Chickpeas in a whole new light

Ok, here’s the last recipe from last week. This week’s new recipe just finally came out of the oven after me jumping up and down off the couch to stab it with a toothpick so many times I lost count. I hate it when a baked good just doesn’t want to finish baking.

Last week, I once again accomplished my goal of making soup for the week. This has been a hit or miss goal around here. It seems I’m not quite organized enough to get my ingredient list together on a Sunday, or I’m away for the weekend and don’t get to the soup before tumbling into Monday and another work week. You’d think I’d try harder since on the weeks I don’t get my soup made since I either

a) wander around hoping food will magically fall from the sky at lunchtime

b) go grab unhealthy food from Sheetz. Having a Sheetz less than 3 minutes from school is both a blessing and a curse. And, if you don’t know what Sheetz is, I’m so sorry that you are deprived. You must visit Pennsylvania or Maryland (or limited Virginia locations) so you can eat at Sheetz.

c) think about how I have semi-wilting spinach in a fridge somewhere on campus that I could eat.

But, last week was a happy lunch week. I was busy eating my chickpea, garlic and bread soup. Chickpeas are delicious as a salad topper, but I’d never thought of blending them up to make them into soup. However, the experiment worked out pretty well. This is a nice, mild soup that’s a bit of a cross between a broth and cream soup in texture. I’ll admit that I didn’t get my act together enough to  actually toast the bread into croutons. I’m sure that would have been delicious. But, instead, I selected some three cheese bread from Panera, tore it apart like a ravenous animal at lunch, and then dipped it in the soup. That was a close second to making my own croutons since it’s pretty hard to go wrong when Panera bread is involved.

And, again, since last week was a self-proclaimed skate-on-the-edge-of-cooking-disaster week, I’ll give you my warning. The fill line on a food processor is the fill line. Do not look at the line and say to yourself, “Oh, my soup is only a little above that line. This should work out ok.”

It will not work out ok.

You will be mopping a lake of chickpea soup off your counters while your dog licks it off the front of the cabinet doors. Or, perhaps a similar disaster. I speak from experience on this one. Use your blender.

Coming up soon — a quilt reveal! I finished one on Sunday, but I’m just too tired to get the photos posted tonight.

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