Favorite easy hot weather veggie food!
How I wish I was with my family in Holland right now!
Something we do a lot with this heat, is throw some plates and wine glasses on the table in our yard, invite the whole family, and eat one of my favorite dishes in the world:
Baked potatoes, with a ton of different fresh veggies from local farmers, served with gorgeous vinaigrettes.
Sometimes steak or prawns may be served with it, but that’s completely unnecessary. You can make your own falafel to go with it though if you want a little veggie added plus!
Hmm.. I was just going to share my favorite vinaigrettes but here’s the recipe I use for falafel as well :)
However this is falafel:
I don’t know how to describe the taste exactly.. but the chick peas taste nice and creamy, and they just overall have a very versatile flavor!
It’s no wonder falafel is the number one snack sold on every street corner in the Middle East.
The ready-made ones are good, but the ones you make yourself are always better!! They require a lot of ingredients, but once you have those the hardest part is over haha!
What we’ll need:
- 1 cup chick peas (if dried, let them soak overnight in water, but you can generaly buy them canned as well.)
- 1 chopped large onion
- 2 crushed cloves of garlic
- fresh chopped parsley
- ground cumin
- chili pepper/dried pepper flakes
- salt & pepper
- optional: 1 1/2 tbsp flour
- optional: some lemon juice
- vegetable oil for frying
- First of all we need the chick peas to be soft and yummy! So bring some water to a boil, and let them simmer in that for about an hour.
- Drain them, and let them cool.
- Now for the fun part: chuck everything into a bowl and mush it!
Make sure the ingredients are well-mixed. It’s up to you if you’ll be mushing the chick peas completely, I sometimes leave them a bit bigger when I feel like it, it adds some texture!
If the mixture is too dry, you can add some olive oil to it, if it’s too wet, you can add some breadcrumb / flour to it!
- Now roll them into a ball, and you can deep-fry them.
I usualy don’t do that though, I flatten them into a mini-burger so that I can just bake them in a bit of olive oil on high heat. Makes them nice and crispy as well, but waaay less fatty!
Then for my favorite dressings at the moment:
- Nut oil
- Salt & pepper
Either just some vinegar (i’ll put tarragon in my vinegar and let it soak for 2 weeks to create my own tarragon vinegar, tasty!) or:
- Crushed garlic
- Chopped scallions
- Salt & pepper
This is my grandma’s recipe, i’ve known it since I was small, she still makes it, and it’s still my favorite so far! Sweet, fresh and a bit spicy!
- Apple vinegar
- Chopped small onion
- Salt & pepper
- Ginger syrup (sooo good!)
- Optional: tiny bit of coconut milk
Please enlighten me with more AWESOME dressings to try this summer! :)
Posted on August 18, 2012, in Box o' food, Foods and tagged apple vinegar, coconut, dille, dinner, dressings, easy, estragon, fast, fresh, garlic, ginger, ginger syrup, healthy, light, pepper, quick, salt, snack, summer, vegetable, vegetarian, veggie, vinaigrettes, vitamins, yoghurt. Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.