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Sharing My Recipes, My Life, And The Food Tale Of Two Cities

Roasted Spiced Chickpeas

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Easy to make Spiced Roasted Chickpeas are a great alternative to croutons on soup,  delicious for salad toppers, or even a healthy snack travels. If you’re serving appetizers, a bowl of Spiced Roasted Chickpeas will be a hit at any party.

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These spice blends above are part of the P.S. Flavor- Spice Blends collection by Pam Smith. An amazing chef and friend with her own spice blend products. There are so many spiced blends in her collection that would work perfectly for this recipe. One of my favorite blends is called Chili-Lime Spice, I use that on grilled chicken, roasted asparagus, and so much more.

You could also mix your own combination of spices together like I’ve done for this recipe.

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Spiced Roasted Chickpeas

Roasted Spiced Chickpeas

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Equipment: strainer, paper towels, measuring spoons, 2 rimmed baking sheet pans
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Ingredients:
5-15 ounce cans of chickpeas, rinsed, drained, and dried really well
4 tablespoons of olive oil, divided
3 teaspoons Kosher salt, 1 teaspoon reserved for the spice mixture
1 teaspoon cracked black pepper
2 teaspoons of chili powder
2 teaspoons ground cumin

Directions:
Heat oven to 400 degrees F. Place rack in the middle of the oven.
Open the cans of chickpeas. Pour them into a strainer and rinse really well under running water. Next, pat the chickpeas super dry with paper towels. They should look matte and feel dry to the touch. If you’re able, let them air-dry for a few minutes. Remove any loose chickpea skins that come off while drying, but otherwise don’t worry about them.

Divide and spread the chickpeas evenly and in one layer between two rimmed baking sheets. Mix the chili powder, cumin, Kosher salt, and cracked black pepper in a large bowl. Drizzle olive oil (about 2 tablespoons per sheet pan) over the chickpeas. Divide and sprinkle 2 teaspoons of Kosher salt over the chickpeas.

Roast the chickpeas for 30 minutes, shaking the pans every 10 minutes. A few chickpeas may pop, that’s okay. The chickpeas are done when they are golden and slightly darkened, dry and crispy on the outside, yet, soft and chewy on the inside. Transfer the hot chickpeas to the spice mixture bowl and toss until all the chickpeas are well coated.

Note: You don’t want to add the spices to chickpeas before cooking. The spices may burn and turn bitter.

Serve while the chickpeas are still warm and crispy. Let them cool completely before storing them in an air-tight container.

Recipe notes:
1). You can use them as a snack,  salad toppers, or on top of soup in place of croutons.

2). P.S. Flavor Spice blends by Pam Smith has a variety of spice- blend choices that will enhance the flavor of any your recipes.

3). Experiment mixing different spices and herbs

 

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Seasonal Flowers, Herbs, And Plants

 

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Whenever I set up any type of garden display, I make sure they’re always presented in odd numbers. As you can see I have three barrels set pretty close together using the same color pallet. Here they range from pink to red. I also you the same method whenever I set a table. I use odd amounts of candles, fruit displays, flowers, or herbs on the table.  Set along the side of the carport, I have my hanging herb garden.

Once the rocking chairs, side table, and outdoor carpet arrive, I hope to transport this carport into a beautiful sitting area.

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On the side of my house, set behind the rain lilies, I planted three sunflowers. In the backyard, my Fig Tree, Eggplant Plant, and Chives are doing just great!  It’s an amazing feeling to see your garden plants, trees, and herbs thrive!!!

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Winter Park Farmers’ Market

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There is nothing better than getting up early on a Saturday morning and heading out to the local Farmers’ market. This one is located a little north of the College Park area. They are amazing local farmers and just regular people who make artisanal cheeses, loaves of bread, and other products who are ready and willing to sell their products to the community.

Let me take you on a tour of this fabulous outdoor market, where there’s something for everyone!

 

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Landscaping And Outdoor Entertainment Area

 

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Sorry about slacking on posting recently, but we’re trying really hard to finish our outdoor entertainment area. I thought I’d share a few pictures to kind of give you an idea of where we are going with this whole project.

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Myer Lemon Tree

Trees With Faces

Mission Fig Bush

Hanging Herb Garden

Haas Avocado Tree

Cactus Garden

Bistro Area and Herb Garden

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Having a large backyard is awesome. I have this vision in my head on how everything should look when it’s finished. Laying the stones for the entertainment area is a huge job. Steve is doing the job himself. Working full time, he manages to squeeze time in whenever he can. As you can see, we’re almost to the end of the house. Then we have to start laying them outwards from the house. I’m looking forward to having this outdoor kitchen and be able to have family and friends over. My friends have waited patiently for this day to come, we’re getting there!

My avocado tree is still in a pot. I want to let the tree get a bit stronger before placing it in the ground. I’m thinking the Jasmine vine, that I have behind the sitting area, I’m going to replant alongside one of the big trees. It’s going to look great climbing up the tree. I can then place the avocado tree in its place. That’s my plan.

We have such large trees that there are some areas where grass doesn’t grow. That’s the area around the bird bath. I’ve planted Crotons there, in a half moon pattern, to bring some color to that area. I took these pictures at the end of our winter season. You can see the leaves are starting to come back on the trees and the Crotons. I’ve hung some solar lights from the branches that look amazing at night. I also have Crotons along the back of the house. They are the one plant that can take the heat that Florida dishes out.

My cactus garden I really love. I thought by placing the white stones around that area was perfect.

You also can see I have a hanging herb garden where I grow my delicate herbs. Chives, rosemary, and kale do better in the ground. Listen, it took me a while to figure out what grows better and where! That brings me to the Hydrangea. Hydrangeas are my favorite and I wanted to have one of my own. Every time I planted one, it just didn’t make it. It’s all about location, location, location!

Well, this is where we’re at for our vision of an outdoor entertainment area. I hope you’ll keep checking back to see when our project is finally done.

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