I broke down. I succumbed. I resisted no more. I bought a Ninja food processor.
Me, of the limited kitchen space and denier of single purpose machines. Me, who swore to never again buy an appliance that took five times longer to clean than any time it ‘saved.’
Why a food processor?
Because I made a mistake. I learned to make homemade falafel in Toronto, even though my favorite shawarma hut was only fifteen minutes away. Now, we’re on the edge of Canada and the nearest falafel hut is three hours away. When the urge hits to eat Middle Eastern there’s only one option: Chez Me.
Given a food processor, making falafel is easy. Soak dried chickpeas overnight. Whiz them in the chopper with garlic, onions, spices and herbs. Fry and enjoy.
In a quest to make this more than a single purpose machine, I tried another recipe. Sourdough Raisin Bread. It was a success … so long as I forgeddabout the time it took to clean the diabolical-double-decker-dough-hook and bowl. This was a very soft dough and it whizzed itself into every possible nook & cranny. Still, the baked bread did taste good. It was even better as French toast the next morning.
But really, how much better is a dual purpose machine than a single purpose one? To make this truly multi-purpose I needed a third recipe.
Cue the best cookie in the world: Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies. PBOC for short.
It is based on a recipe from King Arthur who is American royalty for home bakers and professionals alike. I’ve modified it be less sugary and more moreish. If you like tender chewy cookies, rich with peanut, butterscotch and chocolate, then you will like this.