My coffeemaker broke this morning. We've had it for years and never had a problem with it. Then, all of a sudden, this morning when I flipped the switch to "ON" the little orange light that fills me with joy every morning failed to light up. I tinkered with the machine for a bit but soon came to the realization that my trusty coffeemaker had brewed its last cup. R.I.P. Cuisinart DCC-1200.
I'm tempted to purchase a French press but it does seem like a little more work than I want to put in early in the morning. Grinding fresh beans while I am still half asleep is not very appealing. But I know that the quality of the coffee is superior to that of a drip coffeemaker. I also thought about one of those one-cup deals like this, but it is a pricey way to get a cup of coffee in the morning. Many options will need to be considered.
Now on with the show. Yesterday I decided that I would make three casseroles during the week, all vegetarian. I am not a vegetarian but I often choose to not eat meat, especially when cooking just for myself. Plus, my gorcery bill for the week was next to nothing.
I came across this chickpea casserole recipe a couple of weeks ago and immediately put it on my list of must-try recipes. There is a fair number of ingredients that go into the casserole (I bought cottage cheese for the first time in my life).
As a side note, I am totally enjoying cooking in my new kitchen. Though the layout is not as practical as my New York kitchen, I love cooking with the back door wide open and catching glimpses of my backyard.
This turned out better than I expected. The lemon gives it a fresh flavor. (Is there any smell better than lemon zest?) The shallots give the casserole a nice bite and really make the dish, in my opinion. The next time I make this, I will switch up the quantities of yogurt and cottage cheese. I definitely want a creamier, less dry consistency which I think can be achieved by using more yogurt. I will also use less breadcrumbs and grated Parmesan to cover the top. They really soaked up a lot of the liquid. Using a bit less will still allow you to have a golden brown, almost crunchy crust but you'll also get that creamy texture.