While my parents were here for Christmas we had some lovely summer meals together.
One night we had dinner at our place with Mum, Dad, my sister and nephew and I made Jamie Oliver’s recipe for Happy Cow burgers. I saw this on the 15 minute meals program and made it for M and I. We loved them so I kept them up my sleeve for next time Mum and Dad visit as they follow a macrobiotic diet.
I also made a simple broccoli, bean and spinach salad dressed with lemon and olive oil and a fabulous Nigella Lawson recipe for soba noodle salad which I've made many times before. Often I’ll make a quick spicy tomato sauce to go with veggie burgers but as it was so hot I made a chopped tomato salsa instead with onion and basil.
It was a really nice simple summer meal, made even better by having my parents there with me!
- 1 bunch fresh coriander (Jamie uses the stalks and keeps the leaves for salad, but I just used a slightly smaller bunch and used the whole thing)
- 1 400g tin mixed beans
- 200g frozen broad beans (the 2nd time I made this I ran out of beans with 100g to go so used frozen peas to top it up, it worked fine)
- 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1/2 tsp ground cumin (I double this)
- 1/2 tsp ground coriander (I double this)
- Zest of 1 lemon (I didn't use this the 2nd time and it still tasted good)
- 1 heaped tbsp plain flour, plus extra for dusting
- Put all ingredients into a food processor and whiz until smooth and combined. NB: I found the first time I did it the beans needed to sit for 20 mins before I whizzed them as they were too frozen to puree properly.
- Make into patty shapes and dust in flour
- Fry in olive oil until brown all over and serve!
The first time I made these we tried eating them in a burger bun (like Jamie recommended in his book) but they were too soft and went all over the place. We've since just had them more like a patty than in a burger - but still good nonetheless!