Some days I have plans from the get go about what I’m going to cook. I can say, with 100% certainty from the moment I get out of bed, exactly what would be for dinner. Today was not one of those days. I left the house at 10am today and didn’t get home until after 3pm. As I walked in the door, a little voice said to me, “What are you going to cook for dinner?!”. Truth be told, it wasn’t a little voice. It was a surprisingly big voice from a perpetually hungry 4 year old girl. And, it was more like, “Muuuuuuuuuuuumm! You’re hoooooooooooooome! What’s for TEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEA?” (remembering, of course, that it was only 3:15pm). Captain Sigh.
So, what was I going to cook? I opened the pantry and (because, well, it was just one of those kind of days) a can of lentils literally rolled out and hit me on the foot. Followed closely by a can of chickpeas. I decided two things – 1. BoyChild really needs to stop stacking cans in the pantry, and 2. Chickpea and Lentil Patties for tea.
Being that they are kind of burger-y, I decided to attempt to make hot chips. Not oven fries from the freezer, real ones. Like, from potatoes. Wow. Stop it. As seems to be the norm right now, Princess was ready and waiting, apron and all. And, I am proud to say, once again she more or less entirely made the chips. She painstakingly peeled the potatoes (asking that I not peel mine so fast because I was making her potatoes sad), sliced them carefully with the knife and did everything bar putting them into the oven. It’s hot, she informed me. Fair call.
Chickpea and Lentil Patties
1 can Chickpeas (drained)
1 can Lentils (drained)
1 T Curry Powder
1/2 Onion (diced)
1/2 C Breadcrumbs
Combine the egg with the can of chickpeas and put into a food processor until smooth. Mix in a bowl with the other ingredients. Form into patties and fry until golden on both sides and cooked through.
Peel the potatoes and slice into chip-shaped pieces. Put into an oven tray and sprinkle flour over, shake up until all the chips are coated. Drizzle on oil and once again ensure they are completely coated. Cook in the oven until chips are golden and crispy.
For me, I call this a win. The chips were pretty fantastic, not as crunchy as deep fried ones but no less tasty. I really liked the patties although next time I might be more creative with the seasonings. BabyGirl loved the patties as well, she ate two entire patties. For Mr T and the other kids? They loved the chips but weren’t too sold on the patties. Mr T says they were “nice enough”. Princess picked all of the onion out of hers then declared it “ruined” and left the table. Shrug. Perhaps something I will make one night for just BabyGirl and me – maybe they would be more popular served in a bun. Will definitely make the chips again though 🙂