I am on holidays. After finishing the long consultancy I am taking 2 weeks holiday, and delightedly spending it at home. It is a long time since I spent a holiday at home. I want to just potter around, do some shopping, cook, take photos and clean out some cupboards. Read books. Catch up with friends. Do a whole lot of wonderful things that always get left when one is very busy. You know the thing.
Today I am finalising the last of the work things. Doing my paperwork. Making the last of the phonecalls. Tidying up the last deliverable to my last client. Some washing. Shopping. Today all of that will be finished, so then I am REALLY on holidays – mind AND body.
Jugalbandi posted recently about calcium. It is a timely post. One of the things essential for calcium absorption is Vitamin D. And Vitamin D comes from the sun. It is interesting that in Australia with its intense sunshine for 6 months of the year, we have spent a fortune and twenty years getting people to slip, slop, slap when out in the sun (slip on a shirt – ie long sleeves, slop on some sun cream and slap on a hat). But covering up has meant a decrease in Vitamin D absorption from the sun, and therefore increases in calcium deficiency and related problems. I had my Vitamin D level tested and I am WAAAAaaaay below normal. That means I need more sunshine (and some supplements) and probably related to that is more outdoor exercise.
So today I had delivered a lovely outside table for the back area which is the only part of my apartment that gets sunshine that I can sit in. Can’t wait to use it! Look for it in photos over the next months.
Yesterday I found some pomegranate molasses and some pomegranate syrup in 2 different shops – it has been hard to get here, but I have been looking for it ever since bee left me a comment saying that they used it in my baked strawberries recipe. They taste the same to me, so I think that there is only a difference in name, but I am looking forward to exploring their use.
And today is also the first wet, windy, cold, wintery day that we have had. Wouldn’t you know. Months of lovely 25+ Celcius temperatures, delicious golden and orange autumn sunshine, and my first day of holidays and it is 16C, a large cold front arriving, buckets of rain, hail, maybe snow in the Mid North. Snow in the Mid North – unheard of. My feet are cold. A sure sign of winter arriving. Still, cannot complain. All of Australia is desperate for rain.
So because of Juglabandi‘s post, I slipped a tablespoon of sesame seeds (for calcium) into my porridge this morning, and drank a glass of almond milk too. Almonds are amazing things, having an ability to lower bad cholesterol and maintain the good cholesterol levels. Oh, and baked some chickpeas.
You can eat these chickpeas (garbanzo beans) just as they are, or throw them into salads on top of pasta with vegetable sauces. Eat them sitting out on your lovely table in the sunshine. Take them in your backpack on long walks. In your bento box for an office lunch. They are a great pre-dinner munchie. Or a late night TV snack.
Oh, and use whatever flavourings you like. See my lovely commenters for ideas. I like the sound of smoked paprika.
Oven Baked Chickpeas
Source : inspired by a number of blogs
Cuisine: Indian style
Prep time: 5 mins
Cooking time: 30 mins
Serves: 3 – 4 people, depending how you use it
1 can chickpeas (or soaked and cooked chickpeas)
1 – 2 Tblspn olive oil
2 tspn cumin seed
1 tspn sambar powder or other spicy mix
Rinse the chickpeas, drain them and dry them well.
Place in a bowl with olive oil, sea salt, black pepper, cumin seed and sambar powder. Mix well.
Tip them onto a baking tray or into a shallow baking dish. Cook in a preheated 200C oven for 20 – 30 minutes until crispy and golden on the outside.
A new photo – these are a firm favourite here:
The Holiday Series
- Mint Paneer: A recipe
- Srikand: A recipe
- Creme Fraiche: How to make
- Thick Thick Yogurt (Yogurt Cheese): How to make
- Yogi Tea: A recipe
- Roasted Rosemary Pears: A Recipe
- Pomodori Gratinati (Baked Tomatoes with Cheese): A recipe
- Ginger Garlic Lentil Soup: A recipe
- Oven Baked Chickpeas: A recipe
Chickpea (Garbanzo) Series
- Creamy Pearl Hummus Salad
- Chickpea, Almond and Sesame Spread
- Chickpeas with Ginger Root Salad
- Chickpea Keep it Simple Salad
- Chana Chat with Chat Masala
- Cheat’s Hummus – Hummus made from a can of chickpeas or butter beans
- Chick Peas
- Meet Mr. Channa Chat Man, selling chickpea snacks on the beach at Kovalam.
- Oven Baked Chickpeas