Garbonzos by the dozen

The Wine, Women and Words Book Club met on Sunday to discuss A Short History of Women. Shhh. Don’t tell anyone, but we’ve been known to spend most of the time talking about everything EXCEPT the book. But this time, we retired to the living room after our meal to actually discuss the book. A testiment, I think, to the author and the story. We mostly agreed that the book’s set-up (hop-skip-and-jumping between decades) was “challenging”, but the quality of the writing and meat of the story really drew us in once we got into it.

As I mentioned in my reply to Barbs’ post last week, I found myself thinking about my grandmother and my mother a lot as I was reading this book. They were shaped by the society they lived in but they also helped to shape changes that still effect my life today. WW&W-member Carol, felt the same way. Although none of us could claim a sufferagette grandmother who starved herself to death for her cause (or was that her real motivation? I’m on the fence.), we had lots to say about the strength of our female ancestors and their lasting legacy.

Any standout female figures in your family history you’d like to brag about? I’m all ears.

Our next month’s read is Carol’s choice and she decided on COMMITTED by Elizabeth Gilbert.

May is my choice, and we will be reading THE GARGOYLE by Andrew Davidson

AND, of course, MY May book, UNTIL HE MET RACHEL.

Two wounded heroes. Vastly different stories. <VBG>

Now, about the title of this blog: turns out we unintentionally wound up with a food theme that had nothing to do with the book. Several of us contributed dishes that included garbonzo beans. I made falafel patties ala Jon Paul (my son). He did the smushing, mixing and seasoning, bless his heart, so all I had to do was shape and fry–like hamburgers, only meatless. DE-LISH. (Recipe below.) Heather brought a power soup that she insisted on calling “Gruel”. It, too, contained the bean of choice. Martha’s salad may have had a bean or two in it. But the culinary surprise of the evening was…wait for it…Flourless Chocolate Garbonzo Bean Cake.

For real. And it was a hit. (Thank you, Ruth.) See recipe below.

Happy reading, all. See you next week. I am bogged down in revisions–send me your good writing vibes. I need them.




2-3 cans garbonzo beans, drained and rinsed

1/2 cup shredded carrot

1/2 cup minced parsley

1/4 cup finely minced green onion with tops

1/4 cup Blue Oak Ayurveda “Shake It Up” seasoning mix

Directions: smash beans, add other ingredients, form into patties and fry in HOT pan using a fair amount of canola oil. Serve with fresh salsa for a fun twist.


9″ round cake pan              40 minutes @ 350-degrees

1 1/2 C. semi-sweet chocolate chips

1 can garbonzos, drain and rinse

4 eggs

3/4 C. sugar

1/2 tsp. baking powder

1 T. confectioners sugar (optional)

Directions: grease and flour pan. Melt chocolate chips. Combine beans and eggs in food processor, add sugar and baking powder. Add chocolate. Pulse to blend. Transfer to pan. Cool in pan on dry rack for 10-15 minutes, then insert on serving plate and top with powdered sugar.

6 Replies to “Garbonzos by the dozen”

  1. Sending great writing vibes……
    Garbonzo beans in cake? Maybe I could eat it if I didn’t know what was in it. Knowing they are there I don’t think I could. LOL! An old friend knows I don’t like sour cream and one time she made a taco dip but didn’t tell me what all was in it. I told her it was good. She laughed and said it had sour cream in it! I couldn’t taste it or see it so she fooled me good!
    The Gargoyle – interesting cover.

  2. I promise it doesn’t take like garbonzo beans, Marcie. They simply provide the moisture and nutrition. The cake was even better the next day. Ruth reserved a couple of tablespoons of the melted chocolate to drizzle over the top. Yummers.

    The trade paperback cover wasn’t as intriguing as the hard cover, but it was cheaper. I bought my copy at Costco. This book takes anti-hero to a new level. I thought Rufus (my hero) was a daring departure from the norm, but nope–very tame compared to this guy.

    And your vibes are helping. I had a good morning, sailed through more pages in three hours than all day yesterday. Thanks!!!

  3. Good question, Carrie. I actually skipped that notation on the recipe because I assumed all cans were the same size. NOT. The recipe calls for a 19 oz can. Sorry.

    Hope you like it.

  4. First thank you for the sticky notes–they are so cute! As for A SHORT HISTORY of WOMEN as you say the writing was good and stories about each was interesting enough but I just found I wanted more! LOL Have you checked the reviews at Most readers wanted more from the book IMHO

    I’m looking forward to your comments on COMMITED & THE GARGOYLE but the best news is we get another Deb book very soon

    I know it’s already Friday this week but I hope life settles back to normal now. MIL passed away last Sunday, her daughter and sil have been staying with us on/off for about a month now. Next week it’s back to just our daily Marcus fix only LOL

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