Falafel with beetroot and carrot salad

Baked Falafel with beetroot and carrot salad

I have celebrated fixing my oven full story below , by making Falafel , I love falafel but can never made to make the deep-fried variety at home , they always disintegrate in the pan . This recipe is full proof and quick to make.

Baked Falafel

300g of canned chickpeas, drained
1 small onion, chopped
2 cloves of garlic, chopped
1 tablespoons of coriander or flat leaf parsley, chopped
2 tablespoons plain flour
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1tbsp olive oil

  1. Food process all the ingredients except the chick peas to a paste
  2. Add the chick peas and pulse a few times
  3. Form into 2cm balls and place on an oven tray
  4. Bake at 200degC for 20 minutes , turning the balls over half way through

Carrot and Beetroot Salad

  1. Finely shred carrot and beetroot
  2. Dress with lemon juice and a teaspoon of tahini

Yogurt Dressing
Yogurt mixed with chopped fresh coriander

Oven Element

This weekend all the fuses blew in the flat , traced the source to the oven , though the fan spinning there was no heat

A quick Internet search showed that the fan element was probably broken , the fan was till working but no heat . I ordered an element online its arrived promptly the next day , there are lots of sites online offering advice and guidance on fitting elements including You Tube vidoes , all with the disclaimer that …. “Attempting work or repairs on electrical appliances can be dangerous and should only be carried by a suitably qualified person using the correct tools and test equipment, with the appliance disconnected from the mains supply.”

I borrowed the correct tools , disconnected it from the mains , strapped on my headtorch and set to 45 minutes later my oven is now working , the thrill is immense

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  1. Thanks for the tweet. This is just what I need.

    My oven elemnet blew out last night. The electrics just went dead, so I tripped the fuse again and it all came back. The oven started up again, and everything seemed fine. When I came to pull the chickn out of the oven, I discovered that it had been blown on by the fan fro half an hour, but not cooked. This threw my entire evening into complete a complete state and I didn’t get dinner until 9.30pm. Disaster.

    I’ve got a Smeg, and replacement of the main fan element isn’t quite as straightforward as in other models. The oven needs to be pulled out of position, the back taken off and a lot of coplicated wiring understood.

    I could do it, but maybe this time it’s a job for the professionals. Will investigate further.

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