I was all excited today. I was trying to figure out an interesting meat free, grain free meal and remembered falafel. Bob and I both really like falafel so, as I had the day off due to the “storm” I headed to the grocery and got what I needed – chick peas, parsley, etc. Picked up a few things for the week too then headed home to start the falafel.
They came out beautifully. The looked perfect; they did not fall apart in the frying pan and in place of pita bread I used lettuce. Oh, they looked great.
But what the picture does not tell you is that we just could not eat them. Bob and I dug in, very excited, and discovered something was wrong. They had an odd texture, but also a chemically, soapy taste. About two bites in and we determined, for the first time ever, that dinner was just totally not edible. That’s right, for some reason, this time the falafel, as pretty as they are, just could not be eaten.
The strange thing is, I have made these before. I’ve tried several versions, including this one, with great success. Although I will admit to getting them to stay in a patty shape has been difficult. But today, for some reason, they did not work. I’m not sure if it was the chick peas, the parsley, the onion, the baking soda, or something else entirely.
It had to happen sometime. My first totally and completely inedible meal. The sad part is, it wasn’t even an experiment. I’m sure dinner will be better tomorrow. … If not I may never cook again. 🙂