Category Archives: Veggie burgers

Summer of 63

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The supermarket had an aubergine marked down to 63p.  I bought it with the vague idea of a curry, but after consulting the Oracle of the Fridge picked up this Jack Monroe aubergine “meatballs” recipe to try instead….

http://agirlcalledjack.com/2014/03/15/a-tory-cabinets-nightmare-telegraph-cookbook-of-the-week/

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I bought a novel, some perfume, a fortune all for you

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‘Tis the Easter Bank Holiday in the UK, which in true UK fashion means it’s raining, hard.  Went to the gym and then wandered back through the shopping mall past darkened, shuttered shops, listening to the rain drum on the roof.  Bought a latte from Costas – the only things open are the chain coffee boutiques, which to be fair would probably open even during the Apocalypse, if there was the chance to flog just one last chocolate enormo-muffin before Death swept through on his white steed, gleaming scythe in hand, and decapitated the baristas.

But I digress.

I’m heavy on tinned goods at the moment, but the fridge is a Spartan waste of odds and ends of veggies.  So knocked together an impromptu lunch of chickpea-and-mushroom burgers in the last wholemeal tortilla wrap, with a dash of tomato chutney…

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Broad bean fritters

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Awoke this morning to a sand-papered throat and clamping headache. Application of breakfast and black tea made with honey didn’t shift the issue noticeably, so I made a call to work, refilled my hot water bottle and went back to bed and to bizarre dreams of being a beauty products auditor*, interspersed with snatches of Radio 4.

Eventually I resurfaced in the early afternoon, to field a couple of calls about my mother. We agreed that if I’m potentially infectious I won’t visit tonight or tomorrow, barring serious deterioration on her part (at which point it won’t matter anyway).

My original plan for Monday night dinner had been Bibimbap, but I didn’t really feel up to something that complex. There are however some frozen broad-beans that need using up, so I had a shot at a version of Deena Kakaya’s Broad Bean & Paneer fritters – comfort food with minimal prep but a good dose of healthy green veg, spices and protein – ideal for the unwell….

http://www.greatbritishchefs.com/community/broad-bean-paneer-fritters-recipe

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*no resemblance whatsoever to my actual job in a technical field(!)

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Live at Red Onion Rocks

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Picked up a couple of recipes from Deena Kakaya’s website http://www.deenakakaya.com/, and as they both require red onion (and I only have one in the fridge), I thought I’d have a go at both simultaneously. One, a fenugreek-heavy tofu curry, the other a chickpea-flour pancake, staggering under the even heavier weight of sweetpotato and courgette. Enjoy.

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Sweet potato, carrot and blackbean koftas

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Tripped over a roasted butternut & black-bean kofta recipe on http://www.outoftheordinaryfood.com. As I soaked and boiled a barrelful of black beans to make the chilli in the last recipe, I thought I’d set aside a couple of handfuls for this. With pitta bread, salad and low-fat mayo they’ll make an excellent packed lunch for the next couple of days. Assuming I don’t snaffle them all once they’re out of the oven….

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