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Day 23 – Chickpea Fritters

Another food I quite like is humous, on everything. It’s made from pureed chickpeas mixed with various other things and is something I really want to try freshly made. However, my new kitchen isn’t finished yet and as such my lovely Mr Ken Wood the mixer is still in his box. His day will come.

So, what else is there that you can make with chickpeas? Especially when they are three tins for a pound in the store. Easy, quick and simple – chickpea fritters. Almost like a vegetarian burger perhaps.

Ingredients

200g/7oz canned chickpeas, drained and rinsed
½ small onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
1 tbsp ready-made harissa
handful fresh spinach leaves, torn
1 free-range egg
1 tbsp olive oil

I usually always have most of these in the house which makes this pretty simple to do on an unplanned night. I had onions, garlic, spinach, eggs and oil. All I needed was chickpeas and harissa. Edit – I lied. I had harissa left over from something else too.

What To Do

1 – Blend together the chickpeas, onion, garlic and harissa together until smooth. I guess you could leave it slightly ‘lumpier’ if you prefer it that way too.

2 – Add the egg and spinach. Pulse in the blender until combined in a thick mixture.

3 – Heat the oil in a frying pan. Spoon fritter sized chunks of the mixture into the pan and brown on either side for a few minutes. Remove to some kitchen roll to drain.

4 – Eat

I do like it when a recipe is done in three steps. I do miss having time to make more complicated things though as I think they can taste better just because they were harder. Hmm, will have to plan out the kitchen time better in future.

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Day 4 – French Onion Soup

I’m sure many people love those cheap Euro-Branded pseudo-supermarkets just as much as I do. You know the sort, Lidl/Aldi/Netto. Same produce, drastically reduced price. At the start of the year, as I planned – and still plan – to cook something new each day I bought some onions from one of these shops. I paid £1.99. I am now the proud owner of 5KG of onions.

The time has come to make them beautiful as only onions can be. So, I had to think of something that used many onions in its ingredients list. Hello Onion Soup.

I do also genuinely like French Onion Soup. I like all soup – you’ll notice this later. I can only make one soup though, Leek and Potato. And only because it can’t really go wrong. Chop, boil to death, whizz. Soup where bits are meant to remain intact however, not succeeded yet.

Today I am changing that.

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