Rumor has it, I am moving to Boston. Shocking, I know. This weekend my friends decided to take me to the basement of Penny Farthing to show me what my life in Boston is going to be like. They are mean, and I may or may not have had a mild panic attack. So to make it up to me, they took me to do one of the most New York things possible: fancy cocktails and pork buns at Booker and Dax, part of Momofuku Ssam. I  am a huge Momofuku/David Chang supporter. Chang is known for supporting small local farmers and using nose-to-tail dining at most of his restaurants.

This weekend has been filled with so much food and fullness, I just wanted something light and vegetarian for dinner. So I decided to make falafel, but instead of the garbanzo beans I used cauliflower (adapted from I Breathe...I'm Hungry).  The original recipe calls for frying, but since I wanted to avoid frying, I cooked them stove top and then finished in the oven.  It tasted surprisingly very similar to real falafel!

1 cup raw cauliflower
1/4 cup slivered almonds
1 Tbsp cumin
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1 clove garlic, minced
2 Tbsp parsley, chopped
2 large eggs
3 Tbsp coconut flour
2 tbsp fat of your choice

1) Puree the cauliflower in the food processor until it is blended but not too blended.
2) Grind almonds in food processor. Grind them so that they are still crunchy when added into the mixture (so keep them relatively large).
3) Combine cauliflower and ground almonds in a bowl and add the rest of the ingredients and mix.
4) Form mixture into ping pong sized balls and heat up olive oil (or fat of your choice) in a pan.
5) Place falafel balls into the pan and cook for 3-4 minutes on either side.
6) Either transfer them to a baking a dish or place the pan in the oven at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.
7) Top with Tahini Zucchini Sauce and enjoy!
Tahini Zucchini Sauce

4 cups peeled and chopped raw zucchini
3/4 cups tahini (sesame paste)
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup olive oil
4 cloves of garlic, peeled
2 tsp salt (or to taste)
1 Tbsp ground cumin

1) Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend.
9/3/2012 12:24:50 am

A) these look delish -- might have to try them this week!

B) not mean, just .... okay, maybe a little mean.


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