Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Tuesday: Chickpeas

I realized yesterday that I had a chickpea craving... this is how I solved it.

Saute some lardons of smoked bacon (~100g) in a bit of olive oil until they start to brown. Add three thinly sliced garlic cloves; continue to saute until they start to color. Add ~1tsp whole cumin seeds and a good grind of coriander; cook for another couple of minutes. Deglaze with some sherry (50ml?), add a finely diced onion, and a can of chickpeas. Add enough chicken stock (I used boullion) to get the beans swimming, then add a tsp of hot paprika and a pinch of saffron and simmer for 5-10 minutes. Add some chopped roasted peppers and return to a simmer for another couple of minutes. Just before serving add some canned tomatoes that you've cut into chunks; return to a simmer and serve over rice, topped with chives.

This is one of those flavor combinations where it's very hard to go wrong. Nice stuff.

We also had a green salad.

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