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December 15, 2011

I had been dreaming of Nicky’s cauliflower falafel for days…. no, weeks! Last night I finally found some time to put it together, and it was so delicious. Our dinner had a bit of a mix of flavours (basically a few of my favourite things all piled up on the same plate. Yes!)

I had never really made any kind of flatbread before (well, not particularly successfully anyway) so I made this super simple, almost-cheating bread. I cut up large flat pitta breads into triangles and arranged them on a baking tray, drizzled some olive oil over them and sprinkled them with Italian seasoning and rock salt, before baking them on 200c for around 7 minutes.

This is pretty much my favourite salad in the world – it’s so simple, delicious, fresh, oh my. It’s from Jamie’s 30 Minute Meals (literally the most suprisingly brilliant cookbook!). Please make this salad. It will change your mealtimes forever. Crisp ribbons of cucumber, fresh ginger, hot chilli, sesame oil…

In contrast I made a super simple, crisp salad as well. Diced chunks of pepper, carrot and cucumber.

And the falafel – oh the falafel! Super delicious. Spoon-licking, bowl scraping, can’t-stop-snacking good! I used the basis of this recipe, but also added fresh lemon juice, a large heaped teaspoon of garam masala, a couple of cloves of garlic and plenty of extra rock salt! I baked them in the oven for 30 minutes on 200c, but be careful not to touch them for at least a few minutes as they are quite fluffy when they come out of the oven. Give them some time to ‘set’.

It felt really nice to be cooking an evening meal for once – my boyfriend is an amazing cook and tends to do most of the cooking. I am trying to play around with new recipes and cook something different from the many, many cookbooks which I have. I tend to stick to the same old tried-and-tested recipes but really I should try something new and exciting.

This evening is our work Christmas party, which I’m really excited about! It’s at the Brighton Ballroom and is going to involve burlesque dancing and a buffet. And drinks tokens, yes! I hope everyone has had a lovely week, and is looking forward to the weekend!

6 Comments leave one →
  1. kabochafashionista permalink
    December 15, 2011 8:04 pm

    Ahhh I’m so glad you liked them and I love your variation of them!! Looks like you made such a yummy meal that it would have put your boyfriends to shame! :P
    Hope you have a lovely evening sweetie – sounds like fun! :)

  2. December 15, 2011 8:23 pm

    Book marked, I MUST make these!

  3. December 15, 2011 11:33 pm

    I have never tried falafel, they sound amazing :) I hope you had a wonderful time at the Christmas party xx

    • December 16, 2011 9:47 am

      I can’t believe you’ve never had falafel! You would love it, I’m sure!

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