April’s Third Thursday: Sometimes Things Just Work Out April 21, 2011Posted by Toy Lady in Cooking, Cooking Challenge, Third Thursday.
The month is, once again, flying by! Can you believe April is 3/4 of the way through? And on top of that, Easter is this weekend!
A couple of weeks ago, on my bi-weekly trip to the public market, I managed to score some spinach. Not just some spinach, mind you – a 5-pound bag of the stuff.
Do you know how much spinach weighs? Not much, that’s how much. In other words, a 5-pound bag of spinach is a LOT of spinach.
Or at least it is before it’s cooked, anyway.
I also had a quart jar of dried chick peas that’s been sitting up there in the cupboard long enough, so I declared chick peas to be that week’s bean of the week.
Like you don’t have a bean of the week.
With spinach, much like lettuce, the clock is pretty much ticking when you bring it home. Let that stuff go just a day too long, and you wind up with a bag of green, slimy goo.
Ideally, what I needed was something that would use chick peas and spinach – all in one fell swoop – so I did what sane person would do; I asked the internet!
Spinach and chick peas. Chick peas and spinach. I had in mind some sort of curry, which also would have been good, but Peeps preferred a Spanish-style version: espinacas con garbanzos which, coincidentally, translates to “spinach with chick peas.” That fills the bill quite nicely, huh?
Since there are three of us, I kinda-sorta expanded the recipe – we sauteed half of the 5-pound bag of spinach, stashed part of that for later pizzas, and used the rest here.
We cooked the chick peas in the pressure cooker – and SERIOUSLY! – if you don’t use a pressure cooker for anything but beans, you’ll more than get your money’s worth. I’m just saying.
Although, on the face of it, this dish sounds a little. . . weird, I’ll tell you, it was fantastic.
Between the beans and the toasted bread, there’s a heartiness that, for a household of non-vegetarians like us, was surprising.
The spinach was, of course, delightful. We all like spinach anyway.
The spices – a blend of paprika, garlic and cumin, along with a pinch of red pepper and some garlic – were warm and cozy without being overly spicy.
We served it on a mound of whole wheat couscous – I guess I was still kind of hung up on the “Mediterranean” idea, though to be honest, I think I might have preferred either rice or even maybe some fried potatoes – that would be good, wouldn’t it?
I’m going to be honest here. This was good – really good. It fed the three of us – and we were hungry, too. Plus there was a serving left over. At least, there was a serving left until the next day when the Boy – that would be he who doesn’t like “stuff pretending to be meat” – apparently took care of that.
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