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Super Galactic Space Pitas

I presented myself with a challenge in this round of kitchen adventures. I’m going to be going camping in a week and will only be bringing some bare essentials: a paring knife, a spatula, a pan and maybe a cutting board. Now, could I prepare this recipe with only these basic items? Well, there were some challenges and the process was significantly slower than it would have been had I used some decent chefs’ knives; not to mention, I think some of the vegetables and herbs may have suffered some aesthetic malfunctions at the knife’s expense but overall it turned out really well. I’m only confiding this to you because you’ll see the pictures and they don’t demonstrate absolutely identical cuts to all the vegetables. But I did get close… and frustrated with the tedium of using such a tiny knife.

My mom brought this recipe to my last potluck. I was quite proud. It’s her own invention adapted from a recipe for Vietnamese style salad rolls. The result is a delicious vegan dish chalk full of veggies! It’s super duper tasty and has the possiblity of making a ton of food. The filling turned out a good couple of litres. I ended up having some left over that will taste great on salads throughout the week.

Working with pita’s is no easy task. I used whole wheat pitas because that’s a thing I do but white pitas tend to be a softer and crumble less. If you find the pita’s difficult to separate try zapping them in a microwave for 5 seconds each then work quickly with the warm pita as it will dry out if you let it cool.

Or watch and listen on Youtube.

The cutting of the vegetables took a really, really long time. In all honesty I wasn’t listening to these tunes while I made it but they have been on my mind a lot recently so they’re fair game AND they do kind of relate to what I was really doing. Instead of music I listened to a passionate talk about the importance of space exploration and funding space projects from, who else, Neil DeGrasse Tyson. It’s an hour long keynote address at the National Space Symposium (2012). He’s such an amazing, articulate speaker… and smart… and funny… you know, all the qualities you want in a man except that he’s so busy he’d never be around to help dust the house or hold your hand when watching scary movies. I’m juuusssst guessing. He’s a great guy, I’m not going to put him down. I mean, he is practically married to space, all the billions of stars and endless reaches of the universe. That’s pretty cool.

You know, come to think of it, these pitas kind of look like a weird galaxy (probably one named after an exploding clam) with multi-coloured suns and trapped in a mollusk-like space-cloud. If you squint real hard you’ll see it. Give it time. In honour of space, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, extra-terrestrial clams and pitas I name these….

Super Galactic Space Pitas

Makes at least 20 mini pitas.

  • 1 bunch of cilantro (to taste), chopped
  • 15 fresh basil leaves, chiffonade
  • 20 fresh mint leaves, chopped
  • 4 green onions, green parts only, cut diagonally
  • 1 cucumber, peeled, de-seeded, finely chopped and squeezed dry in a paper towel
  • 4 celery stalks, finely chopped
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled, and finely chopped
  • 7 radishes, finely chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, cored, de-seeded and finely chopped
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, cored, de-seeded and finely chopped
  • 15-20 mini pitas
  • 2 cups hummus
  1. Gently stir the chopped cilantro, basil, mint, green onions, cucumber, celery, carrots, radishes and bell peppers together.
  2. Cut a hole approximately 1 inch (2.5 centimeters) in the top of each pita. If they are difficult to open try microwaving them for 5 seconds each to soften them. Smear the inside of each pita with about 2 tablespoons of hummus. Fill with a few spoon fulls of the vegetable mix.
  3. Store tightly with the pita openings facing up. Keep slightly cool until ready to serve. If you prepare these too far in advance the pitas will get soggy from the hummus and the herbs will start to wilt. Be careful with transportation as bumps can cause the pita fillings to fall out.

2 comments on “Super Galactic Space Pitas

  1. Rae Cardiff
    September 6, 2012

    Thanks for posting, Kat. This is such a versatile recipe. Your readers can substitute their own favourite vegetables, herbs, and spreads. They can even try a dessert stuffed pita with chocolate nut spread, peanut butter, jam, or even marshmallow spread and stuff with fruits, chocolate chips, mini mallows, etc.

    • kahht
      September 6, 2012

      Yes! Absolutely. It’s super flexible.

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