chickpeas and a plea.

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about six months ago, my husband & i went to see ‘cold souls’. it’s a movie about a guy (paul giamatti) who puts his soul into storage. everyone’s soul is slightly different in shape, size and colour. his soul looks exactly like a chickpea. it’s a running joke throughout.

needless to say, i could not each chickpeas for months after that, lest i fear i was eating mr. giamatti’s tortured soul.

enter the roasted chickpea. because it’s roasted, it’s darker. it’s not as squishy as the raw chickpea used in the film. no longer did i have to fear that i was eating souls. plus, they were tasty in a way that chickpeas usually are not. and you can change up the flavours.

a propros not of the chickpeas, nor of mr. giamatti, i’m hoping some of you will be so kind as to support me in the terry fox run this year. as some of you might recall, my uncle passed away from liver cancer earlier this summer. my aunt has been recently diagnosed with breast cancer. i’m running the 5k, which will be my first 5k race, partly because i need to feel like i have some amount of control over this, even if it’s only a drop in an ocean.

so, even if donating isn’t your thing (believe me, there are many occasions where i have turned people down), just a kind word to encourage me in this would be greatly appreciated. in the meantime, maybe eating some of these chickpeas will get me in shape for this.*

oven roasted chickpeas
adapted from the kitchn

1 15 ounce can chickpeas, drained, rinsed and dried
1 tablespoon of olive oil
1 tablespoon chunky sea salt
1 tablespoon choice of spice (see my recommendations below)

heat oven to 400F
spread chickpeas out on a cookie sheet
drizzle oil on top
sprinkle spices evenly
bake for 40 minutes in 3 intervals of 10-15 minutes, turning the chickpeas each time

if it’s not flavourful enough for you, add more spices when you bring them out of the oven
allow to cool and store in an open container
(pro-tip: in a closed container, the moisture will make them shrivel up)

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favourites flavours

  • 1 tablespoon schwartz’s steak spice
  • 2 teaspoons paprika, 1 teaspoon saffron, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1 teaspoon ginger, 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1 teaspoon honey (these need to be turned more)
  • 2 teaspoons celery seed, 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons oregano, 1 teaspoon basil

*why yes, i did think that was a good segue. didn’t you?

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