Taiwanese Style Beerhouse Clams (台式九層塔炒海瓜子)


Date Published: Feb 16th, 2022 | Last Updated: Feb 16th, 2022
Author: Abby |Category: Taiwanese, Asian, easy, mains, sides
Serves: 2-4 | Prep time: 15 mins | Cook time: 10 mins

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This was one of my all-time favourite dishes growing up in Taiwan. My brother once got mad at me when we were kids when I ate them too fast, lol. The sauce is SO good, you MUST serve it over white rice to soak up all the delicious flavours. This recipe is commonly found in the beerhouses of Taiwan or seafood shops.

The clams that are traditionally used are called hai gua zi (海瓜子) which roughly translates to ‘ocean melon seeds’ – I think it has to do with the oval shape of them that resembles melon seeds? 🤷🏻‍♀️ They’re small oval clams with a patterned shell that are commonly found in the region. Any small species of clams can be used in this recipe as long as they’re fresh! I actually had a bit of a hard time finding fresh small clams for this recipe in Australia – even the local seafood shops didn’t have them. Surprisingly they were available at the Costco in Adelaide, SA however were a bit pricy at $20/kg for pipis (it was totally worth it though 😜).

Note the patterned shell and the oval shape of the hai gua zi –>

Image source: https://inf.news/en/nature/b6dd63ea2ba851d1cda05f356fb35732.html

What is a Taiwanese Beerhouse (啤酒屋)?

A Taiwanese beerhouse is a place where locals like to go afterwork to unwind, drink beer and eat hot stir-fry dishes. They’re not breweries, they’re just a place to drink and eat. If you’re a foreign visitor to Taiwan, chances are your host wouldn’t bring you to one of these beerhouses. They’re usually noisy, loud with drunk people, and no doubt lots of cigarette smoke. It’s frequented by people of lower socioeconomic classes and call girls as well as the average working man with their coworkers. It’s kind of like taking a guest to a rowdy grungy bar – it’s not for everyone, but the food is usually damn good. These beerhouses are becoming a dying culture and it’s getting harder to find them in Taiwan – possibly due to an attempt to elevate the social status of the area or maybe from the years of economic downturn and less availability of disposable income, or maybe it’s from Westernization 🤷🏻‍♀️. I remember my dad taking us out afterwork when I was a kid and getting out of the cab to see a long street of back to back beerhouses lit up with flashing neon lights (although in hindsight, beerhouses definitely aren’t the best place to bring children 😅). The last time I visited a couple years ago there were only two left on the street – the food was still just as good though!

What is beerhouse-style food?

Taiwanese beerhouses usually serve food that is made quickly over a high heat that packs a ton of flavour. These dishes are commonly very salty and/or spicy which goes great with a bowl of rice and a bottle of cold beer. Common dishes you’ll find are “three-cup” based recipes, which involve the triple threat for a lip-smacking combination: soy sauce, sesame oil, and rice wine. It is often sautéed with ginger, garlic, and Thai basil – the basis of classic Taiwanese beerhouse flavours. This clam recipe doesn’t diverge far from the beerhouse basics.

Thai Basil vs Italian Basil?

There are no substitutions for basil in this recipe. You MUST use Thai basil which is a lot stronger in flavour. Basil is a key component of this dish and without a good strong basil, the flavours just won’t be right. You’d have to probably at least double the amount of Italian basil to get similar results.

Anyways, without further ado, here’s the recipe! If you have any comments or suggestions, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section! You can follow me on instagram, youtube and facebook to see all the recipes I post!

Happy cooking!

Ingredients you’ll need:

  • 1kg fresh small clams (ie. Pipis)
  • 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 4cm ginger, peeled and thinly sliced into matchsticks
  • 2-3 long Thai red chilis, sliced (remove the seeds if you want it less spicy)
  • Sauce:
    • 2 Tbsps Chinese cooking wine (ie. Shaoxing)
    • 1 Tbsp of black vinegar
    • 2 Tbsps oyster sauce
    • 3 tsps white granulated sugar
    • 1/4 tsp white pepper
  • 1 LARGE handful (~3 cups) of Thai basil leaves
  • 1 Tbsp sesame oil for drizzling

Directions:

*This recipe cooks QUICKLY on HIGH HEAT! Make sure all your ingredients are chopped, prepped and ready to go before you start cooking.

Rinse the clams thoroughly under running water. Optional: soak in salty water 15mins before.

Prepare the sauce by mixing all the sauce ingredients in a bowl: cooking wine, black vinegar, oyster sauce, sugar, and white pepper. Set aside.

In a wok on HIGH heat, add a drizzle of oil and sauté the garlic, ginger, and chilli for 2-3 mins until fragrant.

Add the clams to the pot and sauté for 30 seconds then drizzle in the sauce ingredients: cooking wine, black vinegar, oyster sauce, and white pepper. Mix around and let the sauce simmer for 2-3 minutes then put the lid on. Let the clams steam for 3-4 minutes or until they all open up. Careful not to steam them for too long or else the clams will get tough and chewy.

Once the clams have opened up, add in the basil leaves and drizzle the sesame oil over the clams. Sauté for another minute and turn off the heat. Serve! Best served over white rice.

Summarized Recipe:

Taiwanese Style Beerhouse Clams (台式九層塔炒海瓜子)

Date Published: Feb 16th, 2022 | Last Updated: Feb 16th, 2022
Author: Abby |Category: Taiwanese, Asian, easy, mains, sides
Serves: 2-4 | Prep time: 15 mins | Cook time: 10 mins

Ingredients:

  • 1kg fresh small clams (ie. Pipis)
  • 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 4cm ginger, peeled and thinly sliced into matchsticks
  • 2-3 long Thai red chilis, sliced (remove the seeds if you want it less spicy)
  • Sauce:
    • 2 Tbsps Chinese cooking wine (ie. Shaoxing)
    • 1 Tbsp of black vinegar
    • 2 Tbsps oyster sauce
    • 3 tsps white granulated sugar
    • 1/4 tsp white pepper
  • 1 LARGE handful (~3 cups) of Thai basil leaves
  • 1 Tbsp sesame oil for drizzling

Directions:

*This recipe cooks QUICKLY on HIGH HEAT! Make sure all your ingredients are chopped, prepped and ready to go before you start cooking.

  1. Rinse the clams thoroughly under running water. Optional: soak in salty water 15mins before.
  2. Prepare the sauce by mixing all the sauce ingredients in a bowl: cooking wine, black vinegar, oyster sauce, sugar, and white pepper. Set aside.
  3. In a wok on HIGH heat, add a drizzle of oil and sauté the garlic, ginger, and chilli for 2-3 mins until fragrant.
  4. Add the clams to the pot and sauté for 30 seconds then drizzle in the sauce ingredients: cooking wine, black vinegar, oyster sauce, and white pepper. Mix around and let the sauce simmer for 2-3 minutes then put the lid on. Let the clams steam for 3-4 minutes or until they all open up. Careful not to steam them for too long or else the clams will get tough and chewy.
  5. Once the clams have opened up, add in the basil leaves and drizzle the sesame oil over the clams. Sauté for another minute and turn off the heat. Serve! Best served over white rice.

Mama Hung’s Apple Potato Salad


Date Published: Dec 25th, 2021 | Last Updated: Dec 25th, 2021
Author: Abby |Category: sides, salads, easy, appetizers, vegetarian
Serves: 6-8 (one large bowl) | Prep time: 1 hour | Cook time: 1 hour

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Happy holidays everyone! Wherever you are, I hope you’re filled with good food for the holidays. 😊

‘Tis the season for potato salads! Potato salads are pretty much a staple at most big family dinners – maybe because they’re easy to make? I’ll admit, I’ve never been a huge fan of them because they always seem to be the same combination of potatoes, mayonnaise, eggs and carrots. Not that I have anything against a potato salad, but I just find it pretty bland and just a filler between the mains. However over the last few Christmases, I’ve been happily proven wrong. Last year Toby’s mom made a traditional Czech potato salad with mustard and pickles which sounded weird to me at first, but was really delicious – I just posted that recipe earlier today and I highly recommend trying it 😊. Three Christmases before that, I celebrated the holidays with my friend Janice and her family in Point Cook and her mom made this delicious potato salad with apples, pineapples, corn and shrimp! The fruit in the salad was so refreshing, I kept going back for more! It’s like a cross between a fruit salad and a savoury potato salad. (We actually had a work Christmas party a few days ago and I couldn’t decide which potato salad to make so I brought both 😜.)

This recipe is technically easy, but labour-intensive (like most potato salads). The recipe instructions seem long, but it’s pretty much just describing how to boil the vegetables. It also takes some time due to waiting around for the vegetables to boil, so I’d recommend doing this on a lazy afternoon while playing some Netflix in the background. All of the work is in the chopping of the potatoes, carrots, apples, pineapple, shrimp, and eggs. The rest is just boiling and mixing together. This potato salad is best served chilled for at least an hour or overnight. I love recipes that are better made the day before because it frees up plenty of time for me during the day of a party and all I have to do is scoop it into a bowl to serve. 😊

Anyways, without further ado, here’s the recipe! If you have any comments or suggestions, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section! You can follow me on instagram, youtube and facebook to see all the recipes I post!

Happy cooking!

Ingredients you’ll need:

  • 1kg (~4-5 large) white potatoes, diced to 2cm pieces (peeled or unpeeled)
  • 500g (~3-4 large) carrots, diced to 2cm pieces
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 can (430g) pineapple, diced to 1cm pieces (you can use fresh pineapple as well)
  • 1 can (420g) of cooked sweet corn kernels, strained
  • 3 apples, cored and diced to 1cm pieces
  • 300g cooked, peeled, and deveined shrimp, chopped to 2cm pieces (you can use thawed cocktail shrimp)
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise (good quality)*
    • I prefer whole egg mayonnaise or kewpie mayo. Do not buy the cheap stuff – I made that mistake earlier and the generic brand mayo was so nasty that I nearly had to throw out the whole salad. 🤢
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Directions:

*Note: if you have the space, you can boil the potatoes, carrots, and eggs all at the same time in separate pots to save time, or if you prefer to do less clean-up, you can do them one after another.

Boil the Potatoes: In a large pot on HIGH heat, add in the diced potatoes and fill the pot with hot water until all the potatoes are submerged. Once the water boils, turn the heat down to MED and keep to a rolling simmer until the potatoes are soft enough to cut easily with a fork (~30mins). Strain and set aside to cool (or if you’re impatient, run it under cold water). Do not over boil the potatoes or else they will be too mushy.

Boil the Carrots: While the potatoes are boiling, in a medium pot on HIGH heat, add in the diced carrots and fill the pot with hot water until all the carrots are submerged. Once the water boils, turn the heat down to MED and keep to a rolling simmer until the carrots are soft enough to cut easily with a fork (~20mins). Strain and set aside to cool (or if you’re impatient, run it under cold water).

Hard boil the Eggs: Gently place the eggs in a medium sized pot and fill the pot with cold water until it is 2cm above the eggs. Turn the heat on HIGH. Once the water comes to a hard rapid boil, turn off the heat and cover the pot with a lid. Let it sit for 12 minutes then submerge the eggs in cold water. Once the eggs are cool enough to handle, peel the shells and dice the eggs into 1cm cubes.

Assemble the salad: In a large bowl, add together the cooked potatoes, cooked carrots, hard boiled eggs, apples, pineapple, corn, shrimp and mayonnaise. Mix until combined. Salt and pepper to taste and add more mayonnaise if needed.

Place the salad in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for at least an hour before serving, or best if chilled overnight. Enjoy!

Summarized Recipe:

Mama Hung’s Apple Potato Salad

Date Published: Dec 25th, 2021 | Last Updated: Dec 25th, 2021
Author: Abby |Category: sides, salads, easy, appetizers, vegetarian
Serves: 6-8 (one large bowl) | Prep time: 1 hour | Cook time: 1 hour

Ingredients:

  • 1kg (~4-5 large) white potatoes, diced to 2cm pieces (peeled or unpeeled)
  • 500g (~3-4 large) carrots, diced to 2cm pieces
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 can (430g) pineapple, diced to 1cm pieces (you can use fresh pineapple as well)
  • 1 can (420g) of cooked sweet corn kernels, strained
  • 3 apples, cored and diced to 1cm pieces
  • 300g cooked, peeled, and deveined shrimp, chopped to 2cm pieces (you can use thawed cocktail shrimp)
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise (good quality)
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Directions:

*Note: if you have the space, you can boil the potatoes, carrots, and eggs all at the same time in separate pots to save time, or if you prefer to do less clean-up, you can do them one after another.

  1. Boil the Potatoes: In a large pot on HIGH heat, add in the diced potatoes and fill the pot with hot water until all the potatoes are submerged. Once the water boils, turn the heat down to MED and keep to a rolling simmer until the potatoes are soft enough to cut easily with a fork (~30mins). Strain and set aside to cool (or if you’re impatient, run it under cold water). Do not over boil the potatoes or else they will be too mushy.
  2. Boil the Carrots: While the potatoes are boiling, in a medium pot on HIGH heat, add in the diced carrots and fill the pot with hot water until all the carrots are submerged. Once the water boils, turn the heat down to MED and keep to a rolling simmer until the carrots are soft enough to cut easily with a fork (~20mins). Strain and set aside to cool (or if you’re impatient, run it under cold water).
  3. Hard boil the Eggs: Gently place the eggs in a medium sized pot and fill the pot with cold water until it is 2cm above the eggs. Turn the heat on HIGH. Once the water comes to a hard rapid boil, turn off the heat and cover the pot with a lid. Let it sit for 12 minutes then submerge the eggs in cold water. Once the eggs are cool enough to handle, peel the shells and dice the eggs into 1cm cubes.
  4. Assemble the salad: In a large bowl, add together the cooked potatoes, cooked carrots, hard boiled eggs, apples, pineapple, corn, shrimp and mayonnaise. Mix until combined. Salt and pepper to taste and add more mayonnaise if needed.
  5. Place the salad in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for at least an hour before serving, or best if chilled overnight. Enjoy!

Czech Potato Salad (bramborový salát)


Date Published: Dec 25th, 2021 | Last Updated: Dec 25th, 2021
Author: Abby |Category: sides, salads, easy, appetizers, vegetarian
Serves: 6-8 (one large bowl) | Prep time: 1 hour | Cook time: 1 hour

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Merry Christmas everyone! Wherever you are, I hope you’re filled with good food for the holidays. 😊

What is bramborový salát?

Bramborový salát is a traditional Czech potato salad. Toby’s mom first made it about a year ago (it actually may have been for Christmas, exactly a year ago) and it was SO GOOD. I usually find most potato salads pretty boring and they all taste the same, but this one was different. It’s made with potatoes, carrots, onions, eggs, and pickles. Yes, pickles! It sounded weird to me at first, but trust me it totally works. The salad dressing has the addition of mustard which gives it an extra kick that pairs fantastically with the rest of the salad. Bramborový salát is also often made with the addition of parsley root (kind of like a cross between carrot and celery) but I’ve decided to skip it in this recipe because A) its difficult to find in Australia, B) I’m not a huge fan of celery anyway, and C) there’s already so much chopping involved and I cbs doing more 😜. Besides, when I made this salad for the first time, Toby said it tasted just like his mom’s and his grandma’s (who are Czech, btw) and ate 4 servings in one sitting, so I’d say the parsley root wasn’t missed 😂. If you want to make it more traditional, feel free to add it in the same amount as the carrots in the recipe. If you can’t find parsley root, Toby’s mom said you can replace it with either a celeriac or parsnip.

This recipe is technically easy, but labour-intensive (like most potato salads). The recipe instructions seem long, but it’s pretty much just describing how to boil the vegetables. It also takes some time due to waiting around for the vegetables to boil, so I’d recommend doing this on a lazy afternoon while playing some Netflix in the background. All of the work is in the chopping of the potatoes, carrots, onion, pickles, and egg. The rest is just boiling and mixing together. This potato salad is best served chilled overnight to allow the flavours to marinate through (its definitely worth the wait). I love recipes that are better made the day before because it frees up plenty of time for me during the day of a party and all I have to do is scoop it into a bowl to serve. 😊

Anyways, without further ado, here’s the recipe! If you have any comments or suggestions, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section! You can follow me on instagram, youtube and facebook to see all the recipes I post!

Happy cooking!

Ingredients you’ll need:

  • 1kg (~4-5 large) white potatoes, diced to 2cm pieces (peeled or unpeeled)
  • 500g (~3-4 large) carrots, diced to 2cm pieces
  • 1 medium yellow onion, finely diced to 0.5cm pieces
  • 2.5 cups dill pickles, diced to 1cm pieces
  • 5 eggs
  • Dressing:
    • 3/4 cup mayonnaise (good quality)
    • 1/4 cup pickle juice
    • 2 Tbsps dijon mustard
    • 1 tsp salt
    • 1/2 tsp black pepper

Directions:

*Note: if you have the space, you can boil the potatoes, carrots, and eggs all at the same time in separate pots to save time, or if you prefer to do less clean-up, you can do them one after another.

Boil the Potatoes: In a large pot on HIGH heat, add in the diced potatoes and fill the pot with hot water until all the potatoes are submerged. Once the water boils, turn the heat down to MED and keep to a rolling simmer until the potatoes are soft enough to cut easily with a fork (~30mins). Strain and set aside to cool (or if you’re impatient, run it under cold water). Do not over boil the potatoes or else they will be too mushy.

Boil the Carrots: While the potatoes are boiling, in a medium pot on HIGH heat, add in the diced carrots and fill the pot with hot water until all the carrots are submerged. Once the water boils, turn the heat down to MED and keep to a rolling simmer until the carrots are soft enough to cut easily with a fork (~20mins). Strain and set aside to cool (or if you’re impatient, run it under cold water).

Hard boil the Eggs: Gently place the eggs in a medium sized pot and fill the pot with cold water until it is 2cm above the eggs. Turn the heat on HIGH. Once the water comes to a hard rapid boil, turn off the heat and cover the pot with a lid. Let it sit for 12 minutes then submerge the eggs in cold water. Once the eggs are cool enough to handle, peel the shells and dice the eggs into 1cm cubes.

Make the Dressing: Add all the ingredients of the dressing to a bowl and whisk together until combined: mayonnaise, pickle juice, dijon mustard, salt, and pepper.

Assemble the salad: In a large bowl, add together the cooked potatoes, cooked carrots, hard boiled eggs, diced raw onion, and diced pickles. Mix in HALF the amount of dressing and taste. Add in more dressing to taste.

The amount of dressing required will depend on personal taste and also how big or small you cut up your potatoes and carrots. I usually find I need less dressing if I cut up the veggies smaller and vice versa. We also like our potato salad mayo-y and will usually use up most of the dressing.

Place the salad in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for at least an hour before serving, or best if chilled overnight. Enjoy!

Summarized Recipe:

Czech Potato Salad (bramborový salát)


Date Published:
Dec 25th, 2021 | Last Updated: Dec 25th, 2021
Author: Abby |Category: sides, salads, easy, appetizers, vegetarian
Serves: 6-8 (one large bowl) | Prep time: 1 hour | Cook time: 1 hour

Ingredients:

  • 1kg white potatoes, diced to 2cm pieces (peeled or unpeeled)
  • 500g carrots (~3-4 large), diced to 2cm pieces
  • 1 medium yellow onion, finely diced to 0.5cm pieces
  • 2.5 cups dill pickles, diced to 1cm pieces
  • 5 eggs
  • Dressing:
    • 3/4 cup mayonnaise (good quality)
    • 1/4 cup pickle juice
    • 2 Tbsps dijon mustard
    • 1 tsp salt
    • 1/2 tsp black pepper

Directions:

*Note: if you have the space, you can boil the potatoes, carrots, and eggs all at the same time in separate pots to save time, or if you prefer to do less clean-up, you can do them one after another.

  1. Boil the Potatoes: In a large pot on HIGH heat, add in the diced potatoes and fill the pot with hot water until all the potatoes are submerged. Once the water boils, turn the heat down to MED and keep to a rolling simmer until the potatoes are soft enough to cut easily with a fork (~30mins). Strain and set aside to cool (or if you’re impatient, run it under cold water). Do not over boil the potatoes or else they will be too mushy.
  2. Boil the Carrots: While the potatoes are boiling, in a medium pot on HIGH heat, add in the diced carrots and fill the pot with hot water until all the carrots are submerged. Once the water boils, turn the heat down to MED and keep to a rolling simmer until the carrots are soft enough to cut easily with a fork (~20mins). Strain and set aside to cool (or if you’re impatient, run it under cold water).
  3. Hard boil the Eggs: Gently place the eggs in a medium sized pot and fill the pot with cold water until it is 2cm above the eggs. Turn the heat on HIGH. Once the water comes to a hard rapid boil, turn off the heat and cover the pot with a lid. Let it sit for 12 minutes then submerge the eggs in cold water. Once the eggs are cool enough to handle, peel the shells and dice the eggs into 1cm cubes.
  4. Make the Dressing: Add all the ingredients of the dressing to a bowl and whisk together until combined: mayonnaise, pickle juice, dijon mustard, salt, and pepper.
  5. Assemble the salad: In a large bowl, add together the cooked potatoes, cooked carrots, hard boiled eggs, diced raw onion, and diced pickles. Mix in HALF the amount of dressing and taste. Add in more dressing to taste.
    • The amount of dressing required will depend on personal taste and also how big or small you cut up your potatoes and carrots. I usually find I need less dressing if I cut up the veggies smaller and vice versa. We also like our potato salad mayo-y and will usually use up most of the dressing.
  6. Place the salad in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for at least an hour before serving, or best if chilled overnight. Enjoy!

Avocado Fries


Date Published: Oct 10th, 2021 | Last Updated: Oct 10th, 2021
Author: Abby |Category: easy, healthy, snacks, appetizers, low-cal, sides, vegetarian
Serves: 4-6 | Prep time: 30 mins | Cook time: 35 mins

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I could eat these all day everyday! Avocado fries are a great way to snack healthy. They’re easy to make, but I’ll admit a little time-consuming since you have to bread each one separately, but they’re SO worth it. You can change up the spices for different flavours but I prefer to keep them simple and let the dipping sauce create the extra flavour. They’re crunchy on the outside and soft & creamy on the inside. Serve it as an appetizer, a snack, or a side to a burger.

To keep with the healthy profile, these fries are baked in the oven instead of deep-frying. The secret to keeping them crispy and crunchy is to bake them on a wire rack so both sides get evenly cooked without any liquid pooling and softening the breading. You can also cook them in an air-fryer but I find it easier to make large batches in the oven. Pair it with any dipping sauce you like! Our favourite is sriracha mayo or toum mixed with Greek yogurt. Mmmmmm. To change it up, you can make zucchini fries using this exact same recipe too – in fact, the steps are identical so I’ve just duplicated the blog post and changed up the ingredients.

Anyways, without further ado, here’s the recipe! If you have any comments or suggestions, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section! You can follow me on instagram, youtube and facebook to see all the recipes I post!

Happy cooking!

Ingredients you’ll need:

  • 5 large hass avocados
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1.5 cups panko
  • 3/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • 1.5 tsps Italian seasoning
  • 1.5 tsps paprika

Directions:

Preheat oven to 200˚C (425˚F). Prepare a greased cooling rack over a baking sheet (see photo).

Slice each avocado in half. Remove the seed and use a spoon to scoop out the avocado from the skin. Then slice the avocado halves into strips.

I made zucchini fries at the same time and forgot to take a photo with avocado instead so pretend the zucchinis are avocados 😅

Prepare 3 bowls and put the following in each bowl: 1) Flour, 2) Beaten eggs, 3) Panko, parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning, and paprika.

Bread the avocado strips one at a time by first covering it in flour, then dredging it into the beaten eggs, then finally tossing it in the panko/parmesan mixture and pressing down so the coating sticks well to the avocado strip. Place the breaded avocado strip onto the greased cooling rack prepared earlier. Repeat for the rest of the avocado.

Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown and crispy. Let them cool slightly on the rack before transferring it to a serving plate. Enjoy!

You can alternatively put them in the air fryer at 200˚C for 8-10 minutes.

Summarized Recipe:

Avocado Fries

Date Published: Oct 10th, 2021 | Last Updated: Oct 10th, 2021
Author: Abby |Category: easy, healthy, snacks, appetizers, low-cal, sides, vegetarian
Serves: 4-6 | Prep time: 30 mins | Cook time: 35 mins

Ingredients:

  • 5 large hass avocados
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1.5 cups panko
  • 3/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • 1.5 tsps Italian seasoning
  • 1.5 tsps paprika

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 200˚C (425˚F). Prepare a greased cooling rack over a baking sheet (see photo).
  2. Slice each avocado in half. Remove the seed and use a spoon to scoop out the avocado from the skin. Then slice the avocado halves into strips.Prepare 3 bowls and put the following in each bowl:
    1. Flour
    2. Beaten eggs
    3. Panko, parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning, and paprika
  3. Bread the avocado strips one at a time by first covering it in flour, then dredging it into the beaten eggs, then finally tossing it in the panko/parmesan mixture and pressing down so the coating sticks well to the avocado strip. Place the breaded avocado strip onto the greased cooling rack prepared earlier. Repeat for the rest of the avocado.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown and crispy. Let them cool slightly on the rack before transferring it to a serving plate. Enjoy!
    • You can alternatively put them in the air fryer at 200˚C for 8-10 minutes.

Zucchini Fries


Date Published: Oct 10th, 2021 | Last Updated: Oct 10th, 2021
Author: Abby |Category: easy, healthy, snacks, appetizers, low-cal, sides, vegetarian
Serves: 4-6 | Prep time: 30 mins | Cook time: 35 mins

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I could eat these all day everyday! Zucchini fries are a great way to snack healthy. They’re easy to make, but I’ll admit a little time-consuming since you have to bread each one separately, but they’re SO worth it. You can change up the spices for different flavours but I prefer to keep them simple and let the dipping sauce create the extra flavour. They’re crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. Serve it as an appetizer, a snack, or a side to a burger.

To keep with the healthy profile, these fries are baked in the oven instead of deep-frying. The secret to keeping them crispy and crunchy is to bake them on a wire rack so both sides get evenly cooked without any liquid pooling and softening the breading. You can also cook them in an air-fryer but I find it easier to make large batches in the oven. Pair it with any dipping sauce you like! Our favourite is sriracha mayo or toum mixed with Greek yogurt. Mmmmmm. To change it up, you can make avocado fries using this exact same recipe too!

Anyways, without further ado, here’s the recipe! If you have any comments or suggestions, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section! You can follow me on instagram, youtube and facebook to see all the recipes I post!

Happy cooking!

Ingredients you’ll need:

  • 4 medium sized zucchinis
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1.5 cups panko
  • 3/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • 1.5 tsps Italian seasoning
  • 1.5 tsps paprika

Directions:

Preheat oven to 200˚C (425˚F). Prepare a greased cooling rack over a baking sheet (see photo).

Cut the top end of the zucchinis off and discard. Then slice each zucchini in half horizontally and then slice each half into about 6 sticks (see photo).

Prepare 3 bowls and put the following in each bowl: 1) Flour, 2) Beaten eggs, 3) Panko, parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning, and paprika.

Bread the zucchini strips one at a time by first covering it in flour, then dredging it into the beaten eggs, then finally tossing it in the panko/parmesan mixture and pressing down so the coating sticks well to the zucchini strips. Place the breaded zucchini strip onto the greased cooling rack prepared earlier. Repeat for the rest of the zucchini strips.

Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown and crispy. Let them cool slightly on the rack before transferring it to a serving plate. Enjoy!

You can alternatively put them in the air fryer at 200˚C for 8-10 minutes.

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Zucchini Fries

Date Published: Oct 10th, 2021 | Last Updated: Oct 10th, 2021
Author: Abby |Category: easy, healthy, snacks, appetizers, low-cal, sides, vegetarian
Serves: 4-6 | Prep time: 30 mins | Cook time: 35 mins

Ingredients:

  • 4 medium sized zucchinis
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1.5 cups panko
  • 3/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • 1.5 tsps Italian seasoning
  • 1.5 tsps paprika

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 200˚C (425˚F). Prepare a greased cooling rack over a baking sheet (see photo).
  2. Cut the top end of the zucchinis off and discard. Then slice each zucchini in half horizontally and then slice each half into about 6 sticks (see photo).
  3. Prepare 3 bowls and put the following in each bowl:
    1. Flour
    2. Beaten eggs
    3. Panko, parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning, and paprika
  4. Bread the zucchini strips one at a time by first covering it in flour, then dredging it into the beaten eggs, then finally tossing it in the panko/parmesan mixture and pressing down so the coating sticks well to the zucchini strips. Place the breaded zucchini strip onto the greased cooling rack prepared earlier. Repeat for the rest of the zucchini strips.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown and crispy. Let them cool slightly on the rack before transferring it to a serving plate. Enjoy!
    • You can alternatively put them in the air fryer at 200˚C for 8-10 minutes.

Hearty Mexican Rice


Date Published: Sept 26th, 2021 | Last Updated: Oct 18th, 2021
Author: Abby |Category: mains, sides, easy
Serves: 4-6 | Prep time: 15 mins | Cook time: 45 mins

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Update Oct 2021: This recipe has been updated with slightly different ingredients to make it easier to make and even more flavourful!

Mexican rice is a flavourful rice typically cooked with tomatoes and spices and often served as a side dish. It kind of reminds me of a paella. Traditionally, white rice is used but I’ve decided to use a mix of brown and black rice for the extra health benefits. I’ve also further deviated from the traditional form and added ground beef and roasted red peppers to make it more hearty and filling so it can be served as a main dish as well. This recipe is easy and cooks up quickly. You can serve this on its own or as a side, topped with some sour cream and extra grated cheese. It’s also fantastic as a filling in a stuffed red pepper.

Anyways, without further ado, here’s the recipe! If you have any comments or suggestions, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section! You can follow me on instagram, youtube and facebook to see all the recipes I post!

Happy cooking!

Ingredients you’ll need:

  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 4 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 500g lean ground beef
  • 200g mushrooms, diced
  • 4 Tbsps taco seasoning, or:
    • 3/4 tsp cayenne pepper
    • 1.5 Tbsps dried oregano
    • 3 tsps ground cumin
    • 3 tsps ground coriander seed
    • 2 tsps onion powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 can (410g) crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup brown rice
  • 1/2 cup black rice (or substitute with more brown rice)
  • 1 can corn kernels, drained
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 3 roasted red peppers, diced (you can buy them in jars or roast them yourself)
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated (optional)

Directions:

In a large skillet over MED heat, sauté the onion and garlic in olive oil for a few minutes until the onion starts to turn translucent.

Add in the ground beef and mushrooms and cook until the beef is browned.

Next add in the spices: taco seasoning (or cumin, coriander, onion powder), and salt. Sauté for a minute until the spices are all combined, then add in the tomato paste and stir for another minute.

Then add in the rice, corn, chicken stock, and chicken thigh (if using). Stir and cover with a lid. Let it simmer for 30-40mins until the rice is cooked. Do not lift the lid while the rice is cooking, otherwise you’ll let the steam escape and will likely need to add in more water for the rice to finish cooking.

Once the rice is cooked, turn the heat off and stir in the parmesan cheese and roasted red peppers. Enjoy!

Summarized Recipe:

Hearty Mexican Rice

Date Published: Sept 26th, 2021 | Last Updated: Oct 18th, 2021
Author: Abby |Category: mains, sides, easy
Serves: 4-6 | Prep time: 15 mins | Cook time: 45 mins

Ingredients:

  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 4 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 500g lean ground beef
  • 200g mushrooms, diced
  • 4 Tbsps taco seasoning, or:
    • 3/4 tsp cayenne pepper
    • 1.5 Tbsps dried oregano
    • 3 tsps ground cumin
    • 3 tsps ground coriander seed
    • 2 tsps onion powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 can (410g) crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup brown rice
  • 1/2 cup black rice (or substitute with more brown rice)
  • 1 can corn kernels, drained
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 3 roasted red peppers, diced (you can buy them in jars or roast them yourself)
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated (optional)

Directions:

  1. In a large skillet over MED heat, sauté the onion and garlic in olive oil for a few minutes until the onion starts to turn translucent.
  2. Add in the ground beef and mushrooms and cook until the beef is browned.
  3. Next add in the spices: taco seasoning (or cayenne pepper, cumin, coriander, onion powder), and salt. Sauté for a minute until the spices are all combined, then add in the crushed tomato and stir for another minute.
  4. Then add in the rice, corn, chicken stock, and chicken thigh (if using). Stir and cover with a lid. Let it simmer for 30-40mins until the rice is cooked. Do not lift the lid while the rice is cooking, otherwise you’ll let the steam escape and will likely need to add in more water for the rice to finish cooking. Turn the heat off and stir in the parmesan cheese and roasted red peppers. Enjoy!

Roasted Red Pepper Zucchini Fritters


Date Published: Sept 26th, 2021 | Last Updated: Sept 26th, 2021
Author: Abby |Category: mains, sides, snacks, easy, healthy, < 15mins, appetizers, low cal, vegetarian
Serves: 8 large fritters | Prep time: 15 mins | Cook time: 15 mins

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This past weekend Toby and I discovered a discount produce market only 10 mins near our new place in Western Australia. The market is held every Saturday at a large produce distribution centre and at the end of every week they sell BOXES of leftover produce that didn’t get sold to the shops for CHEAP. We got an entire box of zucchinis (that’s ~40 zucchinis!) for only $5. We also got a box of 45 red bell peppers (known as capsicums in Oz) for only $10. The deals were insaneeeeee. Toby and I love a good market and even better yet we LOVE a good deal. So now we have a shit ton of zucchini and capsicums that we have to use up – we just can’t pass a good deal. For the past week I’ve been researching and experimenting with different zucchini and capsicum recipes. I decided to roast most of the capsicums so they keep longer and its just so versatile to use in sauces, spreads, topping in salads, marinades…etc. With the zucchinis I’ve made a few soups that have turned out pretty well and of course this fritters recipe has definitely been a winner. I’m sharing this recipe as the first of many capsicum/zucchini recipes that is to come. We’ve made these twice now and they’ve turned out great each time. They’re so easy to make, packed full of vegetables, healthy, and quick to make.

Only $15 for the lot!!

This recipe makes 8 large patties. You can eat these on their own, in a burger, or served with a dipping sauce. Our favourite is to have it with a side of garlic aioli. You can even form them smaller and serve it as an appetizer or a snack. They store pretty well in the freezer as long as you cook them first. To keep it healthy, we’ve air-fried them (which was actually a bit of a pain to do them in batches because we only have a small air-frier 😅), but you can also shallow-fry them for optimal crunch, or bake them.

Anyways, without further ado, here’s the recipe! If you have any comments or suggestions, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section! You can follow me on instagram, youtube and facebook to see all the recipes I post!

Happy cooking!

Ingredients you’ll need:

  • 5 cups (~3 medium) zucchini, grated* (see note)
  • 3 roasted red peppers, diced small (you can buy them in jars to roast them yourself)
  • 1 medium red onion, diced
  • 2 cups panko
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp white pepper
  • 4 large eggs, beaten

*Grate the zucchini with a food processor if you have one so the zucchini retains its moisture. If you grate it by hand, the zucchini becomes watery and your batter will be more wet. If you don’t have a food processor and only have a box grater, then add a couple tablespoons of flour to your batter until you get a consistency thick enough to form into patties.

Directions:

  1. Combine everything except for the eggs in a large bowl and mix well: zucchini, roasted red peppers, red onion, panko, parmesan, salt, and white pepper.

2. Once everything is combined, add in the beaten eggs and form the batter into 8 evenly-sized patties. (If your batter is a little wet, add in a few tablespoons of flour to thicken it up.)

3. Air-fry at 180˚C for 10-15mins until crispy on the outside. Alternatively you can fry them with some oil in a shallow pan until crispy or bake them at 200˚C for 15-20 minutes until golden brown.

Serve on its own or with a dipping sauce. Enjoy!

Summarized Recipe:

Roasted Red Pepper Zucchini Fritters

Date Published: Sept 26th, 2021 | Last Updated: Sept 26th, 2021
Author: Abby |Category: mains, sides, snacks, easy, healthy, < 15mins, appetizers, low cal, vegetarian
Serves: 8 large fritters | Prep time: 15 mins | Cook time: 15 mins

Ingredients:

  • 5 cups (~3 medium) zucchini, grated* (see note)
  • 3 roasted red peppers, diced small (you can buy them in jars to roast them yourself)
  • 1 medium red onion, diced
  • 2 cups panko
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp white pepper
  • 4 large eggs, beaten

Directions:

  1. (Preheat the oven to 200˚C if you’re going to be baking them.)
  2. Combine everything except for the eggs in a large bowl and mix well: zucchini, roasted red peppers, red onion, panko, parmesan, salt, and white pepper.
  3. Once everything is combined, add in the beaten eggs and form the batter into 8 evenly-sized patties. (If your batter is a little wet, add in a few tablespoons of flour to thicken it up.)
  4. 3. Air-fry at 180˚C for 10-15mins until crispy on the outside. Alternatively you can fry them with some oil in a shallow pan until crispy or bake them at 200˚C for 15-20 minutes until golden brown. Serve on its own or with a dipping sauce. Enjoy!

Corn Egg Drop Soup (玉米蛋花湯)


Date Published: June 28th, 2021 | Last Updated: June 28th, 2021
Author: Abby |Category: asian, soup, healthy, vegetarian, easy, <15mins, appetizers, low calorie
Serves: 6 | Prep time: 5 mins | Cook time: 15 mins

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Egg drop soup is a Chinese dish commonly served in restaurants as an appetizer or a side with your meal. The Chinese name translates to “egg flower soup” because the way the egg disseminates in the soup makes beautiful swirls that resemble a floral pattern. The english name relates to the fact that the egg is “dropped” into the soup at the end to make the swirls – a little less poetic, eh?

The most basic version of the soup is just the swirly egg and broth. You’ll probably see this version most often in Asia because it’s a quick and cheap addition to a meal. Another common version (and my favourite) has added corn for extra crunch and sweetness. Some places will bulk it up with chopped ham, tofu or even chicken to make it a full meal.

This soup is so ridiculously quick and easy – all you need are a few basic ingredients and 15 minutes to whip this up. It’s also super cheap and satisfying if you’re cooking on a budget. The egg-laced chicken broth based soup with the fresh sweet crunch of the corn makes this one of my favourite classic Asian soups!

Anyways, without further ado, here’s the recipe! If you have any comments or suggestions, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section! You can follow me on instagram, youtube and facebook to see all the recipes I post!

Happy cooking!

Ingredients you’ll need:

  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1/8 tsp ground white pepper (or more to your liking)
  • 1/4 tsp sugar
  • 1 can (420g) of corn kernels, drained (or kernels cut off of 2 husks of corn)
  • 4 Tbsps cornstarch
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 spring onions, chopped for garnish

Add-ins to consider: ham, chicken, tofu

Directions:

In a pot on MED heat, bring the chicken broth to a simmer then add in sesame oil, white pepper, sugar and corn. Let it come to a simmer again, then taste the soup and adjust seasonings as needed, salt & pepper to taste.

Take out a few ladles of soup into a bowl and add in the cornstarch. Mix it around until smooth then drizzle it into the soup while stirring continuously (if you don’t stir, the corn starch will clump together). Feel free to add more cornstarch if you prefer a thicker consistency (remember to mix it with soup first in a small bowl, never add cornstarch directly into the soup or else it will clump).

Once the taste and consistency of the soup is to your liking, turn off the heat.

Scramble the eggs in a separate bowl, then slowly add it to the soup while stirring. The faster you stir, the more disseminated the eggs will be. The slower you stir the soup, the bigger egg pieces you’ll get.

Serve garnished with spring onions on top. Enjoy!

Summarized Recipe:

Corn Egg Drop Soup (玉米蛋花湯)

Date Published: June 28th, 2021 | Last Updated: June 28th, 2021
Author: Abby |Category: asian, soup, healthy, vegetarian, easy, <15mins, appetizers, low calorie
Serves: 6 | Prep time: 5 mins | Cook time: 15 mins

Ingredients:

  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1/8 tsp ground white pepper (or more to your liking)
  • 1/4 tsp sugar
  • 1 can (420g) of corn kernels, drained (or kernels cut off of 2 husks of corn)
  • 4 Tbsps cornstarch
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 spring onions, chopped for garnish

Directions:

  1. In a pot on MED heat, bring the chicken broth to a simmer then add in sesame oil, white pepper, sugar and corn. Let it come to a simmer again, then taste the soup and adjust seasonings as needed, salt & pepper to taste.
  2. Take out a few ladles of soup into a bowl and add in the cornstarch. Mix it around until smooth then drizzle it into the soup while stirring continuously (if you don’t stir, the corn starch will clump together). Feel free to add more cornstarch if you prefer a thicker consistency (remember to mix it with soup first in a small bowl, never add cornstarch directly into the soup or else it will clump).
  3. Once the taste and consistency of the soup is to your liking, turn off the heat. Scramble the eggs in a separate bowl, then slowly add it to the soup while stirring. The faster you stir, the more disseminated the eggs will be. The slower you stir the soup, the bigger egg pieces you’ll get.
  4. Serve garnished with spring onions on top. Enjoy!

Curried Lemon-y Roasted Cauliflower


Date Published: June 27th, 2021 | Last Updated: June 27th, 2021
Author: Abby |Category: sides, easy, <30mins, healthy, low cal, vegetarian
Serves: 4 (as a side) | Prep time: 15 mins | Cook time: 15 mins

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Lemon and curry sounded like a weird combination to me at first, but when I made this recipe for the first time from SimplyRecipes, I instantly fell in love with it and quickly jotted down all my notes to share here.

This is an easy side dish that is packed full of flavour. The robust curry spices and the tangy lemon are the main flavours of this dish. You can serve this as a side dish or add some greens to make it a warm salad. This recipe is so simple and quick to make, perfect for an easy late night dinner or an impressive side dish for guests! The recipe is written for the oven, but I make this often in the air fryer for a quicker dinner and easier clean up.

Anyways, without further ado, here’s the recipe! If you have any comments or suggestions, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section! You can follow me on instagram, youtube and facebook to see all the recipes I post!

Happy cooking!

Ingredients you’ll need:

  • Seasoning mix:
    • 4 cloves garlic, minced
    • 2 Tbsps lemon juice
    • 1/3 cup (80ml) extra virgin olive oil
    • 1.5 tsp yellow curry powder
    • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
    • 1/2 tsp sea salt (cooking salt)
    • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 large cauliflower, cut in into florets
  • 1 medium red onion, sliced

Directions:

Preheat oven to 220˚C (425˚F).

Mix all the seasoning ingredients in a bowl and whisk together until combined: garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, curry powder, cinnamon, salt, and pepper.

In a large bowl, combine the cauliflower and sliced red onions. Pour the seasoning mixture over and mix until all the cauliflower is coated. Pour the mixture onto a baking tray and roast until edges are golden brown and the cauliflower is tender. Check the cauliflower halfway through and flip it around for even cooking. Serve!

(Air fryer cooking instructions: pour cauliflower mixture into the air fryer and roast at 180˚C for 15 minutes, mixing halfway through to ensure even cooking.)

Tip: I like to cook my cauliflower a little longer to get a little char on the edges for extra depth of flavour.

Summarized Recipe:

Curried Lemon-y Roasted Cauliflower

Date Published: June 27th, 2021 | Last Updated: June 27th, 2021
Author: Abby |Category: sides, easy, <30mins, healthy, low cal, vegetarian
Serves: 4 (as a side) | Prep time: 15 mins | Cook time: 15 mins

Ingredients:

  • Seasoning mix:
    • 4 cloves garlic, minced
    • 2 Tbsps lemon juice
    • 1/3 cup (80ml) extra virgin olive oil
    • 1.5 tsp yellow curry powder
    • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
    • 1/2 tsp sea salt (cooking salt)
    • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 large cauliflower, cut in into florets
  • 1 medium red onion, sliced

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 220˚C (425˚F).
  2. Mix all the seasoning ingredients in a bowl and whisk together until combined: garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, curry powder, cinnamon, salt, and pepper.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the cauliflower and sliced red onions. Pour the seasoning mixture over and mix until all the cauliflower is coated. Pour the mixture onto a baking tray and roast until edges are golden brown and the cauliflower is tender. Check the cauliflower halfway through and flip it around for even cooking. Serve!

(Air fryer cooking instructions: pour cauliflower mixture into the air fryer and roast at 180˚C for 15 minutes, mixing halfway through to ensure even cooking.)

Tip: I like to cook my cauliflower a little longer to get a little char on the edges for extra depth of flavour.

Easy Classic Falafel


Date Published: June 27th, 2021 | Last Updated: June 27th, 2021
Author: Abby |Category: mains, sides, easy, vegetarian, healthy
Serves: 10 falafels | Prep time: 15 mins | Cook time: 20 mins

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This quick and easy falafel recipe is fantastic and so versatile. You can serve it as an appetizer, a part of a salad, inside a wrap with veg, or even on its own as a quick snack. My favourite way is to put it in a pita pocket with some iceberg lettuce, diced tomatoes, cucumber, parsley, and hummus. It pairs perfectly with any yogurt-based sauce such as a tzatziki or a creamy mint yogurt sauce, or better yet a garlicky hummus.

Falafel is a popular middle eastern dish made of chickpeas and spices then deep fried – think of it as a chickpea fritter. Falafel is commonly deep fried in kebab/shawarma shops for an extra crunch, but you can make it healthier by either pan-frying it, air frying it, or even baking it in the oven. This recipe is pretty easy. The most laborious part is mashing the chickpeas but microwaving them first to soften it or pulsing it in a food processor first makes it much quicker. The rest is just mixing and forming them into patties. Toby and I ate them all in one sitting with a small side salad for lunch the other day, so I’d recommend doubling the recipe if you’re serving a few people or stash them in the freezer for a quick weekday meal or snack.

Anyways, without further ado, here’s the recipe! If you have any comments or suggestions, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section! You can follow me on instagram, youtube and facebook to see all the recipes I post!

Happy cooking!

Ingredients you’ll need:

  • 1 can (400g) chickpeas, drained
  • 1 onion, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsps ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander seed
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup dry bread crumbs (panko or regular)

Directions:

In a large bowl, mash the chickpeas until they’re all crushed and pastey. I like to use the back of a ladle. You can also microwave them first to soften it to make it easier to mash. Do not use a blender – the consistency will be too thin and you’ll end up with mushy falafels. (You can also put it in the food processor and pulse it a few times then mash it to quicken the process.)

In a food processor, add in the onion, parsley, and garlic. Pulse until chopped into small pieces. Add it to the mashed chickpeas.

Add the rest of the ingredients except the bread crumbs to the chickpea mixture: egg, cumin, coriander, salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper, lemon juice, baking powder, and olive oil. Mix until everything is combined.

Add the breadcrumbs into the mixture half cup at a time until you get a thick paste, thick enough to form patties. If the mixture is too wet, add more breadcrumbs. If you add too much breadcrumbs the mixture will be too dry and crumble while cooking. If this happens to you, add in another egg.

Form the mixture into large golf ball sizes then slightly flatten them. You want about a 2cm thick patty. (Tip: If you want more texture and crunch, roll them in more breadcrumbs before cooking.).

Warm a skillet on MED-HIGH heat and pan fry the falafel in a drizzle of oil until golden brown on both sides (~3-4 minutes per side). You can also bake them at 180˚C (350˚F) for 15-20 minutes. Enjoy! Serve on its own, in a wrap, or tzatziki.

Summarized Recipe:

Easy Classic Falafel

Date Published: June 27th, 2021 | Last Updated: June 27th, 2021
Author: Abby |Category: mains, sides, easy, vegetarian, healthy
Serves: 10 falafels | Prep time: 15 mins | Cook time: 20 mins

Ingredients:

  • 1 can (400g) chickpeas, drained
  • 1 onion, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsps ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander seed
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup dry bread crumbs (panko or regular)

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, mash the chickpeas until they’re all crushed and pastey. I like to use the back of a ladle. You can also microwave them first to soften it to make it easier to mash. Do not use a blender – the consistency will be too thin and you’ll end up with mushy falafels. (You can also put it in the food processor and pulse it a few times then mash it to quicken to process.)
  2. In a food processor, add in the onion, parsley, and garlic. Pulse until chopped into small pieces. Add it to the mashed chickpeas.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients except the bread crumbs to the chickpea mixture: egg, cumin, coriander, salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper, lemon juice, baking powder, and olive oil. Mix until everything is combined.
  4. Add the breadcrumbs into the mixture half cup at a time until you get a thick paste, thick enough to form patties. If the mixture is too wet, add more breadcrumbs. If you add too much breadcrumbs, the mixture will be too dry and crumble when you cook it. If this happen to you, add in another egg.
  5. Form the mixture into large golf ball sizes then slightly flatten them. You want about a 2cm thick patty. (Tip: If you want more texture and crunch, roll them in more breadcrumbs before cooking.)
  6. Warm a skillet on MED-HIGH heat and pan fry the falafel in a drizzle of oil until golden brown on both sides (~3-4 minutes per side). You can also bake them at 180˚C (350˚F) for 15-20 minutes. Enjoy! Serve on its own, in a wrap, or tzatziki.

Feel free to make these ahead of time and freeze them!