Not A Failure

March 3, 2011

Good evening! I’ve packed a lot into mine.

I started with a walk with Faith. We can talk nonstop for hours and never get tired. Our legs eventually did though!

I came home and was feeling pretty hungry. Normally I would have just started on dinner, but we had an event to attend that promised a bar menu of fingery foods so I decided to fill up on something at home would be smarter than going to the event famished.

SA-mooothie. Frozen berries, half a banana, 3/4 cup milk, 1 blob yogurt. It was very yogurty and not sweet at all – topped with a little granola and served with a spoon, because you know I don’t drink my smoothies ; )


Our next adventure was a bike ride downtown (the down coat has been revived from the closet) to Shebeen to socialize with other Davidson alumni, friends and family.


We greeted several recent grads and made friends with a few from the class of ‘82, ‘86 and ‘51!

I stuck to club soda since I’m coming off of a vacation


I was right – they had finger foods that were mostly fried and things. Matt filled up on meatballs and pita chips, but since I’d had my smoothie not too much earlier, I just took a bite or two of his and decided not to partake.


Because I had this in the back of my mind!


I think I’m going to call these Mole Oat Cakes!

Mole because they have cocoa in them!


The base is refried black beans


Which I mixed with:

  • 1 egg
  • 3 tbsp chia + ground flax mixed
  • 3 tbsp rolled oats
  • 3 tbsp whole wheat flour
  • 1 tbsp coconut


Plus 1 tbsp of cocoa powder


The dough was SUPER sticky and didn’t work out all that well. I ended up rolling them in more oats and coconut to try to dry out the surface. It worked just ok. I would not call this recipe a true success – but it wasn’t a failure either!


They tasted great over romaine lettuce, carrots and cucumber with some plain yogurt on top. The mole chocolate element was great!




More sparkling water was made!!


Matt and I spent dinner looking at finishes for the bakery. We think we’re going to go with recycled glass countertops and are considering the rest of these colors as represented by the tiles in some mix of tile, paint and accent. I THINK I like the looks – but it’s so hard to know what looks good!



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1 Chelsey (Cookteen) March 3, 2011 at 10:01 pm

those moley patties look so yummy!


2 Jessica March 3, 2011 at 10:04 pm

Hey Kath!
So did you bake the cakes or just eat them as is?
They actually look delicious from here– I want to attempt tomorrow in my lunch! Thanks for sharing your success (even though it isnt as perfected yet :))


3 KathEats March 3, 2011 at 10:07 pm

Oh sorry – forgot to mention! I seared them in a skillet!


4 Michelle | gold-hearted girl March 3, 2011 at 10:15 pm

That mole looks awesome! And I totally support the recycled glass! I actually like the look of it better than granite. Love your colors, they’re very earthy.


5 Meg March 3, 2011 at 10:26 pm

Oh wow Kath! You never fail to impress me with your meals :)

Glad you enjoyed your busy but fun evening 😀


6 Asya March 3, 2011 at 10:27 pm

Do you use a SodaStream to make the bubble water?


7 KathEats March 3, 2011 at 10:29 pm

No, a keg and a CO2 tank. Matt does it!


8 Katie @ Real Food Katie's Way March 3, 2011 at 10:29 pm

I love the color of your smoothie! It’s so vibrant!

I have been tossing around the idea of jumping on board with the smoothie movement but I think I will wait until we are at above zero temperatures AND I am running in the morning…

I love that green tile!


9 Emma March 3, 2011 at 10:35 pm

I think the tile looks cool!
Also, your smoothie made me swoon. I’m a college student studying abroad in New Zealand until July, and I decided no to buy a blender for my temporary apartment. I MISS BLENDING!


10 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife March 3, 2011 at 10:36 pm

The smoothie looks fantastically fresh and tasty :) I like the coloring- but that is a HARD decision to make- at least it may fee like that….it’ll look great, though!


11 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is March 3, 2011 at 10:37 pm

That smoothie is such a pretty color!


12 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) March 3, 2011 at 10:39 pm

The designing and decorating part would be so fun! I love your ideas! The smoothie is beautiful. Have a great night Kath!


13 Courtney @ The Granola Chronicles March 3, 2011 at 10:42 pm

Love the colors – very earthy!


14 kate@ahealthypassion March 3, 2011 at 10:46 pm

that smoothie looks awesome, I love smoothies in the afternoon to hold me over to dinner!


15 Kristy @ KristyRuns March 3, 2011 at 10:56 pm

Holy mole! [I had to ‘say’ it!] Everything looks delicious!


16 Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy March 3, 2011 at 10:59 pm

That smoothie is soo pretty? Can a smoothie even be “soo pretty”? I think it can. I stared at the photo, and then I wanted one :)


17 Stacy @ LoveDiscoveryGratitude March 3, 2011 at 11:03 pm

OH GOSH I NEED TO KNOW! What camera, lens and photo editor do you use? I really want to start saving for a nice camera. Or do you have a recommendation for an amateur photographer? :)

Your pictures are always so beautiful! (I MEAN THAT SMOOTHIE LOOKS INCREDIBLE!)


18 KathEats March 3, 2011 at 11:05 pm

I have a Canon DSLR XSI, use a Canon 35 mm f/2.0 lens, shoot with a tripod and edit in Adobe Lightroom


19 Stacy @ LoveDiscoveryGratitude March 4, 2011 at 12:07 pm

thanks! :)


20 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) March 3, 2011 at 11:04 pm

Love the color of the smoothie! So pretty!!

To help choose colors, take pictures of them to see what’s good with food. :)


21 Sasha March 3, 2011 at 11:06 pm

They look good. I actually never thought of doing a mole version. I think it is a great idea. I had a failure the other night with my oat groats raw granola. I was trying to do to much. Oh well you win some and lose some. :)


22 Marissa March 3, 2011 at 11:32 pm

Great job on the willpower to stay away from the fried stuff. I know, you are probably a pro by now, but as someone just beginning to live a more healthy lifestyle, that is quite a big hurdle to overcome! Kudos! :)


23 Ashley March 3, 2011 at 11:42 pm

<3 <3 recycled glass counter tops <3 <3 I would have loved to get those for our kitchen remodel!! However,instead, we're getting concrete counter tops and I'm extremely excited about it!!


24 KathEats March 4, 2011 at 7:24 am

Let’s trade! I wanted concrete but these make more sense for us :)


25 Joanna March 4, 2011 at 10:41 am

Just a word of caution. We had those same countertops in my old place and they stain very easily. Never got some of the coffee rings out.


26 Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) March 3, 2011 at 11:45 pm

the recycled glass countertops sound beautiful!!

that smooothie is sooooo pretty!!

And not a failure, amen, Kath. Not all recipes are “amazing” successes. As long as it’s edible (and clearly your food looks awesome!) then it’s not a failure either. I hate to waste and will do anything to salvage a meal!


27 Camille March 3, 2011 at 11:45 pm

I love the look of all the tiles! The green looks wonderful!


28 lynn @ the actor's diet March 3, 2011 at 11:47 pm

mmmm sounds wonderful! i posted it on my facebook page to share with the world – may we all get mole mania!


29 Mama Pea March 3, 2011 at 11:52 pm

You so crazy! I would actually love those mole cakes.


30 Rachel @ Grateful Girl Goes Gluten Free March 4, 2011 at 12:11 am

I thought those were little oat bread buns like at cheesecake factory. Woah was I wrong. They sound delicious though!


31 Namaste Gurl March 4, 2011 at 12:45 am

What a creative combo, those “mole cakes” :) I would’ve never thought to add cocoa powder, however I love using it in chili:)


32 Christin@purplebirdblog March 4, 2011 at 1:12 am

That smoothie is crazybright! I love it!


33 Laurie March 4, 2011 at 11:15 am

Amazing color! I agree!!


34 Brandee March 4, 2011 at 2:25 am

I agree with Ashley about the concrete countertops. We just renovated our entire and put them in the kitchen and bathroom. They are incredible and environmentally friendly! Plus you can inlay so many different things!


35 Lauren at Keep It Sweet March 4, 2011 at 5:59 am

Prettiest smoothie ever.


36 CathyK @ March 4, 2011 at 6:11 am

i am not a drink-a-smoothie person, either – smoothie-in-a-bowl is much more my style, too!
so excited for you and matt as you design the bakery…can’t wait to see the colours/textures/finishes of the end design. hope you can have fun with this process!


37 Caroline March 4, 2011 at 6:16 am

Good luck finding a finish! I know from watching my parents decide for their kitchen (and many, many trips with my dad to the tile store for samples) how hard it is to make a large scale decision from small scale samples. I’m sure there are plenty of pictures online that can give inspiration! (I love the green!)


38 Sarah (Running To Slow Things Down) March 4, 2011 at 6:46 am

The smoothie looks so refreshing!

And I love the idea of your mole oat cakes. I can totally see where you were going with the texture of it, and I thin the oats would be fabulous in there. I’m going to try making some tonight! 😀


39 Katie March 4, 2011 at 6:49 am

that smoothie looks AMAZING! It is seriously the prettiest smoothie ever! Its your camera skills and the color ; )


40 Val @ Balancing Val March 4, 2011 at 7:03 am

The color of your salad looks like the color of your potential countertop scheme!


41 Erika @ FoodFitnessFun March 4, 2011 at 7:16 am

Whoa! Those mole oat cakes look delicious! I’m always look for new veggie burger-like recipes! 😀


42 Caitie March 4, 2011 at 7:16 am

Just thought I’d let you know I am drinking my Shenandoah Joes right now!! Its yummy!


43 KathEats March 4, 2011 at 7:22 am

Oh yay!! I love that stuff 😉


44 Deva (Voracious Vorilee) March 4, 2011 at 7:37 am

I think that if it is edible and tastes good, then it is a success. If it’s inedible – failure. Those look YUMMY.


45 alana (at) the food March 4, 2011 at 8:12 am

here’s my opinion (i’m an interior designer)
the counter is beautiful, will look great for years and year (and they do make more sense for your application then concrete)
if it were me, i might drop one or both of the left or right tile colours…somethings just saying “too much” in all of those (the top and bottom ones are great though)
and the green is fab!


46 KathEats March 4, 2011 at 8:14 am

We’re not going to use all of the tiles – it’s just a selection of colors we like to move forward with. But thanks for your opinion!


47 Stacie @ Imperfectly Healthy March 4, 2011 at 8:52 am

I’ve decided that I definitely like to eat smoothies with a spoon too! They’re just so much more satisfying that way!


48 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey March 4, 2011 at 8:56 am

I’d call those mole oat cakes a success!! THey look delicious!


49 Christina March 4, 2011 at 8:56 am

I would suggest getting a consultation from an interior designer- just few hours to run your ideas and colors by her (or him). It might save you a lot of frustration down the road.


50 KathEats March 4, 2011 at 8:58 am

we are – GH has one in house


51 dee March 4, 2011 at 9:11 am

oh my – the color of your smoothie is gawjus! 😉 ooh, those mole oat cakes do look good!


52 Hannah March 4, 2011 at 10:10 am

I’ve got a can of refried beans in the pantry, mole oat cakes sound like a good choice for dinner!


53 aimee March 4, 2011 at 10:10 am

I love the countertop and especially that green tile!


54 Stacey (The Home-Cooked Vegan) March 4, 2011 at 11:24 am

Yum! The other night I made Mole Skillet Pie with Greens and was so surprised to find that the recipe had pb and chocolate in it :) It was yummy!


55 Jo @ Jo In the Kitchen March 4, 2011 at 12:07 pm

Deciding on a color scheme for GH sounds like it would be so much fun, but I could see it being pretty overwhelming for me. Can’t wait to see the progress :)


56 Megan March 4, 2011 at 12:15 pm

We have the middle sample tile as our countertop in our kitchen and I LOVE it. It wipes clean so easily, never ever stains, and is perfect :) I love the little glass pieces in it as well!


57 Rachel @ The Avid Appetite March 4, 2011 at 1:09 pm

Your smoothie looks divine! Such a beautiful color. I am not a fan of yogurt in my smoothies since it’s a little too tart for my taste, but otherwise, this looks fantastic.


58 Stephanie March 4, 2011 at 1:29 pm

FWIW, I love the colors you have picked out, especially the green and the slab on the right. It seems very earthy!


59 Andrea March 4, 2011 at 3:57 pm

Everything looks yum as usual! Love the bright purple color of the smoothie


60 Hilary March 4, 2011 at 10:18 pm

Nice colours! And very creative with the beans…looks like a good idea!


61 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin March 5, 2011 at 8:26 am

Those oat cakes are a neat idea! I’ve never tried having chocolate in a savory meal before!


62 Katie Perkins March 5, 2011 at 7:59 pm

The mole cakes actually sound really good! And I love the countertop choice, obviously! Good Luck with the construction progress!


63 Karen March 5, 2011 at 8:43 pm

The smoothie looks so delicious. I’ll have to experiment with that as I recently purchased a food processor. I had a blender for about a year and then gave it away. I’m not familiar with chia. I’ll have to do a little research to learn more about it. Karen


64 leatitia March 6, 2011 at 6:17 am

Love the green tile! I think it looks great, but I’m not an expert. Maybe young house love could help you out! :)


65 Sophie March 7, 2011 at 5:05 pm

They look so good!

How many servings/oat cakes did this make?



66 KathEats March 7, 2011 at 5:13 pm

6-8, depending on size (I had differing sizes)


67 Namaste Gurl March 10, 2011 at 11:59 am

How much flax did you use, and did u add water?


68 KathEats March 10, 2011 at 12:15 pm

3 tbsp of flax + chia mixed, per the recipe.

No water!


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