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I’m really not a hippy October 19, 2011

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First off, I want to make one thing abundantly clear.

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I am not a hippy.

I’m not a vegan, and, while I’m all for taking reasonably measures to practice good stewardship when it comes to animals, natural resources, and the environment in general, I like meat, I run the air conditioning in the summer, and I drive a tank.

At most, I guess I can be considered a crunchy con.

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That said, you know I wouldn’t deliberately peruse a blog called Fat Free Vegan – notwithstanding the fact that I do, indeed, subscribe to the Vegetarian Times e-mail newsletter.

So anyway.

I came home from the public market a couple of weeks ago with my usual late-summer vegetable overload.

See, that’s another thing.  Local, seasonal – that’s all well and good.  But sort of hippy-ish sounding, isn’t it?

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But you know what?

Local means fresh.  And fresh means tastes better.  I’d rather my food travels an hour than a week.

And seasonal?  Well, that’s just another word for “we have more of this stuff than we know what to do with, so, here, give me a buck and you can have some.”   So yeah, smaller carbon footprint, blah blah blah, but the bottom line is that it’s fresher, it tastes better, and it’s cheap.

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And probably better for us, to boot.

Hey, I’m not getting any younger.  I’ll take my vitamins and minerals where I can can get them.

So anyway.

I had picked up a lovely, lovely bunch of fresh mustard greens one fine morning, and I felt like I was in the mood for chick peas that week.

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So I did a Google search.

And I found some curried chick peas, and some soups, and, well then I saw Balsamic-Glazed Chickpeas with Mustard Greens and thought that that sounded . . . different.  And interesting.

We did make a couple of changes to the recipe – we used chicken stock instead of  vegetable (I had an open jar and, well, I’m not a vegan).

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And, of course, we cooked dried beans rather than open a can.

I guess we’re just crunchy that way, too.

Oh, and I added a bit of our homemade pepper-garlic sauce, just because.

So.

Political (or apolitical) views aside, what about the beans?  And the greens?

And, well, what about it?

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This was actually a kind of neat dish – different from our usual fare.

We started with an oniony, nicely-seasoned broth, that we used to braise the freshest of mustard greens.

Then, after removing the greens and onions, we create the glaze – the leftover broth, some balsamic vinegar, soy sauce and sugar (which is what makes the glaze really glazy) and add the perfectly cooked chick peas.

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That whole mess cooks until the liquid is, essentially, reduced to tar.

Lovely, sticky, sweet, glazy tar.

Then we tossed the greens back in (since they could use a bit of reheating by now anyway) and served with oven-fresh bread.

The bottom line?

Well worth the effort.  The greens were fresh and hearty, and the beans were beautiful – perfectly cooked and sticky and sweet and glazy.

We doubled the recipe as written – and it was plenty for the three of us.

And we didn’t even need a pork chop or anything with it.

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Comments

1. judy - October 19, 2011

That really sounds GOOD today. It sounds warm and filling when the weather is getting colder and when I am cold I am hungry. Good read today including your inclusions. Thank as usual. :)

Thanks, Jude. I do try to add a little personality when I can, you know. :D

2. anne - October 19, 2011

Holy moley, those are some green greens. And .. *gasp* Veg Times has an email newsletter?? Must. Sign. Up. Now.

Oh, and yeah, Fat Free Vegan is a good place, even if you’re not vegan OR fat free. :D

Hi, Anne, I figured you’d come out of the woodwork for this one. :D And yes, Fat Free Vegan is pretty good, despite the whole “fat free” and “vegan” thing. :lol:

3. The Innkeeper's Daughter - October 19, 2011

That sounds very tasty…will have to put into the repertoire, Thanks!

Definitely worth a try, for sure! I’ll tell you, I could just make a meal of the glazy chick peas. . . :D

4. Kimberly - October 21, 2011

That crunchy con clip makes so much sense– I have been trying to articulate an idea like that forever! I myself am liberal, but I find myself having more and more in common with conservatives… as long as we stay off a couple hot topics. Hah. :)

HI, Kimberly! You know, I think that most people are a lot closer in ideas than we might think. And honestly (shhh), I find myself moving, if not to the “left,” exactly, at least to a slightly less conservative and more libertarian position.

And I do love me some granola. :D


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