Wednesday, March 4, 2009

February's BABA Night

We had our February Baba's Night at Mira's home where we participated in our first ever Lenten Loaf Exchange!

We also made mushroom & spinach phyllo dough triangles, soup, and a few lenten patties.

I want to thank Mira for hosting this month's Baba Night and all the women who participated and help make all this wonderful food some of which will go towards the St Hermione's Outreach.

Here are the recipes of the different Lenten Loaves or Patties.
Here are Mira, Tasha & Charmaine working hard.
Red Lentil and Millet Burgers (Thanks to Susan)

1/3 cup red lentils
1/2 cup millet
1 Tbsp canola oil
2 cups finely chopped scallions/onions
1/2 lb grated carrots (about 1 3/4 cups)
1 Tbsp vegetarian oyster sauce (substitute hoisin sauce)
1 Tbsp ketchup
1/4 cup sesame seeds, toasted & ground to coarse powder (I use ground almonds)
1 3/4 cup bread crumbs (I used oatbran, ground almonds & breadcrumbs)

1. Bring red lentils & 1 1/4 cups water to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, until the lentils are tender, 10 - 15 minutes. (Their colour will turn pale and they will break easily when pressed between two fingers.)Remove from heat. With a slotted spoon remove the lentils from the pan, pressing out as much water as possible.
2. Bring millet and 1 cup of water to a boil in a separate pan. Reduce heat and simmer, covered until all water is absorbed and millet is tender, 10 to 15 minutes.
3. Heat the canola oil in a large skillet over moderate heat. Add the scallions/onions and cook for a few minutes or until they are wilted. Add carrots, oyster or hoisin sauce and ketchup. Cook, uncovered for about 5 minutes to blend the flavors, stirring often.
4. Mix lentils, millet and skillet contents. Use a hand-held blender or food processor to form smooth mix.
5. Add ground sesame seeds & 1 cup of bread crumbs. Season to taste with salt.
6. Mix with a large spoon or really get in there with your hands until all the ingredients are thoroughly combined.
7. Form into 3 inch patties or little finger-sized nuggets and coat with bread crumbs or ground almonds. They are delicate but should hold together. It is easier if you can let the mix sit in the fridge to get cool before you form the patties.
8. I bake my patties on a lightly greased pan at 375F until they are done, about 10-15 minutes on each side. They come out best if I use my pizza stone. Then I do not need any oil. Gentle turning these guys. You can broil for 5 - 7 minutes each side 3 to 5 inches from the heat. Or you can saute in oil over medium heat for a few minutes each side.

Patties - Legume - - Chickpea and Pumpkin Burgers ( Thanks to Tasha)

600 grams / 1.3 pounds chickpeas, soaked, well drained (use 2 x 300 grams / 10.5 ounces cans if no soaked chickpeas available)
400 grams / 14 ounces pumpkin, cooked, drained, mashed
1 onion, finely diced
100 grams / 3.5 ounces red capsicum, seeded, finely diced
1 tablespoon tahini
2 teaspoon finely chopped fresh ginger
1 teaspoon coriander
2 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon crushed garlic
1/2 cup chopped chives

Place chickpeas in a food processor and process until they resemble large breadcrumbs (avoid over processing so you can enjoy the taste and crunch). Place processed chickpeas in a bowl with vegetables, tahini and herbs. Mix well, then work the mixture together with your hands until it begins to stick together. Shape into burgers and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before cooking.
Lightly oil a frying pan and heat until very hot, cook burgers on both sides until brown.

Mira's Lentil Loaf 2009 (Thanks to Mira)

1/2 cup nuts (I used mix)
2 TB oil for sauteing veggies
1 1/2 cups cooked veggies (I used asparagus, carrots, cauliflower & broccoli)
2 cups cooked lentils
1 cup cooked rice
1/4 - 1/2 cup rice milk
1 heaping TB flaxseed meal (you can grind flax seeds in coffee grinder)
salt & pepper (maybe 1/2 tsp each?)

Pre heat oven to 350F.
Grind nuts into a course meal (I use a coffee grinder).
Saute veggies in oil until soft; mash with fork.
Add veggies and nuts to other ingredients in a bowl.
Mash everything together adding the rice milk, until you have a liquid to soft moist texture.
Bake until cooked through, about 45 minutes.

Almond Flaxseed Burgers (Thanks to Mandy)

2-3 Cloves Garlic
1 cup Almonds
1/2 cup Ground Flaxseed
2 Tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
2 Tbsp Coconut Oil, Hemp Oil, or Olive Oil (or a blend)
Sea Salt to taste
A bit of red pepper (optional)

Blend everything together in a food processor.
Form patties by hand.
If they are too crumbly add a bit of water.

This is a raw vegan recipe it doesn't need to be cooked. If you would like them warm bake them at 300F till they are at the heat you desire.

Esau's Lil' Lenten Lentil Loaf (Thanks to Charmaine)

3 cups cooked, drained Red Lentils
5 cups cooked, peeled rough mashed Yams
1/4 cup fresh grated Ginger
2 tsp Cinnamon
3/4 cup Orange Juice
1/2 cup Oat bran
3 Tbsp Brown Sugar
1/2 cup Coconut Flakes
1/2 chopped Pecans, plus garnish

Mash everything except the pecans together with a fork. Add more orange juice if it feels too dry. Then stir in pecans. Pour into 8'x8' square pan and bake at 350F for 45-50 minutes. This is a loaf in the looses sense of the term. Serve with warm coconut milk or drizzle with orange juice and honey.

For any type of Lenten Loaf I would suggest checking out The Magical Loaf Studio where you can create your own Loaf (that's where I created mine). The Magical Loaf Studio is a creation of the Vegan Lunch Box which is a great place for vegan recipes!

1 comment:

  1. This seemed to be popular. It's dead easy to make. It can be vegan or not. And it's excellent relief from lenten legume monotony.



    Approx. 2 large onions, finely chopped

    Plenty of chopped garlic




    Fresh ginger

    1 or 2 fresh, chopped chilli peppers (for example, jalapenos)

    1 can diced tomatoes


    Chicken thighs (optional)

    Cubed vegetables such as peeled sweet potato, peeled and seeded squash or pumpkin, zucchini, eggplant, etc. (optional)

    Approx 1 cup peanut butter (the sort that only has peanuts and maybe salt on the ingredients list, not the sweet sort)


    Spinach, washed and chopped


    1. In a soup pot, sweat the onions in a little oil.

    2. As the onions become clear, add the garlic, a healthy pinch of allspice, and a slightly larger pinch of turmeric to the onions.

    3. Add chilli peppers. Seed the peppers and use less if you aren’t cooking for people who like spicy food.

    4. When you can smell the spices, add the diced tomatoes and grate in a piece of ginger (say, the length of your finger), and then turn the temperature down.

    5. If you are going to use chicken, brown the chicken thighs in a separate pan and then add to the tomato mixture. Add water as needed to cover.

    6. Simmer until the flavours are melded or, if you are using chicken, the chicken is cooked.

    7. If you are using the cubed vegetables, cook them until they are almost done – either steaming them or stir frying them, while the tomato mixture cooks.

    8. If you are using chicken, remove the chicken. If you want to, blend the tomato mixture with an immersion blender until smooth.

    9. Put the peanut butter in a heatproof container like a Pyrex measuring cup. Spoon some of the tomato mixture over the peanut butter. Mix together until the peanut butter is fully incorporated into the tomato, and then add it to the main pot.

    10. Add salt to taste.

    11. Add the chicken, the vegetables, and the chopped spinach to the pot.
    12. When the spinach is wilted and everything is hot, serve over hot, fresh rice. Serve with toppings or “garnishes” like cilantro, chopped green onions, roasted peanuts, chopped chillies, lemon wedges, orange wedges, banana slices, fresh pineapple, hard-boiled eggs, fresh shrimp, dried shrimp, fresh pita bread, chipatis, papadums, and fried plantains.