Lablabi—Tunisian Chickpea Soup

I must admit I was equally skeptical and intrigued by this recipe and danced around it for several days before giving it a go. Worried it would taste like a bowl of warm hummus I had Plan B on the ready, but it was never required. The real problem turned out to be not making enough! Like with many cultural mainstays, it is the bringing together of good quality simple ingredients that make for kitchen magic, and you will soon discover that this soup is no exception.  

Just an FYI- This recipe must be started 8 hours in advance with soaking the chickpeas

 

Ingredients

FOR THE CRISPY CHICKPEAS:

1 ¾ cup cooked chickpeas or 1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed

2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil

½ teaspoon kosher salt, plus more to taste

1 teaspoon za’atar, plus more to taste

 

FOR THE SOUP:

1 ½ cups dried chickpeas, soaked overnight and drained

¼ cup plus 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for serving

2 bay leaves

1 ½ teaspoon kosher salt, plus more to taste

½ loaf hearty rustic bread (about 8 ounces – I used this one)

1 cup chopped onion

6 garlic cloves, minced or finely grated ( I used shallots)

1 tablespoon ground cumin, plus more for serving

2 chopped Roma tomatoes

1 tablespoon harissa paste or spice mix plus more for serving ( adjust this according to taste)

3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1 tablespoon finely grated lemon zest, for serving

½ cup chopped flat-leaf parsley, for serving

 

Crispy chickpeas: 

Layout chickpeas on clean toweling to completely air dry for at least 30 mins.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees

Move chickpeas onto a parchment-covered baking sheet. Splash 2 -3 teaspoons of olive oil and toss well with salt and a sprinkle of za’atar. 

Bake 15 mins or until crispy, add more seasoning if desired, and set aside to cool.

At the same time, you can toast the rustic bread until crispy for the soup. Tear in bite sized pieces, and place on a baking sheet for about 10 minutes.

 

Chickpeas for soup:

In a heavy stockpot or pressure cooker, combine drained soaked chickpeas, 5 cups water, 1 tablespoon olive oil, bay leaves, and 1/2 teaspoon salt over high heat. Bring to a boil for 2 to 3 minutes, then reduce heat to a simmer, cover, cooking until chickpeas are tender, 30 mins in the pressure cooker, and about 1 to 2 hours in a stockpot.

When the chickpeas for the soup are tender, discard bay leaves. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the chickpeas, 1/2 cup of the chickpea cooking liquid, and 1/4 cup olive oil to a blender or food processor, and purée until smooth. Set aside.

In a large skillet over medium-high, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons oil until shimmering. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add garlic or shallots and cook until golden, about 2 minutes. Add the remaining 1 teaspoon salt, 1 tablespoon cumin, and tomatoes and cook, stirring, until fragrant, 1 minute. Add a splash of the chickpea cooking liquid to the pan, and bring to a simmer to deglaze, scraping up the browned bits on the bottom of the pan. Turn off heat.

Combine chickpea purée and onion mixture, remaining cooking liquid along with harissa and lemon juice, and stir well. Add water as needed if the soup seems too thick, and adjust seasonings. 

Serve by dividing toasted bread pieces among soup bowls, add soup and garnish with lemon zest, parsley, olive oil, more cumin, and some of the crispy chickpeas. Serve hot, with more harissa on the side.

Enjoy!

Adapted from Melissa Clark NY Cooking

 

 


Explorations of Polyvagal Theory: Addressing trauma, can we do better?

Do you or someone you love suffer from the effects of developmental or complex trauma?  If so you won’t want to miss a minute of this conversation.

Listen in as we make serious inroads into understanding the subtle but significant challenges that disrupt the process of healing trauma.  Six months ago we set out to explore what Polyvagal Theory could add to what we already knew about Asian Medicine and Gemmotherapy. We knew for certain that our current tools weren’t reaching all the nooks and crannies where trauma likes to hide.  But what could we discover by blending all three together?  Might we be able to better meet individuals where they are with exactly the energy that would provide the necessary cues of safety?  While we don’t claim to have all of the answers we are closer than ever before.

In this organic series, Gemmotherapy expert and educator Lauren Hubele, Japanese Acupuncturist Maegan Lemp, and the Passionate Polyvagalist Cameron Scott explore the blended use of the Polyvagal Theory, Asian Medicine and Gemmotherapy extracts to restore a sense of safety and connection.


Sourdough Whole Grain Bread — 2021 Version

I love this recipe because it tastes like bread is meant to taste AND it is free from added starches, dairy products, eggs, and yeast. Although the actual effort that goes into this loaf is minimal the process must begin three days in advance.

 

Ingredients

½ to ¾ cup of brown rice sourdough (which will need organic brown rice flour)

525 grams (3 cups) buckwheat groats

175 grams (1 cup) of quinoa or millet

2-4 teaspoons of salt

Filtered water

1 tablespoon of maple syrup or honey (can omit)

25 g hemp seed

25 g chia seed

25 g sesame seed – white or black

50 g ground flax seed

75  g sunflower and pumpkin seeds

OR any combination of nuts and seeds to equal at least 250 grams or 1 cup.  I have used up to 1 ½ cups of seeds with good results.

 

Directions

Step One – 5 days prior to baking bread

Make a Brown Rice Sourdough following this or one of the many processes available online. I use only two ingredients: organic find ground brown rice flour and filtered tap water. Store sourdough in a glass lidded jar in fridge.

Step Two – Two evenings before finished loaf

Take starter from fridge and feed with organic brown rice flour and filtered tap water.

Place buckwheat groats in large bowl, cover just to the top of the groats with filtered water, check after an hour and add more as it absorbs water quickly.

Place quinoa or millet in smaller bowl and just barely cover with filtered water.

Allow all three items to stay on the counter overnight covered with a tea towel.

Step Three – 12 hours later

Check buckwheat groats for excess water pooling over the surface, if there is drain off just a bit. Use a metal sieve to catch any groats. Pour into high speed blender, blending well into a dough-like very thick pancake batter. Completely drain millet or quinoa and add to mixture in blender.  Continue processing until all grains are incorporated into the dough. Add Add ½ to ¾ cup sourdough and pulse blender to integrate.

Empty all into large bowl for further fermentation.

Step Four – 24 hours later

Preheat oven to 375 degrees with convection fan if available.

Measure all nuts and seeds. Measure salt (and honey or maple syrup if desired).  Fold all into the proofed dough.  Allow to rest 30-60 mins.

Oil loaf pan, pour in batter, smoothing top and sprinkling with your choice of nuts or seeds.

Step Five – Bake for 60 minutes.

Check that top has crusted and is not wet.  If loaf is well formed, gently remove from pan, return to oven rack or pizza stone if one is available.

Bake another 30 minutes.  Turn oven off and let bread sit in over overnight or at least until completely cooled.

The ability of this bread to keep is completely dependent on local weather conditions. In high humidity it should be stored in the fridge.  I prefer to slice the loaf completely once cooled and freeze the individual slices between strips of parchment paper. I remove slices as needed to toast or bring to room temperature.

Enjoy!!

 


Explorations of Polyvagal Theory: New Meanings for Old Words

This new year deserves our pausing to consider what in our day to day interactions could benefit from some updating.  In today’s episode, we consider updates for a few everyday words. Listen in to our conversation as we explore words like vision, invite, and allow and revision them together.

In this organic series, Health educator and Gemmotherapy expert Lauren Hubele, Japanese Acupuncturist Maegan Lemp and Passionate Polyvagalist Cameron Scott explore the use of the Polyvagal Theory, Asian Medicine and Gemmotherapy extracts to restore a sense of safety and connection. The polyvagal theory helps us build an understanding of emotional patterns enough to interrupt them and change the ways in which we habitually react.


Explorations of Polyvagal Theory: New Meanings for Old Words

This new year deserves our pausing to consider what in our day to day interactions could benefit from some updating.  In today’s episode, we consider updates for a few everyday words. Listen in to our conversation as we explore words like vision, invite, and allow and revision them together.

In this organic series, Health educator and Gemmotherapy expert Lauren Hubele, Japanese Acupuncturist Maegan Lemp and Passionate Polyvagalist Cameron Scott explore the use of the Polyvagal Theory, Asian Medicine and Gemmotherapy extracts to restore a sense of safety and connection. The polyvagal theory helps us build an understanding of emotional patterns enough to interrupt them and change the ways in which we habitually react.


Exploration of Polyvagal Theory: Offering Live Client Support for Dorsal Vagal States

You won’t want to miss this pilot episode offering live support to Art teacher and mom Ashley Dalme,  who is finding the continued challenges of the pandemic weigh her down.  You”ll hear our suggestions from the Polyvagal, Asian Medicine and Gemmotherapy lens.

In this organic series, Health educator and Gemmotherapy expert Lauren Hubele, Japanese Acupuncturist Maegan Lemp and Passionate Polyvagalist Cameron Scott explore the use of the Polyvagal Theory, Asian Medicine and Gemmotherapy extracts to restore a sense of safety and connection. The polyvagal theory helps us build an understanding of emotional patterns enough to interrupt them and change the ways in which we habitually react.

 


Polyvagal Explorations: True life Holiday Survival Tales

We’re back and so excited to share our holiday tales and lessons learned. Pour a cup a tea and come along on our Polyvagal adventure as we out brief together what worked and what didn’t this holiday season.

In this organic series, Health educator and Gemmotherapy expert Lauren Hubele, Japanese Acupuncturist Maegan Lemp and Passionate Polyvagalist Cameron Scott explore the use of the Polyvagal Theory, Asian Medicine and Gemmotherapy extracts to restore a sense of safety and connection. The polyvagal theory helps us build an understanding of emotional patterns enough to interrupt them and change the ways in which we habitually react.


Polyvagal Explorations: True life Holiday Survival Tales

We’re back and so excited to share our holiday tales and lessons learned. Pour a cup a tea and come along on our Polyvagal adventure as we out brief together what worked and what didn’t this holiday season.

In this organic series, Health educator and Gemmotherapy expert Lauren Hubele, Japanese Acupuncturist Maegan Lemp and Passionate Polyvagalist Cameron Scott explore the use of the Polyvagal Theory, Asian Medicine and Gemmotherapy extracts to restore a sense of safety and connection. The polyvagal theory helps us build an understanding of emotional patterns enough to interrupt them and change the ways in which we habitually react.


Exploring Polyvagal Theory: A Question from our Audience to Clarify States

Enjoy our teamwork in action as Maegan, Cameron and I work out some answers for our listener in Texas in the special episode.

You won’t want to miss these pre-recorded mini-podcast episodes, as we break from our normal recording schedule during the month of December.


Exploring Polyvagal Theory: A Question from our Audience on the Dorsal Vagal State

Enjoy our teamwork in action as Maegan, Cameron and I work out some answers for our listener in Romania in the special episode.

You won’t want to miss these pre-recorded mini-podcast episodes, as we break from our normal recording schedule during the month of December.


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Enjoy our teamwork in action as Maegan, Cameron and I work out some answers for our listener in Missouri in the special episode.

You won’t want to miss these pre-recorded mini-podcast episodes, as we break from our normal recording schedule during the month of December.


Exploring Polyvagal Theory: A Holiday Survival Guide for your Nervous System

Every one of us has a nervous system and every one of us will no doubt face some flavor of emotional challenges over the holidays.  In this episode, we discuss the three states of the autonomic nervous system and how to navigate your own desires to fight, flee, or disconnect. Listen in to this insightful conversation between colleagues that brings a polyvagal approach to family gatherings.  I am sure you will resonate with a shared example or two.

In this organic series, Health educator and Gemmotherapy expert Lauren Hubele, Japanese Acupuncturist Maegan Lemp and Passionate Polyvagalist Cameron Scott explore the use of the Polyvagal Theory and Gemmotherapy extracts to restore a sense of safety and connection. The polyvagal theory helps us see and understand emotional patterns enough to interrupt them and change how we habitually react.