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jamaican bean and smoked tofu burgers
August 7, 2010, 4:59 pm
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A main focus of veganism is food. One of my main focuses is food. If you can’t tell, I love to cook. It started about 3 years and 4 months ago, when Daley took me into his kitchen and showed me what it meant to eat from scratch. Since then we’ve been cooking, and now growing, from scratch. We  recently had a two year journey cooking commercially, selling our food at an organic farm, in health food shops, for private parties, and at local festivals. I wouldn’t be surprised if we  go back into catering again. Cooking is a huge part of our lives. It’s a great joy and an appreciated service.

I like to cook in new environments and with new tools. Undeniably, it is the tools that create the flow of cooking. I love sharp machete knives, wooden cutting boards, our seasoned cast iron pans….and I also adore our food processor. Before we got our food processor last year, I had only heard stories about the new culinary adventures one of these would bring to our kitchen. Daley would tell me stories of kitchens gone past, from years stretching into last decade, when he was a chef in the trendy restaurants of London. He’d often talk about a food processor’s usefulness in so many recipes: delicate mousses, spreads, salsas, dips, mixes, doughs. When we finally purchased a used Robot Coupe, I learned first hand about the magic and convenience of a “whizzer.” I love to create with this tool. Slaws, pestos, burgers, butters, bread crumbs, cake, hummus, smoothies, milks….there are endless ways to create.

This is a crazy delicious burger we stumbled upon with the trusty Robot Coupe  the other day when we needed a good meal. It features a smoked tofu that has a rich, smoky smell and taste to it.

You can definitely make this by manually mashing if you don’t have a food processor. The recipe is roughly as follows:

spices: mustard seed, cumin seed, paprika, cumin, salt, and pepper

herbs: chives and parsley

1 onion

a big pile of mushrooms

1 can of Jamaican gungo beans – but you could use any beans

a big handful of cashews

1 heaping tablespoon of tomato puree

225 grams smoked (or other) tofu

Start by popping the mustard and cumin seeds in a hot pan. Add the onion and mushroom. Let the mushrooms get soft and liquidy- then add the other spices. Mix in the beans for a moment. Now crumble your tofu into the food processor or hand mash. Add the nuts, tomato puree, sauteed ingredients, and fresh herbs. If you’re hand mashing, you will need to grind your cashews separately. An easy way is enclosing them in a a piece of cloth, then smashing them with a cup or some other hard object. Taste and and adjust seasoning if necessary.

burger mix ready to get whizzed

Now get your pan back on the stove, roll your burger mix into patties, and fry em up!! You’ll get 12 or so amazing patties.