Holy Crapola...I am done. White flag. Gloves down. You win, chickpeas, you win. Feel free to join my other adversaries-calculus, physics and pull ups, who I have failed to defeat over the years. Make a freaking club out of it, I don't care.
It's sad to think that, after all the other times, I still got my hopes up for these falafals. I am looking back at last night's post, and I am thinking: if I could go back in time, I would go throw a brick at myself for being such a turd. At least I stayed optimistic until the very...VERY end. EYE ROLL, at myself.
These falafals, despite being pre-prepared last night, still took a long time to cook. The supposed 15 minute per-side bake time turned into 30 minutes per side. And even after that, the falafals still turned out with way too much "crunch," making it painful to eat.
And the mixture wasn't holding together very well. While baking, I noticed my falafals being very crumbly.
You can see all the falafal balls falling apart as I tried to flip them
The sauce tasted pretty good and was very easy to whip together. I went waaaay over board with the lime though, giving it much more predominance in the over-all flavor than I would have liked. Oops.
In the end, I finally had to throw the falafals away. They were 95% too hard on the outside, with barely anything on the inside to make up for it. My teeth are still tired from trying to eat them...
At the very least, I can say I've made a valiant effort at finally ridding myself of all those chickpeas. I've never been happier to see something go since I threw all my calculus notes into the recycling bin.
And I can definitely say, with absolute certainty, that I am never. NEVER. buying chickpeas. again. I'll stick to getting my falafal fix at Clover.
Willingness to make again: 0
Over-all: 1 (the flavor, from what I sampled last night, actually wasn't that bad...it was just the coming-together stage that screwed everything up)