Chickpea Patties; For Sher

Chickpea Patties

Hard to believe it was last Sunday that Sher left us….Forsher

Hard to believe it’s already been a week….
Hard to believe it’s only been seven days…..

When the Bread Baking Babes decided to make and post one of Sher’s recipes today, instead of the more mundane Bread, I immediately went to What Did You Eat to chose a recipe.

As is my usual wont, when faced with words and recipes, I got lost.  After spending an hour or so, clicking, meandering, reading, remembering, I still hadn’t found a recipe I thought would be ‘right’.

So, as is my other habit, I shelved the task for awhile and tackled the mountainous mess that passes for my desk, instead.

About halfway through the pile of scraps of paper and post-it notes of ‘vitally important information that must be kept’ I found a scribbled recipe for Chickpea Patties.

Hmmmm…..

Didn’t I get this from Sher?

Rather than looking for something elaborate and ‘formidable’  to make from Sher’s blog, why not just make the one I had been planning on making anyway?

The one that, when I saw the photo, I said to myself “Self, you must make these…. Soon”

So I did.

Of course, I modified it slightly.

Sher would understand.  She’d already posted 2 different versions herself, and there was nothing to hint that there wouldn’t be a third iteration in the future.

Sher understood that recipes are constantly changing, evolving to reflect our current moods.

And, perhaps, more importantly, our current pantries.

She made hers from hers…

I made mine from mine.

And they were good!

Chickpea Patties

Chickpea Patties

15oz (450gr) chickpeas, drained, rinsed, and chopped
1 carrot, finely chopped  about 1/3 cup
1 stalk (rib) celery, finely chopped,  about 1/3 cup
1/2 onion, finely chopped,  about 1/3 cup
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbs basil, chopped
2 tbs oregano, chopped
1 egg
1 – 2 tbs olive oil

Sauté onion, carrot, celery and garlic in oil until tender.  Remove and put into a bowl, along with chickpeas and herbs. Stir to combine and cool vegetables.  Lightly whisk egg and add to vegetables.   Heat a bit of oil in large nonstick skillet.  Drop mixture, about 1/2 cup at a time, into skillet and form patties with 2 spoons.  (It’s rather a loose mix – and you don’t want them too big or you won’t be able to turn them) Fry them about 4 minutes, then turn and fry 4 minutes longer.
I made them in 2 batches of 4 patties each. 

I ate half of them immediately, with a tomato olive sauce on the side.

Chickpea Patties, garnished

I ate the other half, the next day…. Standing in the fridge….  Whenever I walked passed….

Chickpea Patty

Yup, they were good cold, too.

Thanks, Sher….

We miss you….

A special thanks to Glenna, of A Fridge Full Of Food, who has written a moving tribute to her best friend…  And has taken on the task of collecting all of today’s Memories and Tributes, and getting them to Sher’s family.

For the rest of the Babes recipes and thoughts:

A Fridge Full of Food (Glenna), Bake My Day (Karen), Cookie Baker Lynn (Lynn), I Like to Cook (Sara), Lucullian Delights (Ilva), Notitie van Lien (Lien), The Sour Dough (Mary aka Breadchick), Living on Bread and Water (Monique),

20 thoughts on “Chickpea Patties; For Sher”

  1. what a wonderful post for sweet Sher!
    I too had my problems to find “the recipe” to honor her…

  2. Thanks, Monique!
    Lydia, yes, she will be…
    Michelle, they were…. She came up with a great recipe.
    Thanks, Sara.
    Sammawow, thanks… I never would have thought of them with Sher!

  3. Chickpeas were one of the things that always made me think of Sher. I think she would have loved knowing that so many people are writing tributes to her.

  4. Thanks, everyone! There are a lot of lovely memories to Sher out there…. I hope she is enjoying each and every one as much as I have… (probably more)

  5. Hi KZ, thank you for picking chickpea patties, they do look delicious! I am going to miss Sher too. She had such a nice way about her blog, kind of like a chat with an old friend. My cat is going to miss Sher and Laura kitty too. Kitikata.blogspot.com is my cat’s blog and my cat picked Sher’s sardine recipe.

  6. Lannae, I didn’t know you had a kitty blog! I’ll be over to check it out… How could I miss that?!

  7. Katie–I totally agree. Sher knew the real essence of how recipes change and evolve to service us how me need them. It’s part of the joy of cooking. Thank you for sharing your memorial of her with us.

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