Jamie’s falafel wraps didn’t go very well. Maybe I am an incompetent cook or maybe I didn’t follow the recipe properly. In any case, this one didn’t turn out as it should. But let’s take it from the top.
If you’ve ever been to Norway, then you know that supermarkets here carry a very limited variety of products. You can still find all sorts of stuff if you know where to look and if you spend some time going to the Asian or the Tunisian store, but I can’t do that most of the time, so I have to improvise. In this case, this meant that I had to make the harissa from scratch. For the harissa, I placed 2-3 red chilli, 2 garlic cloves, 1 teaspoon cumin, 1 teaspoon dried coriander, 1 teaspoon paprika and a pinch of salt in my mixer and pulsed while slowly adding olive oil until I got a fine paste. I’d never tried harissa before, so I don’t know how close this recipe is to the real thing, but it was really tasty, so I was very happy with it.
Then came the difficult part: the falafels. I honestly have no idea what went wrong. I think my mixture was too runny, at least compared to all the other falafel recipes I’ve tried in the past. I tried different cooking temperatures, but I couldn’t save it. My falafels were ugly and broke extremely easily. Even though they were delicious, I don’t think I’ll ever try this recipe again, since I’ve had more success with other recipes. Why change something that works?
Jamie suggests mixing cottage cheese with chilli sause for serving. This was my favorite part of the whole dish and I am most certainly making in again. It is seriously good stuff and I’ll make sure to add it to all my wraps from now on.
The tomato salsa was OK. It’s a personal thing, but I like my salsa cooked. Cooking tomatos in high temperature for a short amount of time takes away the sourness, while maintaining the salsa texture. This is the way I usually do it and again, why change something that works?
The last part of the sides was some grilled veggies. Nothing too revolutionary, but not bad either.
All in all I was very unimpressed by this dish and slightly dissappointed. I guess I had way too high hopes for it. Will I make this again? No. I will make the cottage cheese and chilli sause mix though.
See you next week with one of my favorite recipes of all times..