Monthly Archives: October 2012

Chana Masala

I think it’s pretty funny how I never really enjoyed eating or making Indian food when I lived in BC.  Now, since I can get any decent ‘ethnic’ meal in a restaurant out here, I crave it, and absolutely enjoy creating dishes for my friends and family.  One of my favourite things to make is Chana Masala, or curried chickpeas. 1) because they’re so easy to make and 2) they taste amazing >|with practically anything!

You can use canned chickpeas if you don’t have dried ones, just omit the step where you boil them until tender

Chana Masala

For the dried chickpeas

3 cups dried chickpeas.  Soak in 6 cups of water with 2 tea bags over night

When you’re ready to make them the next day:

Pour the soaked chickpeas into a saucepan, leave in the tea bags for now.  Add in some extra water to just cover the top of the chickpeas.  Boil over medium-high heat, adding more water as desired.

1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 small green chili, or ½ tsp red chili powder (adjust to taste)
5 Tbsp Garam Masala (don’t be afraid to make some of these heaping)
1 medium tomato, chopped
1 tbsp Tumeric
1 tsp ground cumin (optional)
3 Tbsp oil or butter
1tsp black pepper
Salt to taste

Heat oil in a frying pan over med-high heat and add the onions, cook down for about two minutes and then add the garlic; cook until onions are translucent.

Add in everything else listed except for the chopped tomato.  Cook the onion and spice mixture for another three minutes, and then add in the tomatoes.  Cook for an additional 10 minutes on medium-low heat

Add the masala mixture to the chickpeas and give it a stir, keep cooking until the chickpeas are done.

**If you are using canned chickpeas, rinse and drain them and wait until the masala mix is cooked before you pour everthing in a pot and add as much water as you’d like, add in two tea bags and cook for approximately ten minutes.  Adjust the salt and heat as needed.

Serve over rice, with samosas, with roti or eat on their own.

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Farm to Plate to Heart

Sunset in Paradise

Few of us are lucky to enough to know exactly where our food comes from. I’m not talking about saying “Oh yah, this carrot was grown in Vancouver somewhere…” I’m talking, pulling it out of the ground, pulling it off a vine, picking it off a tree, washing it and making something spectacular out of it….

Today, I was the luckiest person on earth. I finally got to visit Abundant Acres Farm out here in Nova Scotia. It’s the place I’ve mentioned in this post, the amazing farm that supplies the fantastic produce packs I had the pleasure of receiving this Summer. I’m not going to lie, I’m very sad that the packs have come to an end for the season…where am I going to get my fresh produce from?! NOTHING will ever taste the same…ever. I guess I’ll survive somehow, but to put it simply: it’s going to suck. SUCK!
I am in awe at how welcoming, kind, and warm Jen, Dave, Bruce and Dylan are; I can’t put into words how happy today made me, so hopefully these photos(in slideshow format, oooh!) taken by my lovely twin, Kim (found here) can sort of show how fulfilling and soul-soothing connecting with your food, and the people who grow it, truly is.

Dave, Jen, Bruce and Dylan; thank you SO much for opening your home, your hearts, and my eyes to what is possible when amazing people do amazing things.

Cheers.

*Recipe for Chana Masala (curried chickpeas) will be posted tomorrow*

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