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Honey Garlic Roasted Chick Peas

I really like recipes that have easy tweakability, and I also really like snacking. These roasted chickpeas are perfect for both tweaking and snacking. I’ve made them with the original salt & vinegar recipe, I’ve made a chili lime variation and most recently, a honey garlic variation that is my new favourite thing to eat.

The honey garlic was a little different to make than the other varieties, so I decided to make a real post about it. Also because I’m totally over my once weekly big food-round-up posts (as evidence by my being terrible about even making them haha).

Anyway. Ingredients! (shown here making an assault on Black Reach.)

Honey Garlic Roasted Chick Peas

1 14oz can chick peas
2 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup honey
1 clove garlic
2 tsp olive oil
salt to taste

It’s worth noting here that all my ingredients are either local, organic, or both, except for the salt, which is my own special blend of New Zealand sea salt and two different varieties of Hawaiian Alaea sea salt. Why is this worth noting? Because I’m a total pretentious douche.

Drain and rinse your chickpeas and mince your garlic.

Honey Garlic Roasted Chick Peas
Honey Garlic Roasted Chick Peas
Honey Garlic Roasted Chick Peas
Sharky the Shark Knife is a big fan of garlic.

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine the water and honey, and stir until the honey is fully dissolved. Add chick peas and minced garlic to pan. Increase heat to high and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and let sit for 30 minutes.

Honey Garlic Roasted Chick Peas
This looks gross but I swear it’s not.

Preheat oven to 425 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Using a fine sieve, strain the chickpeas and garlic (using a colander with large holes will result in the heartbreak of garlic loss). Place of the baking sheet, drizzle with oil and sprinkle with salt. Roll the peas around until they are nicely coated- I don’t like getting oil all over my hands (I already have to wash my hands 550,000 times a day, why would I want make extra hand-washing work for myself?) so I do this by folding the parchment over them in different directions and rolling them.

Honey Garlic Roasted Chick Peas
Honey Garlic Roasted Chick Peas

Roast for anywhere from 30 to 45 minutes until golden brown. I’ve never roasted mine for longer than 35 minutes, and they can burn really easily so be careful! You definitely need to keep an eye on these.

Honey Garlic Roasted Chick Peas

Allow to cool for .5 seconds before stuffing them all in your face while reading volume 1 of the newly rereleased Codename: Sailor V, like I did on Sunday night.

Honey Garlic Roasted Chick Peas
Honey Garlic Roasted Chick Peas
Perfect evening, tbh.
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What I’ve Been Eating

OMG I AM THE WORST AT MAKING THESE POSTS. The last one was weeks ago, oops. I’ve just been in a big cooking slump, actually tbh I’ve been in a blogging/living/everything slump but I’m trying to pull myself out.

Breakfasts

Saturday, August 22nd

Breakfast, Monday August 22nd

cinnamon toast and an americano

Lunches

Saturday, August 22nd

Lunch, Saturday August 27th

goat cheese, Monterey Jill cheese, tomatoes & cucumber on rye

Dinners

Friday, August 19th

Dinner, Friday, August 19th

corn on the cob, purple mashed potatoes and a failed meatless meatloaf

Monday, August 22nd

Dinner, Monday August 22nd

garden salad, garlic toast and fettucine primavera from Cafe Luxy

Wednesday, September 7th

Dinner, Wednesday September 7th

rotini pasta with cherry tomatoes, goat cheese, and parmesan cheese

Snacks & Desserts

Saturday, August 27th

Snack, Saturday August 27th

fresh-cut salsa and blue corn tortilla chips

Tuesday, August 30th

Snack, Tuesday August 30th

chili lime roasted chick peas, based on this recipe from Oh She Glows. I substituted a 2:1 mix of water & lime juice for the vinegar and a mix of chili powder, paprika and cayenne pepper for the salt, and roasted them for only 32 minutes. They were so good I ate all of them. ALL OF THEM O___O

Wednesday, September 7th

Dessert, Wednesday September 7th

brownie sundae with vanilla ice cream, hot fudge, chocolate sprinkles and a chocolate maraschino cherry

No Woman is an Island

Out of all the annoying things in my apartment, one of the most annoying was the kitchen island. The top had an overhang so it’s like you should be able to sit at it, but the overhang was so shallow that it was impossible and/or uncomfortable for anyone over, say, 4’7″. Since I’m 5’9″ and Taylor is 6’4″, it was pretty much unacceptable!

Not a Sick Mess Anymore!New Kitchen Stools

I’d been trying to come up with a cost-effective solution for this problem for a while, and a few weeks back I bought the stools pictured above so it was really time to get to it! On Sunday Taylor and I made a trip to Ikea and I picked up three $9 Vika Amon desk tops. A little time with a cordless drill and a screwdriver and voila!

New Island
New Island

I stupidly didn’t take a proper “before” picture but the old counter was about 75 x 145cm, and the new one is 100 x 180cm. SO MUCH SURFACE AREA I CAN’T HANDLE IT OMG. I’m planning on putting clear vinyl over it for protection and putting a couple brackets for extra support but all in all I’m pretty thrilled with how it turned out!

Some other weekend stuff:

Cocktail Party
Cocktail Party

My friend Mandy sent me green (lime), blue (wildberry) and purplish-brown (chocolate) maraschino cherries and Taylor and I tried some of them in drinks this weekend. He had rum & pineapple juice with a blue cherry and I had gin, St Germain, Rose’s lime cordial and club soda with a green one. To be honest I don’t actually like maraschino cherries so I gave mine to Taylor to eat. They look cool though!

Little Twin Stars World

A few months ago I bought Sym a Re-ment Little Twin Starsblind box toy and she became OBSESSED. I rarely go to the store here that carries them but I happened to be in the neighborhood this weekend so I bought her a couple more and she made this little world for them.

Sym & Little Twin Stars World

Today was the first “day” of school, but there’s no classes; the kids just get their attendance taken so the school can figure out the enrolment. I’m back to work after a lovely long weekend, I’m not super excited about it but OH WELL.

Pets on the Couch

At least there’s pets.

Huge Post of Epicness

I thought about doing a bunch of separate posts with all the stuff I’ve been meaning to blog about this week, but then I though EFF IT so now you get this huge post of epicness! Enjoy!

Popsicles!

Popsicle Party Banner

First of all, even though I haven’t been posting them, I HAVE been making popsicles.

Orange Popsicle

Fresh squeezed orange juice popsicles! These were Sym’s pick, and quite delicious, although A LOT of work.

Blackberry Smoothie Popsicle

Leftover blackberry smoothie popsicles! I made these with the smoothie that Sym didn’t finish and I accidentally almost turned into jam.

Cherry Popsicle

Super-sweet cherry syrup popsicles! I don’t remember what I made this cherry syrup for, I think I just had some cherries that were getting old? WHO KNOWS? I think I must have put in a ton of sugar though, these were INTENSELY SWEET.

Arts & Crafts!
I’ve been making some really fantastic glitter banners and friendship bracelets recently. I did a Sailor Moon-themed craft swap with Rhiannon, and made her a banner of Luna, Diana and Artemis’ heads

Sailor Moon Cat Glitter Banner

… and Outer Senshi friendship bracelets.

Sailor Senshi Bracelets

I’m very excited to see what she’s made for me, so look for a post on that in the future!

I’m also really pleased with the banner I made for my friend Sonia, which has her name in Hindi. I’ve had people ask me before why I don’t use pre-cut letters and shapes for my banners, and this is why.

Sonia

Don’t forget to “like” my shop on facebook and remember, there’s less than a week left to get 15% off your order with the code UNICORN15

With the other friendship bracelets I’ve made recently, I’ve been experimenting with metallic embroidery floss. It’s tricky to use- you have to knot it fairly tightly and that tends to make the bracelets curl up on themselves. I’ve found using a mix of half-metallic and half-regular works best.

Metallic Friendship Bracelets

The blue and silver one on the right was my favourite, but I lost it on Wednesday night, cry cry. Hopefully someone found it and gave it a good home!

Sym's Mini Arm Party

These I made for Sym, you can see here that I put chains and clasps on them instead of just tying them on, except I’m not super adept at it yet and they sometimes fall apart (which is how I think I lost my blue one). I still have a couple more that I made for myself, a purple and gold one, and an all-gold one with vintage aurora borealis crystal and gold-tone metal filigree beads (the later aren’t visible), pictured here with my silver Tiffany bracelet and my brand-new and amazing evil eye bracelet from Hippie Speedball.

Tiny Arm Party

Vacation!
Seeing as how I’ve been on vacation this week, I managed to find time for a quick getaway to New York.

Me in New York

OH WAIT NO I DIDN’T. But while I was out shopping on Wednesday I stumbled across my absolutely favorite show in the history of tv being filmed. THAT’S RIGHT, FRINGE!! Unfortunately there was no Joshua Jackson BUT I stood across the street like a giant dork and took pictures of Anna Torv and John Noble, aka Olivia Dunham and Walter Bishop, shooting a short scene where they walked fifty feet up Burrard street. Over and over again. tbh working on a tv show looks boring as hell.

Walter & Olivia

Vancouver Canadians!

Sunset Over Nat Bailey Stadium

Later that Day Taylor and I headed out to Nat Bailey Stadium (or I guess it’s now Scotiabank Field and Nat Bailey Stadium? Whatever) to catch a Canadians game. We’d been a couple of times before, but this was the first time I’d ever paid for tickets, and they are super affordable. Unfortunately the season is basically over, but next summer I definitely want to go to more games. If you are like me and like sports you can scream at while you drink beer, then this is definitely for you.

Taylor Turns 32!

Happy Birthday Taylor Banner

Of course, this weeks most important event was yesterday, when my darling and adorable husband celebrated his thirty-second birthday. He’s been working from home this week, so he slept for most of the day while Sym and I baked and hung decorations.

Cake and PresentsSparklers!

This is the second layer cake I’ve made (the first was the rainbow cake earlier this summer) and it turned out really well! I still need to work on making my icing look pretty, but the inside was SPECTACULAR.

Blue Gradient Cake

We had a yummy dinner of our traditional Thursday night poutine & Dr Peppers, then presents, then cake & milk, and after Sym went to bed, tv shows and beer.

The Birthday Man

Love him ♥

Anyway, that’s pretty much what I’ve been up to this week! On Monday it back to work for me (incidentally, today is the fifth anniversary of Starlight Family Childcare! Also the longest I’ve ever held a job, haha), but at least I still have this afternoon and the weekend of freedom left!

Cat's Pissed

Happy Friday! (But not from Claire, she hates everything.0

What I’ve Been Eating

Taylor's Triple Veggie Slider
Food again!

(pictured above: Taylor’s triple-veggie cheeseburger slider with tomato and pea shoots on a ciabatta bun)

Breakfast/Brunch
Saturday, August 13th

Brunch, Saturday August 13th

scrambled eggs, toasted ciabatta buns and rosemary potatoes

Sunday, August 14th

Brunch, Sunday, August 14th

wildberry panettone french toast at Glowbal

Wednesday, August 17th

Breakfast, August 17th

chocolate chip waffle & raspberry lemonade

Dinner
Friday, August 12th

Dinner, Friday August 12th

sweet & sour tofu with rice
I used fresh pineapple for this instead of canned and it was 1,000% more delicious than my last sweet & sour dish (back in January I think). The tofu was breaded with panko crumbs and fried in oil. I used three peppers (red, orange and yellow) as well as two different kinds of sweet & sour sauce and the juice of one orange.

Tuesday, August 16th

Dinner, Tuesday August 16th
Veggie Slider Construction

veggie sliders with purple potato chips
To make the veggie slider patties I cut circles out of some regular Yves patties with a cookie cutter, then hand-formed more patties by smooshing the scraps together so there was no waste. For the chips I thinly sliced purple potatoes, brushed them with olive oil and sprinkled them with smoked salt, then baked at 425°F for 30 minutes, turning after 15.

Snack
Friday, August 12th

Snack, Friday August 12th

cherry-blackberry-lime smoothie

Monday, August 15th

Snack, Monday August 15th

fresh pineapple (left over from Friday night)

Tuesday, August 16th

Snack, Tuesday August 16th

blackberry smoothie
I made one of these for Sym but she didn’t finish it, so I put it in the fridge to save for making popsicles. By the next day it had started to gel- I think I may have accidentally made jam O__o Note to self: make jam.

Things to Eat This Week

I went to the farmer’s market on Saturday for the first time in a couple of weeks, and stocked up on some of my favourite things.

Farmer's Market Haul, August 13th

l-r: smoky tomato chipotle humus; raspberries: orange and yellow tomatoes; honey sticks for Sym; sweet chili lime humus; mint; onion; black bean humus; garlic; purple bell peppers; blackberries

Taylor and I already ate the tomato and bean humuses, oops. A lot of this stuff I’m planning to use to make some fresh salsa, although I kind of wish I could have gotten green tomatoes instead of orange and yellow; I made purple and green salsa one time and it was awesome.

Today I got my weekly order from SPUD, I am really loving this service!

Spud Order, August 16th

clockwise from top left: this crazy dark green rinded watermelon; spinach; extreme purple smoothie; raspberry lemonade (this was supposed to be REGULAR lemonade but I’m not super mad); skim milk (three liters is the exact perfect amount); chocolate chip waffles; a sour cherry pie; more tomatoes; peaches, apples; purple potatoes!; cherries
All of these were grown/produced locally- even the watermelon! I know, crazy! Okay, the service considers anything in a day’s driving distance as “local” so it’s from Washington state, but that still closer than California or Mexico! The average travel distance for my whole order was 8km; I’m gonna win that ~local hero~ prize yet!

Donuts of the Day

Donuts of the Day
Funfetti Mini Donuts with Pink Glaze and Sugar Sprinkles
Drool Noise

These donuts are my first attempt using mini donut pans instead of my mini donut machine. The results were a little mixed, but promising!

Using donut pans is easier than the machine because with twelve cavities instead of six, you can obviously make more donuts faster. You also don’t have to worry about filling the cavities too slowly and ending up with some donuts being overcooked or burnt since they all go in the oven at once.

One thing you do have to be careful of is overfilling the cavities- your donuts with puff up and close over the hole and you’ll end up with a weird donut/cupcake hybrid. Another thing to look out for is the overall batter quantity; I used half a box of funfetti mix I had leftover, and ended up with 56 donuts: 24 overfilled mutants and 32 perfect cuties. If I hadn’t overfilled the first two batches I could have made four batches with that batter, for a total of 80 mini donuts. Unless you either have six or seven pans or don’t mind washing the pans between each batch I would suggest quartering your recipe.

All in all I like these pans- I have two that I bought at a store here and have ordered another two, and once I have four it’ll be a lot easier/less time consuming to make lots of little donuts at once. I want to use these to retry my chocolate chip cookie donut experiment, since the pans would solve the cooked-to-a-crisp-all-over problem I encountered when making them in the donut machine.