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I didn’t get round to posting last week because my apartment was, quite literally, an inferno.

It was too hot to cook, too hot to take pictures, and too hot to eat. Even when it was almost 100°F (close to 40°C), my supercilious land-lord refused to provide an A/C unit.

Doesn’t he understand that the Scots aren’t evolved to endure such extreme heat? When I told my mum how oppressively hot my apartment was she kindly offered to buy me an air conditioner, and after battling the 80lb unit up the stairs, all was right with the world and I finally got a decent night’s sleep. Even with the A/C unit my apartment isn’t exactly cold, so I have been going out of my way to avoid using the over or the stove top (both gas, both make my kitchen uncomfortably sultry). I mean, I’ve seen them, and I know what they are, but never actually used one.

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And then, my brilliant friend and colleague pointed out a very creative and resourceful solution to a hot meal that didn’t involve the use of a microwave: Waffle iron falafel! Now I have to admit, I’ve never used a waffle iron before. How can you even make waffle batter without a whisk? I did a quick google search, and although this isn’t totally novel, it doesn’t seem as though bloggers have capitalised on it either!

No baking, no frying, no hot oil, no sweat moustache! My *genius* friend was also kind enough to share her falafel recipe with me, and I was over the moon to discover that it was SUPER healthy.

She adapted it from this recipe, and with a few minor tweaks I’m pleased to share it with you! Herbs are known for their antimicrobial properties and are fun and easy way to get more greens into your diet.

Full of phytonutrients and volatile oils that support health in a million different ways.

My guess is that this is because of the high soluble fibre content of these beans, which helps contribute to satiety, and fuels the growth of beneficial bacteria in the intestine.

6 cloves garlic 1/4 C fresh parsley 1/4 C fresh coriander 3 C soaked chickpeas (around 1.5 cups dried, soaked in water overnight) 1/2 C scallions, chopped.

1T cumin 1t salt 1t baking powder pinch cayenne pepper Juice of 1/2 lemon To a food processor (ar HS blender like a Vitamix) with the blades running, add the cloves of garlic one at a time so they get finely diced.

Parsley is thought to give a helping hand in metabolism, as well as bolstering the immune system thanks to the antioxidant flavanoid luteolin. Studies suggest that diets high in vitamin C may help prevent rheumatoid arthritis. Coriander has long been considered a healing herb thought to have anti-diabetic, anti-inflammatory, and cholesterol-lowering properties.

Not surprisingly, scientific studies are beginning to confirm these suspicions!

A recent study found that people were more satisfied with their diets when they were fortified with chickpeas.

They also ate less processed foods, as well as less food overall.