Simple, vegetarian recipes found for and cooked at our Co-op.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Even More of Sunshine's Food

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Falafel Failure

My posts usually have a "look at me! I'm an awesome cook" theme. And okay, some of the time I am a pretty good cook. But not always. I attempted to make Falafel on Thursday. And I failed. Big time. 

They Looked So Promising....

Too bad they turned into this. 

Eventually, I figured it out. 

I even made like 6 falafels!

Things got off to a pretty bad start: I burnt some of the chickpeas and had to discard about a 1/3 of them. The first batch of falafel literally desinigrated as soon as it hit the hot oil. After wasting several falafels, I decided to lower the heat and add more flour (as a binding agent). Sadly, that didn't seem to work either. The falafel cooked but turned to mush as soon as I attempted to take it out of the oil. So I gave up on making vegan falafel and did the only think I thought might fix the mess. I added egg. Dunt Dunt Duhhh. The falafel stayed together much better after I doused them in egg yolk. I ended up with 5-6 sad looking falafels which were either terribly undercooked or burnt to a crisp. 

This is the recipe I used. Don't even think about it. 


You Won't Need: 

  • 9 oz. cooked chickpeas 
  • 1 clove garlic 
  • Salt, to taste 
  • 1/2 tsp. lemon juice 
  • 1 tsp. vegetable oil 
  • 1 tsp. flour 
  • Vegetable oil for deep-frying
And in no way, shape or form should you: 

  1.  Combine all the ingredients, except the oil for deep-frying, and blend in a food processor.
  2. Taste and adjust the seasonings.
  3. Make balls (about the size of a lime) out of this mixture.
  4. Heat the oil for deep-frying and deep-fry 4 to 5 balls at a time.

Makes 4 servings

Monday, June 21, 2010

Vegetable Pizza

I'm going to assume you don't need a recipe

Friday, June 18, 2010

Chocolate Souffle

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I don't know you but I love you already!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Chickpea Snacks

I wanted something nice and simple for this week's guff food. For those of you who don't live in a co-op, guff stands for General Unspecified Free Food. Each House buys communal ingredients from a organic farmer; everyone in the house is allowed to cook with them. In the summer we don't eat every meal together like in the school year. Instead, the house selects a "guff cook" who makes one food item per week for the House. The cook receives one work hour per week, so the recipes have to be pretty simple and easily multipliable. As the guff cook, I've made soup several times over the past couple of weeks and tonight had to be something different. So.... dunt dunt duhhh. 

Chickpea Snacks! 

You'll know when they're done because they'll have turned a nice brown-orange colour and gotten all crunchy.

You'll Need
  • 2 cups of dry chickpeas 
  • Some H2O
  • Salt
  • Garlic Salt 
  • Cayenne Pepper 
  • Canola Oil 
You Should: 
  1. Soak the dried chickpeas overnight in water 
  2. Dry them (duh)
  3. Coat them in oil and spice them to your liking
  4. Bake them at 450 degrees for 30 minutes until they're roasted
makes four servings 

Pretty easy, eh? 

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Indian Food

This post is dedicated to Neale, who made this awesome food.