Monday, March 7, 2011

A Great Broken Telephone Chickpea Salad

Remember that childhood game of Broken Telephone that ended in hilarious messages so distorted and removed from the original? Well, this dish turns Broken Telephone to a much lovelier (not to mention more delicious) game.

I saw this mouth-watering Curried Chickpea Salad on Kalyn's Kitchen. She got it from her brother who saw it in the LA Times from some restaurant in LA that sounds like a great place to visit. Naturally Kalyn had to put her spin on the recipe ... and naturally, not able to leave well enough alone, I decided to do my own little twist, using Aleppo 7 Spice Blend from Epices de Cru, adding garlic, using avocado oil... you know how it goes once you start adding things to a recipe, it becomes something quite different from the original.

This one doesn't stray too far afield from the original, but it did get me thinking.... what are your favorite ways to make a dish your own?


Goody said...

I've never heard of avacado oil, but I'll certainly be looking for it.

I'm notorious for personalising my cooking with the use of dried fruit as a savoury. Some people (the fellow I married, for example) think that's really weird. Needless to say, he isn't sympathetic when I find myself in a panic as my apricot and prune supply dwindles. I wouldn't rush to a store ahead of a storm for milk or bread-but I might for raisins.

Ruth Daniels said...

I know exactly what you mean. My husband can't figure out why I need two bags of dried cherries & blueberries in the pantry. I don't want to have to run out especially in the crummy weather we're having right now. Thanks for the comments.

Anonymous said...

usually I add my own twist to a dish because I don't have all the ingredients and I don't check the recipe before I start cooking :)