I believe I forgot to mention in my last post the fact that I’m currently on a veggie week. I’m doing this in an attempt to save even more money on food and be a little more healthy. However, by veggie week I mean “veggie where possible week”. I could hardly turn down the offer of an “ultimate burger” yesterday, could I? It would have been rude. I mean, it only contained beef, chicken and pork. No lamb in sight! Except for the bit of lamb I tried from someone else’s burger.
Apart from that excusable lapse, my veggie week has been a great success. When I was younger I thought veggie food would in some way, always, and largely inexplicably, pertain to slop. However, if you look for the right recipes and are content to try lots of new foods – new to me at least – then it’s particularly enjoyable. So, without further ado, if that’s what you call it, I introduce to you my slightly different recipe for falafel, cunningly renamed “patty”. Falafel is just what is contained in the recipe, right? It doesn’t pertain to the shape of the food prepared? Anyway, as usual these are achingly simple to make and wallet-shockingly cheap. If, indeed, a wallet can be induced into a state of shock. Which, on reflection, I doubt it can.
This recipe will happily serve two, and take roughly half an hour to make.
- 400g tin of butterbeans, drained
- half a red onion, finely diced
- 2 tbsp plain flour, to bind
- 1tsp ground cumin seeds
- 1/2 chili flakes
- 1 clove of garlic, mashed
- slug of olive oil
- In a large bowl mash the butterbeans until they form a paste. Then stir in the rest of the ingredients until the ingredients are distributed evenly.
- Form the mixture into patties roughly 2 – 2.5 inches in diameter and 1.5cm in thickness. This mixture should make 6 patties, as a rough guide.
- Coat each patty in a thin layer of plain flour and fry in a shallow layer of vegetable oil until golden brown on each side. This should take a few minutes on each side. Make sure the oil is hot enough by testing a little of the mixture out first.
- 350g potatoes, cut into wedges. Eight wedges per potato.
- plenty of seasoning
- plenty of olive oil
- Simply pre-heat the oven to around 200C. Coat each wedge in plenty of seasoning and plenty of oil and bake in the oven for 20-30 minutes, or until golden-brown. No pre-boiling required.
- Never buy chips again. You won’t need to.