Monday, July 14, 2008

It niggles at me...

Well, I am on a chickpea flour roll. Here's a tidbit- if you add rice flour 1/4 C to 3/4 C chickpea flour, your chickpea pancakes/cakes/crepes whatever will come out crispier!! It really works!
Anyway, I am so enthralled with chickpea flour, I just made up a recipe for lunch yesterday. And I used up some of our kale, too!

Savoury Cakes

1 C flour (8)
1/2 C chickpea/besan/gram flour (4)
1/2 C corn meal (4)
1 C soymilk
1 C water
1/4 C oil
2 t salt
1 t cumin
1 t garlic powder
1 t baking powder
1 C chopped kale

Blend everything except the kale. Allow the batter to rest/develop while you saute the kale in a little oil. When it's pretty well cooked and nothing else seems to be happening to it except that it is starting to brown/burn, add a splash of water and stir, stir, stir, until the kale is a little wilted. Fold the kale into your batter.
Heat your skillet on med-high, add 1 t oil and pour in batter to make 4-5" rounds.
Cook up to 5m on the first side, 3m on the second.
Makes 12 cakes @ 37 points total = 3 points per pancake.

I made split pea soup yesterday for supper, because it was something that could sit on the stove while we ran around and rearranged the livingroom. You will be excited to learn that I am facing a DIFFERENT wall now when I type these posts (actually, it's pretty cool). I based this off of Alison's Famous Easy Pea Soup from but of course I changed the spices. The joy of cooking!

Split Pea Soup

2 C split peas, rinsed (8)
6 - 8 C water
1 onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 t celery seed powder
1 T vegetable broth powder
1 t liquid smoke
2 T oil (8)
1 T dijon mustard
1/2 t pepper

Saute onion, then garlic in oil. Add peas and spices. Add water (start with 6 C and add more later) and bring to a boil, simmer 1 - 1 1/2 hours. Use an immersion blender or blend in batches until smooth.
Makes 8 C @ 16 points total = 2 points/C

Started the Oprah book club book, it was the next one in the pile, "Jewel" by Bret Lott. So far SPOILER she has found out she is a Native American. It's one of those from a woman's point of view, set in the olden days, looking back upon her life type of dealies. We shall see.

No knitting, got to show off my scarf to a friend who oohed and ahhed over it, so that was nice. I stopped halfway through a row when she showed up at the coffeeshop and now it's bugging me. The incomplete row niggles at the back of my mind... I can feel the stitches stretching out as they sit all askew in their Ziploc bag all scrunched up and forlorn... what?