This recipe is an adapted one from Jamie Oliver’s 15 minute meals cookbook… Spoiler alert, they don’t take 15 minutes (well, they might for some talented people I suppose), this one took closer to an hour and a half. Admittedly, I wasn’t prepared at all, and took a lot of time attempting to make my food processor work, but it did take a long while! Anyway, it was worth it in the end, because it did taste really nice – and I even tried guacamole for the first time!
Basically, I hate avocados, but I see a lot of fellow bloggers using them and enjoying it, and they’re really good for you, so I thought I’d give it a go. The guac I made wasn’t exactly perfect as the avocado I used wasn’t really ripe, and I didn’t use tomatoes with it as I wanted to be able to taste the avocado (maybe a mistake), but it was actually alright! I think my challenge over the next month will be to try avocados in new recipes and make myself like them… Although I don’t know if I’ll ever get to the point where I try to make avocado brownies like some inventive bloggers do!
Let me know in the comments below if you have any avocado recipe recommendations, and maybe I’ll try to pick a ripe one next time! Hope you like this recipe and my guacamole attempt anyway :)
For the falafel
Half a tin (200g each) each of chickpeas and mixed beans
Half a teaspoon each of cayenne pepper, coriander, cumin and paprika
Two tablespoons of plain flour
One clove of garlic
One very small onion
One tablespoon of olive oil
For the sides
One red pepper (I used half of one red pepper and half of one orange pepper)
Two spring onions
A little olive oil
One wholemeal tortilla
For the guacamole
One (ripe) avocado
One clove of garlic
The juice of half a lime
Half a mild chilli
A small bunch of coriander
Half an onion, chopped
One tomato, chopped (I didn’t use this, but you probably should to make it nicer!)
- To make the guacamole, simply whizz all of the ingredients in a food processor.
- Heat the oven to 200 degrees, and roast the sliced peppers and sliced spring onions with a little oil for about 20 minutes.
- Meanwhile, put all of the falafel ingredients into a food processor 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.
- Serve the falafel and side ingredients with a tortilla and enjoy!
Also I’ve just come back from a holiday in Malta, where one of my university flatmates lives! I had an amazing time trying loads of food and exploring and relaxing in the hot weather (my poor, ginger skin is very, very freckly right now) – so these are a few of the photos I took whilst I was there. I didn’t take a huge amount as I was worried about taking my phone and camera to the beaches, but here’s a selection that I hope you enjoy!