Today was a vegetarian day. I keep reading about no meat on Mondays, but that never seems to work out for me. So I guess no meat one day might be as good as no meat on Monday. I recently went to look for something on the Smithsonian website and noticed they had a food blog. That day's post was about chickpeas. Now chickpeas have never been on my list of favorite foods, but neither are they on my list of most deaded (like brussel sprouts). The post was pretty interesting and the author went on and on about the merits of this particular recipe for a chickpea stew and how nutritious and delicious it was. She had eaten it twice that week already.
When I moved to California, I had never even tasted anything Indian. At first, every time I tried it, my digestive tract rebelled. This was about 20 years ago. Our friend Venkat, who is from Southern India, decided to teach me how to eat Indian food. He was a superb teacher, gradually introducing me to the flavors and acclimating me to the unfamiliar spices. Now I'm a convert and we dine at our favorite Indian restaurant once or twice a month.