Stewed Chickpeas with Tomatoes and Feta

I received a blog post in my inbox from Alexandra for this chickpea stewy dish and decided to try it because 1) Evie loves chickpeas 2) had a bowl full of cherry tomatoes from our garden and 3) needed a vegetarian meal. Perfect right? 

Before I forget here is the link to the recipe on Alexandra’s website,  https://www.alexandracooks.com/2016/08/30/stewy-chickpeas-tomatoes-feta/

First of all you need to sweat some garlic in olive oil, you do this slowly on low heat, I probably used 4-5 cloves sliced and roughly chopped. Just let the garlic cook down until soft. Then I stirred in 2 cans of chickpeas, probably about 4 cups.

Then I roughly chopped 3 regular medium sized tomatoes and about 2-3 cups halved cherry/grape tomatoes. 

Throw all of the tomatoes into the chickpeas. Stir. Then I added about 1/2-3/4 of a bottle of capers. And a large splash of balsamic vinegar. Turn up the heat to medium to get simmering and the tomatoes will start to release their juices. I sprinkled with little salt and black pepper. Once it is simmering and nice and stewy throw in a large handful or two of chopped fresh basil. 



When Evie walked into the kitchen she promptly stated that isn’t stew there is no broth, that is not enough broth. Right away she decided it was not going to be good. Until she tried then she gave me that look that says oh, actually I do like it.

Toast some crusty bread or baguette in a hot pan with olive oil to serve with the chickpeas.



Top chickpeas with crumbled feta and serve with toasted bread. It was delicious!

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Lemon Caper Cod en Papillote

Well that sounds fancy! Everything sounds fancier en francais, non?

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This dish is very simple to put together and only about 15 minutes to bake and the result is impressive.

Only a few ingredients:

Cod (1 piece person, each piece a little larger than a deck of cards)

lemons ( about 4-5 thin slices per piece of cod)

2tbsp chopped capers

1-2 shallots, thinly sliced ( about 1/3-1/2 shallot per piece of cod)

salt to taste

cold butter cubed (about 1-2 tbsp per piece of cod)

Parchment to wrap

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Take a large piece of parchement (about 4X the size of your cod) and place pats of butter, shallots capers and lemons on top of and around cod.  Then wrap cod tightly in the parchement so it can steam.

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Bake at 450F for about 15 minutes.  I baked our little pieces for about 18 minutes, cause I like my fish well done.  The time will depend on the size of the cod.  When done you should insert a knife tip into the center of the fish for a few seconds and be hot when you take it out, and the fish should be white and flaky.

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We served ours over basmati rice, but you can use anything that would go well with white fish and lemon.

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