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Chic Chickpeas

This old-school legume is more popular than ever, here’s the lowdown on the humble chickpea

Chickpeas have undergone something of an image overhaul. Gone are the days where these legumes will be relegated to side-dish status or simply blended into a houmous dip — chickpeas are fast becoming the main attraction. Here are some fun facts about chickpeas that you may not know.

They’ve got history

Chickpeas were first cultivated in the Middle East around 7500 BC, with widespread popularity reaching many ancient populations including Ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome. Ground chickpeas have been used as an alternative to coffee since the 18th Century too and are still used as a caffeine-free alternative. However, it is usually the roots rather than the peas themselves that are used for this.

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The word Easter may just be synonymous with chocolate for many people, but as somebody who only treats himself to chocolate very occasionally, the idea of copious chocolate reserves isn’t as appealing as it might be to some. Easter does mean the opportunity to have a couple of days out of the office, spending extra time with friends and family, though. You’re bound to want to cook up a feast at some point over the long weekend, so we’ve produced a slightly alternative Easter extravaganza that hints at the prospect of hot summer evenings (they are getting extremely close now!) and incorporates two ingredients that you may have stashed in your pantry, but need a push to use — butternut squash and quinoa (P.28). But don’t worry, traditional Easter folks, we haven’t forgotten about you either. Try out our twist on hot cross buns or D.I.Y Easter eggs inspiration if you’re looking to be inspired. It feels like there are lots of highly anticipated vegan recipe books hitting shelves this year. As a result, we want to keep you updated on the books you should be checking out with our ‘Books for Cooks’ page. One book that is set for colossal success is the BOSH! cookbook. Produced by the social media sensations of the same name, the boys work from their London-based kitchen and we were excited to catch up for a chat about the huge success they’ve seen and what we can all expect from their debut cookbook. Finally, if you’re in a hurry, then we may have a useful addition for you. Find our new stats page on page 6 if you just want a quick scan over some of the numbers that we found interesting this month — numbers can be fun too, right? I think it’s always useful to arm yourself with some statistics to whip out when speaking to others about why you’re eating a plant based diet. Happy Easter and enjoy the chocolate-indulging. Blake Roberts Editor