Sunday, January 30, 2011

Kansas Red Kidney Bean Patty Open Sandwich with Green Spread

That title's a mouthful, and so is this recipe! Hahaha ugh. This one's named for the 150th anniversary of Kansas' admission as the 34th state. It makes use of the failed bread recipe from yesterday, which I thought I'd be able to fry like chapati bread. I was wrong. Since the dough is sort of sticky it made a mess in the pan. So I rolled it up again, flattened it out, and baked it. Bam. Kinda weird, but whatever. I think tomorrow I'll venture a third attempt at recuperating all that flour by boiling the dough. Bagels?

One thing to note is that I meant to use only 1/4 cup of water in the patties but wasn't paying attention to the measuring cups and used 1/3. There seems to be a new trend in my cooking of failure to properly mind water.

makes approx. 4-5 servings

1 15.5-oz. can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 c. bread crumbs
1/2 c. vital wheat gluten
1/3 c. water
2 Tbsp. shoyu soy sauce
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 small white onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp. tarragon
1 tsp. sage
1/2 tsp. thyme
1/2 tsp. paprika

1. Fry the onion in a pan with some oil over medium heat. When translucent, add garlic for a minute or two. Remove from heat.
2. Preheat the oven to 350F.
2. Mash the kidney beans in a large mixing bowl with a wooden spoon or other blunt instrument. Add everything else, mix together, and knead with your hands until it holds together in a dough. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, form the dough into patties, and stick those suckers in the oven. After 15 min., flip them and flatten them out if need be, then bake for another 15 min.

1/2 c. cashews
1/2 c. water
1 red bell pepper
1 avocado, skinned
1 jalapeno, chopped and partially seeded
1 Tbsp. sunflower oil
2 Tbsp. tahini
1 handful cilantro
1/3 c. water
1/4 tsp. salt
juice of 1/2 lemon
ground black pepper, to taste

1. Soak the cashews in water for several hours.
2. Roast the bell pepper over your gas burner. If you've got electric you're out of luck. I held the pepper by the stem, removed the grate (or whatever it's called), and cranked the burner to Hi. Wait for the skin to sizzle and blacken. Once it's crispy, place the pepper in a bowl and cover (e.g., with a dish towel).
3. Puree the cashews and water in a blender. Add remaining ingredients except bell pepper. Puree.
4. Seed the bell pepper. It's turn has come, so jam it into the bottom of the blender and press the button.

1 failed recipe of yeast bread

1. Attempt to fry in a pan over high heat. Remove from heat, knead, and form into a patty.
2. Bake at 350F for 10 minutes.

This is one of the only meals I've eaten with a fork and knife since going vegan. Maybe it's because I like to cut things up pretty well before cooking them, but a knife is only really essential when you're trying to slice through flesh.

I recently bought a book from Friends of Animals by Lee Hall, On Their Own Terms. According to some guy on the back cover, "In this fascinating and illuminating book, Lee Hall calls [...] upon us to seek and celebrate a world where fish can swim, free in clean water, and bees and birds can fly in peace. And it offers a plan to make it happen." Can't wait!

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