Dinner/ Lunch

Chickpea Fail

Today was yet another adventure!


Mom, can you stay with me in California? Pretty please?

Lots of wine tasting explorations today…we pretty much did up Dry Creek and Russian River Valley. Loved Kokomo, Preston, Bella, Gary Farrell and Hop Kiln. But first, where would we be without

That would be a spicy smashed chickpea melt. Ummm don’t make it. It wasn’t very good. Sort of an epic fail but I think it still counts as one of my seven recipes so if you do want to experience new things, here ya go.
Spicy Smashed Chickpea Melt

Serves 1

1/2 cup chickpeas
1 tbsp canola oil mayo
1 tbsp dijon mustard
1/4 tsp sea salt
1 tsp paprika
pinch of cayenne
2 tbsp shredded mozzarella cheese
half a whole wheat bagel
Smash the chickpeas with the mayo, mustard, salt and spices. Slather on bagel. Top with cheese. Broil for four minutes. Eat?
Not much else to say about that one so let’s move on, shall we?

Dinner at Restaurant P-30!

I had something very unique. I think this is called a toad in a hole?


Housemade brioche with an egg in the middle with grilled asparagus and jack cheese. So, so, so delicious. I cleaned my plate….obviously.
Birthday weekend is coming to an end and mom is headed back to Georgia on Tuesday morning. Why can’t we all live in the same time zone?

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  • Jocelyn
    June 13, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    mmmm I love toad in a hole. Yum! Sounds like a great day with your mom 🙂

  • Suzanne de Cornelia
    June 13, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    You and your Mom look cute in same colors. Dexter, nice flowers, but what’s with the glowing eye, dude? Someday, hopefully you’ll live in the same time-zone. I know the feeling….I live in Carmel-by-the-Sea and my son in Europe 🙁

  • Lizz @ Leading the Good Life
    June 13, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    I love toad in a hole/egg in a basket/egg in a hole, too! And I like the idea of serving it with something green for a light dinner. Yum!

  • babs
    June 13, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    you and your mum are adorable!

  • Ameena
    June 13, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    The chickpea melt looks pretty amazing to me. And you and your mom are so similar looking, especially in the same colors!

  • Kaz
    June 13, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    Ooh, eggs in a hole! I love those! So good.

    If my cat switched places with Dexter in that photo, the next sound you’d hear would be “Omnomnom.” For some reason they’re obsessed with chewing on/eating plants? I gotta keep them out of reach.

    I’m glad you’re having fun with your mom. I plan to have mine come out and visit me sometime next month, so I’m eagerly looking forward to some mother/daughter time. 😀

  • Meg
    June 13, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    Aw the chickpea fail doesn’t look THAT bad. Still counts as a recipe 😉

    Enjoy your evening, Jenna 🙂

  • Shauna
    June 13, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    I’m really tempted to make that melt. It looks delicious. Well, I can’t say you didn’t warn me…

  • Angela (ohsheglows)
    June 13, 2010 at 9:20 pm

    oh I cracked up at your chickpea comments. Ive so been there!

  • Monique@She's Going The Distance
    June 13, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    Love that you and your momma match 🙂 Are you feeling better now???? I hope so!!

  • Katie
    June 13, 2010 at 9:27 pm

    I went to an outdoor concert tonight with some friends, and I decided that THIS would be the day to splurge and buy a bottle of Murphy-Goode cabernet sauvignon. I always read about it on your blog, but it’s a little pricey for me so I’ve never tried it before. Anyway, I looooooved it!! So smooth and flavorful – I don’t know if I’ll be able to go back to the $6 stuff I used to drink…. 🙂

  • Hillary
    June 13, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    Quite the gourmet toad in a hole. I wouldn’t expect any less : )

  • Bethany @ More Fruit Please
    June 13, 2010 at 9:48 pm

    I’m three hours behind my mom too and I HATE it!!! I miss her so much and wish I got to hang out with her more (funnily enough, when she came out to visit me, we hit up Ikea too!). I hope you enjoy your last day with her tomorrow! Still can’t wait to see the newly decorated digs!

  • Sana
    June 13, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    Funny thing- that dish actually looks good :)!

  • Nicky
    June 13, 2010 at 11:09 pm

    Hey Jenna

    is that what you guys call toad in the hole? here in the UK toad in the hole is a traditional dish but it’s sausages cooked in a kind of batter altogether in a dish so the batter rises up and around the sausages. I think it’s gross but loads of people love it!

    • Becky
      June 14, 2010 at 1:59 am

      Yep! That’s what I know as toad in the hole too. This must be California’s attempt on a variant!

  • jassy
    June 13, 2010 at 11:30 pm

    hi. you look like the young version of your mom:)

  • Anna @ Lily Hue
    June 14, 2010 at 12:18 am

    Ahah I love the cat picture! It’s so cute! 🙂
    That recipe doesn’t sound like a fail to me. I love chickpeas! I’m sure you’ll like the next one best 😉

  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs
    June 14, 2010 at 12:22 am

    Toad in the hole is an english dish, where you have a sausage cooked in batter (like pancake batter) 🙂 it’s really tasty!
    That chickpea thing wasn’t good? That’s a shame, it looks lovely!

  • Courtney (Pancakes & Postcards)
    June 14, 2010 at 1:19 am

    Haha you really put the hard sell on that recipe 🙂 Actually makes me want to try it… then I can blame the recipe when it is not amazing instead of my severe lack of skills in the kitchen. Happy belated!

  • Rachel @ Suburban Yogini
    June 14, 2010 at 2:00 am

    That is totally utterly and completely different to what we call Toad in the Hole in the UK!! 🙂

  • Lacey
    June 14, 2010 at 2:37 am

    In England toad in a hole is yorkshire puddings with sasuage baked in them. Yum!

  • Ash Bear
    June 14, 2010 at 2:43 am

    It looks like you and your mom had a great weekend! It’s so nice that she can come out so often. How many times per year does she come out? Every other month?

    I think I need to suggest this to my mom!

  • Cassie @ Tasteful Tales
    June 14, 2010 at 2:53 am

    hahaha i like when you said “Ummmm don’t make it”.. funny. I love your black shorts- they are adorable! Where did you get them?

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing
    June 14, 2010 at 3:00 am

    The toad in the hole looks delicious!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is
    June 14, 2010 at 3:11 am

    Chickpea melt sounds really good! I may have to try that for lunch or dinner.

  • Nora@LiveLifeEatRight
    June 14, 2010 at 3:45 am

    aw, I know how you feel I always miss my parents so much! Looks like you had a great time with your mom though! Love the “toad in a hole”!

  • Anna
    June 14, 2010 at 3:57 am

    oh my goodness my mom always used to make the egg-in-bread for breakfast when I was a child. I haven’t even thought about that until I read this post!! Thank you :). I now have something new to make in the morning.

  • Staceyhttp://stacey-healthylife.blogspot.com/
    June 14, 2010 at 4:00 am

    You tow look very pretty. 🙂

  • Jil @ Peace, Love & Munchies
    June 14, 2010 at 4:11 am

    Love toad in a hole…egg in a hole…gas house eggs… whatever anyone likes to call ’em they are just so good!!

  • Annie D. @ Annie's Simple Life
    June 14, 2010 at 4:16 am

    LMAO the name of that dish!!!

  • Kath
    June 14, 2010 at 4:31 am

    We went to Gary Farrell and Hop Kiln on our honeymoon 🙂 🙂

  • Annie @ stronghealthyfit
    June 14, 2010 at 4:42 am

    I would totally order that toad in a hole. Yum!

  • Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine
    June 14, 2010 at 4:45 am

    I’ve never seen a vegetarian toad in the hole…looks delicious! Glad you had a good day with your mom. I love your pink top!

  • Diana @ frontyardfoodie
    June 14, 2010 at 4:46 am

    hahaha, dang, I hate wasting chick peas but it has definitely happened. The first time I made hummus the recipe called for tons of fresh garlic and it was so spicy from the garlic we literally couldn’t eat it. It hurt me a little.

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman
    June 14, 2010 at 4:47 am

    That’s how I feel whenever my mom comes to visit. You guys look like you had a great time!

  • Sarah
    June 14, 2010 at 4:50 am

    You guys look so beautiful!!

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down)
    June 14, 2010 at 4:59 am

    I love all the pics, and your “toad in a hole” looks marvelous!

    I still think your chickpea mash looks delicious so I may end up trying it all the same…haha. 😀

  • Helen
    June 14, 2010 at 5:38 am

    Your chickpea mash actually looks ok! Cheese makes everything better! The toad in a hole looks lovely!

  • eatmovelove
    June 14, 2010 at 5:42 am

    What is brioche?

  • Alison
    June 14, 2010 at 5:53 am

    Jenna, love your tank top! Where’s it from?

    • jenna
      June 14, 2010 at 10:31 am

      aw thank you! I got it from Anthropologie last summer 🙂

  • Kelly @ Healthy Living With Kelly
    June 14, 2010 at 5:54 am

    Toad in the hole is amazing! One of my faves!

  • Heather
    June 14, 2010 at 6:00 am

    haha, just don’t dwell on the fail and no one will really remember it happened! i mean, at least you tried, right? 😉

  • diana@mymarblerye
    June 14, 2010 at 6:39 am

    can you have a fundraising “closet sale” soon? I love all your clothes! GAH!

  • Beth @ DiningAndDishing
    June 14, 2010 at 7:00 am

    haha, i love how you and your mum are dressed in the same color scheme. my little sis and i accidentally did that last night! great minds :).

  • Heather @ Side of Sneakers
    June 14, 2010 at 7:05 am

    Everyone has a recipe fail once in awhile- makes the good ones even better 😉

  • Becci@gonefrutti
    June 14, 2010 at 7:09 am

    Juts discovered your blog, Girl on Raw sent me here 🙂 and I love it xoxo

  • Kristin (Salty Tooth)
    June 14, 2010 at 7:23 am

    Wow, toad in a hole sounds horrible, but looks great!

  • Kristen @ Change of Pace
    June 14, 2010 at 7:26 am

    You and your mama are adorable! I can never seem to find a good recipe using chickpeas unless it’s hummus…

  • Nichole
    June 14, 2010 at 7:31 am

    While this is a sad tale, it is hysterical. Um, let’s not try this at home here kids, haa. We’ll take care of your mom back here in HOT GA.

  • R @ learningasichop.wordpress.com
    June 14, 2010 at 7:35 am

    That looks like such a great and satisfying meal – protein, fat, veggie and grain in one. Delicious!

  • Cara
    June 14, 2010 at 7:53 am

    Nice to see a pic of Dexter. He is one gorgeous kitty.

  • Katherine
    June 14, 2010 at 9:33 am

    Tell your mom to watch out for some HEAT! Georgia is steaming right now

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin
    June 14, 2010 at 10:14 am

    Aw, I hate when my parents have to leave after a visit. It sounds like you had a great time with your mom though! LOVE your pink shirt. 🙂

  • Dorry
    June 14, 2010 at 10:46 am

    You and your mama are so cute in your semi-matching outfits! The older we get, the better it is to spend time with our good ole moms. 🙂

  • Ingrid
    June 14, 2010 at 11:05 am

    when do we get to see the newly furnished/decorated apartment?! i can’t wait!

  • Meredith @ An Epic Change
    June 14, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    In my family we call that egg dish a “dinosaur egg” — NO idea why!

  • Rachael
    June 14, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    Brioche with egg sounds & looks really good!
    Where did you get your bag that you are carrying in the first photo?? I’ve been looking for a similar style here in Seattle.


  • Emily
    June 14, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    Where is your shirt from? I love it!!! 🙂

  • Kristin
    June 14, 2010 at 8:01 pm

    I love those! My Dad always called them eggs in a basket…

  • kristin
    June 15, 2010 at 9:41 am

    LOVE preston vineyards!!!! we came out to CA and stayed in healdsburg two years ago and visited preston on a sunday. we met lou, who was pouring jug wine in the back and hung out in the yard for awhile. just absolutely loved that space and the cute signage.