Thursday 15 December 2011

Chickpea Soup with Chorizo

It has been a busy few weeks again. We are moving house soon and organising packing, moving and everything becomes quite hard with a baby. In fact, everything becomes harder with a baby. But I assume it gets easier again, eventually. In some ways at least! I must say, though, however much people 'warn' you before you have a child about how different your life will be, I don't think you can really comprehend it all until it actually happens!

Something that has been very affected by having a child is cooking. I no longer have hours available to cook. So all my recipes at the moment seem to be fairly quick and easy things. Still, I think there is a demand for quick and easy recipes (and cheap in some occasions). So chickpeas it is, again!

I do like them as an ingredient, they are filling, flavoursome and go with a load of different things. And they are cheap, especially in this economic climate and all!

Serves 2 plus a little extra

2 tins of chickpeas
1 onion, chopped
2 tomatoes (skinned - put in boiling water for 30seconds and peel)
300-500ml of water or vegetable stock
handfull of chopped parsley
100g of chorizo, chopped
Salt and pepper

Fry off the chopped onion. Once softened, add the chickpeas and the chopped tomatoes. Add 300ml of water or vegetable stock. Cover and simmer over a low heat for 15-20 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste. Once softened, blitz it to a soup (add more liquid if you want it less thick). In the meantime fry off the chorizo pieces. Serve in bowls and top with the chopped parsley and the the fried chorizo. Drizzle with the chorizo oil.


  1. Hello Hungry Mama, I hope you won't mind a bit of a shameless self promotion from a fellow sout east londoner, greek woman! On the subject of the soup, tonight we run an event in our artist run soup kitchen in Peckham. It would be great if you can make it!

    Provisional Rags and Riches

    Lobster Soup vs Cooked Water Soup

    Lobster soup is arguably the Gastronomic Queen Mother of all Western soups. The hedonistic combination of lobster and cognac laced with lashings of cream have graced the tables of many an art patron.
    Cooked Water Soup (Aquacotta) is said to have originated in rural Tuscany before the Thomas Cook crowd fell in love with it. It is the frugal marriage of few vegetables and herbs boiled in water rendered more palatable with the addition of a bread rusk. But for all its humble ingredients, it is packed with earthy flavours and of course plenty of honesty.

    Come and try both at Provisional Soup Kitchen this coming Friday from 18.00 till 22.00.
    Unit 5b
    Copeland Road Industrial Estate
    133 Copeland Road
    Peckham, London SE15 3SN
    In true spirit of egalitarianism, you can have either soup for £3.50/portion.

    There are a lot of art openings tonight in the Copeland Estate and all around Peckham so it is bound to be interesting :)

    1. Hi Sofia, apologies for the late reply! The event sounds great, but unfortunately I can't get a sitter fot the little one in short notice (early bed time and all!). Please keep me informed about future events though - I am very close to Copeland road!
      Hungry Mama x