Mar 1, 2013

baked falafel and tahini sauce



I have gotten really good at procrastinating.  Like, really good.  It's almost like the more work I have, the more housework gets done.  This morning my husband said that he was glad that I have a ton of grading to do today, because he knew he'd come home to a clean house.  Is that normal?

And, yes, you can also thank my pile of papers that need graded for this post today.  Otherwise, it would have waited.


I've been trying my best to confine work to my office, rather than spending my evenings with compositions and tests.  It's been a nice change of pace, but it has had some serious repercussions...like a growing pile of work that is getting quickly out of control and my new-found addiction to Downton Abbey.  I'd rather not share how quickly we're working our way through Season 2.  But, that's a story for another time.  Now, I should probably get something done. 


Baked Falafel
Recipe adapted from instructables
Makes about 15 small falafel

Ingredients:
  • 1 c dried chickpeas
  • 1/2 onion
  • 5 tbsp chopped parsley (I used the frozen Costco spices)
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 tsp coriander
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 1-2 tbsp olive oil
Prepare the dried chickpeas according to package instructions (I soaked mine overnight then boiled them for one hour, until tender).  Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.  Roughly chop the onion, parsley and garlic.  Place the onions, parsley, garlic, and coriander in a food processor and process everything until fairly smooth.  Add the other seasonings and the chickpeas and blend.  Gradually add the olive oil as necessary until the mixture is very smooth.

Shape the falafel mixture into small balls (about 1 1/2") and place them in a 9x13 glass baking pan (believe me, I tried in a 8x8, and it was a very tight fit!) that has been sprayed with cooking spray.  Bake the falafel for about 30 minutes, turning halfway through.  They should be crispy on the outside and soft on the inside when they're done.  Serve warm with tahini sauce and fresh homemade wraps.

Tahini Sauce
Recipe from Vegetarian Recipes and Cooking
Makes about 1 cup

Ingredients:
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 tbsp chopped cilantro
  • 1 tbsp chopped parsley
  • 1/2 c tahini (sesame paste)
  • juice from 1 lemon
  • 3 tbsp water
  • 1/4 c olive oil
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp salt
Combine all ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth.  Serve with falafel.  Refrigerate leftovers.



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