Recipes

Fresh Greens, Tomatoes & Chick Peas

This one pot cooked on the stove top vegetarian dish has a depth of flavour and great texture and is ideal on its own or as a vegetable accompaniment.

Fresh smaller leaf greens are best. I use Fat Hen if available, but if not English Spinach or Red Chard will also work well (but best to remove any thick stalky bits first)

You will need:

4/5 tablespoons of Olive Oil
2 teaspoons of cumin seeds
1 Onion, thinly sliced (red works well, but Brown or white is fine)
4 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
Dollop of Tomato Paste
1 tablespoon of Smoked Paprika
4 Roma tomatoes (preferably, skinned, deseeded and roughly chopped)
1 cup of chick peas soaked overnight then boiled
or
1 x400g of tinned chickpeas ready to go!
Water
1 bunch, destalked of English Spinach leaves, Ruby Chard or Fat hen
Prepare for later
Toasted Pine nuts

Method

Use a large frypan or saucepan. Heat the olive oil on a gently heat then pop in the cumin seeds and stirring cook for a minute or two until popping and aromatic.

Add the onion and garlic, black pepper, continue stirring well and soften down for a minute of two.
Add the tomato paste and smoked paprika and stir well into the oil and onion mixture, it will become quite thick but continue to stir and gently cook for a few minutes to bring out the flavours.

Add the chickpeas, tomatoes and 2 cups of water. Place a lid askew on the pan and gently simmer fro about 45 minutes. Take lid of, if too much liquid in pan increase heat and simmer to reduce. Add the greens (it can take a lot as they will wilt down) Stir thoroughly though until just cooked – only a few minutes. Let rest for 10 minutes

Decant into serving dish and scatter toasted pine nuts.

Keeps well, flavours improve the next day so you can always make ahead and just gently
re-heat in oven.

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