My dearest Ladies,
Summer is in full swing and the heat is on… even in Paris! I’m here on my own for a few days to visit with my good friends Brechtje, Gwen and Renate, who are all in town. It’s wonderful being able to catch up with my girlfriends. It’s like no time has passed at all, you know? Even though we all live in different countries, the conversation picks up right where it left off. The mark of true friendship if you ask me.
When I’m not in Paris yapping away with the girls over too many glasses of wine, I’m working from home in Herblay. It’s very quiet here as mom, dad and Lucy are in Milos (lucky devils!). I don’t know about you but I find it harder to get excited about cooking for 1, so my meals here have tended to be simple and quick to prepare. Case in point, a couple of days ago I whipped up some of my tasty chickpea salad sandwiches. They were bursting with flavor and healthy to boot. I thought you might enjoy the recipe, so here it is.
This type of recipe is generally touted as a vegan substitute for tuna salad sandwiches, but I think that’s doing it a disservice. In my opinion, chickpea salad sandwiches stand on their own two feet and are absolutely delicious in their own right. The possibilities for mix-ins are endless. Experiment and see what you like best and let me know what you think.
Hi from sunny Milos,
Our friend Vasilis, chef and owner of Alevromilos Restaurant here in Milos (one of our faves!) makes sublime chickpeas in the oven. I have tried many times to replicate his dish in France with varying degrees of success so when he offered to come over to the house and show me, I jumped at the chance.
This is a simple recipe that relies heavily on having the very best chickpeas. The Greek ones really soak up the liquid before cooking, swelling to a much larger size than those we get in France, plus they are very digestible. Vasilis says that if he couldn’t have Greek chickpeas, he would use Canadian ones. Who knew? Vasilis uses myrtle to flavour his version of revithia sto fourno but you can also use the more traditional bay leaves.
Life in Barcelona is treating me well and I’m enjoying the newness of everything here. I’ve been very busy working on my Rouxbe Plant Based Cooking Certification course and learning so much about cooking without any animal products. The Man isn’t complaining either – there’s a lot of tasty food around the house these days. This week I’m doing the breakfast unit… it’s going to make for some weird dinners, I can tell you that much!
Last week one of my assignments was to use one type of bean in two different ways. After careful consideration I decided to make chickpea tacos and garbanzo bean burgers! The recipe for the burgers comes from Anne Lindsay’s wonderful cookbook: New Light Cooking, which was recommended to me by my very good friend Laura. I jazzed up the ensemble with some melt-in-your-mouth caramelized onions – YUM.
Well, a LOT has happened since my last post! As you know, the Man and I have moved to Barcelona and have been working overtime to get our apartment in order as well as our admin. Last week was filled with Ikea (fun!), a flat tire (no fun…), as well as a visit from Mom and Dad who came to celebrate little Norah’s 1st birthday. So much excitement!
This week it’s back to work and starting to carve out our new routines. My kitchen is just about ready and I’ve been cooking up simple meals to keep us fuelled and in ship-shape. I’m peering into every store we cross to see what’s available for purchase. I haven’t quite figured out where to procure certain staples of my diet like unsweetened almond milk, kale or red curry paste but I have no doubt I’ll find them eventually. The nice thing is that each street corner seems to have a fruit and vegetable stall spilling over with colorful produce – what a luxury!
Yesterday I made a big bowl of simple and satisfying wholewheat tabbouleh that made use of the fresh mint that Hanin brought over as a housewarming gift (thanks Hanin!). It’s a cinch to make and will fill a number of bellies before it runs out. I’m super happy to be submitting this recipe to another Virtual Vegan Linky Potluck co-hosted by Bunny Kitchen!
Apologies for posting late but I’ve just come home from a truly amazing road trip! As you can imagine food choices can be limited when you’re on the road, especially if you aren’t eating meat (except fish) or cow dairy. I ate a lot of tuna sandwiches, veggie burgers and fish and chips. A far cry from the whole-food plant based diet I’m aiming for! We limited the damage by picnicking for lunch (hummus, veggies, wholewheat pita…) and hiking as much as possible. We did have some good meals along the way – some great locally fished river trout comes to mind, as does the INCREDIBLE birthday dinner we had at Wazuzu in Vegas. Still, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t looking forward to some good healthy home cooking by the end of the two weeks.
I knew exactly what I wanted to make for our first meal back: chickpea tacos! I found a recipe by The Happy Herbivore‘s Lindsay Nixon for Blue Corn Chickpea Tacos in The China Study All-Star Collection Cookbook and tried it out the week before we left. My friends, it was a slam dunk. I’ve altered the original recipe to suit my fancy and came up with a rice and bean dish to accompany the tacos (we found that just doing the tacos was a little “light” especially for the Man).
Greetings from Milos. The weather is amazing! Wish you were all here to enjoy it with us.
Beth, your chickpea salad came at a great time. It got me into a chickpea state of mind for a surprise birthday party planned here for a friend whose birthday is in January-surprise guaranteed! More and more, I hate the idea of buying crunchy things that are way too salty and full of chemicals and additives. So I made Spicy Hummus and Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas. Both were pretty peppy but you can easily adjust how hot they are.
I started with 500 grams of dried chickpeas. You can use canned for both recipes but the flavor won’t be quite as good. Continue reading
The Man and I are thrilled to be back in California: sun, beach, great food… it’s got it all!
As you know, my diet has evolved over the last 3 years and I’ve pretty much cut out meat (although the occasional burger, chili con carne or Spanish jamon is hard to resist!). After reading the widely-recognized The China Study I’m convinced of the health benefits of further reducing my intake of animal products (especially dairy). The thought of saying goodbye camembert (for good?) fills me with sadness but I’m convinced it’s for the best. We’ll see how it goes…
This month I wanted to share one of my go-to weekday recipes that also happens to be vegan: my scrumptious chickpea salad.