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I am a retired English teacher and department head, the mother of three, grand mother of three, and have been married to the same man for 42 years. I subscribe to Dr. PM Forni's concept of Civility. I was born in South Philadelphia and grew up in the 'burbs. I love soft pretzels and cheesesteaks, the Phillies, the Eagles, and San Diego. I love being Mom, Aunt Kathy, Nona Kathy, and Teacher. I spend a lot of time in my gardens in the spring and summer, and in the winter I plan what I'm going to plant. I also am an avid reader and photographer.


Sunday, January 25, 2009

A Helpful Guy, Iced Tea, and Felafel

Thanks to Jay at Cynical Bastard, I now have a translator link on my blog. He talked me through it. Thanks, Jay! So now the clamoring horde (the four of you) can read my blog in any language you like! Or not.

One of the things that reminds me of our favorite Southern city, Charleston, SC is sweet tea. For those of you who have never tasted it, this is iced tea made with a simple syrup. It is served cold with a slice of lemon and is sooo very refreshing. If made correctly, it is so sweet that it makes one's teeth actually ache! Since I cannot have caffeine and I best avoid sugar, I was faced with a dilemma, one that I think I have solved. I now have my own recipe for the best sweet tea and it's pretty healthy as well.

My secret? I use two (2) family-size Lipton decaf tea bags and eight (8) Good Earth decaf, green tea with lemon grass tea bags. I bring four (4) cups of water to an almost boil, put the tea bags in, add one and a half (1 1/2) cups of Splenda and let cool and steep. When it has cooled (or not if I'm really thirsty), I pour it into a gallon pitcher and fill it up with cold water.

Today Richard cooked the felafel I made yesterday. (He's my designated fry guy). The batter is easier to handle after it has cooled over night in the fridge. Here he is adding the felafel nuggets to the pan:

I usually serve felafel in pita bread, with chopped cucumber, chopped cilantro, lettuce, and green onion, and with a sauce of Greek style yogurt, tahini paste, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Some people really like the chick peas to be only coarsely ground. I don't. Some fry their felafel twice. I don't. Here's my recipe for felafel:

5 cups of canned chick peas, drained
1 teaspoon of chopped garlic
1 cup chopped green onion
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper
2 teaspoons of salt
2 beaten eggs
2 tablespoons of lemon juice
4 tablespoons of tahini paste
2/3 cup whole wheat or unbleached flour

Put everything EXCEPT the onion into a food processor. Process into a pretty smooth paste. Empty into a bowl; fold in green onions. Cover and let sit overnight in the refrigerator.
To form into balls or nuggets, wet your hands, roll into walnut-sized balls, dredge in flour, and drop into very hot (350-375) oil. I use peanut or canola oil. Fry on each side until golden brown. Drain on paper towels or brown paper bags.
This recipe probably serves about six (6).


thailandchani said...

I am definitely going to try that tea! Thank you. :)


Jay said...

Whenever we would go visit my grandmother and aunts and uncles, and we would all go out to a local restaurant, I would always be the only one not ordering sweet tea to drink. LOL

And I've never had falafel. I should try it sometime though.

Cheryl said...

Sounds delicious. Do you buy the tahini paste? Did you have guests to share your meal?

Brad said...

Jay is the best. He's walked me through a couple of things to.

Hmm, now I'm hungry!

Ruth Hull Chatlien said...

Oh, I haven't had falafel in a long time.

I'm totally NOT a sweet tea person. I know . . . damn yankee.

Mo said...

I've become a non sweet tea drinker. I don't think this means I am losing my Southern-ness.

I used to drink the heck out of sweet tea when I lived in Texas but now that I am up here, no thank you.

Your method sounds like a good one. Enjoy.

Gin said...

Those felafel look yummy! And I love the spices in them.

I don't usually do sweet tea, but Andy likes it...I'll have to remember that recipe for summer. It's just too darned cold to do iced tea right now!

I was going to see if I could get your blog in the only other language I know very well...but it wasn't there. Ahem...the only other language I know at all is American Sign Language! LOL