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Monday, July 14, 2014

New Obsessions.

Just what I need, right?  I have been listening to Jacques Pepin's autobiography, "The Apprentice", on cds for a week.  I end up ravenous at each end of the journey - and last Friday, I landed at home with an overwhelming urge to go foraging in the woods, take a net and catch fish, make the ultimate consume', honestly, I would have chewed rocks...

Fortunately, there are immediate chores to be done and I was able to divert my mind to letting the dogs out.  Then I changed into barn clothes, sorted the mail, gathered eggs, fed the dogs, gave the cats treats, fed the sheep.  By then I had calmed down.  I mean to say, however, Jacques SPOKE TO ME. 

So I made red lentil baked falafels.  And discovered a new obsession.  Since these particular falafels take two days (an overnight soaking of the red lentils), I didn't discover this obsession until breakfast Saturday morning.  Oh.  My.  Goodness.  I had six for breakfast and forced myself to package the rest and freeze them.  (Updated to include the link to BOTH recipes!)

 
Finally!  A falafel that is not deep-fried!
Holey Cast Iron Goodness, Batman!
Sunday morning I stumbled across another soon-to-be-obsession - Blueberry Cornbread.  As a friend recently noted, I tend to put blueberries in the strangest things (remember blueberry sauerkraut?  which was delicious, by the way)  I am sure that the stick of butter contained in this cornbread had nothing whatsoever to do with how amazingly, completely, overwhelmingly spectacular this was.  When I find myself going, "ooooh, num, num, num," every time I take a bite of something, I know I will make it many times again.  The cornbread is very healthy (except for the butter and a scant quarter cup of brown sugar) so I was easily coerced into eating three pieces.  Then I quickly trotted off to the dairy barn with most of the rest of it - while some when into the freezer as well.  It was met with raves at the barn - always a plus.

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  1. Blueberry cornbread, eh? I may just have to toss some in there next time I make cornbread (now quickly making it's way up the list).

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    1. Carolyn - I toss blueberries into everything. On account of they are good for me. Plus I love cornbread!

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  2. But . . . but . . . but . . . where the heck is the recipe for the red lentil baked falafels?? Gotta have. I love falafels but don't deep fry them, just cook them (like hamburgers) in a skillet with coconut oil. Yours do look like they were deep fried though so all the better! Will you share the recipe? Pretty please?

    The blueberries in cornbread sounds just strange enough to be good! May have to try when our blueberries come in. No more left in the freezer from last season.

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    1. Mama Pea - I have emailed the recipe to you - but I also updated the post to include the link. I am working my way through my last gallon bag of frozen blueberries. Perfect timing, as I am due to go on my annual pilgrimage north to pick soon.

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  3. Yes, cornbread with butter is the only way to go. Once I get more blueberries (we lost 3 bags when the fridge dies on us last week), I will have to try this.

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    1. Kristina - Dang! There is nothing worse than a major appliance fail. This cornbread recipe was not a gluten free one, but I adapted it - plus it contains almost a stick of butter. It HAS to be good, right?

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  4. Yes, recipe please? I usually pan fry my falafels. Also did you give some of your corn bread to your critters? That sounds like me:) I sneak em some human snacks... healthy of course...

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    1. Nancy - Most of the time a few morsels of what I am eating will "accidentally" make it into the mouths of my critters. The trouble is, I will then be surrounded by little pleading eyes...

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  5. Strawberries are delicious added to cornbread too...served warm with a dollop of butter...you have made me hungry! Off to make cornbread!

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    1. Fiona - Oooh! Strawberries! I will have to try that with the last of my strawberries. Any excuse for warm cornbread and butter. My favorite combination. Other than warm cornbread with bacon and maple syrup. Or....

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  6. I will have to try the falafel, since I love falafel anyway. Recipe for the cornbread?

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  7. I have a baked falafel recipe that I make with canned chick peas so unless you have something against canned beans they are marginally faster since they don't need to soak. But I'm going to try the red lentils too - I love love love falafel. Did I mention I love falafel?

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  8. Oh I LOVE my cast iron pans and now I know what I can do with them:) Thank you yummy. Hug B

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  9. Would love the recipe for your blueberry cornbread. I an a big fan of both, but never had them together.

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    1. Michelle - Check back later - I will link it in the post when I have a better-functioning computer.

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