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Felafel with Red Cabbage Salad

Friday, March 16th, 2012


I’ve got a lot of love for the humble falafel. I think I first tried them in Egypt when traveling with a mate during university holidays, and I’ve been hooked ever since. I used to make a weekly, sometimes twice weekly, pilgrimage to a place called Just Falafs when I worked in Soho, but it sadly closed a couple of years ago as their landlord jacked up the rent and they couldn’t afford to stay. For a while, I was in a bit of a felafel wilderness, until I discovered that making your own is pretty easy.

These have a good hit of garlic in them, so if you’re not in to that, just tone down the quantities a bit. I like to serve them in pittas with a crunchy red cabbage salad (recipe below), a tzatziki of sorts (recipe from an earlier post here), some salad leaves and hummus, which I buy (sorry).

One final note, don’t be tempted to leave out the flour as it helps bind the mixture. If you leave it out your balls will disintegrate when you fry them.

Ingredients (makes around 10)

For the felafel

1 200g can of chickpeas (drained weight)

1 small onion, finely chopped

3 cloves garlic, finely chopped

1 tsp ground cumin


Chicken Zinger

Sunday, December 12th, 2010


Nope, not the secret behind the Colonel’s spicy burger (sorry KFC lovers), but a baked chicken dish which makes a great substitute for a Sunday roast. The ingredients might seem a bit summery, but they do a great job of kicking this dark, winter weather where the sun don’t shine. It’s also pretty low maintenance, so you’ll still be able to drink wine, wrap presents, watch the Come Dine With Me omnibus, or whatever else you want to do.

Ingredients (serves 2-3)

6 organic chicken joints, legs and thighs

8 cloves of garlic

20 or so baby plum tomatoes

1 chilli, de seeded and chopped

1 lemon

150ml white wine

Handful of fresh basil leaves

Olive oil


Something Different For Breakfast

Sunday, October 25th, 2009

I sometimes get a bit bored with breakfast. Cerial during the week and a fry-up at the weekend, or whatever’s in the fridge and is easy to make and quick to eat. It seems like a bit of a shame seeing as it’s ‘the most important meal of the day’.


If you fancy something different try this avocado on toast. My missus introduced me to it, and now I love it too. No rocket science. It’s really quick and easy, and is also pretty healthy.