Tag Archives: Chickpeas

Wild Rice with Spiced Chickpeas

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I have been really enjoying Yotam Ottolenghi’s Jerusalem of late.  The book features recipes from the Israeli and Arab cultures of the region, with many vegetarian recipes highlighted.  Chickpeas, eggplants, and tahini are, predictably, staples of many of the items found in the book.  Many of the recipes are straight-forward and come together relatively quickly.  All of them have been delicious.

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Stuffed Zucchini Boats

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I am not a huge meat-eater, and red meat is particularly rare.  Though I still do enjoy the occasional burger and roasted chicken.  Caitlin is almost exclusively vegetarian.  So the hunt is often on for a new twist on vegetarian cooking.

I came across this recipe while flipping through our copy of the Vegetarian Times (that, by the way, is not a sentence we’re likely to hear around town).  The potato chips offer a fun and crunchy twist on the standard stuff vegetable recipe.

With our CSA in full swing, these zucchini boats Continue reading

Sweet Potato Falafel

When Caitlin comes to Cincinnati, she often takes a flight right after work, which puts her into CVG around 8:40 P.M.  That means she’s hungry for dinner.  And since I’ve also been waiting until then to have my dinner, it’s imperative that I arrive at the airport with a strategy in hand.  I can be very slightly grumpy when I’m hungry.

One of the problems, though, is finding a fun place that is not winding down at that hour.  In a city like New York, Chicago, or the like, it’s certainly not a problem.  But in a smaller city like Cincinnati, a lot of restaurants are closing shop by 10:00 P.M.

One afternoon, as Caitlin was readying to leave, I spent a few minutes on Yelp, and found my answer.  The Senate Restaurant was open until 11:00 P.M.  Better yet, it was downtown, a convenient location coming from the airport.  And finally, scanning the menu, I knew it had something I would love.  After I sent the menu to Caitlin, she also agreed that it looked good.  We had a plan.

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Chickpea Salad

Chickpeas are a complicated bunch.  The first time Caitlin and I cooked with chickpeas, we opened a can, drained them, and prepared a mixture to make falafel.  It was a total disaster.  The canned chickpeas disintegrated the minute they hit the frying oil.  Fortunately, dried chickpeas, soaked overnight, worked like a charm.

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Baked Sweet Potato Falafel

Choosing a recipe can sometimes feel like putting together a baseball team.  It is the home chef as general manager.

In each field, the objective is the same — to please the folks at home by offering them a winning dish while remaining within the allotted budget.  The objective is straightforward.  As is the theory behind it:  acquire the best ingredients, assemble, and serve warm.

But this process is never as straight forward as it seems.  Expensive ingredients, like high-priced free agents, may Continue reading

Sun Dried Tomato Hummus

Try as I might, I’m slow in the kitchen.  For me, prep times are not so much the letter of the law, as they are guidelines, or helpful recommendations.  A ten-minute prep time is, before I know it, the better part of a half-hour.  Where the prep time is an hour or more, I remember to set aside my morning or afternoon.

For that reason, I’m always looking for a quicker way of doing things.  A way to save time without necessarily cutting corners or sacrificing in taste or flavor.  But sometimes, the slow way is the only way.

The first time I made this hummus, I cooked the garbanzo beans for over an hour, before processing them.  And the hummus was fantastic!  The second time around, I decided to see if I couldn’t save myself 90 minutes of cooking.  I could not.  The uncooked garbanzo beans produced a hummus with a granular and fibrous taste.  It was not to be.  Sometimes, it seems, the slow way Continue reading

Falafel Sandwich

Falafel Sandwich

Every dish has two stories behind it.  The first story describes the origin of a dish, and sets out the historical underpinnings behind a recipe. The second story centers around the making of a dish, and notes the step-by-step details of assembling the meal.  In several cases, my posts have focused on the former story.  But in this case, Caitlin assured me that the second story of falafel was far more interesting than its first.

Falafel Prep Collage

The Sunday before Labor Day, Caitlin suggested we make falafel.  Together.  We printed off a recipe, and went to the store to collect the ingredients.  Since we were making it later that night, we bought canned garbanzo beans, though we also went ahead and purchased the dried version as well.  We followed the recipe, but with little success.  Upon hitting the oil, our chickpea mixture slowly disintegrated.  We added a little flour, but that did not help.  Our joint effort at falafel was a disaster.

The next day, I tried shaping a few more falafel balls, hoping the lengthy period of refrigeration might have shored up the chickpea mixture.  Again, no luck.  The canned garbanzo beans were apparently not going to cut it.  I remained undeterred.

Falafel Frying Collage

Later that night, unbeknown to Caitlin, Continue reading