Saturday, September 10, 2011

As addictive as popcorn, but yummier.

Remember when I lost my shit in front of a police station?  Well, turns out that still makes me ridiculously angry.

I went to have another visit with my lawyer this week, and he said that people have gotten it done without the centralised booking service and he gave me a list of a few metropolitan police stations I should try.  And so I called a couple, and got an officer who assured me that he could do it. I just needed to call before hand to make sure there was a female officer present.  And so I called today, all ready to get this finger printing business done and of course I got a different officer who said that no, no they couldn't do it. I mean, hadn't I heard, there is a centralised booking service now.  I know that talking smack to a police officer probably isn't wise - but hey maybe THAT would get me some fingerprinting done, amiright?

I was devastated. Yet another example where I can't regulate my hopes and then they crash so hard that I lose all rational sense. 

After the complete high that was getting engaged, I have been faced with some challenges about how and when we'd like to get married and when and how we'd like our wedding to be. And yes, there is a different between those two things.  Which I am sure I can bore you all with at length at later date if you so desire.

So I of course turned to my oven to make me feel better and made sweet and salty chickpeas.

Roasted chickpeas are outstandingly delicious. I mean seriously, there something about the crunch that is just so addicting that I end up eating whole cans of chickpeas by myself. And during moments where I HAVE to share, I do so begrudgingly.  I like roasted chickpeas both savoury or sweet, but last night I had to have the sweet ones.

First: Preheat your oven to something hot like 200 C or 450 F.

Second: drain your chickpeas into a colander and rinse. I like to let them dry out as much as a possible - but these are so delicious that I am often too impatient to get them in the oven.

Third: Dump chickpeas onto a baking tray (I like to cover my tray with piece of parchment paper first - and I've found that my silpat doesn't work well with these) and stick them into the oven. Yup that's right. No oil no nothing. Just stick 'em in.

Fourth: Wait for 30 minutes.  They should be incredibly crispy. I always am afraid they're going to burn, but be as patient as possible.

While they are roasting. Take two teaspoons of brown sugar and put it in a bowl large enough to hold the can of chickpeas.  Add a 1/4 teaspoon of salt and 1 teaspoon of olive oil to the sugar. Mix until it's all combined.

Once the chickpeas are well and truly roasted, dump them into the sugar mixture and mix thoroughly making sure the chickpeas are well coated.

Eat while warm (is my preference). But apparently these last for a few days in a sealed container at room temperature and they taste good then too.

I am sorry I don't have any pictures of them. I was too busy stuffing my face with their delectable crunchy sweet and saltiness.


  1. OMG, You just changed my life. Those sound AMAZING. I'm making them tomorrow and I'm going to forever refer to you as my Little Chickpea.

  2. Those sound really yummy...almost like the fried onion I love so much!!


  3. We are considering entering the world of gluten free because of my boys' autism. This snack? Made that sound not so bad!

  4. Ok. As soon as I saw this post I threw down my computer, turned the oven on and got busy making these babies. I then proceeded to inhale the whole bowl. They were unbelievably delicious.

  5. ummm OMG this sounds amazing!!! I'm going to try this this weekend! I think you just made my life.

    P.S. Sorry about your fingerprinting troubles. I don't have finger prints, actually. The pads of my fingers are perfectly smooth. True story.

  6. I think it's good that you don't have any picture, or I will be immediately addicted! :)

  7. I adore chickpeas, though we called them garbanzo beans growing up. I have never seen a recipe for sweet ones - will def try them, thanks!

  8. I don't judge you for being too busy stuffing your face for a picture. Though I suppose that would have made for an awesome picture too...

    Anyway, bummer about this headache that you are having to deal with all the time. Hopefully things will eventually just fall into place and they'll let you stay in Australia.

  9. Such a great way to have these chickpeas. I hope it gets all storted soon with the finger printing.

  10. I don´t like chickpeas so I will skip the recipe but just wanted to say that I hope the paperwork will sort itself out!!! Hugs!

  11. I keep meaning to try these baked chickpeas. Perhaps today will be the day that I try!!

  12. Nothing like a delicious snack to wipe the blues away or make the pinks brighter :))

    Hope alls going well with you??
    Thanks for stopping by my blog today :)) Jimmy's smarter than most politicos I figured today...


  13. Sorry to hear that the Aussie goverment nonsense is still going on! Hey, at least you had yummy food to make you feel better! Oh and cute fiance! ;)

  14. Please bore me with more wedding details. And food - like these delicious sounding chickpeas. I am always, always, always a willing listener. ;-)

  15. Those sound great! I've had savory ones which were delicious. I'm sorry for your frustrations with getting fingerprinted :P And I hope you get some froyo down under soon!

  16. Oh I'm so sorry they're still being so frustrating :( :(

    Can't wait to hear your wedding plans by the way!!! And that recipe is incredible, I love chickpeas and didn't know they could be roasted like that! Yum!

  17. The Zadge - They are amazing. I am HAPPY to be your little chickpea.

    Working Mommy - You have to try them. Apparently, they're life changing.

    Amy - GLuten free isn't so bad! If you want more information shoot me an email :)

    Belinda - Yay! Yes, they are so good, it should illegal.

    Crystal - Did you make them? How'd they go!

    Marina - Hah, perhaps, but what can be so wrong about eating chick peas?!

    Susan - This was the first sweet one I had seen myself. And man is it delicious.

    Jehlik501 - You're right, opportunity lost, shoulda taken a picture of me stuffing my face.

    Ellie - Me too!

    Oneika - Oh no! Me too! Ugh, I'm thinking I might just have to wait until November.

    Red Boots - Do it! you won't regret it I promise.

    Siddy Says - Yes! I love baking or whipping up a snack. Cooking always makes me feel better.

    Teacher Girl - UGH! it is so annoying. But yes, I do have a very cute fiance!

    Jennifer - Soon! I promise.

    Kylie - Yes! I also love the savoury ones, but there is something delectable about the sweet ones.

    Many Colours of Happiness - updates coming soon! I promise.

    Anna - DO IT!!

    Laura Emily - According to commenters they are life changing!

  18. How frustrating! I can't believe none of these people cant just finger print you! Geez! Hopefully everything will get taken care of!

  19. good lord, that is so ridiculous!! have you tried just crying? i mean really gross sobbing tears in front of their faces? people are usually willing to work something out when their heartstrings are being tugged. or can your attorney go with you? that'd be too expensive right? gah, i'm so sorry and frustrated for you!

    on the wedding front, do you read exquisite banana? kayla is doing what you're planning to do - one tiny wedding asap at city hall {just the two of them}, then one big wedding for all their family and friends in 2013. i think visa issues are one of the reasons they're going this route too. you can read more here: