|All the fixings for falafel night|
|The final product|
I love falafel. Growing up, I attended a Jewish Day School, and our "cafeteria" was catered by Mati's Falafel and Pita Shop. Once a week our class was permitted to buy our lunch from Mati. I can remember the growing excitement and anticipation as I waited in line to buy my half-falafel, slice of pizza and bag of Wise chips.
Once I graduated from junior high I would happily make the trek uptown to Mati's Bathurst Street storefront to buy falafel and a slice. And funny enough, it always tasted as delicious as I remembered it being when I was a little girl.
Fast forward to 1987, and the summer I spent in Israel. My Sabra (Israeli-born) friends all laughed at me because I constantly ate falafel, at least one a day. (A comparison would be someone visiting Canada and eating a hot dog from a street vendor every day of their trip).
Mati closed up shop in the late 1990s or early 2000s, and it wasn't until we discovered Me-Va-Me that my falafel cravings could be satiated. And then, last spring they opened a second restaurant in the north end of the city!
Now I am able to pick up fresh pita and hummus to compliment my home-made (from a mix) falafel, Israeli salad and tehina. Give me time to get a new food processor, following which I have every intention of making my falafel and hummus from scratch!
And so, for Meatless Monday, I whipped up a batch of falafel, tehina and salad, and we sat down to a delicious, filling, dinner - which is a good thing considering my cheesecake debacle left us without dessert! LOL!
Stay tuned for a pictorial step-by-step of home-made pizza night for Tomato Tuesday! Until then, I wish you a wonderful day filled with fun, friends and fantastic food....B'Tayavon and Buon Appetito!