Ceci Neri

Things are pretty quiet around Umbertide this time of year. But we are moving slowly towards spring. The days are getting noticeably longer and the temperatures are no longer as cold.

I tried a new, for me, ingredient I found at the market. Ceci Neri, or black chickpeas. I guess it is popular in Indian cooking. I decided to make soup with them.

Dried ceci.

After soaking overnight.


I wanted something green in the soup so I added Beatole.

The finished product. Pretty good.

I posted this picture on my FaceBook page but I thought it was worth a repeat here. A surprise guest. For dinner a couple of days ago, I was making roasted Cauliflower. I rinsed and trimmed it and when I returned I found this! His name is Stan and he’s on the terrace now. Good luck to him!

6 thoughts on “Ceci Neri

  1. Nancy Hampton Post author

    I guess it says a lot about the lack of pesticides and naturalness of the food here. My friend told me she soaks her broccoli and cauliflower in salt water before using it.

  2. liz

    Love Stan. I must say that I have never found a snail in my groceries. Found a few other things though! I do love escargot……

  3. Nancy Hampton Post author

    Thanks Joe! 😉 just funnin’ you Jed.
    Stan’s the man! Or man/woman. I found they are hermaphrodites. Who knew!

  4. Carlo Rodriguez

    Hmm, Sam’s really cute but looks like a smackin’ good kitty treat. Hope s/he’s vigilant and quick at retreating into his/her shell!

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