A recipe! Through a delightfully coincidental sequence of events involving the Next Food Network Star and Resurrection Church in Brooklyn we came in contact with Aarti Sequeira. We have become big fans of her, rooting for her on the Next Food Network Star and now following her Aarti Paarti Blog and watching her YouTube Channel.


We told her about Spark and Echo Arts and she graciously submitted her recipe for “Ezekiel’s Wheel Chickpea Salad.” The salad is a response to the completely wild story of Ezekiel’s vision of God–a vision with fiery windstorm, animal-headed men with wings and bronzed calf feet, glowing metal, and eye-covered sparkly flying wheels. Read the story of Ezekiel’s Wheel.

Thanks Aarti! We just made the salad for a picnic and it’s delicious! Watch and learn, folks:

A quick chickpea salad perfect for BBQs and picnics, pleasing to carnivores and vegans alike. Chickpeas, tahini, roasted red peppers and pickled beets

1 shallot, minced
Juice of 1 lemon
3/4 cup tahini
1/2 cup or so hot water
1 clove garlic, minced
Splash of extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsp pine nuts
2 cans chickpeas/garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
3 roasted red peppers, chopped
3-4 pickled beets, chopped (OR handful of pomegranate seeds)
Handful chopped parsley

Here’s some of Ezekiel’s vision:

4 I looked, and I saw a windstorm coming out of the north—an immense cloud with flashing lightning and surrounded by brilliant light. The center of the fire looked like glowing metal, 5 and in the fire was what looked like four living creatures. In appearance their form was that of a man, 6 but each of them had four faces and four wings. 7 Their legs were straight; their feet were like those of a calf and gleamed like burnished bronze. 8 Under their wings on their four sides they had the hands of a man. All four of them had faces and wings, 9 and their wings touched one another. Each one went straight ahead; they did not turn as they moved.

10 Their faces looked like this: Each of the four had the face of a man, and on the right side each had the face of a lion, and on the left the face of an ox; each also had the face of an eagle. 11 Such were their faces. Their wings were spread out upward; each had two wings, one touching the wing of another creature on either side, and two wings covering its body. 12 Each one went straight ahead. Wherever the spirit would go, they would go, without turning as they went. 13 The appearance of the living creatures was like burning coals of fire or like torches. Fire moved back and forth among the creatures; it was bright, and lightning flashed out of it. 14 The creatures sped back and forth like flashes of lightning.

15 As I looked at the living creatures, I saw a wheel on the ground beside each creature with its four faces. 16 This was the appearance and structure of the wheels: They sparkled like chrysolite, and all four looked alike. Each appeared to be made like a wheel intersecting a wheel. 17 As they moved, they would go in any one of the four directions the creatures faced; the wheels did not turn about [d] as the creatures went. 18 Their rims were high and awesome, and all four rims were full of eyes all around. Read More

Here’s our recipe for a deliciously diverse afternoon:

1) Read the Story of Ezekiel’s Wheel
2) Watch the Aarti Paarti Episode 6 and make Aarti’s Ezekiel’s Wheel Chickpea Salad
3) Do a Yoga Wheel! Well, maybe try a Bridge first if it’s new to you… Or just some stretching, or happy jumping.
4) Eat Ezekiel’s Wheel Chickpea Salad
5) Make your own response to the recipe or Ezekiel’s Wheel and let us know!
6) Celebrate by watching more Aarti Paarti episodes or if it’s Sunday catch the Next Food Network Star

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