Ok I don’t want to bring the mood down but I have to mention the death of Peaches Geldof for a number of reasons. The first thing to say is you do not realise how much things like this actually effect you until they happen and the great pain that they bring. It is almost 7 years since my dad committed suicide and sudden deaths like this always seem to bring it up.
When a parent, or anyone for that, commits suicide it is something you can never really come to terms with. The most common reaction and something that I have been through is to think it is not possible and look for ways in which someone else might have been involved. When you exhaust those possibilities you cannot help but think about all the things that you could have done to prevent it. However probably one of the major things you experience is a lack of understanding.
When most people die you either have an illness to blame or another person and there is a way of getting reasons or explanations but when someone commits suicide you get none of this. The only person you can be angry with is the person who died which just confuses the situation and you can never get the answers you need.
I know this is a bit off the topic of Peaches Geldof’s death but I suppose because she had a parent kill themselves and she was still haunted by that it brought up thoughts of my own loss and has left me feeling a bit shattered. My dad was an addict in the same way as Paula Yates and he saw no way out, I guess but as with Peaches the grief you feel when something like this happens to you it never leaves you, you just learn to accept it.
Anyway, enough of the depressing stuff and on with something a lot more exciting and a tasty recipe. This dish is one I have made a couple of times and is excellent when you don’t have much time as it literally takes minutes, as long as you have some Dukkah ready. I did not put any chilli in this recipe but if you want some spice then just add a pinch or two of chilli powder to your desired taste.
I have put the recipe for making the chickpea salad but have just put to use Dukkah spice blend which you can buy but if you want to make your own it is quite simple. I have just made a really simple Dukkah so I can add more to it in my recipes. All I used was 8 tbs pistachio nuts, 4 tbs sesame seeds, 4 tbs coriander seeds, 2 tbs cumin seeds. Just toast each type of seed separately then blend them all to a powder. It will keep for about 3 months in a sealed container.
1 x 400g/14oz Can of Chickpeas, drained and rinsed
2 tbs Dukkah Spice Blend
2 tbs Lemon Juice
1 tsp Sumac
1/2 tsp Sea Salt
Handful of Chopped Coriander Leaves