The June Daring Cooks’ challenge sure kept us rolling – meatballs, that is! Shelley from C Mom Cook and Ruth from The Crafts of Mommyhood challenged us to try meatballs from around the world and to create our own meatball meal celebrating a culture or cuisine of our own choice.
Although I was sorely tempted by the Swedish and Spanish meatball recipes posted in the challenge, I figured that this was my chance to finally tackle something I’d wondered about for years: falafel.
It’s no secret that The Boy and I love Middle Eastern cuisine: the only “mehn” experience we’ve ever had was with some kibbe I made, and we’re both game for me to try again with a different recipe. We love the contrasting textures and temperatures of the foods, the flavourful spices, the unabashed overdose of garlic. It’s delicious! So, when I saw this challenge, I decided it was time to soak some chickpeas, and get cracking. So I did!
I used this recipe, with a couple light modifications* (and no tzatziki because we’re not really into it) and they turned out really well! Light and crispy, tender and flavourful. (Also, totally scoop-able with my cookie dough scoop. W00t!)
* I had no mint, so it was just a whole whack of cilantro. And I used green onions instead of yellow. Also, I used a flax egg — vegan falafel! Just don’t tell The Boy. (His verdict of them? “Tasty.”)
Not my favourite part, but definitely something I found strange and interesting? The green grease left by the little patties. I don’t think I’d ever really realized how “green” they were till I made some!
Overall, dinner was delicious! I made up some hummus and cucumbers (plus asparagus because it’s spring! asparagus season!) along with nuts and bread, and The Boy added the cheese. (He is not a nut lover; fair enough.)
It was a strangely simple, but very satisfying dinner — I don’t know why I don’t do it more often!
Perfect dinner for a summer evening! Thank you so much to Shelley and Ruth, without whom I might never have faced this little pattie! Delicious!
(Next up: all the other meatballs…)