chickpeas and chocolate (not together)

13 Mar

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We really do live on chickpeas and chocolate in our flat. They are permanently on our shopping list, the Bio 70% dark chocolate and those squat tins of chickpeas. (While soaking and cooking them is admirable and more economical, I have never been organised enough to do so.) My flatmate eats them plain with olive oil and salt. I found a new recipe for a spicy chickpea salad in the Avoca cookbook, that I made with barley. It was a perfect prepare-ahead salad, robust and complex. But I thought I had written about them too much – after all, they are in my:

They turn up at almost every dinner party I have, especially if impromptu, in the guise of a quick hummus or as a roasted, salty snack. So they were my obvious choice for the 1 ingredient – 3 ways competition on They Draw And Cook. A site I have been meaning to submit to for years now. It is not so easy, making a comprehensible recipe into graphic form. This is my first attempt. Individual chickpeas are very satisfying to draw! But I need to work on my illustration and I will certainly be trying another recipe sometime soon. Check out their other artists for dinner inspiration – or try They Draw And Travel for a new way to explore the world.

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8 Responses to “chickpeas and chocolate (not together)”

  1. Marian Sheibani March 13, 2014 at 2:59 pm #

    hello Frances, Firstly I would like to introduce myself to you as Jion’s mum. Have been meaning to write to you for a while to let you know how much I enjoy receiving your recipes and accompanying stories which often make me smile. Your drawings are a treat too, in particular today’s creation ‘chickpeas & chocolate’. I love Gontran Cherrier’s pain au cidre and am this afternoon making it for the second time. I have chosen to double the measures in order that I will be able to take one loaf with me to Jion’s when we visit later this month. I also love your rustic choc chip cookies and currently have a batch of the dough ready and waiting to cook for when we see dear sweet Oscar!

    Keep up your wonderful blog and thanks for all your terrific recipes.

    with kindest regards,


    • Frances March 14, 2014 at 12:23 pm #

      Hi Marian!

      So nice to hear from you – and to know that the recipes worked! And lucky Oscar getting cookies! You should visit Gontran’s bakery in Montmartre when you come to Paris; they have some amazing things including squid-ink black sandwiches. Have a good trip, and hope to meet you one day!

      All the best,


    • Frances March 14, 2014 at 12:24 pm #

      P.S. I love your daughter’s drawings too!

  2. Vicki March 13, 2014 at 5:00 pm #

    Puts a smile n my face!

  3. Gerlinde March 13, 2014 at 5:40 pm #

    I love humus and I love your drawings. What a clever idea and they are sooo cute!

  4. cakeinthehouse April 5, 2014 at 12:00 am #

    So cool! Your illustrations get better and better. Love your work!

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