Chickpeas three ways for a casual Summer lunch

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Transforming a bowl of freshly boiled chick peas into 3 dishes.

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Falafels. It’s better to make them from raw chick peas, but I’ve mashed boiled ones with a little potato starch for binding, added randomly spices, mint, lemon balm, and the brown thing is the ground of sobacha.

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Pan-fried.

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Chickpeas in a tomato tabouleh with… what was in the fridge, sweet corn, ninniku no me (garlic stalks), bell pepper, green soy beans, mint too. And harissa.

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Served with salad spinach.

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Chick peas with lemon juice and lots of tahini (sesame paste) to make a creamy hummus. It’s a sauce for the falafels.

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Yuzu tabouleh and nira falafels

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Chunky texture falafels, with a creamy tahini sauce. The local twist is the addition of nira (garlic chives).

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Citrus flavored tabouleh. What is special is I’ve used yuzu, the Japanese citrus and different herb. That was really delicious.

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Overnight soaked chickpeas pasted with some bigger chunks, littles bits of onion and chopped nira (garlic chives), salt, pepper. I thickened them with oatmeal. Pan-fried.

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Home-made tahini in the blender. I’ve added salt and lemon juice to make it a creamy dip. Harissa on the side.

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I slightly precooked the bulgur in water (when I have more time, I soak it one night in plenty of water instead), then added everything to the drained grain. I let flavor mix overnight.

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A side of cucumber kimchi.

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Poulet mariné et taboulé de chou-fleur

A refreshing “barbecue” lunch.

First, a new version of cauliflower as a taboulé.

sanded cauliflower tabouleh

Then, a few hours in the fridge to let flavor mix and the cauliflower get cooked by the dressing.

Chicken marinated in olive oil with basil and Italian parsley…

…then grilled on the plancha.

Et c’est bon !

Tabouleh


Mini-mezze. OK, 2 items only… Well that should be 3. I have to confess what happened to the third.

Ah la la… In the name of culinary science, I tried to cook falafels in the waffle maker. Verdict : FAIL !
Oh they did cook, but they were glued there and split in 2. I had to eat directly from the molds.

Back to tabouleh. This is the Lebanese style. Far away from its remote French cousin.

Made with bulgur and all the herbs I had to use or lose. I though I had lots of herbs but I could have used 3 times more.

Bulgur takes longer than couscous to rehydrate.

It’s crunchy and solid under the teeth, delicately fresh and fragrant.

Served with a veggie mix, chick peas, favas, red paprika, seasoned with mace.

A boulets rouges

Taboule rouge (red taboule). The pun is lost in translation.

The couscous is soaked in a lot of thick tomato juice, with a little olive oil, okra, hot chili, salt. Before serving, I added capers, parsley and a little argan oil.

Taboulé végétal et safrané, tout plein de légumes -Vegan saffron tabouleh, with lots of veggies

At some point of history, I can’t really tell when, couscous arrived in France. Maybe birds brought a seed and dropped it there.
Now it’s a classic. In Summer, it becomes taboulé. Beware of the spelling. The difference is not an innocent consequence of my random spelling…well it could, but not in this case.

Classsical tabouleh from Middle-East is mainly composed of bulgur, lots of herbs, a little onion, and lemon juice. It’s green.
In France, taboulé is any cold couscous dish. My compatriots have add anything to couscous. Really. From tomato sauce to dices of ham, including sweet corn. Sometimes, it’s good. Sometimes less.

Today, I added lots of fresh veggies, which is very good.

Whole wheat couscous, young onion, green pepper, red pepper, cucumber, parsley, lemon juice.

I mixed the ingredients, added a few slices of black olive, saffron, salt. I use 1/2 a lemon for the juice, then I complete with water if the veggies are not very juicy. To much lemon is not good.

Tatata ! 8 hours later, it’s done. I just stirred and added a little fruity olive oil. The saffron didn’t give much color, but tasted great.

Trois bols de fraicheurs…

Hot weather… small meals… light meals… no cooking…

Salade aux calamars et pois chiches
Starting with a calamari leg salads (after letting salty water, I had taken away the hard bits and briefly boiled them), with apple vinegar, coriander, bell pepper and chick peas.

Taboule compose
Whole couscous (uncooked), sudachi lemon juice and slices, tomato, molokheya and flat parsley (juiced), chick peas, raw corn. Let overnight in the fridge, the semolina cooks in the juices. Before serving, added shredded molokheya leaves, mini-tomatoes, fava beans.

Sides are slices mushrooms, bathed in tomato’s juice, tomatoes, sardines in olive oil (with black vinegar poured on them). Shredded basil leaves…

Something sweet :

Creme fleurie et fruitee

Cream made of juice of 1/2 of a Summer orange, a ripe banana, tofu, blended into a cream, cooled. Cubes of fresh pineapple. Petals of rose.