Mushroom-garlic calzone





Ah, falafel…  A never ending carousel for improvement over what has already been approved:  The real answer is to find a way to healthify the deep fried — to replicate that delightful crunch made so divinely at Jerusalem Garden.  The conclusion usually folds with resignation to the DFSP variety, which as a baked formulation, is, in fact — hard to beat.

The Happiness Kitchen adds a pinch of cardamom — which, there is one place that does something different, that makes falafals stand out from the others, and it was hoped this was it.  It’s not.  Maybe they’re slipping in some sumac…

As always, these taste an awful like falafel, and turned out pretty good — a little crunch, not too dry.  Though, tahini was added — about a 1/4 cup.  Also, the sauce that accompanied them was phenominal:  Tahini, yogurt, lemon juice, salt and water. Continue reading falafal

The Falafel

20160822_183251 Goodwell’s is gone.  That sadly means, never again can the thought be contemplated to grab a falafel sandwich — purported to be one of the best — from that curious destination.  Regrettably, every thought in recent memory to do so, was superseded by another suggestion…

Reminisce and preposterous proposition for an amazing falafel sandwich will now fall exclusively on Jerusalem Gardens — which, is not even in the same city.

The Diet for a small planet version was first tried in a roach infested apartment next door to a psychopath, baked in an 18 inch wide, hand-lit oven that often doubled as the source of heating.  Despite the horrors of suggestions for consumption, this was a recipe oft repeated, a special garlic, tahini sauce — with tomato — the preferred accompaniment, without much deviation, still:  Added, onions and pickles.

And served with tabouli.



Several pages from DFaSP are posted by Henry Ford, nearly as yellowed as the well worn book resting on the basement shelf.



Every time we make mousaka, I think we say it is the best we’ve ever had — this was the best we’ve ever had.  Mousaka is also one of the better places to hide one’s zucchini.

Generally, the instructions were abandoned and everything (except the potato which was awesomely fried) was chopped up and sauteed:  Zucchini, cauliflower and carrot.  The veggies mixed with the sauce — just topped with the bechamel:  Simple as that.