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Aubergine Burgers (vegetarian)

In Dinners and Meals, Salads, Vegetarian On September 25, 2015 0 Comments

There is so much to say about these lovely meatless burgers. They made my eyeballs literally roll back many times whilst devouring them. They are quite surprising for what they appear to be and I promise that they taste delicious. I cannot compare their taste to anything else, but they are definitely a must try.

Since I was eating these burgers during my lunch break, I felt the urge to share them with my colleagues as otherwise they couldn’t have imagined why I was making such a fuss on how good they were. This in fact proved right since they all agreed that the burgers taste was delightful.

These burgers would also make an ideal snack. My next variation with these burgers would be to put them in a bun and use them instead of a conventional burger, since they did look like they were meat burgers after all. Although, I am still working on finding the best alternative burger bun to accompany them. I cannot use my recent favourite aubergine burgers buns alternative, as there would be too much aubergines, but I definitely suggest you to try this recipe out if you are using any other type of burgers. Sliced aubergine do make a really good replacement for bread rolls.

Oh by the way, aubergines and egg plants are the same thing. So, here goes the recipe.

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Aubergine Burgers
Yields 8
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Prep Time
30 min

Cook Time
30 min

Prep Time
30 min

Cook Time
30 min

Ingredients
  1. 2 medium sized aubergines
  2. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  3. 1 small onion
  4. 1 big garlic clove
  5. 1 white dry local cheeselet (gbejna bajda) or 1 cup semi-hard cheese
  6. handful of chopped fresh parsley
  7. 1 cup / 100gr ground almonds (intrita) or flour or breadcrumbs of your choice
  8. 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  9. 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  10. salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Peel and dice the aubergines into cubes and set aside.
  2. Chop the onion and cook on medium heat adding the olive oil only when pan gets hot and onions start to sizzle. This method will reduce the amount of heat absorbed by the oil.
  3. Toss in the spices together with some salt and sauté for about 5 minutes.
  4. In the meantime mince the garlic, then sauté for a further 1 minute.
  5. Finally add the eggplant cubes and cook for a further 10 to 15 minutes, stirring every now and then until golden and soft. This depends on the size of your saucepan.
  6. Whilst the aubergine is cooking, grate the cheese and set aside.
  7. Transfer the aubergine mixture into a large bowl and puree using an immersion blender. Alternatively you can do this in a food processor or a blender.
  8. Add the grated cheese, parsley, black pepper and using a spoon stir until well combined.
  9. Add the ground almonds or any flour or breadcrumbs of your choice gradually to the mixture stirring constantly.
  10. Let the mixture sit for about 20 minutes to allow the almond meal to suck up all the lovely juices and moisture.
  11. Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius and prepare a baking tray with parchment paper.
  12. Divide the mixture into 8 parts. Dampen your hands and form each part into a ball flattening it to a burger shape. The flatter they are the faster they will cook.
  13. Place the burgers on the prepared baking tray and bake for 15 minutes. Flip them over and bake on the other side for a further 15 minutes. Alternatively fry the burgers on a sauce pan for quicker cooking.
Notes
  1. You can replace the cheese with vegan cheese for a vegan alternative.
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Raw Pad Thai Salad

In Salads, Vegan On July 22, 2015 1 Comment

This is not an actual pad Thai, but a pad Thai inspired salad. Pad Thai is a common street food dish in Thailand. It is usually made with rice noodles, cabbage, carrots, sprouts, fish sauce, soy sauce, rice vinegar, tamarind paste, spring onions, prawns or chicken and an egg. All the ingredients are stir fried together and then served with crushed peanuts, chili and fresh lime wedges. I long for the pleasure of having this dish from the street food stalls in Thailand who actually serve better tasting Pad Thai than restaurants. Here is a video that we took in Thailand of a lady cooking pad Thai in a small food stall. 

Being a raw dish this is quick, fresh and healthy; perfect for the summer months. You could add any protein of your choice such as prawns or chicken. I do not suggest cooking the cabbage so that it remains crisp.

Feel free to add and replace veggies as you prefer and if you would like to store this salad inside a refrigerator, do not mix the sauce until you are ready to serve.  pad thai salad square (Small)

 

Raw Pad Thai Salad
Serves 4
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Prep Time
20 min

Total Time
20 min

Prep Time
20 min

Total Time
20 min

Ingredients
  1. ½ a common cabbage head
  2. ½ red cabbage head
  3. 1 scallion / spring onion
  4. 1/3 cup roasted cashew nuts
  5. 1 large carrot
  6. 1 red pepper
  7. 2 lime wedges
  8. 1 teaspoon chili flakes
  9. 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  10. 1 tablespoon honey
  11. 1 tablespoon tamarind soy sauce
  12. handful of fresh coriander or parsley
  13. Optional: sprouts of your choice
Instructions
  1. Take both cabbage half’s and cut them in thin strips. Separate the cabbage layers using your hands and place in a large bowl.
  2. De-skin the carrot and shred using a grater. Place in the same bowl.
  3. Add fresh coriander or parsley, sliced red bell pepper and mix vegetables together.
  4. Mix the apple cider vinegar, honey, soy sauce and chili in a cup and combine well with a teaspoon. Add to the veggie mixture and mix well.
  5. Divide the salad between three plates and then dress with sliced shallot, cashew nuts and lime wedges. Add also any sprouts of your choice if available. Always choose fresh rather than canned sprouts. …you can grow your own sprouts very easily (click here for instructions)
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Asparagus Salad

In Salads, Vegan, Vegetarian On March 20, 2014 0 Comments

The combination of these ingredients is great. Try this salad warm or cold, it is delicious either way!

Asparagus Salad
Serves 2
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Prep Time
10 min

Cook Time
10 min

Total Time
20 min

Prep Time
10 min

Cook Time
10 min

Total Time
20 min

Ingredients
  1. 450g asparagus spears
  2. 1 small onion, thinly sliced
  3. 1 small red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  4. handful of pecans
  5. goat cheese
  6. half a lemon
  7. fresh dill
  8. salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Grill the asparagus with onion and some salt & pepper for about 10 minutes, until asparagus is tender.
  2. Remove from heat and slice asparagus.
  3. Drizzle juice of half a lemon on asparagus and mix the remaining ingredients.
  4. Enjoy as salad or as a side to a main dish.
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Moroccan Style Cauliflower Cuscous

In Salads, Savory Bites, Vegan On December 30, 2013 0 Comments

This couscous is so fun to make and eat. Take it with you at work,  to picnics or serve it as a side dish. I love cauliflower cuscous, the taste is different but it will fill you up without making you regret it.

Moroccan Style Cauliflower Cuscous
Serves 2
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Prep Time
20 min

Cook Time
10 min

Prep Time
20 min

Cook Time
10 min

Ingredients
  1. 1 head cauliflower
  2. ½ teaspoon turmeric
  3. 1 teaspoon curry powder
  4. 1 teaspoon cumin
  5. 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  6. 1 fresh pomegranate
  7. Fresh parsley
Instructions
  1. To make the cauliflower couscous just blend 1 cleaned cauliflower with food processor until cauliflower is in couscous size.
  2. Stir fry cauliflower in 1 teaspoon coconut oil with turmeric, cumin and curry. You can add garlic powder if you wish.
  3. When cooled add parsley and pomegranate.
  4. Best served chilled :)
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Irish beef salad

In Dinners and Meals, Salads On October 12, 2013 0 Comments

Here I tried to mimic the famous thai beef salad. It was delicious.

 

Irish beef salad
Serves 2
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Prep Time
20 min

Cook Time
10 min

Total Time
30 min

Prep Time
20 min

Cook Time
10 min

Total Time
30 min

Ingredients
  1. few slices of beef
  2. basic lettuce ingedients
  3. 2 tomatoes
  4. fresh basil
  5. fresh chillies
  6. celery
  7. sesame seeds
  8. salt & pepper
Instructions
  1. Season the meat with some salt, pepper and sesame seeds. Grill or fry in non stick pan.
  2. In the mean time assemble salad.
  3. When meat is done gently slice with a meat knife and dress with basil and fresh chilly.
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Grilled peach salad

In Salads, Vegan, Vegetarian On October 11, 2013 0 Comments

Ever since I saw Symon on Food Network TV grilling peaches for a salad, I wanted to try it. And it is as delicious as it sounds. 

 

Grilled Peach Salad
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Ingredients
  1. Basic salad ingredients (lettuce, rucola, peppers)
  2. Fresh peaches
  3. Goat cheese, blue cheese or any type of cheese
  4. Coconut oil
Instructions
  1. Slice the leaches into 5 slices and cover with some coconut oil.
  2. Put on grill pan with skin side down first. Allow for the grilles to leave signs and turn over.
  3. Toss on salad with the rest of the ingredients.
Notes
  1. For non vegetarian you can add parma ham or bresaola which are a great combination with the peaches.
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Apple Egg Salad

In Salads, Vegetarian On October 11, 2013 2 Comments

I love Salads! I love the fact that you can put everything in them. But I don’t enjoy eating salads out of home too much because sometimes eating salads outside can be boring and you always end up with the same choices. At least this is the situation in Malta in my opinion.

Apple is a great addition to salads. I find it to be very fulfilling and refreshing. Try it out next time you end up with no choices for your home salad!

 

Apple Egg Salad
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Ingredients
  1. Lettuce and basic salad ingredients (lettuce, rucola, tomatoes, bell peppers)
  2. 1 apple
  3. chickpease
  4. 1hard boiled egg
  5. Sesami, sunflower or pumpkin seeds
  6. walnut and chilly oil for dressing
Instructions
  1. Just bind the salad ingredients together.
  2. Top with apple and hard boiled egg.
  3. Dress with seeds and oil of your choice.
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