moroccan chickpea and vegetable stew

I’d love to say that I’m back in the kitchen, but it’s been a slow process getting things back to normal. Not because I don’t have the will, but because my time is short. There’s been work to catch up on and I’ve been so lucky to have one of my best pals visiting from North Carolina, so when it comes down to cooking and baking, I’ve been slack and leaving everything instead to restaurants. It’s a fun get-away but I’m missing my kitchen.

However, there is one recipe that I have made that is so simple and so ingrained as a meal standard, it’s always a welcome dish. This Moroccan chickpea and vegetable stew was one of the very first meals I made for this blog way back in 2005. The recipe was loose and I didn’t have a camera back then, so I feel justified in giving it another go. It’s a goodie. It’s vegan, hearty and a perfect warm cure for the February blues. You can find the recipe over at Poppytalk. So enjoy a bit of spice and warmth and I’ve already got a recipe or two up my sleeve, so stay tuned!

22 comments to “moroccan chickpea and vegetable stew”

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    Bijoux   February 10, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    Looks delicious and so saucy! I will definitely vouch for this recipe, since I've made it myself and and say that this stew is so aromatic and divine!!

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    my spatula   February 10, 2010 at 10:53 pm

    nothing beats a good visit from a good friend. love the flavors in your beautiful stew.

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    la ninja   February 11, 2010 at 1:42 am

    lovely, a cure for the february blues is always welcome and… easy, you say? bonus points. 🙂

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    Allison   February 10, 2010 at 5:44 pm

    I was searching my kitchen for something for dinner, and then I saw this post. I used two little purple potatoes and a few cups of broccoli and cauliflower.

    It was a perfect way to end a rainy day. Thanks! <3

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    Joanne   February 11, 2010 at 3:16 am

    I'm glad to see you're getting back in the kitchen! Sometimes life definitely does get in the way, but it happens to the best of us.

    This stew looks delicious! Thanks for bringing it back.

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    Rosiecat   February 11, 2010 at 11:00 am

    I'm glad to see you are back in the kitchen! I'm sure it missed you. We've missed you too.

    And any time the words "chickpea" and "stew" end up in the same sentence, I'm all ears!

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    Stephen   February 11, 2010 at 6:30 am

    nice dish.. here is something I did similar.

    what a wonderfully rich satisfying stew! have you tried to make a tagine

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    runsarah   February 11, 2010 at 9:50 pm

    That stew looks amazing, I can't wait to try it out!

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    Ireen Ibrahim   February 12, 2010 at 3:20 am

    hello there…i always visited your blog and always waiting for something new from you (food)…i'm happy you're back…

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    Madame   February 12, 2010 at 5:02 am

    so glad you're back! just made this recipe yesterday for dinner and it warmed me up nicely. thanks!

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    The Dreaming Bear   February 12, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    HI there! We've discovered this recipe recently…and it's one of our favorites! YUM!

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    Cookie baker Lynn   February 12, 2010 at 3:53 pm

    It's good to have you back in the kitchen. So glad you have a good friend visiting!

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    Cathryn   February 12, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    You sent your recipes for Blog Aid in the midst of your sorrow over your maman. As I read your post I was thinking of you honouring the losses in Haiti in the midst of your own grief. What a great gift you gave. It took me to the hospital room where I held my mum's hand as she breathed her last. Sharing Great Love brings us together as a people, and heals our own person, more than we know. Thank you for gifting us with the love you shared with her through your post, and your shared recipes in the book.

    When someone we love dies often we want everything else to stop, to acknowledge nothing is the same anymore. Still, time rushes on… And because we can't stop it, we can move to our own rhythm. I will slow down tonight and make this stew in honour of your maman, and my mum. I am going to a potluck tomorrow and will share the warmth and comfort with others. I know my mum would love the flavours and spices here.

    Take heart in these long days. What I have come to know as true during the past two years: "Love is stronger than death or the fear of death. Only by it, by love, life holds together and advances." [Ivor Turgenev]

    Peace and Love.

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    kickpleat   February 13, 2010 at 10:05 am

    Yay to adding new things to this (which works beautifully). So glad you enjoyed it Allison!

    Bijoux, so glad it's one of your faves. It's a good one.

    Thanks, spatula. Good friends and a good stew = perfection in my book.

    La ninja, nothing like getting right to business 😉

    Thanks Joanne!

    Thanks Stephen.

    Hooray, that's what I like to hear Rosiecat and thanks for the nice welcome back.

    Runsarah, it is amazing. Hope you enjoy!

    Ireen, thanks!

    Glad you enjoyed this Madame!

    Thank you Cathryn for your comment. I agree with a full heart that sharing does bring people together and helps the healing. Thank you.

    Hooray, Dreaming Bear! Glad you love this recipe as much as I do.

    Thanks Lynn! I'm happy to be back too.

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    Sarena Shasteen - The Non-Dairy Queen   February 14, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    OK, I am making this!!! I have everything in my kitchen!!! Yeah!

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    Jennie   February 15, 2010 at 6:56 am

    This is now on my 'to-do' list. Looks wonderful.

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    Only Real Currency   February 17, 2010 at 11:45 am

    This stew is delish, but mine wasn't as soupy as yours. I suppose next time I'll add water.

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    kickpleat   February 19, 2010 at 9:31 am

    Sarena, enjoy! It's a favorite here.

    Thanks Jennie, I'm sure you'll enjoy it.

    Currency, the photo was taken before it had really reduced, so I am a fan of a more liquidy stew.

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    wendy   February 23, 2010 at 7:12 am

    I made your soup…LOVE IT! thank you,

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    Alma   February 24, 2010 at 3:04 am

    I made it and it was great!! Thanks for the recipe: it's so simple and yummy…

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    kickpleat   February 27, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    Wendy, so glad you loved it!

    Alma, hooray! Glad you made & liked it 🙂

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    Bess   April 4, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    This is amazing! Easter weekend and my cupboard’s running low. I had everything for this and it turned out fantastic. The mix of spices give it a complex flavour and the raisins are plump, juicy surprises. I found your site this weekend and I’ve already made a note to make a few recipes.

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