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Chickpeas Easy Peasey

In Cookbooks, Homemade on February 14, 2010 at 12:26 pm
chick peas

Lazy me--cooking these was embarrassingly easy

I had always been too lazy–and the cans too convenient. But last week, I finally decided to cook that bag of garbanzo beans in my pantry. It was very easy, I’m ashamed to say.

Yes, I soaked them–that had been one of the hurdles. Who could remember to soak beans? But I put them in water while I was making lunch; by dinnertime, the beans were ready for cooking.

That turned out to be no big deal either.  I remembered that some cable TV food guy recommended using the oven rather than the stove top, so I pulled out his first cookbook for the details.

I skipped all the flavoring, put my soaked beans in a pot with four cups of water and some salt, brought them to a boil on my cooktop, then put the lid on and transferred the pot of beans to the oven to cook at 250 degrees for about an hour and a half.

Chickpea perfection.  The smell alone was enthralling, a bit like bread baking. Now that I had a heap of beans, what to do with them? Read the rest of this entry »