I made falafel for myself! I’m so excited about this because I became slightly addicted to the Cauldron brand of falafel whilst I was at home for the holidays, but they were always a little too expensive for me to buy for myself at university; they’re also on my ‘Recipe To-Do List’ so I was itching to give them a try. This recipe’s definitely one for when you have a little time on your hands because they took me a while to get right, but they’re so worth it in the end. I had mine in a massive pitta-bread stuffed with hummus, roasted peppers, tomatoes, spinach and aubergine for dinner – but you could also have them as a snack, lunch or even make them slightly bigger and have them as a sort of ‘falafel burger’ in a bun… With falafel, there are no boundaries.
They were also delicious, just letting you know. I bought a little jar of ground cumin especially for this recipe and it smelt so amazing. If anyone can tell me any good recipes that incorporate cumin I would be a very happy bunny – This is definitely a new spice I love; cinnamon was my favourite for so long, but I may have finally found its successor.
400g can of chickpeas
One garlic clove
One small onion
Handful of flat-leaf parsley
One teaspoon each of ground cumin and coriander
Half a teaspoon of cayenne pepper
2 tablespoons of plain flour
Oil to fry (I think it works better with olive oil, but I didn’t have any – oil spray worked for me though)
- Shove everything in a blender and whizz until they form a sort of paste (if you don’t have a blender then mash the chickpeas with a potato masher and then mix with other ingredients) then form into little balls with your hands
- Fry for 3 minutes on each side until lightly golden
Eat one straight from the panServe in a pitta bread/with some grilled veggies and couscous/as a snack etc.
Makes 6 medium-sized falafel balls – they can be kept cooked in the fridge for a couple of days, just make sure they’re cold before you put them in.
Small health update:
Had my first official GP appointment yesterday to try to get a referral to a proper eating disorder specialist and I had my BMI noted and blood taken which were both a little terrifying – my flatmate went with me to my blood tests and cracked up because I was just chatting to the nurse and then she whipped out the needle with no warning, it was scary as hell and I’m sure my expression was hilariously shocked. Anyway, the doctor said there wasn’t a lot he could do because we only live in a little town, so I’m going to try to get a specialist when I go back to London for the summer holidays; basically all is going alright-ish, but I’m finding it a little hard to deal with on my own, so I hope things will get a little clearer when I have my appointment with him next Monday… Hopefully.
On a more positive note, look at my awesome procrasti-nails :p