How to prepare delicious falafel

 

Falafel comes traditionally from Arab cuisine, but it was turned into a type of fast food, much healthier than burgers and other fritters, by the Israeli who found a way to make falafel portable, by stuffing small falafel balls into a pita. The chickpea falafel was also made famous by Israeli cooks, as other, more traditional types, were made with other legumes, such as Fava beans.

Now that we are done with this little piece of history on falafel let’s get down to business and make together some delicious falafel. I love this recipe because it satisfies my cravings for fried foods, while still being healthy at the same time. Without further ado, here is how I make falafel.

Ingredients:

–    2 tablespoons of vegetable oil (grape seed oil was traditionally used, but sunflower oil will do just fine)

–    1 chopped onion

–    1 crushed garlic clove

–    One can of chickpea

–    1 tablespoon of curmin

–    Mixed herbs: parsley, coriander, and others you may like

–    1 egg (beaten)

 

The ‘how-to’ part:

Pour one tablespoon of oil into a pan, and use it to fry the chopped onion and crushed garlic. This way the aromas from these ingredients will infuse the oil, and they will become softer, too. Wash the canned chickpeas and drain them and then mix them with all the spices, making sure to mash them slowly until they become like a puree. Add the beaten egg, and then make the mixture even more consistent.

Now add the herbs and season with salt and other spices you may like, such as pepper. It all depends on taste; if you like your falafel to be spicier, it is alright to make it so. After you have this mix ready, take parts of it and forms small balls.

One way of making falafel is by flattening the balls formed from the mix into small patties. Now use the remaining oil to fry these patties. The frying process should not take too long. Use medium heat and cook the patties for just 3 minutes on each side. You will know they are ready when you notice them becoming that delicious golden brown they are known for.

Side dishes

Have your falafel patties with a pita, to serve it fast food style. If you have, spread some hummus on the pita first, then fill it with the falafel patties, sliced tomatoes, salad, and pickles. You will enjoy the taste, and you will have a meat-free type of fast food to enjoy.

Traditionally, falafel is served on a plate with hummus and tahini sauce, a combination that is called a falafel plate to begin with. However, if you don’t have the side dishes readily available, it’s not a big issue, since falafel is one of those foods you can enjoy with a large variety of foods on the side.

 

Summer’s coming! Have you bought a ceiling fan?

 

 

I recently stumbled upon an article on Bloomberg View according to which the habits of using too much air conditioning in American homes isn’t all that bad for the environment. I went to Europe before going to college and since it was summer in Italy when I got there, it was scalding outside. I stayed at a shabby hotel in Naples because I had stories from my grandparents who had come to the United States when they were newlyweds.

To my surprise, Europeans have little to nothing in common with Americans when it comes to their air conditioning habits. In Naples it was so hot I couldn’t stand it anymore and I had to walk down the stairs and then climb back to the room over and over again because I couldn’t have a normal conversation with the receptionist about turning on the AC.

My main issue was that I had become accustomed to using air conditioning like it was built in my body. In winter, I used to sit dressed up in a t-shirt whereas in summer I used to wear a sweater because it was just too cold inside the house. Obviously, it doesn’t make any sense at all. Why not turn down the AC during the summer and just wear a t-shirt and just wear something more during the cold season? On the one hand, you can save a lot of money that you would otherwise have to spend on power bills. On the other, it’s the nicest and most responsible thing you can do for yourself and the environment.

 

Something that I’ve concluded is that getting a fan is a better idea than installing AC in your house. Of course, I’m a bit more open-minded than other people in that I don’t have any problems with the weather when it’s just a bit too warm or too cold. However, getting a high-quality fan can at least allow you to benefit from some relief during the summer. Some models are so advanced that they can even heat up the room when it’s cold.

There’s another reason I feel better about fans than I do about air conditioning. AC machines are so much more expensive compared to fans although they might be more efficient; I can’t deny that. Nonetheless, they are less cost-effective as they eat up a lot of juice. I’ve decided to avoid getting a new AC once the old one that I had installed broke down.

I started researching the topic online and devoted some of my time to reading as many ceiling fan reviews as possible. I came across loads and loads of models at various online retailers, some of which were actually budget-friendly. I had to look at various features such as the size of the blades, whether or not the model came with a remote, and other factors of this kind. In the end, I settled for the Hunter 53091. I liked the design and the fact that it came with a candelabra.

Maybe you’ll find that getting a fan is a good idea for you, too. I certainly hope you do as you’ll be helping the environment and your wallet.