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Jana’s Falafel flop on the Eat Local Challenge

Submitted by on April 3, 2015 – 10:06 pm 2 Comments

Jana falafel-panHow hard can it be to make falafel, my mother says its easy.

By Jana Harrison of team ‘Janabanana’, Auckland

They are Kiwis eating food grown and produced within a 200 km radius for 30 days of April in the Happyzine Eat Local Challenge.

However my cooking can be a bit hit and miss, especially when I try and wing it. As the ingredients listed on the falafel store mix seemed to be from all over I figured I should give my own a go. Whizzing up a can of chick peas (from Italy my free food for the month), olive oil (possibly also Italy but only a little, I will source some local soon), spinach and onion (Pukekohe), Coriander from lovely local Kat on Neigbourly, spices.

Jana falafel-investigation

The boys were dubious, luckily I had cooked up the Turkish Kitchen batch at $5.49 for them and I ate the ahhm other. Which did only cost $2.20. A saving of $3.29! Mine were wrapped in a cos lettuce leaf, a not very palatable pita bread substitute.

Jana falafel-kurt

I will work on perfecting my falafel’s over the month, maybe next time with a recipe. Any foolproof ones out there?

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  • Melanie Walker says:

    Next time try it with RAW chikpeas soaked overnight. Also spinach may be too moist? In my middle eastern recipe it specifies lots of parsley, 1 onion and 1 cup of dried chickpeas soaked overnight. All blitzed together till it looks like the bought mixture. Good luck!

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  • jana says:

    Thanks Melanie, it definitely was too moist. I will try the soaked chickpeas and see how I go 🙂

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