Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Of Chickpeas and Erotica

What is it with me and chickpeas?

I love the darn little critters. 

And when they come all dressed in

spinach welllllll I feel just like Cassie

in SECRET* by L. Marie Adeline every

time  she accepts a new 'experience'.


Naughty girl.


Anyway I was all aflutter when I spotted

the following recipe for Chickpea and Spinach

Masala in the St. Catharines Standard the

other day.


(It was in a food column Rita Demontis and she

credits the recipe to Vegetables Please by

Carolyn Humphries.)


Holy good feeling in your tummy,



This is one tasty treat and even for a

kitchen klutz comme moi, easy to prepare!


Chickpea and Spinach Masala

2 tsp (30 ml) vegetable oil

2 large onions chopped

1 large garlic clove crushed

1 tsp (5 ml) each ground cumin, coriander


¼ tsp (1 ml) ground cloves


½ tsp (2 ml) chili pepper


14 oz (400 ml) vegetable stock


1 tsp (5 ml) granulated sugar


3 tomatoes cut into wedges


¼ cup (60 ml) plain yoghurt


1 tbsp (15 ml) snipped chives to garnish


Heat veggie oil in a pan, add onions and stir

fry for 2 minutes.  Add garlic and all spices and

fry for 30 seconds more.  Pour in stock and

stir inn remaining ingredients except for spinach

and tomatoes.  Season with salt and pepper.

Bring to boil, stir, partially cover and simmer

for 15 minutes.  Stir in spinach until it begins to

wilt then add tomatoes and cook 5 minutes

until spinach is tender and everything is bathed

in sauce.  Spoon masala  into bowls, top each

with a spoonful of yoghurt and sprinkle with chives.



So good!



*Erotica is a new genre for me.  I listened to

some women talking about this book on CBC

the other day.  I think they called it 'erotica for

feminists'.  I just couldn't resist that!  I'm planning

to blog about it when I finish.

I may have to reread it a few times



Just to make sure I haven't

missed anything.

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