Falafel made from lima beans. One cup of dry lima beans yielded 14 falafel. Toronto, Canada. Photo, and falafel by Don Tai
We are a Chinese family, so delving into Middle Eastern food is done with baby steps. I really did not know much about falafel so had to do research. While some experimentation is required it turned out to be not that hard. Instead of the traditional fava beans or chickpeas I used lima beans, which I bought by mistake. It worked out very well anyway.
H1N1 flu is a highly contagious strain, but not in China
I will declare that I am a Canadian who has spent a couple of years studying Chinese in China. An article in the local Toronto Star titled Canadians Quarantined in China reports that 22 Canadian students will be quarantined for 7 days in a hotel in Chongqing, China. None have fever or flu-like symptoms. I agree with the Chinese position to quarantine these students but the blame cannot be laid on the 22 unfortunate students themselves, but on the Canadian government’s laggard position on the H1N1 flu strain (formerly called swine flu) and the tendency of democratic countries for freedom of movement, irregardless of the consequences.