Day 3 and what’s this lurking…..?

 Hello everyone,

Thanks again to everyone who’s reading this, who left a comment or became a follower. Today, because I’m ever so school marmish really, is a lesson in what to do with the dusty old beans that I know all of you have lurking in the back of a cupboard somewhere!! Be honest, you bought them, like I did, with very good intentions and they fall out every time you want the flour, staring at and you’ll probably never use them. Today, I wondered what I could do with them.

As I haven’t been shopping, we have to have something for our packed lunches. I started off yesterday, by soaking half a bag of dried chick peas. I left them over night. Today, I changed the water and brought them to the boil and then simmered them for an hour. (Timer in my pocket whilst I filled spud sacks with homemade compost in between the showers)

 The first thing I made was hummus. It’s so easy. Weigh 16 ounces of cooked chick peas, 2 garlic cloves, 2 table spoons of oil, 2 tablespoons of tahini and half a teaspoon of salt with 60ml/quarter of a cup of water. Stick in food processor and blitz until a smooth paste.

 Store in portion size, in the freezer. I use it as a very thick spread inside pitta bread, none as yet but I’ll keep my eyes open for some end of day cheapies. Spread the hummus very thickly, and then stuff salad in with it. Chick peas are 20% protein, so no meat needed the day you eat this!

 Next, I made falafels! These are also so easy! Same again really, 16 ounces of chick peas, one large chopped onion, one egg, 2 garlic cloves, 1 teaspoon of dried parsley, 1 teaspoon of cumin, 1 teaspoon of corriander, half a teaspoon of salt and when you bind it, about one tablespoon of any flour you have. Blitz in the processor and turn into a bowl.

 Make into walnut size balls. Whilst you are doing this, get a wok or shallow pan on the cooker, with a couple of inches of oil and get hot.

 Drop them gently into the very hot oil and cook for a few seconds on both sides.

 When cooked, they are fluffy, spicy, garlicky golden balls of loveliness!!! You can eat them on their own, with salad, with cous cous, dipped with hummus, but we like them with sweet chilli sauce and some salad. You can also freezer these. When you want to re-heat them, just defrost and warm through in the oven as they’ve absorbed some of the oil.

I know I’m frugal, but today, even I’ve been impressed with how much you can make with so little. I usually buy tinned chick peas for about 50p a can and even then, they’re still economical. We’ll take two falafels each to work, each day, in a little pot with salad with some sweet chilli sauce over the top. Nothing has been bought in, it’s just what I have. That’s another job ticked off the list, lunched prepared for the whole week along with all the meals prepared for the whole week.

OK, everyone, what shall I do with all that spare time????

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47 thoughts on “Day 3 and what’s this lurking…..?

  1. Hi Froogs
    I've had to have a lie down after reading about all your activities over the last 2 days! I make a very yummy chickpea and coriander curry with mine for which I use the 9p curry sauce and serve with pitta bread or flatbreads.

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  2. OMG!!! I'm laughing here cos I've been baking this afternoon – and guess what I've found lurking at the back of the flour/baking box? Yep you guessed it! A bag of dried chick peas!!! LOVE houmous and those falafels look divine – Thanks for your very timely post Froogs! You're a star!

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  3. Thanks Froogs, I have the same bag of chick peas lurking in my cupboard and I haven't made hummus years as I usually buy it in Aldi. You have inspired me yet again to go for it, thanks again x

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  4. Those falafels look good; I sometimes make hummus but it's hard to get it smooth enough with a stick blender. Hummus makes a fabulous topping on baked potatoes. Hmm, I need to store up some energy to make those falafels!

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  5. Dried peas/beans are a weekly staple in this house as you know – instead of expensive pitta bread, make plain plat breads the size of a dinner plate. Stop just short of them turning brown and you have chapattis. Spread these with your sweet chilli/hummus/or whatever, slice in a felafel and blob on yogurt with mint sauce mixed in. These are DIVINE, and a great packed lunch. X

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  6. The falafels look wonderful, don't know if I have any chick peas lurking but will give a look. No hummus though because we always eat too much of it when we have it being unable to restrain we both love it.

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  7. Hi froogs..spare time..well i would sit down for 5 mins and have a cuppa..those falafels look gorgeous..going to make the hummus for my older daughter she loves it..hester those butter beans and lemon juice sounds delish..right off to bath the tots and have my 5 mins sit down later…
    love to you and yours
    sara
    p.s..sue thanks for the tip..
    sara

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  8. i LOVE falafels too. i used my last bag of chickpeas up last month when i grind them up (dry,and burnt out my stick mixer) to make bean burgers.
    make your own pitta they are easy and fun, your mini oven should be perfect, under the grill, up they pop, flip them over then the other side balloons up, takes about a minute per size, just use your normal bread dough, roll out flat.

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  9. Excellent post, I'll be giving both these recipes a go…. I definitely have a bag of chickpeas at the back of my cupboard.

    With all your spare time you can Blog some more money saving tips and storecupboard ideas 🙂

    Sue xx

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  10. I often use chick peas or mixed beans with either mince or stew to make the meat go further. I also use beans to make a bean soup with;the beans I dried and home grown leeks,diced carrot, onion and celery.

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  11. I never do things by halves and have about 6 such bags of varying beans in my cupboard. they are probably about two years past thier sell by too, but I'm sure they will be fine. I'll dig them out I think. I often make hummus too, so simples.xxx

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  12. Hummous is one of my favourites. When have bags of dried beans (that my daughter gets at discount because she works in a wholefood shop) I soak and cook them in bulk and then freeze them so I've always got some ready for when I need to use them…it takes the same amount of time and energy to soak and cook 2lb beans as it does to just cook 4 oz so to me its such a waste of gas to only do small amounts.

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  13. Hi Froogs
    Don't have dried chick peas but have a tin of them squatting in a corner of my cupboard. Me thinks falafels for lunch this week too. Thanks for the inspiration to use up those lurking storecupboard items.

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  14. I have hummus with salad and sweet chilli sauce is a pitta most days at work for lunch. I have never made the hummus before but I might have a go now.

    fostermummy, how do you make flatbreads?

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  15. I, too, laughed when I read your post as I have just such a bag of chick peas in the cupboard. Thanks, now I know what to do with them this week. Both your recipes sound delicious. Do you make your own chilli dip? Recipe for that as well, please!

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  16. I, too have a bag of chick pea in my cupboard !
    I love to make houmos, but keep forgetting to soak the peas on the night before… sooo it often takes me several weeks between the tought of “I should make houmos” and the actual making of them !

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  17. Do you know, you are a wonder woman?
    I'm amazed at the amount of batch cooking you have achieved with so little. Spare time? well perhaps you should use it to search for your superwoman knickers! Trust me you can wear them with pride!

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  18. No chickpeas in my cupboard, but know some people that do, so will definitely pass on this gorgeous recipe for falafels. They look fantastic and will appear on my next lunch or dinner for some vegetarian friends, as well as stocking up our freezer. Thank you xxx

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  19. Great post,thank you,i now know what i will make to take to my Picnic next weekend,i don't have any Tahini,it's really expensive here,so i will make do without it,but at least i will use up all the Chick peas i have stored away,i have never made flat bread before so i will give it a go,cheer's!!

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  20. We eat a lot of hummus in this house, usually cook and freeze the chickpeas by the kilo, so always ready to use. Campfire, I don't ever use tahini in mine because the first recipe I used didn't use it, and it tastes the same to me.

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  21. I had to laugh at your comments about bags of dried beans because they were so true! In my case at least.

    However I have at least 5 bags all bought with good intention but mostly not used. These also fall out as well.

    Now I know what to do with the chickpeas and the best part it you have made it so simple – thankyou.

    Now does anyone know what to do with dried navy beans and dried black beans???

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  22. I've got tins of chickpeas and butterbeans in the larder, so will have a go at falafels using both mixed together. I did make flatbreads once, not a very successful effort but as I have plenty of flour I'll give it another go….if at first you don't succeed, try again! Oh, and I've got a bottle of sweet chilli sauce, only ever used it on stir fries before. Some brilliant ideas again FQ (and followers!), thank you.
    Sooze x

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  23. By now i thought you might find it a bit hard but i am so amazed with how many things you made from one item. Way to go! You seem to be getting even more inventive and actually excelling in this experiment.

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  24. Dear FQ, your energy astounds me! I think I do a lot but it's nothing compared to what you achieve. I don't have a bag of chick peas lurking in my cupboard, but will be buying some this week. I always buy tinned. I can thoroughly recommend chickpea curry, I make mine with onions, garlic, cumin, turmeric – any of the curry spices – whatever I have in the spice drawer, then the chickpeas. If you have something leafy like spinach or chard then stir that in at the end. Great with some rice. I have some of that garam masala spice that is good sprinkled on top when you serve it.

    Oh what to do with your spare time?? Put your feet up would be what I would do, but knowing your track record I expect you'll have planted stacks more things to grow in your garden or made something useful. Keep on inspiring us FQ.

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  25. I love hummus but confess to usually making it with the tinned chickpeas which I know is more expensive, I will use the dried from now one I will I will!. Does it freeze well? The other half makes it in industrial quantities and we do get a little tired of it after a while!

    For the bread we make ours using the five minute bread recipe, you make the dough at the beginning of the week and just pull out enough for a loaf each day, and there is (drum roll) NO KNEADING! It's wonderful crusty break and I've used it for flat bread too and it's fine. We've also used a pizza recipe for flat bread and that keeps for two or three days in the fridge too.

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  26. I can't wait to get home from work and soak my chickpeas – Falafels here I come! I have been using up my glut of leeks from my allotment but any suggestions welcomed please. Also kale?
    Thanks for the inspiration, Odette

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  27. Mmm, two of my favorite things! I love houmous and falafels (though I admit to buying the Cauldron ones or the Al Fez packs – i will be trying your recipe though!)

    Can I ask about your use of a food processor? I've noticed them in a lot of recipes that I've fancied making (on here and others like Good Food) but I haven't got one. What could I use instead or should I keep an eye out for a cheap but reliable model? I have a glass blender jug and one of the handheld blenders – would they be any good as whooshing the chickpeas up?

    Great post as always by the way!!
    x

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  28. I know I have got a bag of chick peas lurking somewhere in my cupboard – will hunt them out and make the falafels, they look delicious and I have sweet chilli sauce and salad to make some easy, frugal lunches. Never actually had hummus or falafels before, so looking forward to trying them.

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  29. oh, I love this idea…I'd no idea falafel was so easy! just so happens there are some dried chickpeas hanging out in our pantry. I keep forgetting about them, tho' I've used countless cans since buying the dried!

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  30. Hi Froogs,
    I bought a bag of chickpeas a while ago, but hubby does not like them. I keep going to throw them out, but just cannot bring myself to do it, so recently thought I would soak/cook them and see what they were like. I have made houmous from canned chickpeas, but it always made too much, and I do find it takes a bit of trial and error to get the right blend of flavours. The chickpeas were great, no different to the canned ones and the houmous very nice, and not too big a quanitity – although I did not realise you can freeze it. Must try your falafels, never eaten them!

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  31. Yay! Finally following after months of lurking, thank you for inspiring me , making me laugh, cry and plan for my frugal future. (it was the falafels wot did it, my fave)

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