Apologies for the extended blogging hiatus ! I’ve still been cooking, just not developing any new recipes. And sadly, I got into a little bit of a blogging slump. It happens.
Thankfully my inspiration was not lost forever. I tend to get really back into the swing of things once my CSA starts up for the year and I have to get creative with all my veggies. The main recipe you see here (the waffles) didn’t use any of that up yet, but that lovely salad you see there is full of lovely new greens from Wysmykal Farms. The feta is local too, from Holmestead Cheese.
I’m a big fan of using chickpea flour in every day cooking. It satisfies a carb craving, but also delivers about 20 grams of protein per cup, which is a great bonus in healthier eating, especially if you are following a vegetarian diet. I mostly like it for its taste, really, and after checking out this recipe for socca waffles, I was inspired to incorporate falafel flavors into a handy (and might I add, non-fried) meal or snack. I opted to leave out flour or bulghur in the recipe, which also ended up making it a gluten-free waffle. I was really pleased with how these turned out. And they whip up in no time.
As you can see, I served mine with a tahini sauce (I used this one) and a salad with a simple herbed lemon and EVOO dressing.
Ready for a recipe?
- 1 cup chickpea flour
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 4 cloves garlic
- 1 cup water
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 large egg (omit or substitute, if preferring a vegan waffle)
- 2 tbsp minced cilantro
- 2 tbsp minced parsley
- 1/2 finely chopped onion
The batter is simple. Toss everything except the herbs and onion into a blender and blitz it until everything’s combined. Mix in the herbs and onion.
Oil your waffle iron and pour batter to cover. Allow to cook until the waffles start to brown and crisp. I got two and a half larger waffles from the mix. Serve warm with a salad and your favorite dressing, or just grab and go! (I would totally eat these for breakfast to boot)
*note: I have frozen similar waffles in the past and they work well this way too for later use.