Crispy Chickpea Patties – for Summer Eating – (VG)

Jam packed full of goodness and flavour! These chickpea patties are delicious and so easy to put together.. we know you’ll love them. This week I got some organic pointed cabbage, cucumber and onions fresh from the farm in my veg box. I ordered tinned chickpeas and some spices and whipped these up for our mid week dinner and the whole family tucked in.

Summer eating should be fresh and tasty with added goodness. We really hope you give these a go!

Lou x

Ingredients: makes 10 approx

For the Chickpea Patties:

  • 1 x 400 g tin of chickpeas – drained and the liquid (aquafaba) reserved
  • ½ medium onion – chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh coriander – roughly chopped
  • 2 ½ tablespoon chia seeds 
  • 6 teaspoon (30 ml) aquafaba – liquid from tin of chickpeas
  • 1 ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 ½ teaspoon salt 
  • ⅛ teaspoon chilli powder or flakes
  • 1 small carrot – grated 
  • 5 tablespoons oats (50g)
  • zest of half a lemon
  • 1-2 tablespoon olive oil to cook with

Lemon Garlic Yoghurt Sauce:

  • ½ cup (120 ml) plain yoghurt of your choice
  • 1 small garlic clove – finely grated or chopped
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • a pinch of salt and pepper

Cabbage slaw and sides :

  • 1 small pointed cabbage – finely chopped
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 1/2 red onion finely shaved
  • 10 mini tortilla wraps


  • Step 1: Begin by adding the chickpeas, red onion, coriander, spices, carrot and salt to a food processor. Process until the mixture is combined, but still has some texture. Transfer into a bowl and mix through the oats, chia seeds, aquafaba and lemon zest. Take a small amount of mixture in your hand to check that it will form a patty.
  • Step 2: Line a baking tray with parchment paper. Use an ice cream scoop to evenly measure the patties. Add the scoops of the mixture to the tray, if you have a cookie cutter use it to shape the patties into rounds about 2 inches wide, push the mix down with the back of a spoon, this will make the patties compact. Place the patties into the freezer or fridge to chill for 20 minutes.
  • Step 3: In a frying pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat until it is hot but not smoking.Add the patties and fry for 2-3 minutes until golden brown, then carefully turn and cook the other side for 2-3 minutes.The patties are fragile, so it is best not to move them too much – let them firm up from cooking before turning them. Ideally, turn them once only.
  • If cooking in batches, drain on a plate lined with paper towel. To keep the patties warm while cooking the remainder, place the plate in a 100ºc oven.Repeat with the remaining patties, adding extra oil if needed.

For the Herbed Garlic Yoghurt Sauce and cabbage slaw:

  • Step 4: In a small bowl, combine all of the ingredients and mix well. Check that the seasoning is to your liking. Stir through the finely chopped cabbage. Chill until you are ready to serve.

Plate up: on a small tortilla wrap add a spoon of the cabbage slaw, top with a chickpea pattie, some cucumber ribbons, shaved red onion.

Rainbow Chickpea Balls

This nutritious, protein-rich, falafel-like mixture is so handy for making things like burgers and meatballs and of course it makes delicious fillings for wraps. You can flavour it with whatever herbs or spices take your fancy and colour it (and add sneaky veg) with any vegetables you like too. I felt like making some multicoloured balls as Easter ’eggs’ to have for a pastel coloured Easter lunch this week. Nestled in a bowl of creamy mashed potatoes and grilled asparagus and drizzled with a spring pea salsa. You could serve it with roast potatoes, gravy and trimmings for a Sunday roast too.

Liz x


  • 3 tins of chickpeas
  • 3 onions
  • 6 cloves of garlic
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 12 tbsp porridge oats
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 3 tsp ground coriander (or any spice you prefer)
  • 2 cooked beetroots
  • 3 cooked carrots
  • 6 large kale leaves, chopped, cooked and squeezed to remove water
  • a couple of handfuls of parsley
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • extra olive oil for brushing and baking


  1. Drain the chickpeas and tumble into 3 bowls. Add 4 tbsp of porridge oats to each bowl.
  2. Finely dice the onion and garlic and sauté until soft and golden with the olive oil. Divide amongst the three bowls.
  3. To each bowl, add a tsp of salt and grind black pepper to taste. Add a tsp of ground coriander to each bowl too if you like, or another spice or herb of your choice.
  4. Put the cooked carrot in one bowl (along with a tsp of ground turmeric for bright yellow colour), the cooked beetroot in one bowl and the kale and parsley in the last bowl. Now you are ready to blend the mixtures.
  5. In a food processor, first blend the yellow carrot mixture. Tip in the contents of the bowl with the carrots and pulse the mixture together until you reach a rough, sticky mixture. Scrape it out, back into the bowl, then repeat with the green kale mixture then the pink beetroot mixture. If any of the mixes seems a little wet, add an extra tbsp or so of oats and blend again. If it is too dry, add some olive oil or lemon juice to the mix or some extra vegetables.
  6. Pre-heat your oven to 200C and line a large baking try with baking parchment. Then squish and roll the mixture into small, colourful balls – or make layered balls like I did with the yellow mix in the middle, then carefully wrap a layer of pink beetroot mix and finish off with the green outer layer. TOP TIP: use wet hands to avoid frustrating stickiness. just keep a bowl of warm water on the work bench and wet your hands when they start to get a bit sticky.
  7. Brush the balls with olive oil and put them in the oven to bake until hot through and golden and crispy on the outside. Timings will depend on the size of your balls so just keep an eye on them.
  8. Serve however you like but they definitely need a sauce or gravy. This time I served them with creamy mashed potatoes, grilled asparagus and a pea salsa (I just blended a mug of peas with about 4 tbsp of capers and a splosh of the caper vinegar, a handful of chopped dill and a generous drizzle of olive oil).

Festive Falafel

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A classic vegan stalwart, the falafel, but this time with a festive twist. It’s perfect for Christmas sandwiches with some hummus, ruby red sauerkraut and peppery green leaves, or as part of a festive buffet. Middle Eastern food lends itself very well to festive flavours with its liberal use of sweet and warming spices. Or maybe it’s because baby Jesus hailed from that part of the world? Well, whatever the reason, I find myself craving lots of tangines, tabbouleh, hummus, harissa, falafels, baklava, pomegranates etc this time of year.

My festive falafel would make a nice little Christmas starter served on some leaves with a dip (a smokey baba ganoush or a spicy harissa perhaps), a sprinkle (some crunchy hazelnut dukka or a zingy z’atar) and some juicy red pomegranate seeds.

My kids also love a falafel as a burger. Just make them into burger sized patties and serve them in a bun with whatever toppings you like and with a side of potato wedges. Here I’ve served it as a lovely lunch with toasted pitta breads, salad, babaganoush, z’atar and sauerkraut.

Enjoy! Liz x

Ingredients (makes around 15 – 20 falafels)


Pulse all the ingredients except the gram flour and sunflower oil together in a food processor until combined into a rough paste then taste for seasoning. Add more salt, pepper or spices if needed.

Stir through enough gram flour to make a manageable dough. Be careful not to make the dough too dry though.

Then heat up a heavy bottomed frying pan with a generous slick of sunflower oil.

Form the dough into little balls – I find the easiest way to do this is to use two dessert spoons – and drop them into the pan of hot oil.

Turn the heat down to medium-high and once the falafels are cooked on the bottom, flip them over with a spatular and squish them down into little discs. Cook them on the other side until golden brown. You may wish to flip them once more to cook the first side a little longer.

Repeat until all the dough is used up and keep the falafels warm. Then serve with salad, dips and breads to your liking.

Baba Ganoush

I often have an aubergine in my weekly large veg box from the farm so I made a baba ganoush this time. It’s very easy. Simply roast the aubergine in a very hot oven until it’s beautifully charred, smokey and silky soft all the way through. Then once it’s cool enough to handle, remove the skin and pop the flesh in a food processor with a small clove of garlic, a tbsp of tahini, a tbsp or two of lemon juice, a big pinch of salt, a small pinch each of smoked paprika and ground cumin and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil. Then blend until smooth, taste for seasoning and adjust as needed.


Z’atar is a stunning Middle Eastern sprinkle, so perfect with falafel and dips. I make my own very simply with an even blend of toasted sesame seeds, dried thyme and sumac. The combination of toasty sesame seeds, herby thyme and zingy sumac is so delicious. It’s well worth hunting down some sumac and making some yourself.

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