17 February 2006

Heaven in Food-Form


I love falafel. Now read the title again (so you get it). I know there are a gagillion ways to spell it, so you may find a few of mine here. Please don't bug me about it (I mean it kindly!), the spelling depends on the origin. And I don't know each one from the next. Anyway, I'll say it again, I love falafel. It makes me so happy and feel so good (while a bit heafty at the same time) but I love it and it is such a great food.

You will not see greens here. I was going to cut up a cucumber, but I thought I'd wait for something else. I tossed the romaine after keeping it for as long as possible, so there went that. You know, I was pretty happy with no greens or other veggies. Whatever, just one time (clears throat).

Back to falafel: It has to be right. I love going out for falafel at my favorite place for that and the best baba (eggplant dip), and I stuff myself until I feel like I have to unbutton my pants. Maybe I should go prepared like I did on V-day and in my pajamas (with elastic and drawstrings, super-softies). I have never made falafel at home from scratch. I had the boxed kind once. That was the last time. Then I would get a bag of frozen mix from a local market (Haji Baba) but I no longer dine there, I just go to the market and buy the super-cheap items that I would never pay more for in a health-food store or standard crappy supermarket.



I've wanted to make my own, but I know there are so many versions. I looked up a ton (for the last few years I've been doing this...). Finally, Everyday Vegan came to the rescue and I decided to make the "lighten up" falafels and I can't remember if I changed anything. It was good as-is, but I don't have seasoned rice vinegar, so I used plain. I also made the tahini with tamari (pg. 74) and it was sooooo wonderful! Thanks Dreena, you make the best stuff. I can't remember if it was bake or fry but of course (no oven for me) I fried them in light oil. Yum. These were awesome and I love the kicks that are in the tahini that make it different from all the basic kinds I have had.

I will make these again soon. I highly suggest doing the same!

9 comments:

Dreena said...

You are super kind, Leslie, thank you! Glad you enjoyed the falafel/felafel/felefel... you know what I mean! :)

The apple pie you just posted looks wonderful, btw. I haven't dabbled much in raw 'cooking', but this is enticing!

SusanV said...

whooo--tasty! It really looks great, whether it had too much liquid or not. If you play with it, please post your final recipe.

EatPeacePlease said...

Thanks Susan! It'll be a while until I make this again. I still have SO MUCH left and I am going to lay off so much fruit for a while. You will for sure know when I have posted a fantastic recipe that works.

vegancore said...

Falafel is definitely the food of the gods. I've been wanting to make it again recently, and I think this post has pushed me over the edge. Awesome.

EatPeacePlease said...

Go for it vegancore!

Julie said...

Oh, I want to buy The Everyday Vegan soooo bad! That looks really tasty!

The pie looks awesome!! Did you just come up w/ the recipe yourself?

EatPeacePlease said...

Hey Julie... no, this is all The Everday Vegan, hence the photo.

It is a fabulous book, I bought them both "for a deal" together at the same time on Amazon. It came way before the estimated date and free shipping. Go for it! It's worth it...

Purl_Princess said...

Mmm I love falafel too... looks great!

Harmonia said...

I can't wait to get my order with this book and the Vive Le Vegan in it!!!