Sunday, August 29, 2010

Falafel Burgers

So again, I am posting late. I just can't seem to get on the computer these days to blog. I have to say, I was very excited to try these "burgers", I love falafels and who doesn't like ones that are better for you, since they are baked and not deep fried. I also liked the fact that I could hide a few veggies in there too. The falafels were easy to make, the hardest part was getting my food processor out of my cupboard! For whatever reason, my batch only made seven burgers, which was fine, as I was kind of tired of them after a few days. I loved the sauce and thought it was a nice addition. Would I make these again? Probably not. They were OK, but compared to the other recipes in the book, I would say there are other things I would rather eat.

So, like last time, my family will also be evaluating the food. Here are their thoughts:

Jerry: I can't eat this, it is too mushy and tastes like mushrooms (aside: my hubby hates mushrooms, I shouldn't have told him they were in the burger, and he would have eaten it, I am sure)
Truman: YUCK! (he proceeded to spit his mouthful in the sink and ate a plain pita)
Oliver: again he can't talk, but gobbled half burger one night and the other half for lunch the next day
Me: Good. Really enjoy the minty sauce

Monday, August 9, 2010

Tardy Tortilla Crusted Chicken

I have no excuse. I'm a day late posting. I could say it was for this reason or that, but I will chalk it up to bad timing and a little bit of forgetfulness, plus it's summer. Despite my tardiness, I am excited to start cooking, blogging and eating from our new book "Bite Me". So excited in fact, that I have already made several of the dishes in the book. So far, I have not been disappointed by any of the recipes. In fact, each and every one of them have been yummy, perfectly delicious! I really like, that I can make these dishes for my family, so they too are going to judge (when applicable).
No, that is not a picture of lasagna, it is the tortilla crusted chicken. Just delightful. Yum. It tasted better than this picture looks. I promise. I probably could use a better camera, but that's a whole other story. I digress. My favourite part of making this dish was hammering the hell out of the pieces of chicken. I was taking some of my daily frustrations out on these poor birds, but man oh man did it feel good. My only worry was that I was going to wake up my young son with all the noise I was making.

So, I think I mentioned my forgetfulness? While I was at the store picking up ingredients, I forgot panko breadcrumbs, so I substituted regular breadcrumbs and the result was still delicious. I also didn't have any garlic powder in the house (not sure why exactly), and it didn't impact the taste at all.
So what did my family think of the chicken?

Jerry: "So yummy" (he had his warmed up in the microwave)
Truman: "Mommy, don't ever make this meat again. I don't like it, it's too spicy" (and I made it without the jalapenos).
Oliver: he can't talk, but he ate all of Truman's chicken, and he's the picky eater!
Michele: "Unbelievably yummy"

I promise to improve my tardiness for the next post!