Lemon Chicken with Chickpeas; state of the potager

Chicken & Chickpeas

This dish was the reason I made chickpeas in my Instant Pot a few weeks ago. I had preserved lemon in the fridge and this is the time of year I try to use up things that are primarily winter cooking. I like to free space for summer cooking. Actually, I am freeing space for … Continue reading…

Lamb Tagine with Chickpeas & Butternut Squash; leaves

Lamb Tagine with Butternut Squash

Indoor cooking is in full swing. The grills haven’t been put away yet as we are still hopeful of some decent weather before winter settles in. We haven’t heard the cranes flying over on their fall migration yet. Or the geese. The cranes are much noisier, though. When a big flock goes over it can … Continue reading…

Lamb Tagine with Potatoes & Chickpeas; staying home

Lamb & Potato Tagine

My loyalties switched, temporarily, from my tagine to my slow cooker. I’m trying to correct that. The cooking principles are actually somewhat similar. The slow cooker uses slow heat and a lid that is supposed to stay on to keep the moisture inside, which, in turn, keeps the food moist. The conical shape of the … Continue reading…

Spicy Moroccan Chickpeas; spicy heat

Moroccan Chickpeas

Cold, damp, winter weather needs a bit of spice. That is my opinion as I happen to like modestly spiced foods most in miserable weather. Having made that statement I immediately paused typing this post and went down the Google rabbit hole to see if I’m right. I am…. sort of. People do like spicy … Continue reading…

Beef, Chickpea and Feta Pasta Salad; walking a pig

Beef & Chickpea Pasta Salad

One cannot live on summer squash alone. Sometimes, one just needs to be able to open a can and call it dinner…. sort of. Besides, chickpeas, and all the other legumes, are good for us and should be included in our diet periodically (she says, self-righteously). And easy… We like easy. The only real disadvantage … Continue reading…

Pork and Chickpea Stew; more stews

Stews are misunderstood. They’re easy to make, flexible, nutritious and cook in one pot, making clean-up a breeze. Why so many people are skeptical of stews, thinking them, somehow, not worthy of a true gastronomic experience is a mystery to me. Of course, first one has to get past the idea that stew always means … Continue reading…

Spicy Moroccan Chickpeas; Spice Blends

This is the last in the series on Herbs and Spices. It’s easy and economical to make your own blends. You know exactly what you have and can adjust it to your own taste. The following are examples of spice blends from:The Spice and Herb Bible Barbecue Spice 1/4 cup paprika                          2 tbs sea salt … Continue reading…