Early this morning I read Robin's note about the garbanzo pancake. And then I read through the newest Food & Wine (I didn't subscribe, but all of a sudden they're sending me their mags gratis) which mentioned Vietnames pho, and all of a sudden I was hungry for a brothy soup.
Into the kitchen I went, and pulled some extra strong chicken broth I'd made out of th freezer. That went into a pan to thaw. On top of that went a can of drained garbanzo beans and eventually some pasta, chopped parsley and chopped chives. Some grated parmesan enriched the soup. And though at that moment it tasted perfectly wonderful, out of the corner of my eye I spied that bag of Persian Fenugreek leaves I brought back from L.A. I scooped a little soup into a cup and added a tiny pinch of the herb. WOW!
This herb has a flavor that's quite unlike anything I've ever experienced. This sounds strange for a green herb, but it adds an aroma and flavor that's kind of corn/caramelly. It reminds me of what parsley-flavored Maggi seasoning would taste like, if that existed. And it's strong: an hour and a hand washing later, my right hand still smells of two pinches of the herb I rubbed in its palm. It gave the soup a perfect and attractive other worldliness that, while not tasting like any other food in our little universe, was not so exotic that it took any getting used to. It was immediately wonderful.
I can't wait to do more cooking with this wonderful new herb.
In the meantime, here's the recipe for the soup.
Serves two meal-portion bowls, ready in about 20 minutes.
2 cups strong chicken broth
1 14 oz can garbanzo beans, drained
3/4 cup small pasta (I used skillet-browned acini pepe and short broken lengths of spaghetti
About 3 Tblps fresh grated parmesan reggiano
About 3 tblsp chopped fresh chives and parsley
a few cranks black pepper
1 Tblsp good EVOO
2 healthy pinches of dried fenugreek leaves
In a saucepan, bring the broth and the beans to a light rolling boil. Simmer about five minutes then add the pasta, herbs, EVOO and cheese. Stir often. When the pasta's al dente, add the fenugreek and black pepper. Simmer another minute to meld the flavors, then serve.
Last edited by Jenise
on Thu Apr 27, 2006 12:33 pm, edited 1 time in total.
My wine shopping and I have never had a problem. Just a perpetual race between the bankruptcy court and Hell.--Rogov