

I haven’t done my menu planning this week yet but will be getting stuck into a few more. I have managed to pick up the ingredients for some over the weekend so they’ll be getting whipped up soon! If you’d like to follow my progress I’m posting the recipes on my Instagram account – @TheStrandsOfMe

So that’s The Happy Cookbook Challenge – Week 1 down! 138 Recipes to go!

*not sponsored. I just like good food!

The Happy Cookbook Challenge

I’m a goal driven person. Set me a challenge and I’m all in, guns blazing, and ready to go! I love the drive that comes with crossing off steps to reach the new goal, then the thrill that you feel when it’s all done. The pride and absolute sense of achievement is something I thrive on.

I’ve been reflecting on cookbooks and the previous cookbook challenge I set myself – to make all the recipes from Donna Hay’s Seasons Cookbook – and while that challenge is long ended and for various reasons still unfinished, I’m ready for a new goal to reach.

So, I decided on Lola Berry’s The Happy Cookbook for my next cookbook challenge.

A few reasons – I wasn’t able to complete the last one due to a few factors. I’ve become extremely lactose intolerant and am now unable to taste a lot of the leftover recipes. I live very remotely in Central Queensland and am unable to source a lot of the ingredients, like fresh seafood. However, I was able to complete 150 of the 200 recipes in the book, so I’m pretty happy with that effort.

I chose The Happy Cookbook because the recipes are Dairy and Gluten free, which is how I cook now. I’ve already made quite a few of the recipes in the book (but will be remaking them as a part of the challenge) and I know they’re full of flavour and not too difficult for me. I will be using my Thermomix with the challenge and will blog about it along the way. And I’ll be able to source the ingredients locally or online.

No, I won’t be sharing the recipes from the book. There are copy-write laws against that. I can write about my method and how I found the challenge but if you’d like the recipes to make yourself, The Happy Cookbook can be found at all good bookstores. 

I’m hoping to be inspired to try new techniques, food that I don’t usually eat and to make more creations of my own in the kitchen.

So this evening I added up all the recipes and there’s 145 in total. If I give myself 6 months to make them all that’s 6 recipes a week. Some are smoothies, some are salad dressings.

Many are desserts, that’s okay with me.

The Happy Cookbook Challenge = 145 Recipes in 6 months. Before Monday April 25th.

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Follow me on Instagram at Thestrandsofme and my Facebook Page to see how I’m going!