Thursday, December 9, 2010

Foodie Friday: Chickpea Soup

My mother was visiting, and we had fun pulling out the ironstone and zingy napkins.
I found the chickpea soup recipe in my dog-eared Marcella Hazan cookbook, Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking. You can find it at Stylish Cuisine.com.
My mother wasn't wild about the soup...so I kept tinkering. I added ham and lots of Tabasco. :-) And I cooked long-grain white rice. The guys arrived from the barn, chilled to the bone, and finished off the soup.

Mixing ironstone is too much fun.
I decided to make a figural bread--can you guess what it is? Hint: it has a curly tail.
Actually, I'd intended to shape mice bread--but I couldn't do it. Gradually the dough acquired a snout, and I thought, "Ah, a pig!" I added ears, and a curly tail. Then it morphed into my mother's dog. So I'm calling them Dogpigs.
The teeny one in front is a sort of ladybug. :-)
Bark or oink?

The sun came out just for an instant.


Then it faded...
Here's a closer look at the napkin.



Barbed wire flatware



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38 comments:

  1. love the silverware! sweet ladybugs, would you please delete my mistake #4 sorry the buttons got away from me!

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  2. Hi Michael - I soooooo missed joining FF last week.

    I love your little piggies, how cute!

    I have to get dinner on, so gotta run. Your home is always so beautifully decorated!!

    :)
    ButterYum

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  3. That cutlery looks dangerous!

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  4. Your soup looks good. I tinkered around with mine this week til it was more like stew - but still good. Lots of it went in the freezer for later. Cute bread. :D
    Enjoy your evening.

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  5. Everything looks wonderful, but then it always does. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  6. I bet that soup was a welcome sight after being out in the cold!

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  7. I just made a chicken chickpea soup the other night that was just wonderful! I've been eating it for lunch the last 2 days. I'll be posting it in a few weeks. The table and everything looks fantastic!

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  8. I like the name "dogpins"! Your table is so inviting, and the soup looks delish (I am continually "tinkering" with recipes, too.) ;)

    Happy Weekend Michael!

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  9. Thanks so much for your nice comment on my tree post. I will have to check out JoAnn Fabrics.

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  10. I always love seeing what fun you and your mother are up to! Such cute bread!

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  11. That's hilarious!!! I love the dogpigs, we'll have to try that over here, animal lovers that we are. The soups sounds great, love the Tabasco! Hope you are having a wonderful holiday season.
    Cheers, Andrea

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  12. I am addicted to chickpeas and eat them all the time so I would love to try this soup. I need to add my foodie friday link on my post, I put it on yesterdays I think?? Oliver has strep and a fever so I am very sleep deprived and a bit confused...Oh well everything here is lovely as always
    xx
    Bunny

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  13. I love the barbed wire flatware and the bread. I really need to get into the kitchen for some serious bread making myself.

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  14. Came to know about this event and your blog thru Katerina's culinaryflavors.blogspot.com....just love your blog and was wondering how come I didn't know about it earlier! Will try to submit a post every friday from now on....for today, my entry is a mixed veg casserole...Have a great weekend!

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  15. Love that bread! How cute is that!! Can't wait to read the new book! Looks amazing!

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  16. The little pigs are adorable!
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    Concetta

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  17. I love the pigs. The whole decoration is beautiful. I linked up to the Foodie Friday.

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  18. I love your 'dogpigs' :) and your photos, as always are just gorgeous! Thank you for hosting :)

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  19. Lovin' your pretty napkins Michael-and of course the pigdog:@)

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  20. I love your dogpigs. My cat has a toy that is a cross between a dog and a fish, so it's her dogfish. If you can have dogfish, you can certainly have dogpigs.

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  21. New to Foodie Friday and your newest follower! Thanks for hosting!

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  22. I make a soup very similar. Love your napkins (among other things)

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  23. I love your table setting, your soup looks yummy and the bread is so cute. How fun to be able to do it all with your mom.

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  24. Sounds perfect for a chilly day like today!!

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  25. You do know how to make things gorgeous... love the dishes and the charm of the tureen... great soup!!!

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  26. Hi Miss Mlee! What a lovely tables you set and I really adore the piggy bread! Yesterday as I was putting up some christmas decorations I noticed 4 green tomatoes clinging to the now frost withered vines. I quickly whipped up some simple mark bittman fried green tomatoes and they were delicious! All the best, Alex

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  27. It's been so darn cold here as well that I made soup this week also...great minds (and stomachs think alike ;) Also warmed up the kitchen like crazy today with all my Christmas baking. Hope you have a wonderful weekend Michael Lee and thanks as always for hosting...better late than never...for me to get my post done today ;)
    Fondly, Roberta

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  28. Great flatware! Sure looks like you and your Mom were having fun.

    - The Tablescaper

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  29. Mmmmm soup sounds so good on a cold day. Thanks for sharing!

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  31. Zingy napkins indeed, and intriguing "barbed wire" flatware! And how could we not love the "dogpigs"? Fun cooking, table setting, and writing!

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  32. Hi, i just want to say hello to the community

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  33. Michael...that soup looks totally yummy! Perfect for this freezing cold weather!

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  34. I love it when people have fun with their food. I hope to join your Foodie Friday Dec 17th. That soup looks really good on a cold day.

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  35. Love the ironstone! Adore the bread! It is so cute! I know about frozen! The last few nights at the barn lambing, I have froze! lol Napkins are great and your lovely colors! I had to laugh when your Mother didn't care for the soup.

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