Sunday, 14 October 2012
Roasted Squash with Merguez-Spiced Chickpeas
channel 4 website which gives both the recipe and a nice picture of the finished dish. There is no meat in this - the reference to merguez relates to the classic seasoning for the North African sausage, which is put to use in a seasoned oil to dress the veg and pulses - a heady blend of garlic, caraway, fennel seed, cumin, smoked paprika, rosemary and Cayenne pepper. I used tinned chickpeas rather than cook my own (I never seem to be able to get the chickpeas soft when I prep them from dry, and the 'East End' brand provides lovely soft, yielding peas) and I also cheated massively by using a bag of frozen butternut squash from Waitrose - what a BRILLIANT timesaver! Anyway, a really nice dish, and one for the under a fiver thread too.