Lemon Chickpea Soup with Bulgur, the lake and a curiosity

This is an easy pantry soup – my favorite kind.

It goes together quickly with ingredients I always have on hand, either in the freezer or the pantry.

I think having a well-stocked pantry is a hold-over from living in the middle of nowhere in Minnesota where one could be house-bound for days in the winter.

Or maybe from living in the mountains in Andorra, for the same reason.

Actually, we had 3 inches of snow here in France 3 years ago and were stuck for a week (no plows, hill in shade, no desire to shovel the entire lane, etc.)

I digress…..

We had this as a first course – with a bit leftover for lunch the next day.

Lemon Chickpea Soup with Bulgur

Total time: 35 minutes


  • 1 1/2 cups (15oz, 450gr) chickpeas, rinsed, drained
  • 1 1/2 cups (12oz, 360gr) whole tomatoes, with juices, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 tsp dried parsley
  • 2 cups (16oz, 480ml) chicken stock
  • 1/3 cup (1.5oz, 45gr) bulgur
  • 2 tbs fresh lemon juice (1/2 lemon)

Lemon Chickpea Soup with Bulgur


  • Sauté onion, garlic,in medium saucepan in olive oil over medium heat until tender, 5 – 7 minutes.
  • Add spices and sauté briefly
  • Add tomatoes, juices, chickpeas, chicken stock and parsley to pan.
  • Cover and heat to boiling.
  • Add bulgur and simmer until bulgur is tender, about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add lemon juice and serve.

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We have water in the lake.

After a week of rain we had a brief interval of sunshine this morning so I took a photo.

It’s been amazing how fast it’s come up in the last week. But now that the deep end is filling up it will slow down.

What’s really strange is how fascinated I am by it….

Must be the rain.


I’ve mentioned in the past that our house is like an archaeological site. One never knows what’s going to slowly make it’s way to the surface.

I regularly find rusty, crusty knives, scissors, bottles, jars, pots, etc in the garden and, occasionally, working up through the grass in the lawn.

But sometimes I find stuff that isn’t coming up from under the ground. It’s just sitting on top.

I’ve found little bottles, a shoe, and yesterday, this pink thing.

It was just sitting on top of the grass.

I have no idea what it is….


It’s rubber and it’s a bit heavy.

It wasn’t there in the morning when I walked the dogs, but it was there in the afternoon…. Out in the middle of our field.

It’s too heavy for a bird to have carried and dropped.

It’s not possible for a human to have brought it.

It’s kind of big for another dog to have brought it – and we never see other dogs, anyway.

Mon mari says it fell out of a plane.

Could it have fallen off of a plane?

I have to start getting out more….

Last update on January 11, 2016

5 thoughts on “Lemon Chickpea Soup with Bulgur, the lake and a curiosity”

  1. That would seem to be great soup where I am at the moment.
    That pink thing … yes, it’s an oddity. I could see it being off of an old prop plane and be something not related to the plane at all. Who knows? Maybe somebody will show up here with a real idea.

  2. Manna from heaven? Or in this case, oddities from heaven?

    We were growing things at our old house, one was a flathead Ford engine. I often wondered if my dad had managed to bury the whole car somewhere there, but alas, we’ll never know now.

    And yes, I am alive. I’ve been sick for three weeks. Ugh…

    Can I make the soup with white beans do you think instead of chickpeas? I made a garlic and chickpea soup once that looked lovely in the recipe photo. It was a gray, flavorless bowl of…never mind. But unless they’re put on salad, I no longer eat them, it was that bad.

  3. Tanna, it’s a lovely soup 😉 – the lemon really perks it up!

    nightsmusic, my mother used to tell us about a ‘sink hole’ on their farm where her father dumped equipment. It’s a treasure trove waiting discovery. White beans will work just fine. I happened to have chickpeas….

    Phoenicia, the theory from a farmer I asked today was that it was likely carried there by a fox. Apparently they are noted for picking things up and carting them off – dog toys, horse harnesses, small pieces of equipment…. Don’t know why.

    Zoomie, Kong carried by a fox….. I like that better than stuff falling from the sky.

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