Sometimes I like to give myself little challenges. You know, just to make life fun and stuff. Last night I gave myself the challenge to create a simple dinner from ingredients I already had at home. I checked the fridge. I didn’t have much but I did have a bag of falafel balls (because everyone should have falafel in the fridge in case of emergency), a tub of organic hummus that was nearing its expiry date, and some lettuce. Obviously my kitchen was shouting out for a Middle Eastern party! I shimmied down to the local shop and bought some truss tomatoes, Lebanese cucumber, red onion, parsley (Italian, but luckily herbs aren’t good at geography) and lemon, and I was all set.
Excitedly I pulled out my Moroccan glasses, lit some incense, put on my best belly dancing outfit (not really), and invited my friend over for the party. Imagining myself as some sort of Arabian Princess (without servants), I danced around the kitchen assembling the salad while I cooked the falafel balls and a splash of coconut oil in a large fry pan. Next I made the dressing by combining hummus, lemon juice and some dukkah I found in the cupboard. It doesn’t get any easier than that and the taste was incredible.
There was just one problem.
We sat down to eat and the conversation went something like this:
Lovely friend: “This is amazing.”
Me: “Awww, thanks! The falafel is a bit dry, though. I wonder how they make it less dry in the restaurants?”
*munch, munch, munch*
Me: “The dressing was really hard to drizzle, too. I wonder how I could have made it more drizzly?”
*munch, munch, munch*
Friend: “You know, maybe oil would help.”
OIL !!! Jamie Oliver would have a stroke if he saw this, but I completely forgot about oil!! HOW COULD I??!!! I mean hello, it’s only the region’s largest export!
Naturally you’ll be much smarter than me and remember to mix in a drizzle of oil (vegetable, not black gold), and then you will love this salad from here to Egypt and back. ♥
LindsayODonnellMay 17, 2012 at 11:33 am (11 years ago)
vegansparklesMay 21, 2012 at 10:25 pm (11 years ago)
Get some, get some! 🙂
Gabby @ the veggie nookMay 17, 2012 at 5:03 pm (11 years ago)
This post made me laugh! I love hearing about the process and the imaginings that go on in people’s head as they come up with a meal because I do the same thing! And don’t worry- I make silly mistakes like that all the time 🙂
vegansparklesMay 18, 2012 at 11:38 am (11 years ago)
hehe, phew! Glad it’s not just me, and the imaginings just make it all the more fun, right? 🙂
An Unrefined VeganMay 17, 2012 at 10:11 pm (11 years ago)
Hehe! Glad to see I’m not the only one with D’OH! moments in the kitchen! Sometimes it involves sitting down, eating the entire meal before remembering I’d left part of the meal…in the oven. At any rate, your “scavenged” meal looks dang delicious! Oil or no oil (and you know I’m a mostly no-oil kinda gal)!
vegansparklesMay 18, 2012 at 11:37 am (11 years ago)
haha, leaving part of it in the oven! I’m yet to do that but it’s bound to happen one day. Glad I’m in good company. 🙂
AlexiasanaMay 21, 2012 at 5:09 pm (11 years ago)
warm falafel salad.. mhmm i dont know why but i am craving for maroccan food so so much at the moment. I think i could live of parsley, hummus, chickpeas and veggies at the moment!
vegansparklesMay 21, 2012 at 8:53 pm (11 years ago)
haha, sounds good to me!! 🙂
thecrueltyfreereviewMay 23, 2012 at 10:25 am (11 years ago)
Haha…drizzly. That made me giggle. It totally sounds like something I would say…and do! Still the salad looks great, like a deconstructed pita.
vegansparklesMay 23, 2012 at 4:09 pm (11 years ago)
Exactly! Carb-less and fancy free. 🙂
the bear and the blackberryMay 28, 2012 at 2:17 pm (11 years ago)
AH! I want this now!
* Vegan Sparkles *May 30, 2012 at 2:32 pm (11 years ago)
hehe, it was mighty good! 🙂