Archive | September, 2012

Chickpea Falafel

19 Sep

It’s been an eventful few days!  Yesterday alone, my cable internet quit working, my computer was threatening issues with the motherboard, and my phone seemed determined to thwart me at every turn.  Whatever ill-fated star was passing over the realm of electronics yesterday, however, seems to have gone on its way today.  I’m hoping.  Anyway, I’m back, and I’ve even found the time to share a new recipe.  (Though I’ve also discovered that if I continue to cook at the rate I started, I rapidly overreach the limited confines of my fridge and freezer.  The woes of cooking for one person.)

At any rate, I’ve been on a quest for foods that can be made in batches and prepared in advance for use in lunches or dinners during the week, when I have less spare time and a diet to keep in mind.  I’ve been craving falafel for a couple of weeks, and only whetted my appetite when I ate some last weekend, so I figured it was time to bite the bullet and experiment with recipes until I found something that worked.  My chickpeas were soaking, of course, when the internet and then my computer decided to take a vacation, leaving me with a lot of free time, a few sketchily-remembered details from the recipes I’d glanced at, and a heap of frustration.

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Rum Double Chocolate Microwave Brownies

1 Sep

The most irritating about my kitchen, here in a tiny Korean studio apartment? (Well, aside from the fact that only one of my burners works…) No oven.  This means, no matter how many fascinating cookie, scone, bread, or pie recipes I see, I can’t give them a test run.  However, a friend swore she’d tried out a microwave cupcake recipe recently that had produced results, and it sent me on a wild Google spree to find something chocolate, carb, and sugar-loaded for my diet ‘cheat day’ that I could create in a microwave.  Naturally, the moment I found a promising-looking recipe, I changed chunks of it, threw in some extras, eyeballed the rest, and experimented wildly before even trying the original.  This was a logical thing to do.

Fortunately for me and my sudden and deep-seated need to eat all the chocolate, it worked.

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