Rob and the black&green patties

Rob in the kitchen: an inspired cook, not easy to please and with radical taste, straight animalist and wobbling vegetarian. Perfectionist while not on the booze, great with knives.

He just developed the following recipe and it’s a little revolution because he let in his pantry some ingredients he never used or considered before: ghee butter, garam masala, besan and avocado. I mean… he wouldn’t have gone near an avocado until yesterday.

Below the recipe of black and green patties, served with guacamole and kale in a brown baguette.

Enjoy! (I did very much)

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Ingredients for the patties (make 8 patties, serve 4)

3 table spoons of ghee butter

1 medium white onion, finely chopped

2 garlic cloves, finely chopped

500g cooked green lentils, drained

500g cooked black beans, drained

100g besan

1 table spoon garam masala

100g mature cheddar cheese, grated

salt and pepper to taste

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Method

Preheat the oven at 180 C. In a frying pan melt 2 spoons of ghee and lightly fry onions and garlic in it until softened. Add beans and lentils and, while frying, roughly mash them with the help of a wooden spoon or a masher. Set aside to cool in a bowl.

In the same pan add the remaining ghee and when hot stir in besan and garam masala, again lightly frying for a couple of minutes. Incorporate the mixture to the beans and lentil mash and season with salt and pepper.

Let cool down, devide the mixture in 8 equal parts that you will arrange on  a oven tray lined with baking paper. You can shape the patties with your hands or with the help of a spoon. Don’t worry if the mixture is quite soft and wet, the cooking will give the patties the right crispiness and body.

Put in the oven and let cook for 45 minutes.

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Ingredients for the guacamole (serve 4 patties)

2 avocados

juice of half lime

salt and pepper to taste

4 black olives, sliced

1 tomato, chopped

1 green chillie, sliced

1 table spoon olive oil

Method

In a small bowl smash the peeled avocado with a fork. Add lime juice and season with salt and pepper. Stir in all the rest of the ingredients and keep chilled and covered until serving.

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Ingredients for kale (serve 4 patties)

250g kale, roughly chopped

1 table spoon olive oil

2 garlic cloves sliced

salt and pepper to taste

Method

Fry kale with olive oil and sliced garlic until softened.

You can have the patties with the side of guacamole and kale or for a burger effect and a ultimate healthy meal you can use the preparations to stuff a nice multigrain and rye baguette.

Patties can be served right from the oven with the hot kale and the cold guacamole or they are great also at room temperature.

Use olive oil instead of ghee and avoid cheese for a vegan version and no bread for a gluten free one… what else do you want?

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Berlin: Stadt Land Food Festival

Fantastic opportunity to visit Stadt Land Food Festival in Berlin. Workshops about sausages, bread, cheese and coffee, talks and movies about good farming, good feeding and good drinking and amazing street food and German produces! Berlin may not be the most famous city in the world for its food offer but remember Berliners were going green and organic well before the word hipster made sense, their coffee shops were cool and stylish before we knew what a flat white was and they have been shopping with tote bags forever… so I believe they my not have huge resources invested in marketing and PR but they know what they do!

STADT LAND FOOD FESTIVAL

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Having calm down the craving for sausages with a solid regime of curry wurst in the past few days spent in Berlin, on the night at the street food festival I went for a fresh and tasty herring baguette at the fish stall inside the the Markt Halle Neun. Immune to the sight of lovely Italian goodies (apparently the best focaccia in town can be found here) but finally craving for all what I was looking at, I passed all the roasting sausages, got tempted by the triple cheese Surf & Turf Burger with prawns by FISCH ART (really popular) and since I had been such a good girl I finally rewarded myself with some fine Riesling. See you there next year!