Pine Nut Paprika Houmous

So today is the two year anniversary of happyspinach etc.  I really do wish I was more prepared for it (i.e., a cake recipe), but I just found out about it when I logged on to post this houmous recipe.  My blog certainly has come a long way since my first embarrassing post, and it has certainly […]

Figgy Bites

Moist, temperately sweetened cookies with a delicate crumb, studded with plump and dark figs…  As they sit unassuming in their glass jar, their flavours develop and grow richer, subtler, and more complex…  With cookies so indulgent and rich, no one would ever guess that they are packed with whole grains and chickpeas. If you know me […]

Banana Crumb Cake

Yesterday was a day spent baking, baking, schooling, baking, schooling, and then baking some more.  It was a day spent experimenting with new recipes–some of which turned out, and some of which need a bit more tweaking.  To guarantee something tasty and sweet for the evening, I made this banana crumb cake, whose recipe was […]

Garlic Houmous

It’s funny how new things can change your perspective.  For instance, ever since I’ve become a sort of “amateur food photographer/stylist” I’ve begun to look at photography in a completely new light.  Another example is the book I’ve been reading, Figures of Speech.  It’s the most witty, novel book written by Arthur Quinn (most certainly worth […]

Red Bell Pepper Chickpeas

Happy National French Fry day, people!  Unfortunately, I do not come bearing French Fries…  I don’t do French Fries–well, I don’t do deep-frying.  Period.  To me, it seems like such a waste.  All of that oil…  And its messy and greasy and way too hot.  If I really want fries, then I’ll go and buy […]

Balsamic Pan-Fried Chickpeas

Simple, fresh dinners.  Aah, don’t you just love those?  They have a way of making me feel centered, enlightened even.  The simplicity in the ingredients in this dish allows the soft, nuttiness of the chickpeas to remain while being played off by the sweet, acidic zing of the cherry tomatoes.  Plus, you can’t help but feel good when you […]