Tuesday, March 10, 2009

All I have to give

I'm not going to take the conventional route, here, and apologise for being gone for so long. The truth is, you wouldn't have wanted to hear from me anyway. I've been in no state for blogging. Unemployed, pennyless and lonely, my words of woe would only taint this lovely space with an unpleasant yellowish-grey tinge of misery.

Instead, I'm going to share with you the only good thing to have happened to me in the past week: this sandwich. It was cast into my unsuspecting lap by the internet gods, and with a little of my own tinkering and creativity, became a beacon of light, a reminder of hope, of joy, of food, of yum.

This deconstructed felafel of sorts is all the things I look for in a recipe these days: cheap, easy, healthy, yummy. I reckon that if you're lucky enough to have a job, or go to uni, or have something else occupying your time, this would make a great packed lunch. Maybe take the wet ingredients in a box and assemble before eating though, to avoid something which resembles the dreaded soggy sandwiches of our primary school days (yuk).

Chickpea Salad Roll

Not the most appetizing of photographs, I know, but I'm going for this new, rustic honesty style

1. Prepare this smashed chickpea salad, as seen on the always fabulous Smitten Kitchen food blog. I also added mint for an extra bit of herby fragrance.

2. Mix a few tablespoons of tahini paste with a little lemon juice and olive oil

3. Take a fresh, fluffy piece of Lebanese bread (I like the ones made by Peace Bakery) and spread with the tahini mixture. Also spread with a little harissa for a touch of spice if desired.

4. Top with a thick stripe of chickpea salad down the middle, a few pieces of sliced tomato and a handful of baby spinach leaves or lettuce.

5. Roll up all nice like, folding the bottom up first, then turning in the sides for mess free eating.

6. Send me an e-mail offering me a fabulous job as a reward for the genius of this recipe. Please?

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