Chickpea, Butternut and Harissa Bliss


Photo : Joanna @ Zeb Bakes taken on an iPad edited using Snapseed.

Nigel Slater published a lovely trio of recipes in yesterday’s Observer. I was half way to making a different dish, but the ingredient oracle spoke, saying, “Verily (how did it know my name, I wonder?) I say unto you, you have all the ingredients for this dish in the house, and therefore shall ye make it.”

So it was made – absolutely delicious grub, the sort of food that makes me wonder why I am not a proper vegetarian.

In this stew you will find fresh tomatoes, red pepper, preserved lemons, red vinegar, garlic, squash, chickpeas, olive oil, Harissa and cumin seeds, and a little fresh basil, so if it sounds like your sort of food too, pop over to the Observer for the recipe. It’s the one at the end of the article, after the broad bean hummus and the little flat breads.

We used a lot less oil and threw some lonely chunks of butternut squash in for good measure and added a bit more preserved lemon. I picked a salade du jardin, consisting of red mustard leaves, rocket flowers, the first sugar snap peas, radishes, little gems, a measure of basmatti rice and what more could you want?

It’s taken me most of the evening to figure out how to upload the photo here, I’ve now edited this post slightly to add a link above.

All Nigel Slater’s Observer recipes can be found here on his profile page .

Blogging from an iPad is a bit like cooking on a two ring burner, and this wordpress ap is just a touch buggy. Normal service will be resumed soon. I’ve added a couple of shots above that I found lurking as well on the Ipad. It has a grainy quality to it which I quite like and Snapseed is a fabulous easy editing programme.

16 thoughts on “Chickpea, Butternut and Harissa Bliss

  1. Amanda

    I saw those recipes and was mighty tempted myself, but with a painter in the kitchen all weekend I was saved from cooking and had to eat out!

  2. spiceandmore

    Looks yummy…think it knows my name as well as I too have those ingredients at hand…!

    1. Joanna @ Zeb Bakes Post author

      I think the preserved lemons and Harissa went beautifully together with the roast peppers and tomatoes, it’s a classic Nigel S recipe I think, not really new, but always worth being reminded about. You could probably spice it up more :)

    1. Joanna @ Zeb Bakes Post author

      If you are a chick pea fan like me, this one is really delicious and you can part prep it, leave it and come back to it, which is what we ended up doing over a very disrupted day.

  3. drfugawe

    I find WordPress a bit buggy regardless what machine you happen to be using! It always makes me hold my breath whenever I press Update or Publish. This morning, I went back to my half completed post, only to find that all my punctuation and paragraphs had disappeared – I think this stuff always happens as a result of WordPress ‘improvements’ – I’d be much happier if they would just decide on a nice workable edition, and stay with it.

    Even so, I think WordPress is still the best blogging program out there, and I love how it makes my stuff look so good.

  4. Joanna @ Zeb Bakes Post author

    Hi Doc! this bug was a particularly spectacular one, when you went back to edit text as above, the cursor just jumped to the end of the text, over and over again. In fact I have deleted the ap as it did not allow you to add any links at all, and what is a blog post without links…? I liked the messing around with photos ap, the overworked results of which grace this post above.

    But…. the good news is… :D :D that I have my desktop back and once I have put my mail accounts back together again I should be all set…..

    …now what shall I blog about next?

  5. Joanna @ Zeb Bakes Post author

    ‘Sweetie’ Big Mac is back, so all is well now. Macs do WordPress just dandy, but the iPad has a different operating system again, however…. WordPress has written a special ‘native’ ap for the Ipad, which is buggy, WordPress admit as much and keep trying to fix it, I take the view that it is very nice of them to try and do it. It’s a bit like posting by email, you are limited to what you can do. I’m just looking at your cheerful chickens blog on the Ipad. And playing a vodpod video on the day you moved the chook dome – it plays fine on mine. I believe that the Ipad doesn’t support Flash so that’s the format to avoid. I don’t know much more than that, sorry. Your chickens look beautiful on it :D

    ( Celia, this begins to sound more and more like an advert) there is a new OS coming out for both desktops and iPads very soon and maybe they will have fixed this for iPad users. I have to say the new mac is a thing of beauty, the slideshows are awesome. But I am a Mac devotee of many years and am very very biased.

    Dinner was delicious indeed :D

  6. jan trounce

    Crikey, that is so much like a foreign lang-widge! However, the messing around with photos thing produced pretty good results I think. I can’t grow any older without knowing what an ‘ap’ is, I see it so much and just assume that it is an abbreviation for application ?? I really like chick peas, preserved lemons and roasted peppers, thank you for the link, Joanna.

    1. Joanna @ Zeb Bakes Post author

      They can’t sneak anything past you Jan… an ap is an application, I guess it makes it easier for people to txt (heehee) I asked the exact same question about a week ago. I think it’s the sound – ‘ap’ sounds ‘hip’ whereas ‘application’ sounds like something technical that might involve your brain.

      The photo is customized by rolling your finger over the screen and pretending you know what you are doing and selecting all the options, grunge, organic frames, such drama. One day we will have roll up Ipad/computers/phone thingies, or they will build them in to the palms of our hands. I will be long gone by then I hope.

  7. The Richest Girl in Bondi

    This looks absolutely delicious! And I’m glad I’m not the only one with strange voices in my head!

    1. Joanna @ Zeb Bakes Post author

      The trouble with computers is that you end up talking to them, I was once very foolish and put the computer voices on, I have one called Hysterical on mine somewhere, who just laughs his way through every sentence he reads…. Nice to hear from you again :D

  8. heidi

    Your dinner looks scrumptious!
    I pulled together a couscous and summer vegetables meal last night. My son and husband had thin grilled chops that had been marinated in garlic and port, but I was in a real need for a veg and pasta fix!
    My youngest son keeps me involved with the aps on his smart phone. Last night I was singing partial lyrics into the phone so that it could identify the song. Many aps seem like party games- this latest one he added reminded me of karaoke. I like my simple cell phone best- minus ALL aps! :)

  9. Joanna @ Zeb Bakes Post author

    Marinated chops, garlic and port?? Mmmm, that sounds wonderful! But every so often, you are quite right, vegetables and pasta are all that one wants.

    Heidi, I’m just like you :D I have no smart phone, my mobile, (as we call them here) is about 8 years old now. I just treated it to a new battery and changed its sim to another network. I don’t want a smart phone on top of everything else.

    No one would invite me to sing into their phone either (hee hee) I can’t sing for toffee.

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