11 July 2011

Celebrating with Falafel Sliders and Tzatziki for My Legume Love Affair

Falafel Sliders with Tzatziki
I have been blogging now for over 4 years. Along the way I have been fortunate to meet many inspiring people who are passionate about food both in person and through our writing. One such person who has been around as long as I have, if not longer, is Susan of The Well Seasoned Cook. I have participated in her well appointed blogging challenge My Legume Love Affair and been an admirer many times over the past few years. Her event is now in its 4th year, and so to celebrate she has asked numerous friends to submit a recipe and a post as guest writers on her blog. We are celebrating 4 years of outstanding community participation and a legion of excellent recipes. Susan says, "With its 37th helping, My Legume Love Affair remains a powerful reminder that there are legions of world cooks who value the diversity, health benefits, flavors, and culinary versatility of legumes.You have shared with me thousands of recipes, all golden, all delicious, and all served from the heart. "



As writers and budding cooks we get our inspiration from many different sources. I find myself turning more and more to my on-line sources as time marches on. For those of you who have followed these pages over the years you will know that one of my favourite cuisines is Middle Eastern where falafels made with chickpeas soaked overnight and infused with spices are a personal favourite.

Falafel sliders with a bright, creamy cucumber-yogurt sauce takes the idea to a new level of lusciousness. There is just something about these flavour-packed little bundles that perfectly captures the happy confluence of ingredients in a few small bites. Sliders, which are nothing more than mini burgers, have been a very popular item for a while now and are definitely enjoyable both to prepare and to eat!! Never be afraid to let your imagination have free reign and make cooking a fun experience. Their lively presentation allows you to make anything from crab to lamb into a mini version of their giant cousins. Good things really do come in small packages!

The secret to any successful meal is simplicity, fresh ingredients whenever possible, love, and intuition. Every day we should be excited about what we are eating even if it just means making use of a wonderful find at our local farmers market. A few years ago I attended a cooking school on a small island in the Agean Sea off the coast of Greece. This was a life-changing vacation that altered my perception of food and how it should be enjoyed on a daily basis. Travel helps us to better understand and appreciate other people and their cultures. Nothing is more intimate, or more effective at breaking down cultural barriers, than cooking and sharing meals together. When you have 10 like-minded people from all parts of the world breaking bread at the same table magic happens. In the classic movie Zorbas the Greek the main character sums it up the best, "On the coast I felt for the first time what a pleasant thing it could be to have a meal. We started eating and drinking, the conversation became animated. I at last realized that eating was a spiritual function and the meat, bread, and wine were the raw materials from which the soul is made."This is how my 4 year journey into blogging began... as a place to share my food discoveries with anyone willing to read as well as with my daughter who was headed off to university. It continues to be a gathering place for family and friends to pull up a chair at the same virtual table and share what we have.

Today I am sharing these rich, satisfying, and incredibly flavourful party appetizers with Susan and all of you. Keep in mind that the falafels also freeze well, so feel free to make a big batch! The tzatziki recipe is based on a method from my good friend Peter at Kalofagas. He recommends adding his secret ingredient...a dash of ouzo to boost the flavour.

To find my recipe for Falafel Sliders with Tzatziki Sauce please visit Susan at The Well Seasoned Cook for her post and follow along on her month long journey and celebration.


You are reading this post on More Than Burnt Toast at http://morethanburnttoast.blogspot.com. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to the author and or owner of More Than Burnt Toast. All rights reserved by Valerie Harrison. Best Blogger Tips

28 comments:

  1. Four years! Wow! And such good stuff that I've been reading now for nearly a year! These sliders look delicious. The idea of athe legume love affair is inspired. What a collection -- should be a cookbook. See to it!

    ReplyDelete
  2. I think it would make a great cookbook too Rosemary. We will have to get Susan on that!

    ReplyDelete
  3. Mmmhhh, that looks so good! MLLA is awesome. A great idea.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

    ReplyDelete
  4. These look fantastic! What a great idea to have little ones!

    ReplyDelete
  5. What a great idea to make Falafel sliders. That looks really yummy.

    ReplyDelete
  6. They look delicious! I'm off to find the recipe.

    ReplyDelete
  7. I really love faƱlafel dear Valli amazing! xxgloria

    ReplyDelete
  8. i love falafel - thanks for the idea to have them with tzatziki!!

    ReplyDelete
  9. It looks AMAZING, Val :D

    ReplyDelete
  10. What a great idea to have them as sliders! They look so appetizing!

    ReplyDelete
  11. Creative little "sliders" I love it that all the bits come together in one little bite. GREG

    ReplyDelete
  12. The blogging community is amazing.

    ReplyDelete
  13. Now THIS is the kind of slider I want in life! Off to check you out!

    ReplyDelete
  14. Middle Eastern food is my favorite. These little sliders are the perfect size! Yum!

    ReplyDelete
  15. I am so delighted by your adorable sliders, Val! :-) I've been discussing food plans with my brother for when I get to Amsterdam, and these babies are definitely going on the menu. Yum! :-)

    ReplyDelete
  16. As someone that doesn't eat alot of meat, i find these to be fantastic!

    ReplyDelete
  17. This looks delicious. I am also a legume lover!!

    ReplyDelete
  18. I have never heard of sliders before, this is why I love blogging so much, there is always so much to learn.

    ReplyDelete
  19. Congratulations on blogging over 4 years Val. In all my xxx number of years, would you believe I've never tasted Falafel. I think your little bites would be an excellent start.
    Sam

    ReplyDelete
  20. This has always been one of my favorite eats. I remember when I first had them...across the street from the School of Visual Arts, NY in 1983.

    ReplyDelete
  21. The falafel sliders are a super idea, Val, but I have to admit, I'm totally a tzatziki fan....I make it all the time. I've been on a kick with it since I made Ina's recipe a while back. I liked the falafel when I made it too, but don't make that as often. Sure would be fun to make those sliders though.

    ReplyDelete
  22. I think my post might be coming up for her, too. This was a delightful post. Nutritious, delicious - gorgeous. Would you believe I have never (never-ever) eaten a falafal. I was told to not eat one unless it was made by the "right" person or they could be off-putting, so, I have never had one yet.
    :0
    Valerie

    ReplyDelete
  23. Four years!! Well done you. I have to agree - blogging has just led me to the most amazing people, experiences and friendships - there is nothing like it. LOVE these sliders too - perfect for parties!

    ReplyDelete
  24. Falafel sliders what a great idea!! 4 years wow that's wonderful!

    ReplyDelete
  25. These sliders look great Val! With 4 years of legume love, no on can any longer say that beans are boring!

    ReplyDelete
  26. what a nifty idea for a batch of sliders! this is inspired, val! :)

    ReplyDelete
  27. I often order falafel when I go to my favorite restaurant. (They make a mean tzatziki and tahini dip too.) I've never made falafel myself, but your recipe makes me want to try it! :)

    ReplyDelete

Welcome to my home. Thank you so much for choosing to stay a while and for sharing our lives through food. I appreciate all your comments, suggestions, daily encouragement and support.

Val

This blog uses comment moderation therefore SPAMMERS, SELF-PROMOTERS and ADVERTISERS will be deleted.