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Monday, September 10, 2012

fresh chickpea cakes

chickpea cakes 2

last week, dw and i started watching Lost. friends, it's freaking me out. i'm glad i'm not watching it in real time, that the hoopla has died and that i'm pretty much spoiler-free. we spent the weekend plowing thru the first season, a midst a few home chores, kitchen duties like tomato paste from the latest csa stash, gluten-free & dairy free chocolate chip cookies, and 12 hour chicken stock, and oh, a paddle board excursion.

a few things that i've thought of:

exactly how big is this island? my perception of how small earth really is is off, because how has this place not been colonized by someone already, or has it?!

there were two polar bears on the island. hold me.

there is no one on the island that is likable, save Hurley, and maybe Sayid, not even the dog is cool.

speaking of Sayid, how is he keeping his jerry curls so perfectly oiled?

anyone else creeped out by brother-sister-not-really-related-so-they-hooked-up peeps?

korean chick has a slammin body.

what is the appeal of Kate that both jack and sawyer sweat her? sure she has great arms, can shoot a gun like a pro and has fabulous hair but she kinda sucks.

kinda like the walking dead, why do they allow a kid wander around alone, when there's obviously a crazy french woman on the loose, specific climate animals on the prowl and mayhem abound.

i know this is a show, i know that i am judging from the safety of my couch, but some of these people are not very bright.

shelling

in the meantime, i made chickpea cakes for this week's The Food Matters Project, hosted by Life with the Lushers. in lieu of edamame i used fresh garbonzo beans/chickpeas and served this over a bed of sauteed chard + chive blossoms.

chickpea cakes

26 comments:

  1. Lost marathons are the best! Lovely cakes, I like the presentation!

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  2. Those chickpea cakes look amazing and the flowering chives are so pretty next to them!

    I am a Lost fanatic. We watched the whole thing once, and I was obsessed from beginning to end. Then we talked about it, disagreed about parts, reminisced about parts. Then decided to watch the whole entire thing over again. It was just as magical the second time, but in a different way. There has never been anything quite like Lost on tv before, and there never will be again.

    p.s. Yes, Kate sucks. Never got her appeal.

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    1. ok, your comments are the best!
      i'm really appreciating the hoopla that surrounded this show. right now, my mind is just boggled and i can't really talk to anyone who has seen it already for fear of being spoiled..

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  3. I admire your restraint! In similar situations, I would have skipped the kitchen projects and the outside time, watched every episode of, say, "Survivors," and then felt really guilty on Monday. Not that this has ever happened (this has happened more than once).

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    1. molly, i watched the first season of Survivors and LOVED it but stopped when i realized that there were only 2 seasons so i just read the summary of it on wiki, which makes me a horrible fan.
      the advantage that i have is that we have the dvd AND it's streaming on netflix, so any kitchen chores i had to do, i took the ipad in to watch an episode and any chores, like folding laundry or ironing could be done in the living room... it's all about looking for loop holes!

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  4. Lost just keeps getting better the more you watch, just wait until you reach season 3. ;)

    Your chickpea cakes are gorgeous (and scrumptious, I'm sure)!

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    1. valerie, i'm kinda sorta dreading season 6, i've heard ALOT of criticism about it...

      thank you!

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  5. oh, LOST. I miss you so. I feel so excited for you to keep experiencing the magic!

    PS - Made Carrie's cookies and they were just as awesome as you said.
    PPS - These cakes look great!

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    1. it really is quite the original series, i'm enjoying it immensely.

      so glad the cookies came out well for you!

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  6. The dish looks so good, especially the sauteed chive blossoms. I love the pictures, the one where you're peeling the pea pods makes me recall the times when I would hate being in charge of this particular chore although the result was always worth it. Try sauteeing the green chickpeas in clarified butter (Indian ghee if you have it) and sprinkling some pepper and sea salt. Love it!

    One question re the recipe, did u boil the chickpeas in water or steam them for the cakes?

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    1. actually, the first time we tried green chickpeas, we sauteed them in olive oil with salt/pepper, it was great! we are now converts to it.

      i boiled the chickpeas, steaming seems like a lot of work....

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  7. I love Lost! I was so sad when it was over. Yes, Kate kind of sucks. Sawyer gets better though. Especially when he takes his shirt off.

    p.s. sorry if I posted this twice -- the first time didn't seem to work for me.

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    1. yes, sawyer is very good to the eye when he takes his shirt off!

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  8. This looks delicious. And we LOVE LOST. My (humble) recommendation - watch it all and skip the last episode! ;)

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    1. thank you!

      oh dear. that's the first i've heard about skipping the series finale... it was that bad?!

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  9. I watched Lost through the first season or two and then I missed a few episodes and it got to be to much to catch up on. Every time I caught it I had no idea who most of the characters were or what was going on, although loyal viewers said it wasn't too different for them! You're inspiring me to start from the beginning again though... and sounds like you were well fortified for a marathon with the chickpea cakes!

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    1. meg, it's on netflix... i smashed pretty much an entire season in one weekend so i will be taking it easy for the rest of the series but so far i'm liking it.

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  10. I've watched a few episodes of Lost and gave up. After having kids, I've become sensitive and I cannot take those shows anymore... LOL. What beautiful chickpea cakes!!! Amazing photography, Lan!

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    1. nami, it can be quite brutal, yes, i've squirmed and screamed out loud...

      thank you!

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  11. Your cakes are beautiful and I love the fresh chickpeas.

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    1. thank you, the fresh chickpeas really did make for great cakes.

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  12. I have never used fresh green garbanzo beans - they are beautiful and now I want some!

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    1. seriously, fresh garbanzo beans are underrated, they're fantastic tasting.

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  13. these are gorgeous cakes! they sound so delicious!

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