We tried something new tonight and it turned out!
We tried something new last night & we all suffered through dinner (except Molly who didn't seem to notice how terribly bad her asparagus rigatoni really was). So tonight I was nervous after such an epic fail (it had been a while since I have had one) & decided to made side dishes that were tired, tested & true, you know, just in case.
Tonight Brian took the kids out to play hockey while I made dinner so I got to partake in a little food pornography, if you will. I love cooking with my camera. It's like, 2 awesome things. If I could cook with my camera while scrapbooking, I would OD on happiness and drop dead.
But it all went well & I am happy to post a recipe for Chickpea & Coriander Cakes (as adapted from 'Vegetarian' cookbook - I had to adapt, I was missing ingredients & wanted to use some stuff up)
Combine in a large bowl:
1 can of chickpeas (I recipe calls for 7oz, I used 19!)
5oz freshly-cooked brown rice (I used a wild rice blend)
2 oz of oatmeal
Toast in a pan over medium heat:
1 t. coriander seeds
1 tsp cumin seeds
Toast until fragrant, put into mortar & pestle (best investment ever!) and have at 'er. My kitchen smelled so good I almost died. Almost.
In a frying pan cook:
1 small onion - chopped (mine may or may not have been a medium-large onion. What a rebel!)
1 stick celery - chopped (I used 2)
2 cloves or garlic - peels & minced (I used one, I have a hate-on for garlicky foods).
1 small red chilli - deseeded & chopped
Cook until soft Then stir in the ground coriander mixture. Take a big breath, your whole house now smells so fantastic you could die... but don't.
Transfer the mixture to the bowl with the chickpeas, rice & oatmeal.
Take that big sexy bowl & also stir in:
1 T. Sea Salt (Flaky if you have it. I did.)
Zest & Juice of one lemon. (This I did not have. And let me tell you how rare it is that I don't have fresh lemons in my house. Because A. They are super cute to have on my counter and B. I use them like mad. Lucky for me I did have lemon juice & lemon peel (above). I'm telling you, this granulated lemon peel from Silk Road Spice Merchant has saved my behind a couple times. I was grateful for it today when I went to get a lemon and.....nothing!)
Also stir in:
1 t. Tumeric (mine got away on me, there's at least 2 t. here)
3T. Greek yogurt or sour cream
I also added a handful of chopped arugula because A. It was going to go bad & that would have broken my heart, B. I love arugula and C. I consider myself a bit of a badass when following (or not) a recipe. Hahaha!
Run it all through the food processor until (almost) smooth. I like an uneven texture so I left mine a little less 'whizzed'. Here it is (below). At this point I ate 3 spoonfuls. I was hungry. And it smelled so dang good!
Form into patties (I froze half of mine) & fry in a very very hot frying pan until brown.
The end result.
Chickpea & Coriander Cakes
A Roasted Beet, Goat Cheese, Arugula & Kale salad (omg)
and Pecan Roasted Brussles Sprouts (hells yeah)