Beautiful day for a Wine Wednesday outing

LOCATION:  In our tiny house in Mission, Texas
WEATHER:  Beautiful sun, but still cool.  High 60

STEPS:  11,557
CLASSES:  Chair yoga.  Still too cold for water aerobics….maybe tomorrow

I spent some time in the morning preparing for our final Spanish class.  I have tried to teach the students practical words they might need here in the Rio Grande Valley – like ordering in a restaurant, talking with the lawn service people, etc.  I will miss the classes, but George and I are getting the itch to do some camping trips around Texas soon.

The highlight of the day was Wine Wednesday at our favorite bistro in the area.  We  had the patio to ourselves.  Wine is half off on Wednesdays, so we had an excellent bottle that normally costs $36 for $18.  This photo is too bright, but hey – we won’t complain about the sun!

We introduced our new neighbors to the beautiful patio. 

We shared a charcuterie platter that was excellent.

DINNER:  Back to Jacques Pepin.  This was a great vegan meal, and is very inexpensive. 

CHICKPEA RAGOUT

2 T olive oil
1/2 cup diced onion
1/2 cup chopped scallions
2 cups diced tomatoes
1 T chopped garlic
1 – 16oz can chickpeas, drained
1/2 cup chicken stock (I substituted vegetable broth)
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 T chopped parsley

Heat the oil in a saucepan over high heat and add the onions and scallions.  Saute for about 3 minutes, and add the remaining ingredients, except the parsley.  Return to a boil, reduce the heat to low, cover, and boil gently for 15 minutes.  Remove the lid and boil a few minutes longer to reduce the liquid. 

Divide among 4 bowls, sprinkle with parsley, and serve.  A French baguette would have been nice with it, but since we are watching our carbs, we just had the ragout. 

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