We did the quick soak (boil, then soak an hour) before starting to cook.
They cooked for a good 2 hours or more but were still crunchy. It was getting late and Wally kept asking, "Is the food ready yet?" so finally we served dinner, picking around the crunchy chickpeas in this delicious dish from naturallyella (which is pretty close to something we often had growing up, without the quinoa). The battle went on after dinner and even after Wally was in bed. We still couldn't get the chickpeas to soften up.Alex pledged not to give up no matter how long it took. Periodically as the night wore on he would come in where I was working at the computer and say, "They're still fighting!"
It was literally a battle to the death (of the chickpeas) in the end. I heard "F&*ck!" and then a loud crash coming from the kitchen. I didn't get up to check but Alex came in a few minutes later to tell me what happened. He was reaching to transfer them to a third pot when he accidentally* upended the whole saucepan into the trashcan. Down went the sweet potatoes, tomatoes, rock-hard chickpeas and all. In general, I love buying beans in a bag rather than a can. It's so cheap, much healthier (no salt and no BPA in the lining), and they taste better too. This was the first time I tried chickpeas. I should have taken a picture of the end result but I was too annoyed at that point. (Now it makes me laugh.)