Hidden Pearls

June 20, 2012


Nothing seems to be melting out there : ) Although I am a little worried about everything in our attic…

I went to a chiropractic appt. this afternoon and am feeling pretty balanced and things. I’m also wearing a t-shirt right now that is waaaay to short and my stomach is poking out the bottom!

In other news, Matt brought home this S’mores cookie our sweets baker tested today and it was incredible!! Probably not the best snack on such a hot day because it was so rich, but it was also so good. Hope it makes the menu soon!


We had dinner plans tonight that had to be postponed, so I was at a loss of what to make for a bit. Then I put my pantry to the test.


A friend recommended smoked oysters since I like smoked sardines so much. I have to admit: I was a little scared.


We sautéed them along with zucchini, swiss chard and a few shitake mushrooms in a garlic + butter combo and served them over angel hair pasta with parmesan cheese. We finished the dish with a drizzle of garlic gold, salt and pepper to season the noodles.


I have to say, this dish was great overall, but I did not love the bites of oysters. They were pretty fishy and very smoky. I’m not sure I’d buy them again. The bites of mushroom, however, were divine!!


[Furry Kanzi arm!]


I found this in my pantry when I was digging for the oysters and ate it after dinner –


Last night I had a small mug of cereal before bed. I imagine I’ll need a little something tonight too, as that dinner wasn’t too filling. Or maybe just some almonds!

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1 [email protected] June 20, 2012 at 7:05 pm

I’ve been craving oysters lately. Great idea to get them canned…cheaper and much more convenient. Not sure I like super smoky though. I wonder if they come unsmoked.


2 Molly @ RDexposed June 20, 2012 at 7:07 pm

I’ll take a s’mores cookie and glass of milk, please!


3 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats June 20, 2012 at 7:10 pm

Ooooo that pasta dish looks delicious, I haven’t had pasta in ages and angel hair is my favorite! Haha I might sub out the oysters for something else though.


4 Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles June 20, 2012 at 7:14 pm

Never tried smoked oysters…not really sure I want to…a can of tuna would be nice! I love pasta dishes that are full of veggies…mushrooms always seem to ‘soak’ up all the flavour…always my favourite bits! What is garlic gold?


5 Lisa @bitesforbabies June 20, 2012 at 7:23 pm

The LAST thing I’ve been craving during this pregnancy is sweets…but that cookie looks damn good!!!!! 😉


6 KathEats June 20, 2012 at 7:53 pm

Lucky for you!!


7 Michele Sparrow June 20, 2012 at 7:26 pm

The nice thing about those bad boys, however, is that one of those little cans contains 30 percent of your daily iron!


8 KathEats June 20, 2012 at 7:53 pm



9 hilary June 20, 2012 at 7:27 pm

Hi Kath.. question.. do you only purchase organic berries, peaches, nectarines, etc? Or will you buy conventional? Thanks!


10 KathEats June 20, 2012 at 7:53 pm

If organic are available and look good, I buy them. If I want blueberries and there are no organic blueberries for sale, I will buy conventional.


11 Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles June 20, 2012 at 7:33 pm

You lucky duck- that taste test cookie must have been amazing!
….I love sardines but oysters- I’m not so sure about, kind of slimy (but I’ve only had them once…) …Sleep well tonight! :)


12 Averie @ Averie Cooks June 20, 2012 at 7:34 pm

Now THAT is a cookie. I want that! It looks so dense and rich and heavy and not dry. Kudos to your baker!


13 Katie June 20, 2012 at 7:45 pm

That S’mores cookie looks exactly like the ones I made on top of a graham cracker as part of the S’mores Bars recipe that is on various blogs/sites. Rich yet delicious is right. I’m actually off to mix some with some homemade vanilla ice cream to make S’mores ice cream for the kids. Youf dinner looks delicious! What is it about “smoked” foods that makes them so tasty? Pregnant ladies are allowed to let their stomach poke out, especially during the summer. I remember getting a few looks when I wore a bikini. Have you invested in a maternity swimming suit? They didn’t fit me well and were not worth the investment for me.


14 Marcia @Frugal Healthy Simple June 20, 2012 at 7:57 pm

That cookie looks awesome. I have to admit, I’ve been hitting the chocolate pretty hard this pregnancy. Work stress. Eh, at least I’m in the home stretch (17 days, or thereabouts).

I think your meal looks great too, but not so much into oysters personally.


15 Jordan @ Bake Write Sleep June 20, 2012 at 7:58 pm

I love s’mores anything. If that makes the menu, I’d buy some if I ever stopped in =]


16 Ashley @ Eat Sleep and Breathe It June 20, 2012 at 8:10 pm

That cookie looks so good. Wish we had a Great Harvest where I live!


17 kristen @ verbs and vignettes June 20, 2012 at 8:31 pm

do I see some valentine’s day hearts on that York peppermint patty? I’m totally on board though… I used to buy a bag when the christmas candy went on sale and leave it alone for a while. they are so good a little bit stale. I think the texture is a 100 times better.


18 lynn @ the actor's diet June 20, 2012 at 8:38 pm

s’mores cookies must be trending today! i saw 2 on instagram/facebook too!


19 Karen June 20, 2012 at 8:39 pm

Smoked oysters on crackers with beer at every New Year’s Eve since I was 21…that and pickled herring on crackers with champagne… yum !


20 factfindersteph June 20, 2012 at 8:40 pm

hmmmmm. Wonder if it was the “smoked” part that made that yummy sounding and gorgeous looking meal a little disappointing? I am definitely tempted to try it! I might go for the non-smoked version though.

that cookie looks AH-MAZING!!! Bravo sweets baker!!


21 j3nn June 20, 2012 at 8:48 pm

Oh my goodness! That cookie looks amazing. I’m glad there are dedicated bakers like Matt to do it in this heat cause I sure ain’t, LOL! :)


22 Sana June 20, 2012 at 8:53 pm

Yeahhh I have never tried oysters andddd I don’t think I ever will.


23 Amy in TO June 20, 2012 at 8:56 pm

I recently tried smoked oysters too, they are such a great source of iron, but… it wasn’t the flavour as much for me but the texture which was sort of…mealy?? Is that the right word? Not grainy exactly but sort of pasty and mealy?? It just sent shivers up my back. I swallowed the mouthful I had but ugh–just the memory of it…


24 KathEats June 20, 2012 at 9:11 pm

Same here. Mealy is right.


25 Angel7 June 20, 2012 at 9:06 pm

I do not think I could eat oysters, and especially since I am pregnant.



26 Kelsie June 21, 2012 at 7:24 am

Oysters are fine if they’re fully cooked…


27 Lindsey @ Pas de Deux June 20, 2012 at 9:13 pm

This is random and silly, but your nails look great! Did you paint them yourself?


28 KathEats June 21, 2012 at 7:16 am

Thanks, but if I had done them they would not look good :) I got them done in Baltimore before the wedding!


29 Lindsey @ Pas de Deux June 21, 2012 at 8:14 am

That’s a good manicure! Mine usually chip after 2-3 days!!


30 Full-Flavored Life June 20, 2012 at 9:53 pm

S’mores cookie! YUM!!


31 Kelsey June 20, 2012 at 10:04 pm

Yumm, York Patties! My dad used to buy me the giant heart-shaped one every Valentines. It always makes me think of him:)


32 Khushboo June 20, 2012 at 11:43 pm

I don’t think I’ve tried oysters but I am open to eventually!


33 Sandra June 21, 2012 at 12:39 am

Hi Kath, I have been reading a bit about the benefits of taking organic, extra virgin unrefined coconut oil in relation to weight loss and increase in metabolism. I would be interested to hear if you have any thoughts/knowledge on this subject. The quantities I am reading about seem excessive in between 4-6 tablespoons per day?????


34 KathEats June 21, 2012 at 7:16 am

I agree – 400-600 extra calories per day is not going to help you lose weight. I think this is a perfect example of a nutrition tidbit (“more medium chain fatty acids increase metabolism”) that is taken to the extreme in the form of a fad diet. The only way you’ll lose weight is to eat less calories than you are taking in. If you’re putting all of your eggs in one basket with coconut oil, you’re missing out on tons of other nutrients from all of the other food groups.

I DO think coconut oil is a healthy fat to use for cooking or in other ways where fats are used in cooking. But I don’t think it should be a diet staple taken as a supplement.


35 [email protected] for the Soul June 21, 2012 at 1:57 am

I have no doubt I’ll like smoked oysters!! After seeing you eat sardines so often, I went ahead and bought a can and it was heaaaavenly…..stinky food is the best! haha.


36 Elisabeth June 21, 2012 at 4:29 am

Whoa boy do those cookies look good!!


37 Grace @ Grace Dishes June 21, 2012 at 5:06 am

That dish looks amazing! I love how it looks on the plate too!


38 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count June 21, 2012 at 6:32 am

The pasta does sound good without the oysters!


39 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope June 21, 2012 at 7:18 am

I want that s’mores cookie! It looks delicious! :)


40 Cait's Plate June 21, 2012 at 8:32 am

Oh my gosh that s’mores cookie looks SO good! I love how thick it is!


41 anne June 21, 2012 at 1:29 pm

I love smoked oysters! Especially those packed in a flavored olive oil. I grew up eating them as a snack. We would pop each one on a corn tortilla chip (like tostitos), yum!


42 Ashley @ Hudson on the Potomac June 21, 2012 at 1:37 pm

Oh my goodness, that cookie!!! I’m not sure I would be able to do canned oysters either! I like them fresh, but canned food turns me off, I can’t even do canned tuna (but that’s because I used to have to make tuna salad EVERYDAY when I was 14 & 15 at a sub shop)! I’ll eat canned oysters in oyster pie, but I think that’s as far as I could go. Good for you for trying them out!


43 Alicia June 21, 2012 at 7:49 pm

Today at our chiropractor’s office my five year old was running around excitedly telling everyone that we were headed to Trader Joe’s to get sardines this afternoon. I had to giggle at all the puzzled looks on people’s faces. He loves them though and I would much rather him eat them than tuna! I don’t know how he would feel about smoked oysters, but I think I may get some to see if he likes them.


44 KathEats June 21, 2012 at 8:15 pm



45 Lexi @ You, Me, & A World to See June 24, 2012 at 6:58 pm

I really want to love oysters, but I just haven’t quite fallen in love. Maybe I need to try them in a different prep?


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