Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Party Girl Falafel

"Can I get a falafel with hot sauce, side order of babaganoush and a seltzer please?"


Mustafa, her love interest and Falafel guy...
The trailer...

Some may argue, this is one of those films that is good just because of the time I saw it. That magical coming of age high school era, the idealistic time where anything was possible. There might be some truth in that. I'm a gen-exer, harboring some huge nostalgia for the early to mid 90's. part of that nostalgia is Parker Posey, the indie queen of the 90's, whom I am still in love with and who I still want to be my girlfriend. Aside from my huge subjective bias, if I can step aside from that for a second, This movie has heart. A female protagonists who's love life is a mere sub-plot appeals to me as a feminist. Her focus is on her own personal development. A Manhattanite party girl who throws parties in her loft with a cover charge to make the rent. (btw, If I had a phat NY loft like that, this would be my full time occupation) to a librarian who explores life below the surface for the first time. From 1995 - Party Girl. Currently streaming on Netflix!


Fry or bake these

3 cups cooked or canned garbanzo beans (chick peas)

One small onion

One cup loose packed flat leaf parsley

juice of one lemon

2-3 garlic cloves

1 and 1/2 tsp ground corriander

1 tsp cumin (the ground black cumin seeds if you got it)

1/8 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp salt + more to taste

1/4 cup flour

1 tsp aluminum free baking powder

1 cup bread crumbs (panko if you got it)

Olive Oil

In a food processor, chop the garlic, then the onion and parsley then add the chick peas. Blend into a paste. In a mixing bowl combine your mixture with the rest of the ingredients. Heat some oil in a pan about 1/2-1 inch. Form into ping pong balls and place them in the pan, rotating frequently to get a nice even brown allaround. When finished transfer to some paper towels to soak up the extra oil. Serve in a pita, or on a salad, or alone. Good sauces for falafel are tahini cream- *tahini, lemon juice and salt in the food processor. or cucumber-mint sauce- *vegan yogurt, cucumber,lemon juice and mint, dash of salt in the food processor.

Makes 15 to 18 ping-pong balls


  1. Im trying to remember if i ever watched Party Girl... because I love Parker Posey, and it just seems crazy that i might have missed it. so i was happy to discover it as an Instant queue selection on Netflix. im digging through my fridge and pantry to see if i have the fixings for falafel.

    im am soooo loving your blog! so much fun!!! =D

  2. Yeah, she's my 90's icon :) I think it was one of the more under the radar movies for her, which is weird because it came out right after Dazed and Confused. Thanks Amber :)

  3. i made your falafel last night. it wasnt nearly as pretty as yours, but it was good. we had it with stuffed grape leaves, homemade hummus, homemade Tzatziki Sauce, and pita bread. i think ill blog about it tomorrow or friday. it was such a good meal... im still stuffed.

  4. Oh, awesome. I love stuffed grape leaves, but never made them before.