Having started my quest to introduce vegetarian food into our diet, last week I attempted falafels. I have never eaten these before, and I don't even know how to say it! But feeling smug after my successful lentil curry I decided to have a go. I used a recipe from "A Girl Called Jack" which I have only just discovered. It is a brilliant blog which is a fascinating mixture of social action and recipes. Until recently Jack only had £10 a week to feed herself and her son, so her blog is full of seriously frugal recipes. These falafels work out at around 23p per portion.
The recipe was easy to follow, although my arms had a good workout with all the mashing of chickpeas. Next time I might just get out the food processor! The mixture didn't quite come together - in retrospect I should have added an egg to bind it. However, the falafels were very tasty and we had clear plates all round.
I am loving experimenting with vegetarian ingredients, and trying out lots of new flavours. I am sure it has to be doing us some good!