Next up was a recipe from Green Kitchen Stories, the cookbook by the authors behind the blog of the same name. It's veggie rather than vegan, but all the vegan recipes are marked and there's many more that could easily be veganised.
The spread here is a simple mix of grilled red peppers, sunflower seeds and a bit of cayenne. It was nice, but not powerful enough to reignite my erstwhile love of oatcakes.
This is another Green Kitchen Stories pâté recipe I tried, a really simple mix of sundried tomatoes, walnuts and sage leaves.
It came out a weird pink colour that wasn't altogether appetising:
I loved all the ingredients in there, but I found the end result a bit too sweet from all the tomatoes. It needed a sharper touch so balance the overall flavour - maybe a bit of lemon juice to cut through it a bit?
My last attempt at reinvigorating my oatcakes of a morning was an attempt to make edamame hummus. I remembered buying some rather nice ready made stuff from Trader Joes when I was in San Francisco a million years ago, and decided I'd try and make some at home (what with the nearest Trader Joes being an Atlantic away.)
And that's my four attempts to make breakfast a bit different. Turns out, I liked none of them quite as much as I like baba ganoush, my usual staple, and one which I've been consuming in superhuman quantities as the English aubergine season comes to an end.
Alas, autumn has come, and baba ganoush is off the menu for another year. It looks like it's back to the drawing board - and in the meantime, back to the hummus!