ian is expecting his first baby within the next few weeks.
that means that the visit he made on friday is likely the last one we'll have for a bit.
nobody knows what to actually expect once a baby shows up-
he and his wife don't even know if they're havin' a boy or a girl.
and they're really good folks.
two of the nicest, and kindest.
i've known them for a long time.
and i'm better for the experience.
we had dinner together, and he helped make some new hottness.
on homemade naan wraps.
with spicy fries,
and as an outlier: AVO-F*ING-CADO.
there's purple cabbage, and extra-sexxxy mixed greens.
there's tomatoes and red onions and pea shoots.
there's pickled jalapenos and pickles.
there's sriracha and exxxtra-lemony GPOP and sumac activated tahini.
that's a whole lotta good stuff.
and then, in place of that hummus squoosh, a perfectly ripe avocado.
i don't have much going for me,
but i sure as sh!t know about falafel.
now, let's talk about the naan wrap.
in your upright mixer with the dough hook attached,
1/2 tsp sea salt;
1/2 tsp sugar;
2 T unsweetened coconut yogurt;
2 T soft vegan butter;
1 pkg fast-actin' yeast;
1 1/2 cups king arthur flour;
2/3 cups warm water.
knead it up for 11 minutes until you've got a tight shiny ball.
let it rise until it's doubled in size.
divide it into four balls, and roll 'em out on a floured surface.
superheat a large skillet over high heat, and add a small pat of butter,
then pan-fry up each dough for a minute or so on each side.
get ready, beause you're about to eat the best little flatbreads ever.
you've been warned.
and then there's those fries:
preheat your oven to 450℉
cut three fat red-skinned potatoes into thick fries,
and toss 'em with olive oil, and:
1/4 tsp turmeric;
1/4 tsp paprika;
1/4 tsp smoked paprika;
1/4 tsp Garlic Powder and Onion Powder;
cracked black pepper;
arrange them evenly on a parchment0lined steel baking sheet,
and roast them until they're all golden and good and soft-centered with crispy tips.
you won't regret it.
fries on falafel is the TRUTH.
without those chick pea balls, you haven't got a damned thing.
now, what's the recipe?
here it is:
in your food processor, combine:
1/4 red onion;
3 cloves garlic;
punch of parsley;
punch of fresh cilantro;
15 oz chick peas;
3 T scallion;
2 T flour;
1/4 cup chick pea flour;
black pepper, pink salt;
1/2 tsp cumin;
1/2 tsp turmeric;
1/4 tsp sumac;
2 T olive oil;
2 T lemon juice;
ground coriander, cayenne, smoked paprika, to taste.
pulverize it onto a grainy paste,
and form small (1" ) balls.
heat up 1/2" vegetable oil in a tall-waled pan,
and fry the balls until the outsides are crisssssssp.
....that's pretty straightforward.
i sent some home with ian.
i'm sure his wife might enjoy that.
i hope so anyway.
it's good to see good folks doing well.
i don't know the secret, but nobody deserve it more than those two.
essential-oily strapped-sandal-wearing 'vermontish' people.
that's mostly what i used to be, and also a little of what i still am.
i really like them a lot, and i'm very excited for this new chapter in their lives.
mystery baby boy/girl is gonna get some kind of sage and seance style birth,
and i'll bet it'll be cool as heck.
i dunno the next time we'll see each other,
but i hope i get to meet their itty-bitty when we do.
good food, shared with good people,
good times spanned the same way.
i'm grateful for the evening, and i'm better for the interaction;
never quiet, never soft.....