Tuesday, 28 July 2015


Summer always makes me think of Bar B Q's and Bar B Q's always make me think of burgers...........
but as I don't eat red meat I wanted to create a delicious veggie version, to eat sitting out in the garden enjoying the sun (sun?? ha ha ha)  So armed with a can of black beans, I set to work.
My 91 year old grandma is the biggest fan of the blog - and she's never heard of black beans.

This got me thinking -they say if your grandma has never heard of it don't eat it. ( presumably referring to such things as E numbers or Methylcellulose) -  but do you think she's heard of other trendy ingredients such as Quinoa, millet, hemp seeds, spirulina or maca? lets find out!

ME            " What are Hemp seeds"
GRAN     " What? Hen's feet?"
ME           "Maca"
GRAN    " haven't got a clue"
ME          " spriulina"
GRAN    " is it like semolina?" 
ME           " Millet"
GRAN      " Bird food?"
ME            "Quinoa?"
GRAN        " I haven't heard of any of these things. Are they really food?"

So there you have it folks if you want to eat food my Grandma has heard of get googling recipes for Spam fritters or anything made with lard.  If not, stay tuned.

INGREDIENTS          makes 6 burgers  (suitable for freezing)

300g cooked black beans (either drained from a tin or cooked yourself)
200g mushrooms chopped up.
1 carrot grated
1 shallot, peeled and chopped
2 large garlic cloves
light olive oil (or butter or coconut oil) to cook the mushrooms
50ml red wine  (could also use white wine, or just use stock if you don't want to use wine)
1 tablespoon tamari soy sauce
salt & pepper to taste
rice flour to shape the burgers (or any other gluten free flour of your choice)

Heat 2 -3 tablespoons light olive oil in a frying pan. Add the garlic & shallot & stir fry for a few mins until they start to brown.
Add the mushrooms & the wine & continue to stir fry until the mushrooms have softened (good few mins).
set to one side.
grate the carrot.
Add the black beans, carrot, mushroom stirfry mix to a blender & blitz (you might prefer to blitz to a really smooth consitancy, or you may want your burgers to have more texture, in which case just "semi" blitz the mixture.
add the flour of your choice until the burgers are firm enough to shape.
place on a sheet of baking paper & pop in the oven for 30 mins.
if you want a crispy outside, fry each burger for about a minute on each side in a little olive oil or coconut oil to finish them off.
If you're using a BBQ, then you can pre cook them in the oven (as above) and then just re heat them on the BBQ for a few minutes to warm through and absorb all that smoky flavour.

  I wanted to make this recipe one you could make with or without enough sunshine to have a bar b q because when the weather in the UK does this in the middle of July - you can still enjoy them!
Wishing you all a sunny week ahead, wherever you may be!

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