A Wild Garlic Platter: Wild Garlic Crisps, Wild Garlic Hummus and Wild Garlic Farinata,
chickpea pancakes with fresh herbs, roasted tomatoes and aubergine, even za'atar and enjoyed it.
Chickpea pancakes are really easy to make as it has three main ingredients: Chickpea flour, also known as besan, or gram flour, water and a little olive oil. Once you have poured the batter into the pan, you can can bake them plain and simple; or for a flavoursome version you can top the batter with pretty much anything, but fresh herbs, sun-dried tomatoes, olives, feta cheese and sunny vegetables such as red and yellow peppers, courgettes and aubergines work particularly well. Its upon baking that the chickpea batter is transformed into a thick eggy pancake but without any eggs, I guess you could describe it as a vegan frittata.
You see both Farinata and Socca are a thin, crisp unleavened pancakes or crêpes made essentially from chickpea flour. Well I know my version is not authentic, so its probably neither, but I've made it with a happy nod to both cultural cuisines.
Wild Garlic Tempura next time.
Serves 6 - 10 as a side dish
250g Chickpea flour
750ml warm water
Good handful of wild garlic, chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
2 tablespoons olive oil
Whisk the water into the chickpea flour a little at a time so as to avoid lumps. Add the wild garlic and season to taste. Let stand for at least 2 hours, or overnight if you have the patience.
When ready to bake, stir in the olive oil. Set the oven to gas mark 7. Grease a 14 inch x 10 inch baking tin. Pour in the batter and let it bake in the oven for about 15 - 20 minutes, or until the batter has set and the top is golden brown. Allow to cool down, before slicing and sharing as part of a platter or buffet. Its good cold too
*Although I have not tried it, I've read that you can make these on the stove top too. I am guessing you could heat a large frying pan or cast iron pan. Heat the pan and drizzle in some olive oil. Pour in the batter and allow to fry until the bottom is golden brown. Flip and cook the other side until golden.