We've had our allotment for just over 4 years now; I'm gradually getting the hang of things and have grown a variety of different vegetables and fruit.
One thing I have never grown is chickpeas.
But I know a man who has!
If you visit The Circus Gardener's Kitchen you will find Steve who cooks delicious vegetarian and vegan food.
He has grown chickpeas on his allotment.
I know chickpeas as the somewhat wrinkled, beige pulses found in packets or tins in the supermarket and I was surprised to find that they can be grown in this country.
But Steve has successfully done just that.
And he used the chickpeas in one of his recipes - chickpea cakes with curry oil.
You can find the recipe on Steve's blog here.
I have tried a number of Steve's recipes, all of them really delicious.
The chickpea cakes were no exception.
I decided to serve them in pitta bread with salad leaves, yoghurt dressing and mango chutney.
If you are interested in vegetarian food and also want to read some thought provoking comments on the state of the food industry, then do visit The Circus Gardener.
Happy weekend everyone and p.s. (whispers) there may be a heatwave next week!