Friday, November 23, 2012

Delicious Chick Peas

Chick peas also known as garbanzo beans is part of the legume family and is well known and popular in most countries around the world.  It is high in fiber, protein, quite filling and know to reduce cravings for sweets after consumption.

 I was first introduced to this food as "Channa".  Channa, is a South American dish that is simple to make, and delicious  The peas are soaked over-night to swell and soften, before being placed into the pressure cooker to complete the tenderizing process.

It's common in countries like South America, and the Caribbean to buy all types of legumes dry.  First, because it's cheaper and you get more on the dollar, than buying it in a can.  The good thing is - it has turned out to be healthier for you too - bonus.

Today, chick peas isn't only found in popular dishes like Hummus, Falafel and Punjabi Chole dishes introduced by different cultures like Greek, Middle East, and India - it can be found in hundreds of recipes of all cultures.

Recently, I had a craving for chick pea, but not my traditional "channa" recipe - I will share that in another post; this dish was inspired by what was in my kitchen.  I've named it "Chicken chick pea stew" 
Dish prepped for Baking

Dish after Baking
 If you'd like a copy of this recipe, drop me a line.  Thanks for reading and...

to your health

Friday, November 16, 2012

4 Easy steps to Baking amazing Bread

I've made mentioned of my mom's favorite bread recipe in a earlier post.  Today I'm going step by step with pics to give you not only the visual, but to show you how super easy it is, and you don't need a bread machine to do it.

Fresh Yummy Whole Wheat/whit Bread
Salt, brown sugar, whole wheat and white flour, warm water,  yeast and  margarine
In a large bowl mix all the dry ingredients together, add margarine and mix in thoroughly by hand, add enough water to make a soft dough
Cover and place in a warm place (on top of the stove with light on works)  for 90-120 min

Dough fully risen and ready to be formed into loaves

Loaves placed into oiled pans; cover and let rise for 30 min then bake for 45-55 min

You gotta try this recipe, you can find it on a earlier post - try it and please share your experience with me.

To your health and enjoyment!