Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Falafel Style Cream

A mistaken recipe becomes another....
Yesterday's Vegan Mofo prompt was Barack and Michelle are coming over for dinner! In addition to excitement for serving President and First Lady a meal, I would be a nervous wreck. This was the one assignment I couldn't wait for! Although I am quite tardy, I'm cooking for the Obamas today-- imaginably of course!

As the Obamas wait for AfroVeganChick's menu....
The woman artist palette of today is renowned abstract expressionist painter Helen Frankenthaler. She is a brilliant, fascinating painter known for her vibrant, spacious color fields, that seem both experimental and considered. Large scale monuments of beauty on stretched canvas, primarily a lover of acrylic, she has profound poems nestled in between volumetric shape and whispers of line.

"Magic Carpet," acrylic on canvas, 96" x 98," 1964.

Doesn't "Magic Carpet" scream turmeric?! Or at least a dish with turmeric in it?
I originally planned to make falafel. A two bean falafel. I'm sure the Obamas would love falafel.
The Trader Joe's version- a very, very delicious must try- features both garbanzo and fava beans. The adventurous side of me figured that this was a great challenge. Due to nervous tithers-- actually no I had no flour-- the falafel turned into a thick, creamy consistency. Without that certain stiff firmness, the falafel couldn't be formed into perfect balls for intended frying. Instead, I turned my mistake into a rich, fragrant sauce, mirroring intentions. Yum! And the color......
I'm not going to stop experimenting with the two beans. I think a falafel is still possible.
For now, the Obamas will enjoy the falafel style cream. If they stayed for dessert- turmeric banana pudding is always good......

Falafel Style Cream Ingredients and Preparation

3 tablespoon olive oil
15 oz garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
15 oz fava beans, drained and rinsed
2 teaspoon panko bread crumbs
1 1/2 teaspoon curry powder
1 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoon water
pinch of cayenne pepper

Rinse garbanzo and fava beans together.
In a medium sized bowl, mix together the beans with olive oil, curry powder, dried parsley, garlic, lemon juice, turmeric, panko bread crumbs, salt, and black pepper. Pulse this mixture together in a blender or food processor with water.
Creamy, smooth whipped appeal.
Beautiful "magic carpet" color.
Plugging shamelessly, imagining the reactions of Barack and Michelle.....
Funny thing: the moment I warmed the cream up in olive oil, it started to form shapes as though it wanted to be falafel despite very creamy state of mind.
Close up texture. Atop of Basmati rice.


  1. This looks good. I'm sure the Obamas enjoyed their meal.