On 7th November 2014, This was Dinner

I actually had 2 dinners today, that’s bad isn’t it? I went to Sheffield with my Mum & close friend Lynn. We decided to chance that the rain would stop as non of us fancied being cooped up in Meadowhall all day. As luck would have it we managed to avoid most of the rain until we came out of All Bar One when it had gone from warm & occasionally drizzly to freezing, gale force and chucking it down!

I had the Reuben Pretzel Roll “salt beef pastrami, Swiss cheese,
Russian-style dressing, sauerkraut and a frickle* on the side”. I knew I was on to a winner as the waiter said it was his favourite sandwich. The fries were good too.

So having eaten out (luckily Mr S had had a late lunch) we finally ate a portion of these about 10.30pm on Friday night. How continental!

Described in the book the recipe comes from as “the best worst food you will ever eat”, these are from Dirty Food by Carol Hilker.


  • soak some dried chickpeas overnight
  • quarter an onion
  • peel a couple of garlic cloves
  • chop some parsley
  • roughly chop half a red pepper
  • get stale bread, ground cumin, ground coriander, chilli flakes, plain flour, baking powder, vegetable oil  salt & black pepper ready


Drain the chickpeas and pop in a food processor. Add the onion, garlic, bread, red pepper, parsley, cumin, coriander, salt and black pepper.

Pulse well and add the flour and baking powder. Mix well.

Remove from the processor and add water to make the mixture into small balls.

Heat the oil in a pan, I used a frying pan and used about a centimetre full of oil.

Fry the falafels until golden brown then drain.


The book serves them with a taratoor sauce but to be honest I couldn’t be bothered to buy any tahini as the last time I did I only used a little and the remainder ended up wasted. To serve ours, we just used pittas, natural yoghurt and salad, give them a squish before popping into the pittas. I also added a squirt of chilli sauce.TWD_0711_Falafels2The best falafels I have EVER eaten.


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