Sunday, 8 December 2013

fresh broad bean falafel


i planted a long row of broad beans in winter where last summer's tomatoes had grown to act as a soil improver but last week i reluctantly had to pull them out to make way for climbing beans, cucumber and zucchini..i know i'm late to get them in but i seem to be struggling to keep up with the growing seasons lately..i put my garlic in late too and as a result this year's garlic heads are the smallest i've ever grown..as i stripped the sacrificial bean pods off the stalks i knew then and there what dish would be worthy of them..fresh broad bean falafel..




fresh broad bean falafel
slightly adapted from here
ingredients

3 cups double podded broad beans*
1 small onion
1-2 garlic cloves*
a large pinch of chilli flakes*
small bunch each of dill, parsley including stalks, coriander and mint*
3 teaspoons (tsp) cumin
1 level tsp baking powder
1 tablespoon (tbs) sesame seeds
3-4 tbs olive oil
lemon juice*
salt

method

~ process all ingredients except for the lemon juice and salt
~ add lemon juice and salt in increments to taste processing between additions
~ using two large spoons form quenelles and shallow fry in olive oil until golden on each side

serving suggestion

i served mine with yoghurt and tahini (recipe follows) and coleslaw made with freshly picked red cabbage*, shaved carrot, parsley*, spring onions* and a dijon mustard and lemon juice dressing




yoghurt and tahini 

ingredients

1 cup strained homemade yoghurt
1 clove garlic grated fine*
3 tbs organic unhulled tahini
2 tsp honey (or to taste)
lemon juice*
salt
sumac

method

~ whisk yoghurt, garlic, tahini and honey with lemon juice and salt to taste
~ dust with sumac to serve

note * denotes home grown produce



if you grow your own vegetables do you sometimes find it hard to clear garden beds of productive plants to make way for new seasons crops?



6 comments:

  1. This looks really good Jane. I love the yoghurt and tahini too, I think I could eat that on almost anything. Yes, I find it very difficult to clear beds and as a result I tend to end up with bits and pieces growing everywhere!

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    1. thanks jane..and i leave seedlings languishing too long too! x

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  3. Sounds delish!! Saving for bean season. Sorry about other comment, too many typos.....just realised my pc corrected some words....but the wrong language!!

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  4. Today I cleared weeds for vegetables. The weeds had been MIGHTY productive and had bred exponentially and I didn't feel guilty at all pulling them out and tossing them onto the compost heap. I, too, am late to the veggie game this year but what I lack in speed I am making up for in variety. I am trying to find all kinds of weird and wonderful things for the garden. It's an amazing experiment this year. I am off to the supermarket to get some peanuts in their shells as a NZ garden blogger that I follow grew some herself that way so in for a penny, in for a pound, peanuts here we come! Even if they just lure the slugs away from the things I actually want to eat they will be worth growing. I haven't ever tried making falafel myself but you know what? This recipe makes me want to! I have a half share in someone elses broad bean crop so I will use some of them to make some of these :).

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