I’ve been cooking a lot these days (pat on the back)…but every once in a while, things can go horribly wrong. My first stab at making falafel — or Failafel, as coined by Christina from the writing class I spoke at last night — was one of those times. As I began to realize that it wasn’t going so well, I almost stopped taking pictures, deeming it now useless for my blog. But I think it’s part of learning…and also a chance to pay further homage to the pure awesomeness of our mothers who could work that kitchen as if they never burnt toast in their life…and probably haven’t.
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posted on: 11.11.10 | filed under: FOOD - "The Delicious", Homemade, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Recipes, Vegetarian
| tags: failafel, falafel recipe, home cooking, middle easter, recipes gone wrong, the falafel fail, Vegetarian
Thursdays are starting to become my cooking night with Archana . We try to keep it healthy and easy and here’s another recipe we stumbled upon using Israeli couscous. I don’t think I ever had this type of couscous before — I’ve only tried the tiny, grainy type. It’s a bit carb-ey but is a good source of protein and fiber, and paired with the right seasoning and veggies as you’ll see here, is absolutely delicious.
We got the recipe from Epicurious but had to make some alterations to the proportions. I’ll give you the recipe we used, which feeds 4.
I totally forgot I had even taken this pic until I was just going through my massive photo gallery of food shots. I know everyone says this about their mom’s lasagna — but FOR REAL. My mom’s lasagna rocks.
My fellow foodie, Archana of LettuceVeg.com, and I have been talking about making dinner together for a while now. We finally had a chance to get together and get our cooking on a couple nights ago for a light and easy three-course meal. We both knew we just didn’t want anything fried and also wanted to steer clear of pasta for once. So we figured what better way to kick things off than making a summer quiche? She pulled up a recipe from Gourmet but customized it to our own tastes: a spinach, basil and tomato quiche with a whole wheat crust.
First things first: As an appetizer, Arch brilliantly suggested we go light with fresh, homemade salad. We picked up some greens, red bell peppers, and mandarin oranges (we both are obsessive about them), and topped it off with chopped almonds and a smidgen of tomato basil feta cheese. We mixed it with balsamic vinagerette and voila:
Last week, Arnold Bread hosted a delicious event with the Food Network’s Claire Robinson (host of 5 Ingredient Fix) and Christine Palumbo, a Chicago-based dietition and nutrition speaker.
Mini burgers made with Arnold bread
I learned a few things about Iqbal, my friend Ayesha’s husband, recently when I went over for dinner:
He refers to guys as “blokes.”
He will wake up at 4 am to watch a soccer…I mean…football game.
He knows a lot of random facts about everything in life.
And he can cook up some mean Kashmiri food.
So because I’m invasive like that, I took a few pics, for eye candy purposes. It was SO delish:
Salad starter with mozzarella