Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Cheer Up

Sometimes, we feel down and uninspired, yes? Well, I know I feel that way sometimes. In an attempt to turn my mood around, I made a simple chickpea salad. I went outside and breathed in the fresh, crisp autumn air and took lots of pictures. Working with my hands usually lifts my spirits. Sure to work, right? Of course. Though I wasn't very hungry for what I'd just created, a spur-of-the-moment recipe success and some great (for me, at least) photos made me smile.

Chickpea Salad
Like a classic American chicken salad, except vegan and more modern than the version you're probably used to. Makes 2-4 servings.
  • one 15 oz. can of chickpeas
  • 3-4 radishes, sliced
  • ½ onion, coursely chopped
  • ½ cup of parsley, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup of frozen edamame
  • 1T (vegan) mayonnaise
  • 1T fresh-squeezed lemon juice
  • salt & pepper, to taste

Boil the edamame for a couple of minutes and shock with cold water. Mix together the first five ingredients. Then add the mayonnaise, lemon juice and seasonings. Stir gently and thoroughly. Store in the refrigerator and enjoy on sandwiches, crackers or lettuce.



I know what you mean about working with your hands.... Cooking things is such good stress relief, isn't it?

Isle Dance  

Beautiful. Gorgeous. Beautiful. Gorgeous. Beautiful. Gorgeous. Food and photos! You should feel so very proud. What a stunning post! :o)


I love your photos, they are beautiful and elegant. I like to keep busy (and cook!) to cheer myself up too :)

That Girl  

I hope whatever was getting you down in the first place quickly passes.




nice pics! the salad looks delicious


I always look forward to seeing your photos, the salad looks yum and I hope you are feeling better soon


love your positive attitude as well as your beautiful recipes.


You're a gifted photographer. I love this post so much that I showed it to my hubcap. :) Gorgeous salad. It was just therapeutic to read!


These photos are so perfectly pretty and make me want to eat up! Nice work once again :)


LOOOOVE chickpeas!!! And adore your photography.


This looks wonderful and so healthy, Katie! Nice job. Your photos look great, too, and I love the new banner (saw that photo in Flickr and thought it was really special). I look forward to trying this.

Food For Tots  

I luv this healthy version of chickpea salad. It is good enough to cheer my son's up! Your photos are so beautiful!

Hey Harriet  

Hope the salad cheered you up! It looks great & I like your idea of it being used as a sandwich filling. Yum! I love your photos :)


I love that laced dish! Your salad looks beautiful!

Shari@Whisk: a food blog  

I love your rustic photos!


That chickpea salad looks tasty and healthy.


I totally agree - working with my hands really eases my mind as well. This salad looks great, wonderful pics!


My breakfasts inspire you? That really made me smile, Katie :o) But let me tell you...your photography inspires me! It's incredible, truly. Please tell me that you are planning to use your gift when you travel the world!

I especially enjoyed the black and white picture with a hint of color. Your chickpea salad looks as crisp and fresh as the fall air. Thank you for sharing!


Hi! Did you make these crackers in the post? Love the chickpea salad!


That is so pretty and healthy and just the thing to cheer the soul. YOur pics are always so beautiful.


Excellent photographs!!! The salad looks pretty delicious too.


The photos are great! No wonder you feel better :)


Yum! Chickpeas are my favorite =)


Oh there is something special about chickpeas, I love them and this looks absolutely delicious! (I'll forgive you for adding radishes to it, lol)

Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food)  

Love the last photo!


i love chickpeas!! sounds delicious! and what gorgeous pictures!!!


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