vegetarien

Beetroot and Feta burgers

I have always enjoyed to have vegetarian food, but when I have been going out eating the choice often seems to be either pasta or boring bean burgers Not that there is anything wrong with neither bean burgers or pasta, but sometimes it is nice with something different especially with all the lovely vegetables available. I realised that I really need to learn to take better pictures.. this one focuses more on the wedges than the burger itself.. May have been something to do with the fact that baby blip was watching Peppa pig and I kind of snapped the phone from him to take a picture, but hey..  better than nothing… Now I hope you enjoy!.

2 are recommended per person for dinner. Or one if you got a tiny Blipson.. He tried but wasn’t too convinced. But then he was also very tired it must have been all the riding on his new “horse” today.


Ingredients:

300 g raw beetroot, peeled and finely grated

2 Spring onions, finely chopped

100 g roasted pumpkin or butternut squash (you could leave this and just use an extra 100 g beetroot instead).

2 Garlic cloves crushed

Finely grated zest and juice of ½ lemon

3 tbsp flour + extra to dust of the burgers.

Salt and pepper

1 medium egg

150 g feta, crumbled

Olive oil

Method:

  1. Squeeze any extra liquid out of the beetroot, best way is to use a cloth that can be discarded afterwards.
  2. In a large bow finely mash the butternut squash, if not using continue to step 3. Make sure it is well mashed.
  3. Now add the beetroot, the lemon and zest, spring onions, garlic, egg and flour and mix well together add salt and pepper (careful with salt as the feta is already salty). When it is proper mixed add the crumbled feta.
  4. Add the oil to pan, warm up to a medium.
  5. Form the beetroot to burger shaped patties then dust with the flour and fry in the pan.The mixture should make 8 medium sized patties. fry, for around 4-5 minutes on each side.

If you don’t want to cook them all at once you can wrap them in cling foil and freeze them. Cook from frozen in oven at 200C/ or 180C fan oven.

Its nice served with salad and homemade wedges.

Chicken

My lovely homemade Ginger BBQ chicken wings!

Now as long as I can remember I have loved chicken especially Chicken Wings. I have tried 100 of different recipes and this is one of my favourite. I got the initial recipe from a food magazine and I have now changed it to my liking. I’m hoping that one day my son will get to love chicken wings as well. But at the moment he is not convinced.

If cooking this for kids, I would recommend to only add the chilli to the people who like chilli. This can either be served on you own as a snack, brilliant with a beer (I have been enjoying them with the football this evening France – Romania). Alternatively, as a main meal served with rice and a salad or you could go more traditional like a chicken shop serving with chips

Serves 4-6 people (4 as a starter, 6 if main course)

Ingredients:

Chicken

1 kg chicken wings (approximately)

Marinade

1 small onion very finely shopped

2 Garlic cloves finely chopped

Thumb size ginger grated

3 tbsp. balsamic vinegar

3 tbsp. soft dark brown sugar

3 tbsp. soy sauce

3 tbsp. Worcester sauce

3 tbsp. tomato ketchup

750 ml Ginger beer (or ginger ale)

Topping

Sesame seeds around 1 tbsp. (optional), these could be toasted if you like

Dried chilli flakes, or a whole red chilli finely chopped.

2 spring onions, green part.

 

Process:

  1. Put all the ingredient for the marinade in a pot then cook until it has reduced to around half the amount and has become sticky. Then allow to cool.
  2. Now marinade the wings in the sauce, I did it over night, but even if you don’t have time to marinate it will be fine.
  3. Heat the oven to 190 C (fan oven) and bake the chicken with half the sauce, half way through add more sauce. Keep adding the sauce to cooked through (around 25 min
  4. When cooked through, remove from oven place in serving platter, and sprinkle over the sesame seeds, chilli flakes and spring onions and serve.

Bon Appetite

Cost based on Sainsbury prices

Garlic 3p

Spring onions 5 p

Ginger 15 p

Sainsbury’s Balsamic Vinegar of Modena 1 Leaf 250ml £1.20 = 26 p

Onion 10 p

Sainsbury’s Dark Soy Sauce 150ml = 10 p

Worcester sauce (Sainsbury’s Worcester Sauce 150ml) 10 p

Tomato ketchup Sainsbury’s Tomato Ketchup 680g 5p

Ginger ale Sainsbury’s American Ginger Ale 1L 26p

Chicken wings £1.80

Sesame seeds 10p (I couldn’t find this on Sainsbury side, I buy mine cheap n the Chinese shop).

 

Total: £3.00