A few nights ago, I made a delicious homemade dinner for the whole family – baked falafel patties, veg, feta, and homemade lemon tahini sauce all on a fresh and warm pita.
It was a spur of the moment decision based on what I had on hand – and boy did it turn out pretty wonderful.
Interestingly, I didn’t take any pictures of the process. If I had planned on writing up a blog post featuring the recipe, then it would have taken me a whole lot longer to prepare.
Again interestingly, I find myself wishing that I had documented the process. Not only because I’d love to share the recipe with you all, but also because I’d like to have the recipe for myself!
When I’m throwing things together in the kitchen, I never take measurements – nor do I even take note of all the spices/ingredients I use. Unless, of course, I’m posting about it. So that’s just one nice perk of blogging recipes – there’s actually a recipe to refer back to.
Off the top of my head, the chickpea patties were made up of:
- 2 cans of chickpeas (drained and rinsed)
- 1/2 chopped red onion
- 2 or 3 cloves of garlic
- juice of one lemon
- cumin seeds (maybe a tbsp. or so?)
- salt and pepper
- spoon of tahini
- pour of grape seed oil
- plus some other random additions to taste (coriander, cayenne…)
I blended all the above ingredients in the vitamix, then folded in one egg white, parsley, and finely chopped carrots.
I allowed the mixture to chill for about an hour, then it was patty-making time.
The one huge problem I’ve encountered with homemade veggie patties is that they never want to stick together. And when they do stick together nicely, they usually end up breaking apart during the grilled process. Such is life.
Well, this time that wasn’t an issue (yay)! I rolled each patty into a ball and then pressed them into some ground flax/whole wheat flour on a cutting board.
Last, but not least, I baked the patties on 425 degrees for about 20 minutes (flipping once).
It turned out to be a pretty great dinner – one that I’d definitely like to make again – if only I had the recipe. There’s nothing wrong with a little guesswork, eh?
So what else has been going on in my life?
School (mainly Anthropology – my last undergrad class – see here for the story)
Plenty of walks with the hoodie gang.
Pet store visits. I gave into Courtney and Adam’s begging. I prefer humane society pet adoptions, but giving the puppies love is always fun.
Summer harvest ravioli topped with chunky veg marinara, cheesy garlic bread, and salad.
University of Chicago trips
The reality of being in Chicago.
What we do after the reality - eat. Star of Siam Thai cuisine. Delicious family style dinner.
Can’t leave the city without some froyo.
Life is best portrayed through instagram, don’t you think?
So when will I be back to regular blogging? The answer is simple: I have no idea. I’m just going with the flow right now – and for some reason, the flow is still telling me to ditch the laptop in favor of family time and human interaction.
My Mom actually brought up a great point the other day for why I’ve been stepping away from technology lately.
I’ve been staying with my parents for the past month or so (to help out my brother while he’s sick and for a few other more personal reasons). So at my house, it’s just me, Sam, and Adam (oh and Georgie, the kitty).
At my parent’s house, it’s me, Adam, Courtney (little sis), Tristan (little bro), Mom, Dad, animals, and sometimes other family too (Tiffany and her kids, and Camille – Tristan’s gf).
Sounds a bit chaotic, right? Well, it is. In a good way, of course.
Basically, I don’t have as much quiet free time as I once did. At my house, blogging became a passion I pursued in my free time – here that free time doesn’t exist. There’s always someone to talk to, something to do, and somewhere to go.
So you see why it’s easier to take a technology break while I’m here?
So when will I be going back home? Again, the answer is simple: I have no idea. I’m just full of concrete answers today, aren’t I?
For now, I’m happy and content. And I want to be as close to my brother as possible. We’re a family of control freaks and we all want to be involved in every step of the process – so for the time being, here I’ll stay.
Anyway, I hope you stick with me through the process – I love blogging, so I just know that I’ll be back for good at some point.
And I’m off. Hope you’re all doing wonderful! Fill me in on your life – what have you been up to lately?