Pistachio Dukkah Encrusted Split Pea Fritters

November 4, 2015

Pistachio Dukkah Encrusted Split Pea Fritters // by Faring Well #vegan #recipe

Earlier this week: Me, “I wish I could spend an entire day making every recipe I’m dying to create the most right now.” Scott, “Isn’t that your job?” Me, “No, my job looks more like scheduled recipe tests, emails, shooting, photo editing, writing, more emails, more emails, more emails.” Scott, “You should talk with your boss (hint of sarcasm) and get it worked out so you have a day to do what it seems like you should be doing.” WORD. So here I am, taking a beat, and bringing you a simple photo with a simply delicious recipe – much like my new series, Simply Saturday (see post one and two so far). I’m doing this because, in the middle of a handful of collaborations and specific projects, I’m finding myself emotionally detached from the food I’m creating. And the only way I know how to tune this recipe making instrument that is my brain, is to have a chat with the chick upstairs (hi self) and get approved for a day off to play with food. Not to photograph, edit, or write – but play. Cheers to a day of playing in the kitchen – and some yummy crunchy fritters for dinner.

Makes about 5 to 6 fritters. Serves 2 for dinner.

1/2 cup yellow split peas (soaked)
salt & pepper
1 large garlic clove
1/4 cup vegetable broth
1 batch of dukkah (I used all pistachios in this version here verses my original.)

for serving
tahini sauce, or any favorite sauce
steamed vegetables & a cooked grain (I chose green beans with wild rice, tossed in a squeeze of fresh lemon juice and a light drizzle of cold pressed olive oil.)

Soak the split peas overnight, or during the day for at least 8 hours. Drain and rinse well. Add to a pot on the stove with 3 cups of water. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook for 20 to 30 minutes. When done, drain any excess water than remains in the pot, add salt and pepper (to taste) as well as the garlic clove and process with an immersion blender into a paste. (You could also let the peas cool and blend then in a food processor or blender in batches, as needed.)

Shape 2 to 3 tablespoons worth of the split pea dough into patties and roll in a bowl of the dukkah. Place on a parchment lined cookie sheet and bake in a 350F oven for 15 minutes, then flip and bake for an additional 15 minutes (30 minutes total). Or you can heat on the stovetop a knob of refined coconut oil in a skillet on low, and pan fry the fritters for 5 minutes per side.

Serve over steamed veggies and a cooked grain of your choice, and drizzle with your favorite sauce (mine is this tahini). Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Or shape the fritters and freeze in an airtight, freezer safe bag for up to one month (defrosting and baking/frying as you’d like).

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  • Reply charity@teaselwooddesign.com November 4, 2015 at 5:37 am

    Good for you for listening to your self! I have such a hard time with that, with a uncharacteristic warm spell here I have been trying to take a afternoon off to go hiking with the dogs and I think that day is today!

    • Reply Faring Well November 6, 2015 at 2:16 pm

      Aw thank you Charity! It is seriously so tough. I hope you got to take the afternoon to yourself though and go for a hike with your pups! <3

  • Reply Rebeca November 4, 2015 at 6:10 am

    Enjoy your day playing in the kitchen! Being your own boss can be a dangerous thing, I should know…

    And these fritters? Love at first sight. One picture was enough to convince me to soak some split peas and, funnily enough, I made a batch of dukkah yesterday. Meant to happen. ;)

    • Reply Faring Well November 6, 2015 at 2:17 pm

      No way! How perfect is that. Hope you got to enjoy these yummy, crispy morsels this week. Thanks for your kind words Rebeca!

      • Reply Rebeca November 8, 2015 at 5:41 am

        Yes, I did! They were wonderful and, oh, so easy. Favourite dinner of the week. Thank you, Jessie!

        • Reply Faring Well November 10, 2015 at 10:07 pm

          YAY. Oh that just made my night. Thank you Rebeca! So glad <3

  • Reply Michelle @ Hummingbird High November 4, 2015 at 8:27 am

    Oh my god. I’m so glad you wrote about this. Sometimes, in the midst of doing sponsored posts and client projects, I find myself making things I wouldn’t have made ordinarily and yep, get disconnected to it all. I love the way you’ve mentally checked and are resetting yourself.

    Also, it’s funny how much email is involved in blogging, right?

    • Reply Faring Well November 6, 2015 at 2:18 pm

      AH it is so good to hear someone else is experiencing this too. Thank you Michelle! #confirmation I hope you get to do a little resetting in the midst of the holiday season too. And seriously – so. much. email. I had no idea ;)

  • Reply Kathryn @ The Scratch Artist November 4, 2015 at 9:44 am

    One very beautiful photo :-) All you need is one anyway, right? When I first started blogging I remember being really critical of my photos and then having to remind myself that I am not a professional photographer! All my anxiety about learning how to properly use my camera and getting the right shot was making my experience of cooking stressful and unenjoyable. I had to do a reset too and remember why I was really doing this. The food is priority number one. Funnily, my photos started getting better after that. I love that you shared this and did what was right for you. I don’t have any of your other overwhelming to-do’s, but hopefully I will someday ;-)

    • Reply Faring Well November 6, 2015 at 2:19 pm

      Your too sweet – thank you Kathryn! Glad you got to discover the balance as well. Its so important to step back and reassess what we are asking ourselves to do, and make sure it aligns with what we really want to be doing! Wishing you the best of luck on your beautiful blog <3

  • Reply Lauren Gaskill | Making Life Sweet November 4, 2015 at 10:02 am

    This, my dear, looks absolutely delicious! Good for you for taking time and listening to yourself. There’s so much that consumes our time, especially in the blogosphere. Cheers to a relaxed rest of your week!

    • Reply Faring Well November 6, 2015 at 2:20 pm

      Thank you Lauren! You are too kind and I appreciate your words here a ton <3 Hope you have a gorgeous weekend!

  • Reply Sydney | Modern Granola November 4, 2015 at 11:47 am

    I’m so glad you’re giving yourself the well deserved time for play. I think everyone needs more of that. This looks absolutely gorgeous, delicious, and inspired. I saw this stunning picture on pinterest first and was so excited to find out more! Can’t wait to smell this coming from my kitchen.
    Have an amazing day!
    xx Sydney

    • Reply Faring Well November 6, 2015 at 2:21 pm

      Thank you Sydney! It has been so fun this week. Unplugging and getting back into just some plain fun while creating yumminess. Thank you for the sweet words on the recipe too! Hope you get to enjoy some soon <3 happy weekend girl!

  • Reply Dani Mendocha | Styled Variety November 4, 2015 at 12:17 pm

    I love this post – sometimes we have to allow ourselves the time to create and relax in order to be creative and inspired! :) These split pea fritters look delicious and so simple to make!

    Dani | http://www.styledvariety.com

    • Reply Faring Well November 6, 2015 at 2:21 pm

      Its so true – and thank you Dani!

  • Reply danielle is rooting the sun November 4, 2015 at 12:19 pm

    i feel you so completely on this lady – that very moment of chaos where somehow you’re going through the motions, and the passion is always underlying, but the spark isn’t necessarily attached. it’s good of you to check these feelings and give yourself space and time. these split pea fritters are so beautiful – for me, a perfect dinner option. i love the combination of split pea and pistachio, so lovely. ♥

    • Reply Faring Well November 6, 2015 at 2:23 pm

      Thank you Danielle :) you are the sweetest, and this week was just what I needed. So thankful for the gracious, understanding people in this blogging community. I feel so encouraged and excited for all that is to come. Hope you have had the greatest week and are gearing up for a fun weekend friend! xo

  • Reply Sarah | Well and Full November 4, 2015 at 1:17 pm

    You go girl!! I am ALL about these fritters, and your words on keepin’ it simple. I hear you on the email thing… they just keep piling up! It’s impossible to keep on top of them all the time. But I’m so thrilled that you still posted this recipe, I’m always on the lookout for vegan fritter recipes and this one looks perfect!! Sending big hugs <3

    • Reply Faring Well November 6, 2015 at 2:24 pm

      Aw thank you Sarah! And I know right, so impossible when it comes to email – just have to keep ticking away! Thanks for your kind words on these fritters too. I’ve been meaning to whip up some of your raviolis for ages now and NEED to make it happen soon :) hugs!

  • Reply Chelsea | Whole Bite Blog November 4, 2015 at 5:49 pm

    Oh i just love this! Sometimes there is nothing better than taking a day to just COOK again, not worry about the perfect shot, the fading light, any of it! Also, pistachio dukkah?? YUM!!

    • Reply Faring Well November 6, 2015 at 2:24 pm

      Right?! Thank you for the encouragement Chelsea, you’re just too great! xo

  • Reply Emily | Gather & Dine November 4, 2015 at 6:55 pm

    YES!! As much as I love photography and capturing the beauty of food and the process of creating, I also love cooking without having to worry about shooting and documenting. (This is part of the reason I can only manage one post per week- I have absolutely no idea how some bloggers pull off almost daily posts!) And you hold yourself to such high standards with the way to respond to every comment and email… it’s all part of what makes you exceptional. I’ve actually never tried making my own dukkah, but yours sounds/looks awesome. Your one photo says it all. Hope it was a wonderful day playing and creating, Jessie!

    • Reply Faring Well November 6, 2015 at 2:26 pm

      I have seriously no idea how people do multiple too! Blows me away. And you are way way too flattering of me Emily, goodness! Thank you, but I really feel like I’m just chugging along trying to do my “best” – which a lot of the time means falling behind. So grateful for friends like you who are some of my greatest cheerleaders – such big hugs <3

  • Reply Liora @ Allthingsloveli November 4, 2015 at 7:37 pm

    This is the first thing I want to make the next time I have a day in the kitchen. I am so happy you were able to take some time out for yourself to reconnect with your inspiration and creativity… thank you for this special recipe.

    • Reply Faring Well November 6, 2015 at 2:27 pm

      You are all too kind Liora, thank you so very much! Hope you have a lovely weekend and get to whip up something yummy <3

  • Reply KJ | Omnomherbivore November 4, 2015 at 10:23 pm

    “DUKKAH. How many of you went, huh? Excuse you?” my thoughts exactly! I had to click on the link to see more! This looks good, as always! Enjoy your time actually doing the core work of food blogging :)

    • Reply Faring Well November 6, 2015 at 2:28 pm

      Haha thanks KJ! Glad you are now acquainted with this delicious spice blend ;). And it was so much fun, thank you thank you. Hope you have a great weekend friend! xo

  • Reply Anja November 5, 2015 at 3:49 am

    Hi! I couldn’t find any yellow split peas, I wondered what would work similar? maybe red lentils? :) thanks!

    • Reply Faring Well November 6, 2015 at 2:28 pm

      Hi Anja! I’m afraid red lentils would be too soft. Maybe chickpeas or another one of my faves – navy beans!

  • Reply Jodi November 5, 2015 at 5:29 am

    Amen, my friend. Enjoy it. Get creative. Take time to breathe. You are one powerful force Jessie Snyder, even the best are allowed a break from time to time, it only inspire your work even more. And if that break invovles a little dukkah, well then – who’s to complain. well done x

    • Reply Faring Well November 6, 2015 at 2:29 pm

      Aw, you! Thanks Jodi <3 you're always so encouraging and I super appreciate you friend! xo

  • Reply Sus // roughmeasures.com November 5, 2015 at 9:50 am

    Well done for going back to the reason this blog started, for the joy and love of food. Sometimes it’s too easy to focus on getting that perfect shot and we forget to just enjoy the whole cooking process. A gorgeous, flavoursome meal right there Jessie!

    • Reply Faring Well November 6, 2015 at 2:30 pm

      Thank you Sus! It was so wonderful and healing and now I’m bursting at the seams with genuine inspiration. So grateful. And thank you for the recipe love too, you’re the best! <3

  • Reply Lane | Green Spirit Adventures November 5, 2015 at 10:40 am

    I have been feeling exactly the same way! I was so uninspired and detached from the food I was creating – and sort of just blogging in general. I actually ended up taking a month long break. It was so good to spend time just playing with my food again, not worrying about photographing it or even really measuring ingredients. We all need time to step back and relax and it makes me so happy to hear that you’re listening to yourself and doing just that! I hope you had a wonderful day playing and experimenting!!

    • Reply Faring Well November 6, 2015 at 2:31 pm

      That is so great you took a break when you needed to too Lane! And thank you for the encouragement. It helps to hear how we all experience similar feelings at times and to be encouraged by like-minded individuals to reconnect with our passion again <3

  • Reply Claudia | The Brick Kitchen November 6, 2015 at 2:31 am

    I totally feel you Jessie – because this year I have had to cram recipe trials and photography into the weeks I have on holidays from uni (the college kitchen is very unusable!), I often found myself just wanting to make something quick, easy and full of flavour, and then just EAT IT straight away – no fluffing around with photography! Especially at dinnertime – when we were on holiday I noticed I just wanted to make comforting home food (like pasta!) that I probably wouldn’t make for my blog – and realised I just needed to relax and go with that, enjoy it and not feel pressured to make and photograph recipes all the time. So thank you for your post here – it is lovely to know that i am not the only one who feels that way sometimes! Gorgeous fritters too – I especially love the pistachio dukkah.

    • Reply Faring Well November 6, 2015 at 2:33 pm

      Its so true Claudia – we sometimes just have to go with it! Roll with what feels right, and not feel bad about it one bit. Thanks for sharing your experience with this too :) hope you are having a lovely week – and thank you for the dukkah love! ;)

  • Reply Katie November 6, 2015 at 10:14 am

    Wow your Blog is such an inspiration- I adore your food recipes and beautiful Posts!
    I adore this wild mix of rice its so incredible and healthy!!!

    For a great fruit salad recipe to go please visit me on http://www.whatskatieupto.com I would really appreciate it :)

    Love Katie

    • Reply Faring Well November 6, 2015 at 2:34 pm

      Thank you Katie <3 you have a beautiful blog too!

  • Reply Grace November 6, 2015 at 11:32 am

    Ok, first these fritters! I’ve been craving them so hard ever since I saw that pretty pic of deliciousness! Second, I love what you wrote about playing in the kitchen – it’s all the thoughts I’ve had in my head for a while, I’ve just been to busy to string them together in a conscious way. I remember the days before I started my blog – so much fun, so much playing around in the kitchen. Reading other food blogs just for the food – if you know what I mean. It’s good to go back to that place every now and then. Hope you have an awesome weekend!

    • Reply Faring Well November 6, 2015 at 2:35 pm

      Aw no way, thank you Grace. That really means a lot coming from you, and helps when we know its just something that needs to happen from time to time with us all. You’re the sweetest and I hope you have just the best weekend ever girl! xo

  • Reply Susannah (Lemon and Coconut) November 6, 2015 at 6:01 pm

    Beautiful recipe, so interesting and so simple I love it. The chick upstairs should cut you some slack more often if this is the result! :)

    • Reply Faring Well November 10, 2015 at 10:07 pm

      Haha thank you Susannah! I appreciate the encouragement ;)

  • Reply Becca | Spices and Spatulas November 7, 2015 at 5:52 am

    It’s so important to take time for oneself! Even if your job is creating something you love, it’s still such a big deal to take a moment to rest and make something just for you. You go, lady! xo

    • Reply Faring Well November 10, 2015 at 10:08 pm

      Right?! Ah, thank you Becca. You’re too sweet! <3

  • Reply Loran | Old World Living November 8, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    Haha! I love this post. Isn’t it funny how we get stuck in those ruts? I’ve been so exhausted for the last week that I haven’t been able to pull myself together even to answer emails or write blog posts. I had to just decide to let it go, and get some relax time in. Fortunately, I’m finally feeling a bit motivated and inspired today :-) Thanks for the reminder that we really have to boss ourselves around sometimes, lol.

    • Reply Faring Well November 10, 2015 at 10:09 pm

      It helps so much to hear of other people experiencing the same thing! And it seems as if the solution is always the same, taking a break. Glad to know you got one too and are feeling refreshed – YAY!

  • Reply Brooke @ Chocolate and Marrow November 9, 2015 at 9:58 am

    So I know I’m way late on this, but I just had to comment and say how much I feel your sentiment here. It’s been interesting how much turning recipe development into a job can take away some of the joy. Glad you gave yourself a day to cook, create, and play without the pressure of it being work.

    PS: We should organize some kind of time diary study among bloggers–I bet we’d find that like 80% of our days goes towards emailing! Ugh.

    • Reply Faring Well November 10, 2015 at 10:11 pm

      Aw thank you Brooke, I super appreciate you taking the time to write me this! And I know right, I think its 80% email, 15% commenting/replying, and the rest gets jammed into the last 5%! Its all such joy though, with the occasional need for a break ;)

  • Reply Kathryn November 10, 2015 at 8:30 am

    Ha, been there, done that. I’ve started keeping a board on pinterest which is just stuff that I *really* want to make and whenever I’m feeling bogged down in the idea of what I should be making, I look there for inspiration and it helps to keep me grounded. These fritters are definitely getting pinned to that board.

    • Reply Faring Well November 10, 2015 at 10:11 pm

      Thats such a great idea! Thanks Kathryn. Totally flattered these made the cut ;)

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