Sometimes when I’m in a supermarket, I pick up random ingredients that I know I like, with absolutely no idea of how to turn them into a recipe, and then think of the rest later…. This was one of those times! I love chickpeas and squash together, the rest just fell into place in the kitchen.
I didn’t really have an idea in mind, but it tasted so nice in the end. Roasted vegetables go really well with rice, and all of the flavours mixed nicely together – this was a great springtime recipe as it’s quite light but still comforting. I don’t know about you guys but London is hardly warm at all at the moment, so I need all the comfort food I can get my hands on!
It’s a bank holiday weekend in England right now, so I’ve been doing a lot of relaxing and planning my holiday (I’m going to Malta with some friends in two weeks) as well as reading… I used to recommend you guys loads of brilliant books while I worked at Waterstones, and I feel like I’ve tapered off a bit now that I’ve started a different job. But I have a recommendation for you this week! I’ve just finished Still Alice by Lisa Genova – which was adapted into a film this year, and won a tonne of Oscars. I read it non-stop in two days, almost missing my stop on the tube a few times as I was so engrossed… It’s brilliant! I won’t give anything away but give it a read and let me know what you think :)
Hope you like the recipe, and hope you like the book recommendation!
75g of white or brown rice
Two tablespoons of oil
Half a teaspoon each of paprika, cayenne pepper and turmeric, and a dash of salt
Around 150g of chopped butternut squash
Half a yellow pepper
Around 200g of chickpeas
Three tablespoons of garden peas
- Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Sprinkle the chopped squash, chopped pepper and chickpeas with the oil and spices, and roast for 45 minutes.
- Meanwhile, boil the rice for 10 minutes until cooked, adding the peas in, 3 minutes until the end.
- Drain the rice, and mix with the roasted vegetables.
Also, my dad’s getting a puppy! This is a photo from a few weeks ago of my sister holding him, and he’s so cute! I think there was a joke flying around that because he’s all blondey we should call him Boris, after the mayor of London, who is famously very white blonde… So that’s his name now. Little puppy Boris. <3