Middle Eastern food to go, made summery with peas and lemon
Pea & herb falafel with hummus & flatbread
Makes about 20
2 x 400g tins of chickpeas
500g frozen garden peas
Zest and juice of 1 lemon
1 large egg
1⁄2 tsp chilli flakes
1 tsp ground paprika
1 tsp ground cumin
Handful of fresh herbs (we used oregano, basil and mint)
60g rye flour
Coconut oil, for greasing
1 Preheat oven to 200C/Fan 180C/ Gas 6. Drain and rinse the chickpeas, and place in a large mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, cover the frozen peas in cold water to defrost, drain and add to the bowl. Zest and juice the lemon, and add to the bowl along with the rest of the ingredients, and season.
2 Mix thoroughly and use a hand blender to break down the chickpeas and peas into a smoother paste: only do this for a couple of mins so that the mixture keeps some of its texture. It should be reasonably gooey but, if it is too wet to roll, add a little more flour.
3 Lightly grease a baking tray with coconut oil and, using your hands, form ping pong-sized balls and place on the tray. You should be able to make about 20 from your mix – you may need a second baking tray.
4 Cook in the oven for 25 mins or until they start to lightly crisp at the edges. Leave to cool before using a spatula to remove them from the trays.
5 Serve on a wooden platter with thick slices of shop-bought flatbreads and a couple of different types of hummus.
Cook’s note: You can freeze these, so try making a double batch, as they make a great midweek meal with a big salad and hummus dip.
Turn to page 25 of August's The Simple Things for more of our riverside picnic menu, including Elderflower fizz, Hard-boiled eggs with celery salt, Chilli spiced apple sausage rolls, Roasted tomato & goats’ cheese tart, Layered salad jars, and Strawberry cheesecakes.