Well, things have finally settled into to some semblance of normalcy around here and I miss the blog, so it looks like, barring any crazy stuff, I am back! Wahoo!
As I mentioned in my last post, I recently left my job due to my anxiety and OCD problems. My employer was unwilling to work with me and I just got tired of my boss' veiled hatefulness and decided it was time to move on.
I am now going to be training in the field of medical transcription (why not add a few more letters behind my name, right?) and this will allow me to work from home. That way, even in spite of my limitations, I can make a living and still feel useful.
Other than all of that, we are just keepin' on keepin' on, if you dig that. I've been cooking quite a bit and have come up with some tasty new recipes that I am finally able to share. I hope to post at least twice a week from here on out.
In household news, our vermicompost bin is finally starting to stabilize. We have a range of ages and things finally seem to be improving for the wormies. We have a whole tray full of rich compost as well as a spray bottle full of "worm tea" that we can spray directly on the plants. It is so nice to be able to feed them our scraps and waste and have them turn it into something useful.
I have also started our chile seeds for our container garden. I mentioned in a previous post, a long while back, that I am really not the biggest fan of gardening. Even so, it doesn't mean I won't do it. I think anyone who can garden, should, and maybe, over time, especially if I have any degree of success, perhaps I will enjoy it more. I've always loved our container garden, it is the community garden with all the other people and the pests and whatnot that I have issue with.
This year, due to the craziness that has been our lives lately, we are only going to have the container garden, but we plan to make maximum use of our space. We hope to have chiles, tomatoes, and tomatillos on our porch.
Anywho - that is about all I have to report at this time, so let's get onto the goods, the food.
Cranberry Bean and Veggie Burgers Makes about 4 large patties
3 tbsp canola oil 1 small potato, scrubbed, and diced small 1 onion, diced small 1 carrot, peeled and diced small 1/2 zucchini, diced small 2 anaheim chiles, seeded and diced 1/4 cup sweet corn 6 cloves of garlic, minced salt, to taste 2 cups cranberry beans, cooked 1/4 cup vital wheat gluten 1/4 cup regular rolled oats 1/4 cup flour
Preheat oven to 375.
In a medium skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add the potato and fry for about 10 minutes, stirring frequently.
Add the onion, carrot, zucchini, chiles, and corn. Fry for an additional 5-10 minutes. Season to taste with salt.
Add the garlic and fry for about 2-3 minutes until the garlic gets fragrant. Remove veggies from heat.
In a large bowl, using your hands, mash up the beans and veggie mixture. Then slowly add the dry ingredients.
Form into four equal parts and roll into balls.
Line a baking pan with parchment paper. Place the balls on the paper and flatten.
Bake for ten minutes, then flip the burgers. Bake for an additional ten minutes.
Remove from oven and allow to rest for 10-15 minutes.
Top burger buns with your desired fixin's and enjoy!