To me summer means salads, picnics, long walks over the fields and through the woods, strawberries and other fresh fruits and the lighter nights allow us to go wild and enjoy the fresh air for just that little longer. I mean who likes going to bed when its still light outside - not me! Summer is inviting family and friends around and enjoying each others company, eating great food and drinking sparkling drinks. Get out the bunting and start enjoying those summer garden parties.
I don't know about you but a picnic or garden party is just not the same without falafels. I know shop bought falafels are easy to purchase and some of them are pretty darn tasty but you really cant beat making your own can you? If you've got a food processor then you have no excuse, these can be made in a matter of minutes. The recipe is super easy, just throw your ingredients into a food processor, roll the mixture into balls and pop in the oven.
Ingredients - makes 10 falafels
1 Tin of chickpeas, drained, washed
and picked over and patted dry
½ Onion, chopped
3 Cloves of garlic
2 Tsp Ground cumin
1 Tsp Ground corriander
¼ Tsp Chilli powder
Salt & Pepper
1 Tbsp Parsley, chopped
1 Tbsp Olive oil
Place the first seven ingredients into a food processor and process until the mixture is coarse and it starts to stick together.
Turn the mixture into a bowl and add the chopped parsley. Stir to combine fully.
Add the tablespoon of olive oil and mix again.
Take a small amount of the mixture about a tablespoon and roll into balls in your hands. The mixture should easily come together.
Place each ball onto an oven proof tray and cook in a moderate oven for ten minutes. Turn each ball over and cook for another 5-10 minutes.
Enjoy on their own, with a salad or pop into a pitta.