Well… it was bound to happen eventually.  Chickpeas.

Chickpeas -they are easy to find, inexpensive, nutritious, and were deserving of our attention in our latest culinary exploration.

The sound of a chickpea demonstration may not incite waves of euphoria at first, but they proved that they can be a versatile and worthy ingredient of our study.

We design our meal program at the Manor of Hope to incorporate the beneficial ingredients and cooking techniques of the Mediterranean diet, so devoting a little time to one of our favorite legumes seemed only appropriate.

With all of the guys around the table, we began our lesson with spicy crispy chickpeas, which are simple in preparation and satisfy the crunch that we all like from our snacks!

We learned of inclusion of chickpeas in a number of cuisines, and ventured on to make an Indian-inspired chickpea and cauliflower curry which proved to be a big hit with the guys!

Last but certainly not least, hummus.  Chickpeas, sesame tahini, garlic, lemon juice, cumin, olive oil, and salt… and we are in business!  We pooled extra virgin olive oil in the center, seasoned with za’atar spice, and accompanied our hummus with romaine hearts, hard-boiled egg, sweet onion, tomato, and pita.

We had a great time talking, teaching, learning, and laughing… and we are all thankful for the opportunity to be involved with the rewarding work of recovery that happens at the Manor of Hope.