Google e-mailed me to tell me that they debited my account for another year of the Gourmet Apartment. So I guess it's our anniversary. It's nice to see how the Gourmet Apartment and I have changed over the past couple years. There's much less meat on this site than there was a couple years ago, for one. Also, I'm a much happier person than I was before. I love my new city, enjoy the work I'm doing in my master's program, and am in a happy relationship.
Two years ago, I couldn't imagine making a Veggie Burger, but there I was last night trying to think of something delicious to make that my girlfriend could also enjoy, and this is what I thought of:
15.5 oz. can of Whole Black Beans
3 oz. Tomato Paste (only because my girlfriend's roommate needed about an ounce of a 4 oz. container and was going to throw away the rest...)
0.75 c. 4-Color Quinoa (cooked in 1.5 c. Water)
1 bunch Parsley
3 Cloves Garlic chopped
0.5 Onion diced
Pinch of Ground Rosemary, Thyme, Cumin, and Dried Basil
Salt and Pepper
Boil off as much liquid as you can from the Black Beans and stir in the Tomato Paste. After about half of the liquid has been boiled off, add in the chopped Garlic and half of the diced Onion. Meanwhile cook the Quinoa. Chop the Parsley in a food processor and then add the Bean mixture once the remaining water has mostly boiled off. Pulse a couple times and then add the cooked Quinoa. Add in the Spices and remaining Onion and pulse a few more times to mix everything up. Form the mixture into patties on a baking sheet and bake at 375 for 30 minutes or until the patty is more or less hard and slightly crusty on the outside. The mixture should make 5 fairly large patties (with a couple spoonfuls left over to eat unbaked) or 6-7 smaller, but still sizable patties.
The patty is not supposed to resemble Meat. I do not believe in Veggie Burgers that are supposed to trick vegetarians into believing they are eating Meat. These Burgers are their own thing- earthy and flavorful and happy in their own shoes. Still, I put them on a good Bun with Ketchup, Mustard, a tad of Sriracha, and the usual Lettuce, Tomato, and Onion triumvirate. Also, cheese. Unfortunately, I had no Pickles.
For a first attempt, though slightly overcooked, they were really satisfying and delicious. I ate a leftover burger this morning for breakfast- well, lunch since I woke up late- and was still pleased. But next time I want to try using fewer Beans and adding some Sunflower Seeds and Sprouts of some sort.
***The mixed drink in the background was made with 2 parts Tequila to 1 part Aged Rum, with a dash of Grenadine Syrup and topped off with fresh squeezed Orange Juice. Pretty good.