Mother Of All Peas

November 3, 2009

I hope the saying "It’s darkest before dawn" applies to poison ivy because Matt did not have a very fun afternoon. He got the steroid shot at 10 this morning but there seems to be no improvement. His left eye is almost completely shut. We’re hoping it will be much improved when he wakes up tomorrow, and he called in to work and thankfully found a replacement for his 3 AM Sweets shift tomorrow.

I had no desire at all to snack this afternoon from my late lunch, but my was dinner a bulls eye!

MamaPea’s Pumpkin Spice Roasted Chickpeas are SO GOOD!!

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Like MamaPea, I could have easily eaten the whole batch! Sadly I had to share with my other half!! And sadly they are now all gone! I let them roast until they were just crispy and the black charred skins that fell off were SO GOOD!!! I’d compare them to a cross between a popcorn kernel (that you can actually chew) and a soy nut with a carb-y chew to them. I left out the ginger and vinegar in the recipe (don’t really care for either) and added some nutmeg and cayenne pepper for some spice!

Served with broccoli roasted in the same oven tossed in balsamic and maple syrup before roasting (it was in for about 15 minutes with the peas)

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On the side we had toasted Flax Oat Bran. Best. Bread. Ever. Seriously, if you have a Great Harvest within 100 miles of you, take a road trip and pick up some. It’s so doughy but has crunch from walnuts and flax and is supppper healthy!

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I actually ate this whole meal with my fingers!!! I got up to get a fork and realized that the peas roll and I’d enjoy them more bite by bite. I shoveled them in!

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A while later I dug into the chocolate for some antioxidants. MarathonVal sent me this Vosges chocolate for my birthday. It’s flavored with sweet Indian curry powder, coconut flakes and milk chocolate! (Thanks Val!)

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Loved the awesome flavor combo! Totally quality chocolate. I had two of these:

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San Franciscans. Anyone who might be interested in having dinner on Monday night in the city …probably around 7:30PM, please shoot me an email!! KathEats at


Gotta get my study on…MNT test tomorrow at 5PM!

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1 Estela @ Weekly Bite November 3, 2009 at 8:36 pm

That dinner looks great!

I saw it on “Mama Peas” site and thought how good it looked!

Good luck on your test tomorrow!


2 Food Makes Fun Fuel November 3, 2009 at 8:52 pm

I almost bought a Vosges bar today but I deemed it too expensive for the grocery trip :-( It was apple smoked bacon and coarse sea salt in milk chocolate–that sounds soooo good to me for some reason


3 Mary :: A Merry Life November 3, 2009 at 8:53 pm

Ok, best bread ever? I’m gonna have to check that out. Good luck on your test tomorrow!


4 Susan November 3, 2009 at 8:55 pm

O.M.G. those chickpeas look and sound delicious.


5 Jocelyn November 3, 2009 at 8:55 pm

Oh no..hope hubby feels better tomorrow!

That chocolate sounds yummy!


6 nicole November 3, 2009 at 8:55 pm

steroids can take awhile to work. on a highly rudimentary level they work, as you probably know, by altering gene function and protein production which is by no means an immediate process. the toxins in poison ivy (urushiol oil) actually don’t spread beyond the plant, so unless he’s got a big glop of poison ivy oil on him, you’ll be fine. urushiol works by acting as a hapten, and binding to skin cells so the immune system notices the antigen on the skin cell, and consequently attack the skin cell. ie: an autoimmune response is enacted. these are slow to recover, but give it 48ish hours and he should be ok, especially after receiving prednisone!

from your friendly med student lurker, nicole


7 candice November 3, 2009 at 8:56 pm

Beautiful photos!!! That first chickpea pic made me *drool*! Lovely flavor for the chocolate too. Spicy chocolate = heaven :)


8 Julie November 3, 2009 at 8:56 pm

Poor Matt! I hope he’s better tomorrow.


9 Kristen November 3, 2009 at 8:57 pm

Pretty chickadees!

I’m envious of the San Francisco weekend ahead!


10 Maggie November 3, 2009 at 8:59 pm

I so wish I could get dinner… but I’m actually moving back east that day. Hopefully I’ll be able to do a meetup with you again sometime though!


11 Joelle (The Pancake Girl) November 3, 2009 at 9:01 pm

Mmmmm, chocolate !


12 Simone @ P:T November 3, 2009 at 9:02 pm

Finger food at its finest!! :)


13 pen November 3, 2009 at 9:04 pm

poor matt! i’m thinking of him! poison ivy is no fun…and i can’t imagine how miserable it must be when it’s in the eyes!


14 Spotty Prep November 3, 2009 at 9:06 pm

Ugh, poor Matt.

I’m definitely trying those chickpeas :) Good luck on your test tomorrow!


15 Hil November 3, 2009 at 9:15 pm

I love roasted chickpeas—just posted a recipe for them earlier this week, actually. So good!


16 Elizabeth (The Dallas Celiac) November 3, 2009 at 9:22 pm

Roasted broccoli is so good!


17 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is November 3, 2009 at 9:22 pm

Ok, now I gotta try them!!


18 Mara @ What's for Dinner? November 3, 2009 at 9:45 pm

OMG Vosges chocolates are my favorites!!! If she didn’t send you a Mo’s Bacon Bar, let me know and I’ll hook you up. You MUST try it!


19 Kath November 4, 2009 at 8:34 am

I do not have that flavor! Sounds wacky!



20 Cynthia (It All Changes) November 3, 2009 at 9:55 pm

I hope a good night sleep and sleeping in a bit will let his body heal.


21 Jenna November 3, 2009 at 9:56 pm

those chickpeas look delish! i really want to try some great harvest bread. i get so jealous everytime you have it!


22 Caroline November 3, 2009 at 9:57 pm

I am so sorry for Matt. Poison Ivy is completely evil and I only hope that the steroids start working soon!


23 Deirdre November 3, 2009 at 10:15 pm

I hope Matt feels better soon. I’ve had poison ivy before and I got it in my eye.


24 Patricia November 3, 2009 at 10:18 pm

Does anyone live in the Baton Rouge, LA area?? I just moved here and I would really appreciate some restaurant and food shops reviews!


25 Mama Pea November 3, 2009 at 10:18 pm

I’m so glad you tried the chickpeas and liked them! I definitely need to make another batch just for snacking!

I hope Matt is better tomorrow. That is just NO fun.


26 Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun) November 3, 2009 at 10:59 pm

I had chickpeas for dinner as well, they’re so yummy and versatile. I love the plate you used! That bread looks scrumptious, thick, and chewy. Yum.


27 Tou Tou's Little Creation Cafe November 3, 2009 at 11:00 pm

Chickpea for snacking! great idea! I always use them for hummus. Thanks for the creation! they looks really yummy!

Love your maple leaves plates. I saw them in pier one last Saturday – didn’t buy it though. They goes so well with the dishes !


28 Shannon November 3, 2009 at 11:07 pm

Hope Matt is doing better!!! Mother Nature can be such a creeper sometimes with her poison ivy! :(

Good luck studying and on your test.. I know you will do amazing. Those chickpeas look amazing!


29 lynn (The Actors Diet) November 3, 2009 at 11:14 pm

i wish there was a great harvest near me! i’ll just have to come visit you and matt when you open your bakery!


30 Suzanne (Trying to Maintain) November 3, 2009 at 11:20 pm

I really hope Matt feels better tomorrow. :)


31 Convince Me DC November 3, 2009 at 11:28 pm

What a delightful combination for a (healthy) chocolate bar!


32 SweetiePotato November 4, 2009 at 12:05 am

loooveee the cute fall-inspired leaf dishes 😀


33 AnnQ November 4, 2009 at 12:30 am

The peas look and sound super Fab-u-lous!


34 SJ November 4, 2009 at 12:51 am

In re: Matt and his poison ivy; often one dose of steroid or a shot is NOT strong enough or long enough acting to control such an allergic reaction. I used to work in ER as a provider, the best regimen I used there and now use in our internal medicine office for bad allergic reactions is zyrtec, claritin, or benadryl per the box instructions; pepcid or zantac twice per day (it’s usually for heartburn, except it also blocks the other component of histamine that’s produced during an allergic rxn that the antihistamine can’t hit!), and a longer prednisone taper – I like 60mg x 5days, 40mg x 5 days, 20mgx 5days- one dose or even 5 days and then taken away can cause a rebound or worsening of allergic rxn symptoms…maybe call your doc to get a prescription for the prednisone taper; it’s a miracle worker for swollen puffy faces!!
hope he feels better soon


35 Jac November 4, 2009 at 3:33 am

hopefully matt’s feeling better. send him my regards!


36 Diana November 4, 2009 at 4:47 am

That dinner looks goooood. :) I hope Matt’s feeling better today!


37 christie @ honoring health November 4, 2009 at 6:06 am

{{{HEALING VIBES}}}} to Matt.

I’ve been hearing about roasted chickpeas for a number of years now and have yet to try them. I bet they are super filling and would work well on the go.


38 Nicky November 4, 2009 at 6:13 am

Love the leaf-shaped bowls!


39 Katy @ These Beautiful Feet November 4, 2009 at 6:37 am

Oh no! I am hoping when he wakes up this morning he’s feeling much better. That STINKS! On another note, love the place setting it’s beautiful! As well as the leaf bowls :) I have to try that chick pea recipe soon!


40 Stacey November 4, 2009 at 6:57 am

We had chick peas for dinner last night too 😀 Awww. I hope Matt gets better! I’m loving your cute leaf plates <—so fall-ish!


41 Deva (Voracious Vorilee) November 4, 2009 at 7:37 am

Your dinner looks yummy. I like anything with chickpeas – have you tried out the dessert hummuses yet? I’m intrigued by the concept! I hope that Matt feels better soon – having poison ivy isn’t very fun :-(


42 Lizzy November 4, 2009 at 7:43 am

those roasted chickpeas looks amazing, i would have never thought to roast them like that. i have some in the pantry and i just might do this! great idea thanks!


43 Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope November 4, 2009 at 7:44 am

I really hope Matt’s eyes clear up overnight! Keep us posted! :)


44 Madeline @ Greens and Jeans November 4, 2009 at 7:56 am

your dinner looks amazing! poison ivy is terrible, let alone having it in your eye! poor matt!


45 Eileen November 4, 2009 at 8:25 am

I am craving a vegetarian dinner one night this week and that’s one I’ll try- those chickpeas look yummy!

I am hoping Matt feels much better soon- evil poison ivy attack!! Hang in there, y’all (yeah, I’m a southern transplant :))!


46 Lauren November 4, 2009 at 8:43 am

For some reason I assumed that Great Harvest was regional to the South… after a quick glance at the website, I realized there is one in Newton, which is only a few miles from Boston! I am SUPER excited to try all of the wonderful breads I’ve been reading about on your blog :).


47 Tina November 4, 2009 at 9:30 am

Oh, those looks SOO good! I’ve only baked chickpeas once before, but I didn’t really like the recipe I used. I’ll have to try these for suuure.

Man, I wish I would’ve taken more advantage of Great Harvest back at home! I always just thought of it as a chain, and only went there occasionally. AND, I had like 3 friends that worked there. Dang it. I can’t wait til I get home for Christmas and can go there once again :)


48 Sarah November 4, 2009 at 9:49 am

I was thinking of you guys this weekend because I picked up two loaves of bread at Great Harvest (unsweetened whole wheat and cinnamon chip)! I haven’t seen the flax one yet but I will keep an eye out :)


49 Anne [email protected] Weigh of Life November 4, 2009 at 10:28 am

There’s a can of chickpeas in my cabinet with this recipe writeen all over it!


50 Tammy (Defining Wellness) November 4, 2009 at 11:45 am

That dinner looks delicious! We just so happy to have a Great Harvest nearby, so I’ll have to try that bread. Thanks for the suggestion!


51 WendyF November 4, 2009 at 1:39 pm

I second the Bacon bar :-) Its my favorite. Was hoping to attend the KERF dinner but I fly out Sun for a 2 week project. :-(


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