Pre-Preperation Neccesary For OneDay.
It was Monday and our group needed to decide what to do. We had a clash of ideas and no one semmed to agree on one dish. Literally after 30min of arguing, we came to the conclusion of Falafel and Pita Bread for the main dish, only because I knew how to make both and I have past experience. I was the person in charge of making the pita bread, and the falafel. I brought all my own ingredients that I would need for both dishes. I started off by making the pita bread dough at home, it was simple, I mixed warm water, yeast, and sugar and let it sit. Then after 10 min, I added flour and olive oil and then kneaded the dough myself for about 6-7 min. This is a result of me planning beforehand, knowing I wouldn’t have enough time at school to make the dough. The dough was placed in the fridge overnight to rise slowly so I could bring it to school the next morning. I also brought many spices, chickpeas, cilantro, coriander, olive oil, an onion, a bit of flour, measuring cups, and the list goes on.
Making of The Dishes (Mozzarella Sticks)
Making Of The Dishes (Falafel P1)
In the late morning, after we had finished our mozzarella sticks and had a break, it was time to start on the falafel mix, it would need to sit in the fridge for at least 40 min. I added all the necessary ingredients to a mixing bowl, 2 cups chickpeas, 1 chopped onion, a bunch of chopped coriander and parsley, 4 cloves of garlic, cumin powder, salt, sesame seeds, flour, and black pepper. We put in the blender (1), and when we tried the falafel “mix”, we were mortified to find out that there was too much garlic (2). I frantically tried to add more turmeric, and curry powder and when that didn’t work, I was in terror. I frantically looked up on my phone how to balance out garlic in a recipe, and it said to add olive oil to the mix, and add lemon juice to any liquid substance used. So, I added olive oil to the mix, and that helped a lot, so I put the falafel in the fridge, where it would sit for the next 40 min. (3)
Making Of The Pita Bread
In the meantime, the Pita Bread needed to be made for the main dish. I took the dough out onto a floured surface. I made 6 dough balls, ensuring that each group would have one Pita Bread to try (4). Once I had six dough balls, I rolled out two, and let the rest of my group members do the rest, since they thought it was fun. Once they all rolled out I got the pan ready, I heated up some olive oil on a heavy duty pan and put my first Pita Bread inside.(5) It was required to cover it to get air inside the dough, then, I would need to flip the bread multiple times to get and evenly brown sides (5). The aroma of the bread was wonderful, and I was confident it would turn out great. Once the pita was finished, we took it out and added oregano, thyme, and tarragon leaves, given our bread a touch from the Middle East. (6) We repeated this 6 times for the other bread.
Making Of The Dishes (Falafel P2)
After 40 min, we took the falafel out, we only had 20 min left. I frantically shaped the balls into the dough, (7) and prepared the frying pan with at least 2 cups of oil, and lemon juice the help with the overpowering of garlic, we now had 15 min left. I threw the overly moist falafel balls into the pan hoping we had enough time. (8) After another 5 min, I realized that nothing was happening. Then it clicked, the stove wasn’t even on, it was locked, I didn’t know what to do, I was stressed, begging the teacher to help. This was a main difficulty we had, it took us another 5 min to figure out the stove, and to unlock it. We had 5 min left to fry and to plate the dish, the Pita was ready, but the Falafel made me stressed, after 3 min, I had to make the decision that we would be plating Falafel Paste instead of Falafel. I took the unfinished falafel out, and placed it next to the Pita Bread as a paste that could be eaten with bread. (6) It was I could accomplish in the time that I had.
Presentation and Reflection
Even though the falafel was never fried, it ended turning out ok as the paste, similar to Babba Ganouche, went well with the Pita Bread. Our dish looked good, and definetly smelled good. We put three pieces of Pita Bread on the top of our “plate” we used, then the Falafel Paste was spread on the side, the yogurt dressing went right on the side in a cup, spices and parsley were carefully placed to give our dish a nice look. We didn’t get 1stplace, but we got 2ndin taste, and creativity. I was a bit dissapointed, but at the same time I knew that I tried my best and still created a very good dish. In the future I would not choose Falafel and choose something a bit easier, simpler, and less time-consuming to make, to ensure I have more time if something were to go wrong again. Overall, I really enjoyed this experience, our team worked well together, and I learned a lot, if I had a chance to do this again, I certaintly would.