Today we will be enjoying Chick-Pea Soup with Pita Toasts. For the soup you will need, 3 cups drained chickpeas, 1 tablespoon olive oil, ½ cup chopped shallots, ½ cup thinly sliced carrots, ½ cup thinly sliced celery, ½ cup thinly sliced fresh mushrooms, 5 cups low sodium chicken broth and salt and freshly ground pepper.
For the pita toasts you will need pita breads, 3 teaspoons olive oil, 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese and salt and freshly ground black pepper.
Let’s begin. Drain the chickpeas and rinse in cold water. Set aside.
In a large saucepan over med-low heat, warm the oil. When the oil is hot add the shallots, carrot, celery and mushrooms and cook gently. Stir often until the veggies are soft.
Add the broth and chickpeas and bring to a boil over med-high heat. Reduce to low, cover and simmer until the veggies and chickpeas are very soft, about 40 minutes.
Puree the soup in a blender or use an immersion blender right in the pot. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
For the pitas, pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees. Prick one side of pita with a fork in several places. Brush pita with olive oil and cut into 4 wedges. Place on ungreased baking sheet. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and season lightly with salt and pepper. Bake until crisp and golden, about 12 minutes.
Wrap up lunch and head for my place. Manny will greet you at the door. Hand him lunch and he will thank you with a delicious Bloody Mary.
Thank you all for indulging my need to speak with you. I followed the Trayvon Martin-George Zimmerman trial from start to finish. In my humble opinion, charges should not have been brought in the first place. Pressures were brought to bear and the prosecutor’s office jumped in to begin the circus.
I have to say that I was shocked to hear your President Obama weigh in on a murder trial! His focus should be on correcting the nightmare that is ObamaCare. His focus should be on getting to the truth about the Benghazi massacre. His focus should be on the shameful behavior of the IRS. His focus should be on the mess that is the NSA. Instead of the Trayvon Martin- George Zimmerman case, your President’s focus should be on helping your ailing, limping economy.
Instead your President Obama announces to the nation that he would be proud to have had a son like Martin. Really, Mr. President? Did your mother ever caution you to think before you speak? Did you know anything at all about this young man before you jumped into the fray? Any death is a tragedy, but I doubt very much that you would be proud of Martin. Under normal circumstances he would have served time in prison for his behavior. Of course none of this was revealed in the press. In fact, Trayvon Martin was shot while he was under suspension from school.
The real Trayvon Martin was hidden from the public view. The press was responsible for this failure to report the facts. The picture of the young innocent 17 year old was a deliberate misrepresentation of who he was and what he really looked like. The public in your nation is now regarded with contempt by the press and the government. You are not worthy of learning the truth. You are mere pawns in the manipulative hands of the powers that be.
Your nation is fast becoming a nation with total disregard for the law. Your Justice Department plays it fast and loose with the law and the truth and they do so without reproach or repercussion from the President. Most of the time it appears that they do so at the behest of the White House.
The Trayvon-Martin jury did the right thing. What people like Al Sharpton are doing now, as usual, is the wrong thing. Your Justice Department had a hand in stirring up the waters of unrest before the trial. This ugly madness has to stop now or I fear that your nation will never find its way back to what the Founding Fathers envisioned.
When you elected Barack Obama President, the issue of race should have been put to rest. Instead it flared like an out of control fire. Why? This bug believes your President Obama wanted it to and still desires to keep the flames of racial unrest burning. It is in his blood, just like it is the blood of Al Sharpton and Attorney General Holder. It’s what they do and your nation is paying a heavy price. You are a nation divided. If you want to find out who is responsible, look to Washington.
Let Us Pray…Manny