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.)

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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.)

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

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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.)