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

Ingredients:

  • 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

Instructions:

  • 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.

lake

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….

unknown

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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