Friday, 19 October 2012

With a snuffly noise she said, "do you want a feelawful?

 written by Linda Gauthier

To which he responded "No, you can keep your germs"  What ??? What are you talking about? Your cold, you can keep it, I love you Honey, but I don't want it!  No, you dork!! Do you want a Falafel Pita and Greek Salad for dinner?  That was an excerpt from a recent conversation, between 2 individuals who shall remain nameless.
So I guess you can tell what recipes are coming now. No not cold remedies, but my recipe for Falafels, I'm presuming you all know what Falafels are, they are Yummy that's what they are, they also are made from chickpeas and they are great for you and terrific for my diet.

Definitions  links above not working try these:




I thought I might give you some more information about chickpeas and chickpea flour.  I have found, through my reading that they are extremely good for us and it seems that we in the western cultures have been missing the boat by not using them both in our diets.
here is an excerpt from an article on 

Chickpea flour, also known as besan, garbanzo flour or gram flour - not graham - is a wheat-free flour alternative made from lightly roasted, dried and ground garbanzo beans or chickpeas. Indian markets and/or health food stores are the best places to find this legume-based flour. It is high in carbohydrates and protein, contains some fat and is gluten-free. This nutrient-rich flour is a food source of many vitamins and minerals as well as dietary fiber.

There are two main types of gram or chickpea flour, roasted and unroasted, also referred to as toasted or untoasted. While roasting does not change the nutritive values, it does alter the flavor. Roasted chickpea flour is made from dried chickpeas that are briefly roasted first; the unroasted one is made straight from unroasted dried chickpeas. Ethnic cuisines worldwide, from India to the Middle East to Italy to Provence, France, use chickpea flour. It is extremely versatile, in addition to being a nutrient powerhouse.

Uses Worldwide

Indian cuisine incorporates chickpea flour into more dishes than other cultures. It is used as a thickener and to make pancakes and fritters, such as chilla, an Indian "street" or fast food. In the Middle East, chickpea flour is an important ingredient for making falafel, deep-fried chickpea 'balls.' French Provencal chefs use chickpea flour to make socca, a pancake popular in Nice. Liguria, Italy is known for 'panissa,' a chickpea flour-based polenta. For vegan recipes, you can replace eggs with equal parts chickpea flour and water. If you do not eat it, you can wear it, literally. Indian women make a paste composed of besan and water or yogurt and apply it to their face as an exfoliant.

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