Sunday, July 1, 2012
The time I almost ate vegan
Just a few days ago, I ate my first falafel ball from Maoz. It was glorious and I enjoyed every bite of my falafel salad.
I made baked falafel a week ago.
10:00 AM. Nicole looks through the fridge for something to eat. Spots bowl of poorly boiled chickpeas from yesterday.
10:06 AM. Cooks the bland, very hard chickpeas again in salted water for two minutes and lets in rest for fifteen minutes.
10:17 AM. While waiting for the chickpeas, she decides to make a hummus. Looks for a hummus recipe with peanut butter, no tahini.
10:19 AM. Finds a hummus recipe on Serious Eats.
10:21 AM. Rinses the chickpeas in cold water.
10:22 AM. Quick change of heart. Wants something hearty. Decides to taste/make fafael.
10:24 AM. Finds a recipe through The Kitchn. It is from Chow Vegan. She smiles. Vegan = easier clean up.
10:26 AM. Uses food processor to mash chickpeas. Turns out really dry. Adds 3 splashes of the chickpea cooking water. 4. 5. Still dry. Gives it a spin in the food processor again.
10:28 AM. Throws up hands in despair. Takes the chickpeas out of food processor and into a bowl. Dices onions and garlic. Adds it to the mixture.
10:29 AM. Finds all the spices! Uses dried parsley! No cilantro.
10:31 AM. Toasts and burns first batch of coriander seeds.
10:34 AM. Keeps a close eye on the coriander seeds. Fragant and lovely.
10:38 AM. Crushes coriander seeds and add it to the chickpea mixtures.
10:39 AM. Adds lemon juice, olive oil, crushed red pepper, cumin, flour, baking powder.
10:41 AM. Throws out lemon and then quickly regrets not using some zest.
10:42 AM. Adds salt and pepper. Tastes the mixture. Smiles. Uses the food processor again.
10:43 AM. Whirrrrrrlllllll.
10:45 AM. Asks younger brother if he is hungry. "NOOOOO!" Okay. Puts mixture in fridge.
10:47 AM. Waits.
11:10 AM. Writes blog post, eats whole chickpeas, drinks coconut water.
11:56 AM. Brother says he is hungry. She pulls out the bowl from the fridge. Preheats the oven to 375. Places parchment paper on a a cookie sheet. Adds a bit of canola oil and spreads it around.
11:59 AM. Looks for a cookie scoop. No sign of the cookie scoop.
12:03 PM. Finishes forming falafel balls with a plastic gloved hand. Places the balls on the pan and flattens them into thick patties. 9 on a sheet. 4 are in the fridge. Slides pan into the oven.
12:05 PM. Waits.
12:09 PM. Watches Very Mary Kate. Laughs.
12:18 PM. Flips falafels.
12:20 PM. Decides to make a knock off tzatizki with sour cream because she used all the Greek yogurt for her yogurt cake. Uses 2 scoops of sour cream, garlic, salt, dried dill weed. (Make a garlic paste with the salt. Add to the sour cream. Add dill weed. Add more salt to taste.)
12:33 PM. Take falafels out.
12:35 PM. Make sandwiches out of multigrain bread, tzatizki, and a few falafels.
12:40 PM. Gone. Yum.
Recipe from Chow Vegan.