This is a guide on how to make friends in college.
When I was in school, I was a huge fan of sharing meals with friends. I mean, I guess I am still now. Could you imagine if you said, "NO I DON'T WANT TO HAVE DINNER WITH YOU. I DON'T LIKE EATING WITH PEOPLE." Talk about awkward. But the chaos of college classes/clubs/life obligations meant that a lot of the time, the only time you got to see your friends was with dinner plans. I would always make sure that I made plans to see my closest friends at least once a week for dinner. There is just something about sharing a meal with someone that is unlike anything else. Be it at a dining hall, a meal in someone's dorm, or at a restaurant somewhere, the only thing that really mattered was that you were with your friends, catching up and having some laughs.
And the wine. Cannot forget the wine.
One of my favorite places to go was a restaurant called The Hummus and Pita Co. in Manhattan (NYC friends, take note). Guys, if you are a Mediterranean food lover/ super secret but not actually fan of Ottolenghi like I am, then this is the place for you. Plus, my friend who lives in the Middle East swears by their hummus, so you know it's good. It's basically a Mediterranean version of Chipotle, but so much better because there are SO many toppings you can put in your bowl/pita/laffa. I would always get a falafel bowl with roasted carrots, Israeli salad, and basically all of the vegetables. And harissa because I like it hot. Side note: when I planned my school's orientation one summer, my coworkers used to call me Spicy Sarah. This was due to both my love of hot sauce AND my personality.
But you could already deduce the origins.
One of the things I miss most about not living in New York anymore are the Mediterranean bowls I used to get from the Hummus and Pita Co. Therefore, I have worked out a way to get my fix when I no longer have access to them on a daily basis. Yes, I did say fix, because these falafel are a drug, if there ever was one. These babies come together so quickly. Just pop everything in a food processor, shape into patties, bake, and EAT. You COULD make them with chickpeas, but I always have lentils around. All you need to do is boil the lentils like pasta for 40 minutes and you're halfway to delicious falafel. I like the mixture of texture the two different types of lentils provide, but feel free to use only one kind if that's all you got. Stuff in a pita, pop in a salad, or eat em straight drizzled with hummus. Because what says snack like a bowl of crispy, lentil-y goodness?
Easy Peasy Baked Lentil Falafel
Makes ~18 patties
23. Recent Grad. Human Vegetable Disposal. Putting the Chic in Chickpea.