Easy Falafel Recipe

Cravings
Any recipe I can put in a food processor and I’m halfway done, is a recipe for me. I found this recipe on minimalistbaker.com. Falafels are a middle eastern dense patty/ball made from chickpeas. They make for a satisfying meal. The Tabouleh I made was pretty to look at, but needs some tweaking.
  
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 1 15-ounce (425 g) can chickpeas, rinsed, drained and patted dry
  • 1/3 cup (15 g) chopped fresh parsley (or sub cilantro)
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 shallots, minced (~ 3/4 cup, 65 g | or sub white onion)
  • 2 Tbsp (17 g) raw sesame seeds (or sub finely chopped nuts, such as pecans)
  • 1 1/2 tsp cumin, plus more to taste
  • 1/4 tsp each sea salt and black pepper, plus more to taste
  • optional: Healthy pinch each cardamom and coriander
  • 3-4 Tbsp (24-31 g) all-purpose flour
  • 3-4 Tbsp (45 – 60 ml) grape seed oil for cooking (or sub any neutral oil with a high smoke point)
  • optional: Panko bread crumbs for coating (see instructions)

Instructions

  1. Add chickpeas, parsley, shallot, garlic, sesame seeds, cumin, salt, pepper (and coriander and cardamom if using) to a food processor or blender and mix/pulse to combine, scraping down sides as needed until thoroughly combined. You’re looking for a crumbly dough, not a paste (see photo).
  2. Add flour 1 Tbsp at a time and pulse/mix to combine until no longer wet and you can mold the dough into a ball without it sticking to your hands – I used 4 Tbsp.
  3. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed. I added a bit more salt, pepper, and a dash of cardamom and coriander. You want the flavor to be pretty bold, so don’t be shy.
  4. Transfer to a mixing bowl, cover and refrigerate for 1-2 hours to firm up. If you’re in a hurry you can skip this step but they will be a little more fragile when cooking.
  5. Once chilled, scoop out rounded Tablespoon amounts (~30 g in weight // I used this scoop) and gently form into 11-12 small discs.
  6. Optional: Sprinkle on panko bread crumbs and gently press to adhere – flip and repeat. This will produce a crispier crust but is optional.
  7. Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add enough oil to generously coat the pan – about 2 Tbsp. Swirl to coat.
  8. Once the oil is hot, add only as many falafel as will fit very comfortably in the pan at a time – about 5.
  9. Cook for a total of 4-5 minutes, flipping when the underside is deep golden brown. Repeat until all falafel are browned – the deeper golden brown they are, the crispier they’ll be. They will also firm up more once slightly cooled.
  10. Best when fresh, though leftovers will keep in the refrigerator covered for several days. Freeze after that to keep fresh for up to 1 month.

My Beach Condo-It’s a Start

Nesting, Playa Living

I’m so excited that I will have a place near the beach again! This condo (or depa in Spanish) is a work in progress, but I think I’m doing pretty good so far. Construction wise, I knocked out a wall making it a 2 bedroom instead of 3. Air conditioning, ceiling fans, propane gas, internet, all checked off.

Now for the fun stuff. In place of a kitchen table and chairs, I added the marble tile bar which I’m loving so much. And the bathroom tile that I was nervous about, came out perfect.

The end tables are from Home Depot and work perfect for me. The macrame stool can be used both as a sofa table or seat. Stuck on what to do with the far corner. It needs something tall for sure.

Bar stools also from Home Depot. There was a big gap between the kitchen cabinet and refrigerator, so I bought the wood shelf from a guy on the street, and added the marble tile to the top. It’s okay for me…at least for now. Open shelving will be happening soon.

So happy with how this looks.

I can’t wait to return next month! Adios depa!

Beach Benefits

Travel, Wellness

I’ve been staying at the beach and recently realized how healthy my nails look. There’s no polish on them and they’re clean, clear, and white. And then I was thinking about it, my skin looks and feels better too. Well, there’s a reason. The beach is a healthy place to be.

  • Sand is a great exfoliator for the skin.
  • The Sun gives us much needed Vitamin D
  • The Sea Air is full of negative charged ions which helps our lungs and immune system.
  • The Sea is full of vitamins, minerals (magnesium’s a biggie), amino acids, all which are great for skin, hair, and nails.
  • Swimming in the ocean is a sweatless, fun workout.
  • The Beach is a stress free environment. Perfect for when you need some R&R.

So going to the beach is kind of like going to a day spa no charge. I think I’ll make another visit tomorrow.

BTW: You can find this bench in Tulum Mexico!

 

Inti Beach Club Playa del Carmen

Playa Living, Travel

If you’re in Playa del Carmen and looking for a beach club that’s not party central, Inti Beach Club is it. It’s a beach club with a laid back vibe. It’s on the smaller size with mellower techno music and great food. Don’t worry, there are cocktails too.

The bar…always important.

Umbrellas are available too.

The only downside is the beach right in front of the club looked a bit rocky, but plenty of people were in the water just to the left of us. Also, there was a shower, but it was in the back with the bathrooms.

Inti Beach Club is between 4th and 6th streets. It’s 500 pesos with food. I had salad, quinoa risotto with shrimp (one of these dishes would have been sufficient), a morning fruit beverage, and two cocktails. Cost $750. (usd $40). Not bad for all day at the beach.

 

 

Current Read-Dietland

Culture

This book turned out to be much more than I expected. Yes, it’s about the mental and physical, rollercoaster dieting that most women put themselves through. However, as the book progresses, it begins to go beyond dieting and moves more into “why are women obsessed with what is perceived as physical “perfection”. It’s a story of “Jennifer” revolting against sexism, the beauty industry and society’s view of women in general.

After reading this, I see that it’s been made into a tv series and is being compared to “Fight Club”. It also reminds me of “V is for Vendetta” as far as movies go. Regardless, it’s a great read especially now with the strength of women’s movements happening.