Thursday, June 24, 2010

If Loving You is Raw, I Don't Want to Be Right

One of my favorite salads of all time is the falafel salad at One Lucky Duck so for our first experience with the dehydrator that my mom wedding gifted us, I got to work.

And yes, it's a bit of effort to prepare the raw falafel from Living Raw Food - some nut soaking, lots of veggie chopping, and you can't forget the "cauliflower tabbouleh" that is knife skills cardio. One hour of dehydrating, then more mixing, then two more hours of dehydrating. We finally sat down for dinner at precisely 8 pm.

The most time we typically spend cooking dinner is 1-2 hours. Any longer than that and it's usually because we're cooking for friends and family. So I didn't make the tahini or hot sauce, which is part of the recipe, though I could have easily whipped some up while waiting. I'm pretty partial to our admired collection of home sauce.

Ready for drying

The salad tasted just as it had at One Lucky Duck. The tabbouleh is my favorite part - it's so pleasant and clean-tasting. We used TJ's Goddess Dressing on the salad and had plenty of leftover falafel for lunch the next day.

And sigh, more drying

Overall, I love this new kitchen member and as I type this, we have a batch of kiwi that will be partying in the dehydrator all night. And next in queue, I want to make a batch of One Lucky Duck fig bars.

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