Potato Fritters

1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans, drained
1 large potato, boiled, peeled and mashed
2 slices of white bread, crust removed
1 teaspoon salt

cilantro relish:
1 bunch of cilantro, washed
1 tablespoon ginger-garlic paste
2 green chilies, diced
1 teaspoon salt

1.Mash together beans, potatoes and the bread to form dough. Season with salt and set aside covered with a damp cloth.

2.Meanwhile, mix cilantro, ginger-garlic paste, green chilies and salt in a food processor and blend until it forms a paste, set relish aside.

3.Uncover dough and divide into eight balls and flatten. Put a little relish at the center of each patty then fold the edges over to seal in the relish. Make sure you have a patty that is not to flat but yet not to thick. Heat a shallow amount of oil in a pan, fry patties until golden. Serve patties with left over relish.

Yields: 4

Chickpea and Pasta Soup

This is a really great soup to serve with freshly made bread. Your family will appreciate the uniqueness of it. This is a traditional Italian soup with all the flavorings to give it away.

3 tablespoons olive oil
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1 carrot, chopped
1 celery stalk, chopped
1 onion, chopped
1 teaspoon dried rosemary
1 can of chickpeas, drained
1/4 cup of small pasta
Salt and pepper to taste
1 tsp parsley

1. Put olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic, carrot, celery and onion then cook, stir occasionally. Add rosemary and chickpeas, stir well. Pour enough water or chicken stock to cover the chickpeas. Cover and simmer for ten minutes. Use a blender or food processor to puree this mixture. Return mixture to pan. Add pasta, salt, pepper, and parsley and serve.

Sea Salt/Lime Dates

When I first saw this recipe, I was eager to try it but not sure, how it would go over. I then realized how a date is not truly a date until warmed. Warming softens the skin making it more of a mouth experiment. This sweet, salty and sour treat will get great reviews from your entire guest.

12 dates pitted
almonds (you can use whole but I use sliced)
sea salt
lime juice

1. slit sides of dates and stuff with almonds enough so you can still close the dates back up, then heat olive oil in pan, warm dates then just add on a plate, sprinkle with sea salt and lime juice. You can add toothpicks in each if you would like.

Yields: 4 servings