Inspired by Mac Rogers' Steal the Stars
Patty: So, lunch? We can prep to meet with the big guy?
Dakota: Go ahead without me. I gotta go up--I've left mine in the car.
Patty: What, that falafel crap?
Dakota: That's the one.
Patty: You know I don't respect your vegetarianism, right?
Dakota: Yeah, it keeps me up at night.
There's not much mention of food in Tor Labs' debut science fiction podcast, Steal the Stars, but what there is helps to give colour to the relationship between two of its leading characters, Dakota and Patty. Banter between the two veers several times into mock denigration of the other's eating habits, where vegetarianism (e.g. "that falafel crap") is pitted against images of cannibalistic devouring (e.g. "eat dick, made of meat"). In the strict confines of Quill Marine, teasing seems like a sensible way of staying within the limits of permitted intimacy. And in the confines of The Speculative Kitchen, I'm not about to rustle up a penis. So, falafel it is. With moss on top.
Falafel (makes 12-15 patties)
Serve together in a wrap with Greek yoghurt and a salad of your choice. Mine had tomatoes, cucumber, mint, lemon, salt and pepper.