Jeanette - Off The Cuff
- Off The Cuff Cooking
- My name is Jeanette, and I was born in Sweden, but unlike the famous Muppet, I am not a professional Swedish Chef. I actually went to school for art, design, and photography. Beyond that, I worked as a freelance indie-rock critic for several magazines in the late 90s and early 2000s. I even took a crack at running a PR company for a while. However, cooking has always been in my DNA--my dad's brother was a chef and culinary arts instructor, my dad's father was a pastry chef, and my mom's mother was a caterer, and at the age of 92, she published a cookbook of traditional Finnish breads and pastries. Everyone else in my family loves to cook, too, and we're not afraid to experiment. Usually I end up inventing dishes (with or without outside inspiration) with whatever I have on hand, hence "Off the Cuff." I might make very Scandinavian dishes (meatballs, and salmon with dill-potatoes) or ethnic like Thai, Japanese, Mexican, Italian or Spanish. By the way, you can put bell peppers in almost all cuisine! (Drop me a line, at o f f t h e c u f f c o o k i n g "at" g m a i l followed by the dot-com. :)
Monday, November 14, 2011
Going even farther back, into the misty, water-colored memory windmills of my mind, when I was a kid in Sweden, our mom had a recipe which she occasionally made, and at the time we referred to this recipe as "ärtbullar" (or pea-balls) from an authentic Mediterranean recipe of chickpeas. I'm not sure if the recipe just called them ärtbullar or if we just were too ignorant to call it Falafel.
So anyway, here I am in the years of my adulthood, and I have always liked these little deep-fried fritters of chickpea goodness. They could be eaten by themselves as a sort of vegan chicken-nugget if you were inclined, or as I like them, stuffed into a pita pocket with any combination of the following ingredients: lettuce, tomatoes, feta cheese, hummus, sauteed spinach and bell peppers, Kalamata olives, sliced cucumbers, and tzatziki. (Recipes for tzatziki can be found online, and I might eventually write one up.) If you don't have the time or ingredients for some of the other accoutrement, (a-COO-tray-mon) dip them in ranch-dressing for a satisfying snack.
1 can chickpeas (or garbanzo beans as they are often called), drained
2-3 cloves minced garlic
1 tsp cracked coriander seed (or ground if you prefer less texture)
1 tbsp dried parsley
1/4 tsp cayenne (optional)
1 tsp salt
1 tsp paprika
2-4 tbsp flour
Alternate between pulsing high speed processing in a food mixer until a coarse, pasty consistency has been reached.
If necessary, add additional flour, one spoon at a time, until the mixture is thickened up enough to scoop into a spoon.
Preheat about 1/4 inch deep of olive oil in a small skillet at medium heat, until a water drop splatters.
Serve as suggested above.