I can't believe that the Random Recipes challenge, hosted by the fantastic Dom over at Belleau Kitchen, is 1 this month! The theme this month? To return the first book used...and as I scanned the past year's posts in my archive I was surprised to see that it took me a whole 3 months to actually jump on the RR bandwagon. How horrible is that?!
My shame at being so awful was quickly tossed aside when I discovered that the first cookbook I used way back all those months ago was the totally adorable Peter Rabbit's Cookbook. This is one of the sweetest cookbooks ever...hands down. There is something so pure about it. Every time I pick it up I feel healthy, I feel cleansed...I feel like a little bunny.
Who could resist recipes for Squirrel Nutkin's Banana-Nut Loaf (a family favourite), Tabitha Twitchit's Spicy Raisin Dessert, Cat and Rat Tomato Soup or Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle's Tomatoes stuffed with cottage cheese?
The writing is aimed at little bunnies, reminding us that knives, electric blenders and mixers can be dangerous. And there is even a chapter entitled "How to like Onions", giving advice on the best onions for little bunny palates.
My recipe this time? Mr. Pricklepin's Cream or Cottage Cheese Sandwiches
While it appears like mush, I can promise you this is a fantastic little sandwich. Mr. Pricklepin's recipe has 3 variations. The one I chose was cottage cheese, finely chopped celery, finely chopped green onion and a sprinkle of sunflower seeds all mashed together and then spread over bread. I'll admit I added some salt and pepper to the mix (I am an adult bunny after all) and toasted my bread. Other variations suggest cream or cottage cheese mixed with raisins and seeds, or finely diced cucumber and chopped dill.
The crisps might not be in keeping with the healthy natural foods theme of this cookbook...but it is a birthday party after all! Happy 1st Birthday Random Recipes!