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How good are Chickpeas onboard?

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Originally cultivated in the Mediterranean and the Middle East, chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans are loved around the globe, with a permanent spot in practically everyone’s pantry, not only vegetarians. They are featured prominently in Italian, Greek, Indian, Middle Eastern, Spanish and Portuguese cuisine. Yet chickpeas somehow still get relegated to the side dish territory, unceremoniously puréed into yet another bowl of hummus. 
Though the most common type of chickpea appears round and beige, other varieties include colours such as black, green, and red. Like other legumes such as beans, peas and lentils, chickpeas are prized for their high protein and fiber content. This is great for us when fresh protein on the boat is low. 
On Our Dreamtime we tend to bulk up our meals with chickpeas, whether it be in a slow cooked stew or roasted there is always place for chickpeas. Having the convenience of them available in canned and dried forms allows us to store them onboard for long p…
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Old Fashioned Family Recipes ... 
What are your favourite childhood memories from the kitchen. Mine funnily enough is sitting on a high stool in my grandparents kitchen drinking sweet tea out of a proper chinaware tea cup called "my lady cup" and devouring what ever sweet treat was fresh out of the oven. 
Both my Grandmothers were good cooks. But let's face it they had to be. There was no ducking out to the Cheese Cake Shop to pick up a New York Baked Cheese Cake. Good home cooking was part of everyday life. It's so good to see the kitchen becoming the hub of the family once again. Both of my daughters love to cook and my daughter in law makes a wicked Frangipani Pie. Exploding with flavour, layers of pineapple, coconut cream and meringue, one mouthful and you are in heaven.  
So recently my mum and I have been going through some old family "stuff" and in it we have found some recipes from generations back. I loved the fact that most are hand written, typed or…

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