Chickpeas + July Bookshelf + Just Some Stuff I Liked :)

This is one of those transition weeks. When a new month starts exactly smack-dab in the middle of the week. I am not too fond of those. I don’t know why….but it just seems cleaner, having the first of the month fall on the weekend or on a Monday/Tuesday. Stupid ruminations.

I made sweet treats last week, and this week I’m switching up for something healthier: chickpeas! Chickpeas,chana, or garbanzo beans, are a common source of protein in South Indian vegetarian diets. I love them because they are filling, healthy and can transition from snack to soup to curry with such ease. Pictured below is a bowl of brown Indian chickpeas. These are slightly different from regular chickpeas or  kabuli chana . They are smaller, for one, and have a dark brown skin which when cooked is actually quite delicious.

brown indian chickpeas

So this week, I’m going to be cooking up a chickpea-sized storm!

While we’re at it, here’s what’s on my bookshelf. (Via Instagram.)

Marcus Samuelsson’s Aquavit cookbook is pure pleasure! And his 1-2-3 vinegar? Brilliant 🙂

Bird by Bird is a book I’d wanted yo get my hand on for a while now, and it is perfect for anyone who wants to learn more about the craft of writing.

Some life hacks:

♥Here’s a great way to get the stems off strawberries (Via Instagram user rawrpandabear.)

♥Here’s what to do with that almost-empty jar of Nutella on your shelf. (Via Instagram user gelodomondon.)

Some other stuff I enjoyed:
♥Would you try spaghetti with strawberries?

♥What about this natural red velvet cake with beets? 

♥On a totally different note- any Breaking Bad fans? Let Aaron Paul call you his favourite word. (Ahem, ahem.)

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6 thoughts on “Chickpeas + July Bookshelf + Just Some Stuff I Liked :)

  1. I like random ruminations 🙂 Most of my posts start off somewhere and end somewhere else 😀 Love the pics, especially the nutella jar with ice cream!!! Yummm… Also I would totally give spaghetti and strawberries a shot! I have started using a variety of fruits (just any one kind of fruit) in my veggie salads and have realised that a hint of sweet/tart fruity flavour really adds to it wonderfully…

    • Thanks Swati 🙂 Sometimes it pays to just put things down on paper and see where they take you. I am still a little skeptical about the strawberries with spaghetti, but I must try it. I do add fruit to veggie salads, and considering that I’m South Indian and we make mango curries, technically I should not be shying away from strawberry spaghetti!

    • Yeah even I am a little skeptical though the recipe says that the pairing with balsamic works well and balances things out, but I guess till I try it I can’t say for sure. Beet cake is on my to-bake list as well! Thanks so much for stopping by 🙂

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