Autumn, Food & Drink, Seasonal, Supper

Fresh Corn, Crispy Chickpea and Avocado Grain Bowl with Creamy Cilantro Dressing

Fresh Corn, Crispy Chickpea and Avocado Grain Bowl with Creamy Cilantro Dressing | Oh Honey Blog by Kayleigh KosmasFirst off, I know that post title is a bit of a mouthful. And that’s the pared down version! I also wanted to tell you right off the bat about the peppery watermelon radishes, crunchy, pink pickled onions, tender kale and nutty pepitas. Suffice it to say this grain bowl is bursting with flavors, colors and textures and is my new favorite make-ahead (and eat for days in a row because I’m hooked) meal. We’ve been stuck in a dinner rut for a while now and seem to make the same basic pastas, soups and pizzas week after week, and those old standbys have been tasting…blah. I’ve had very little appetite the whole time I’ve been pregnant (weird, huh) so the biggest motivator behind this grain bowl was making something really healthy and super flavorful, so even when I’m not that hungry I’m excited to eat it. And it worked! This is the first meal I’ve eaten in a couple weeks that I haven’t forced down half of, then passed off on Ponny, my dutiful husband/human composter. I’ve even gone back for seconds.

Fresh Corn, Crispy Chickpea and Avocado Grain Bowl with Creamy Cilantro Dressing | Oh Honey Blog by Kayleigh KosmasLet me tell you why. First, the corn salad – my inauthentic yet addictive version of esquites – is incredibly creamy yet fresh tasting, with a little bit of char on the corn and a sprinkle of cilantro and red onion. The chickpeas are wonderfully crunchy and flavorful thanks to a dash of cumin and cayenne. I love pickled red onions on anything and everything. Who wouldn’t!? And then the dressing. At first the cilantro is really bright and in your face and then, magically, it mellows out to a creamy, nuttiness with a subtle kick of garlic. It ties the whole thing together and I’m tempted to put it on every sandwich, bowl, pizza and sundae I make from now on. I cooked the brown rice in vegetable stock, so even the base of this bowl is extra savory.

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Autumn, Dessert, Food & Drink, Seasonal

Chocolate Zucchini Cake with Whipped Mascarpone Cream

When we bought our house this spring, one of my first thoughts was, “Yes! A backyard! I’m growing melons and peppers and poppies and carrots and beets and sunflowers, etc. this summer!” If you’ve been through the home buying and renovation process (or watched any HGTV ever) you’ve probably already predicted what happened next: about a hundred huge setbacks that go with the territory of remodeling a century old house in disrepair. Oh, and I got pregnant, leaving tiling, floor sanding and painting to Ponny alone. In the end we didn’t move in until August, much too late to start any produce in the backyard. Maybe next year, but I’m guessing we’ll be awfully busy with a new baby!

Fortunately, we live close to many well-stocked farmers markets and grocery stores, so there’s no shortage of fresh, seasonal produce in our house this fall. It turns out that when you make really tasty fruit and vegetable dishes, they’re no less satisfying because someone else did all the tilling and watering to grow the produce. Especially these days, when mustering the energy the cook at all feels like a huge victory. For me, pregnancy fatigue makes college finals fatigue look like a walk in the park. But it’d been months since I’d baked a cake and I couldn’t let the first weekend of fall slip by without whipping one up!  Continue Reading

Autumn, Breakfast, Dessert, Food & Drink, Seasonal

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Breakfast Cookie Cups

Oatmeal Chocolate Breakfast Cookie Cups - Oh Honey by Kayleigh KosmasI’m not a natural breakfast eater. I think it’s because I’m not a morning person, and I’d rather sleep an extra 15 minutes than spend that time eating. So in order for me to actually eat breakfast, my breakfast food has to 1. Be made in advance; and 2. Be tasty enough that it’s worth making time for. I’m happy to say these healthy (vegan and refined sugar-free!) and versatile (fill them with whatever you like!) oatmeal chocolate chip cookie cups tick both those requirements. Before I get to the recipe, though, some life updates!

In case you missed my Insta-announcement, I’m having a baby!!! I’m officially going to be a mama next February, and I’m pretty darn excited. I’m not someone who always knew they wanted to raise kids. I’ve been back and forth and on the fence, and at times I’ve really felt content with a husband and super cool cat. But now that my little one is on the way, having a kiddo feels like it’s absolutely the right choice and four months into my pregnancy, I can’t imagine not doing this right now!

When I found out I was pregnant, I naively thought, “This is great! Ponny and I will have one last summer, just the two of us, before we’re parents.” I imagined happy hours, impromptu trips to the coast and lots of hiking. About five minutes after having that thought, morning sickness hit and is just letting up now. I thought morning sickness was a trivial pregnancy rite of passage that wouldn’t interfere much with daily life and I think that’s because of its cutesy name. After nearly four months of mostly round the clock “morning” sickness all I can say is this: it really needs to be called what it is. All. Day. Nausea. And vomiting! It kept me from leaving the house, from socializing, from eating, let alone blogging about yummy summer foods. That’s why it’s been so quiet here this summer.

Oatmeal Chocolate Breakfast Cookie Cups - Oh Honey by Kayleigh KosmasBut I’m starting to feel a little more like my old self again, and I think it’s time to dust off the blog. Now that I can eat more than saltines, my biggest priority is eating lots of filling, nutrient packed foods, but without compromising on flavor. If the healthy food I’m eating also tastes good, the chances of me breaking down and eating a tub of ice cream are lower, know what I mean?

So in the coming months, expect some tasty, healthy(ish) recipes along with some make-ahead meals. I’ll want to have some of those under my belt in preparation for baby’s arrival! I have some mama- and baby-friendly DIYs I hope to get to soon, too.

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Beverages, Food & Drink, Summer

Matcha Mate Iced Tea Latte

If you’ve spent much time around the blog, you probably know how much tea I consume. Coffee for me is an occasional treat; tea is the stuff of everyday sustenance. For most of the year I sip hot tea throughout the day to keep warm, and nibble tea-infused desserts to satisfy my sweet tooth. In the heat of summer, though, turning the oven on to bake sounds like torture and the last thing I want to drink is a steaming mug of anything. So instead of tea I drink…oh, wait, I still drink tea! And lots of it. In fact, I store away some of my favorite teas just for summer, because drinking them cold brings out all their tasty flavors.

Stash’s Organic Matcha Mate is one of those teas. When they came out with this tea – a smooth blend of Japanese matcha, green tea and yerba mate – earlier this year I liked it hot, but knew I’d love it cold come summer. It’s a nice, strong tea for early mornings and lazy afternoons when I need a little caffeine boost, but without the bitter flavor that sometimes accompanies robust teas. I’ve enjoyed it on its own several times, but I think the matcha and mate flavors are at their best in slightly sweetened latte form. I brew the tea hot and strong, then pour it over ice with a generous drizzle of honey and a splash of cold almond milk, resulting in a silky and immensely sippable tea latte that’s made for hot days. The distinct tea flavors come through and, if you ask me, they’re actually made stronger by the dash of sweetness in the latte.

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Dessert, Food & Drink, Seasonal, Summer

Quick and Easy Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt Ganache Tart

I’ll happily eat a chocolate ganache tart anytime time of year. It’s one of the few desserts I’m happy to bake all year, too, even in the heat of summer. See, you just give the buttery pastry a quick bake ’til it’s golden – then you can turn the oven off! The ganache itself warms up on the stove then cools in the pastry shell, so you don’t have to worry about keeping anything heat-generating on for too long. If you’re like me and live in an old house without air conditioning, that’s enough to make this recipe a winner.

And I haven’t even gotten to the chocolate part yet. Ganache is one of those things that’s so decadent and utterly delicious it’s hard to believe it only has two ingredients. A silky, rich blend of cream and chocolate – and that’s it! I like to chill ganache tarts in the refrigerator before serving, so the ganache is cool and thoroughly set. Something about chilled chocolate makes it even tastier as it melts in your mouth! Make sure to use the best tasting dark chocolate you can find, and don’t forget the sprinkle of sea salt. It brings out the flavor of the chocolate and is a tasty foil for the creaminess of the ganache. Mmmm.

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