Saturday, 7 March 2015

Recipe - Bean Burgers, Plum and Blackberry Crumble


The by product of everyone being busy and stressed and unable to find a time to eat together is that it's necessary to book in 'house dinner' a month in advance. Seriously, just to eat in the same expanse of space. We had our time booked in for the end of the weekend where I was finding it incredibly difficult to switch off. (Case in point: I just clicked off this to read a text and clicked back onto work emails instead of blog.) I was keen to find another mode of distraction from screwing over my body and mind and hating self for it the next day so thought to myself that I should cook since I haven't done that in a while. But I went a bit overboard and ended up whirring around the kitchen like a manic mechanical toy for three hours. Possibly not the slow, steady cooking I had in mind. However, we came out with: sweet potato and black bean burgers, sweet potato and pepper salad, Mexican rice, juevos rancheros, guacamole, salad, plum and blackberry crumble and thyme custard. I feel tired even thinking about writing it out. Here's a couple of the choice recipes.

Plum and blackberry crumble
I stewed 3 punnets of blackberries and 7 plums in the oven with probably around 50 - 75g of sugar and a couple of cinnamon sticks. The crumble was made of equal parts butter and flour and then 50g or so each of sugar and oats. One went on top of the other and it was baked for 30 mins or so.
Served with my first ever home made custard using this recipe

Bean burgers
I largely stuck to good old Cloakey's recipe but used sweet potato instead of potato and a tablespoon of polenta in the mixture to bind.

Beef hotpot
I made a super rich beef hotpot. Too rich. Dizzying! I browned about a kilo of stewing beef over a high heat then removed from the heat. Then, I softened an onion, a leek, two carrots until browned. Then, it was time to add the meat back in, turn the heat up slightly then added wine, bay, thyme and stock and let it bubble for 5 minutes. We topped the mixture with 3 large potatoes that were sliced to the thickness of a pound coin - scattering a little goose fat, salt and rosemary over each layer. This was all placed in the oven for 2 hours covered and an hour uncovered - it served 8 portions.

1 comment:

  1. Hi, Thanks for sharing the Bean Burgers, Plum and Blackberry Crumble Recipe. I always love to make new Recipe.

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