Freestyle Friday: feel the love

When I was writing Kiss in the Wind, I figured I had an excuse a responsibility to research it properly. Obviously, that meant making and eating chocolate things.

Because my family has a 20-year history of food allergies and sensitivities, I learned a long time ago how to adapt recipes to exclude dairy. Then eggs. Nuts, of course. Then gluten. Now, I’m not claiming that I’m a good cook; but I’m a flexible cook.

In the back of Kiss in the Wind is Granny Coral’s recipe for no-bake coconut-oatmeal chocolate cookies, made gluten-free and vegan. (Warning: this doesn’t mean they’re healthier than other cookies because, y’know, they’re still full of chocolate and sugar.)

Another of my favourite recipes is for spicy chocolate-coffee cookies. I don’t remember whether it inspired a scene in the book or the other way around, but I adapted it as well. I use gluten-free flour (plus a little xanthan gum) instead of wheat flour, coconut oil instead of butter, and voilà! Fab freestyle treats!

I even had to go a little rogue with the kitchen implements. When I couldn’t find my rolling pin, I resorted to using an empty bottle of Mack’s (really McClelland’s) whiskey. A full bottle would work too, apparently.

3 thoughts on “Freestyle Friday: feel the love

    1. You’re so right, Pat! There’s a gluten-free vegan cookie I make for our regular coffee dates at work and I get asked for the recipe every single time. Once you start eating outside the box, the options are wide open!

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