Baked Falafels (or chickpeas burgers)

Ingredients:

  • 2 cans of chick-peas
  • 1/2 cup of corn flour (or a little bit more)
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1/3 cup of fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup of olive oil
  • 1/2 lemon or lime
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • 1/2 tsp of chilli powder
  • 1 TSP of sesame seeds

Pre heat the oven to 330F

Combine all the ingredients (except the lemon and sesame seeds) in a food processors and mix it until the everything is blended together. Then squeeze the lemon and keep mixing.

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When the mixture is solid enough to make small balls, you are ready to add the final ingredient. Place the mixture in a bowl, add the sesame seeds and mix it using a wooden spoon or your hands.

Prepare a baking tray with some baking paper on the tray and put a little bit of olive oil on top of the paper.

Start to make some falafel balls with your hands and place them on the baking tray and press the with your hands to form into patties. (If the mixture is sticky or sticking to your hands, dust your hands with flour.)

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With a brush, paint the patties with olive oil and bake them for 35-45 minutes until they become golden colour.

Enjoy, feel & eat!

@ramonsfoodsense

“Torrada de Escalivada”

Working in a health food store gives me the opportunity  to bring home a lot of food that many people will not buy because does not look pretty, but for me that an excellent opportunity to use those goods for my own recipes.

As a mediterranean – more precisely, from Catalonia – I love eating “torrades”, translates as “toasts” but prepared in the Catalonian way. The best “torrada” you can eat ever is the one made with  Pa de pagès (Catalonia farmers’ bread) and toasted on fire… that is simply holistically, healthy delicious!!!

My favourite “torrada” is the Escalivada one, if you want a 5 minute, healthy snack see the  recipe below.

Ingredients:

  • 5-6 green, red, yellow peppers
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 raw apple cider vinegar
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • fresh parsley
  • 3-4 slice of sourdough bread

Preheat the oven to 300 Fahrenheit degrees.

Make “a baking bag” with aluminium paper and place the whole peppers inside and put into a tray.

Place the tray in the oven and roast for 45-60 minutes.

Remove the tray from the oven and leave it cool, then peel the peppers (this is optional, you can eat with the roasted skin) and scoop the seeds. Then cut the pepper into long-thing slices (up to down).

Place the roasted, sliced pepper in bowl and add olive oil, sea salt, black pepper, vinegar, fresh parsley and half sliced garlic clove. Mix it together, when done you can eat it on toast (see below) immediately or leave it in the fridge.

Basically you have prepared the “Escalivada” which can be eaten over the next 5-7 days (store in the fridge).

Toast the bread and rub half a clove of garlic on top (essentially grating garlic directly on the toast), add the “Escalivada” and you have “Torrada de Escalivada”.

Enjoy, feel & eat!

@ramonsfoodsense

One of my Paellas

Paella means, Sunday, family, friends, relax, sun, my roots, mediterranean sea…
Ingredients:
  • 1 espresso coffee cup of rice per person
  • 2 red pepper
  • 3 chicken breasts
  • few pork ribs or pork fillet meat
  • 1 green pepper
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 4 tomatoes (ripe)
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Saffron
  • Black pepper
Cut the garlic into small slices, also dice the peppers.
Add 3 tea spoons of olive oil  and fry the garlic until golden.
Meanwhile (or beforehand) slice the chicken and pork.
When the garlic is golden, add the peppers to the pan, cook for 5 minutes and then add the chicken and pork and fry around 15-20 minutes, until cooked through.
Grate the tomatoes and mix with salt, pepper and saffron when everything is mixed properly add to the paella pan and stir for a couple of minutes.
Then, add the rice to the pan and mix, then add the water (remember 3 cups of water for 1 cup of rice).
Bring it to boil until the rice is done – be careful to check the rice and keep the water level high enough to cook the rice until cooked.  (If the water measure is correct at the start, adding the water should not be needed.)
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Enjoy, feel & eat!