First up, my favourite metal vegan femme, Ashasarala, posted her mum’s recipe for black bean burgers. I made these exactly as the recipe said, but the end result was a bit dry—I blame my oddly cooked black beans, a result of experimentation with a new pressure cooker. To make up for the dryness, I added about ¼ c. of veggie stock with a teaspoon of cornflour, to make the mixture the right consistency to form into patties. These were good. Really good. We had them in tortillas with lettuce, tomato, cucumber, beetroot, sautéed onion and mushroom, bbq sauce, and sour cream. We’ll definitely make these again.
Next up, I made Liz2’s recipe for Aloo Paratha, posted at her blog Kamutflake Girl. Tangy, spicy potatoes warmly embraced by whole wheat chapatti = heaven, plain and simple. I made the potatoes a day or two ahead of time, so they didn’t even feel like much work. I thought the process of stuff the bread with the filling would be complicated, but it was really much easier than I thought. The perfect accompaniment to dhal!
And for dessert, how about some pie? When I saw Emmie, aka VegBitch, post about strawberry lime no-bake pie, I knew I had to make this. The only problem was, we didn’t have many of the ingredients on hand. One evening Andy went up to the shop to buy marked down bread so I asked him to get some frozen strawberries and vegan biscuits. He came home with raspberries and blackberries. We got yogurt, and found some vegan Nice biscuits (Cole’s brand). There is no such thing as vegan whipped topping in Townsville, so I used some mango flavoured silken tofu. The only problem was that I didn’t really measure, because the cup was full of sour cream in the fridge. I think I had way more filling ingredients than the original recipe called for, because there was definitely not enough agar to gel the pie filling (we stuck it in the freezer to make it keep its shape). The end result was vastly different to the recipe posted, but it was good. With some tweaking, it will be really good. Andy and I are both imagining the different fruit and flavour combinations we can create with this basic pie recipe. For now, here is a picture of my Raspberry Blackberry Lime Mango no-bake pie!
All of these recipes will be getting a workout in our house in the future, and I suggest that you try them, too!