I am more than overdue a bit of a foodie post since my vegan pancakes and so here we are. It’s a rainy day, and I’ve not long got back from dropping Daisy off at the vets. I realise as I’m writing this I haven’t really mentioned what’s going on with her and all her vet trips, so I may as well share now since I am home and having a meltdown. Since we moved, Daisy has really struggled getting along with other dogs- she’s becoming affectionately known as Satan, which is really not a reputation we’re after having. We haven’t had her too long but she is long overdue being neutered and chipped since her last owners never bothered, so last week I took her to the vets for a check up.
Of course, if you don’t spay your dog, they’re at an increased risk of cancer – which we knew, and was a contributing factor to why we really wanted it doing – but it can also let them get a little too mothery and protective, and the end result can be a bit of an attitude problem like Daisy’s. Our vet is a lovely Spanish man who was really, really good with Daisy, despite her barking, whining, squirming and generally proving herself a bad patient. The bad news is that he found a couple of tumours, one literally as big as a grape in our tiny Jack Russell baby.
So that’s what she’s up to today- having some minor tumour removal, a mastectomy where the bigger one is, and a good old spaying.
Dropping her off was awful. She literally howled, and I sat outside the vets crying at a bus stop until one of the lovely women I see on our walks found me and gave me a tissue.
Home now, my response appears to be to cook everything. I’m preparing a roast for tonight, have made some kind of bizarre vegan potato salad for dinner and found some recipes for desserts and baked goods in my recipe books that I needed to try.
And so Vegan Chocolate-Peanut Butter Cookies were born.
These are the perfect treat if you’re into sweet and vaguely salty treats, which i absolutely am. The original recipe is from Super Healthy Snacks and Treats by Jenna Zoe– a book very kindly gifted to me by my friends mum and one that is full of delightfully tasty goodies which I have fallen in love with.
I have to admit, what started out as thumbprint cookies turned into cookie mess because, well, I’m not a baker, and for some reason the resulting cookier turned out more cakey, but still delicious. Smashed up with a bit of Choc Shot or jam they are still the perfect treat for any occasion, and literally took about 20 minutes to throw together.