Patties are a whole category of dinner recipes that I love. They are endlessly versatile. You can take whatever vegetables are hanging out in your fridge, combine it with some grains (or not) and spice it up however you choose. But it’s one of those dishes that I always have to pull up a recipe for. The worst (and far too common problem) is putting together all of your ingredients, placing some patties in the pan, and having it all fall apart (literally). While they’re usually still edible, it’s a total pain and the texture is all wrong. That’s why having this broccoli and quinoa patty recipe in my back pocket is so important.
One of the best veggie burgers I have ever had is hands down from the Veggie Table stand, which is omnipresent at various markets (including Borough and Broadway markets, two of my favourites!) around London. It is the only place that I had ever had a haloumi burger. After having gone back to London this past summer and experiencing the glory of this burger again, I knew I would have to try and re-create it at home. I also knew that I would have to re-create one of their toppings that you get to choose from at the stall: the sweet and sour red onion jam which in tangy and packed with flavour, not to mention, perfect on top of the burger.
90% of the time that I order pizza I go for a straight-forward option: tomato sauce, cheese and basil. Some may call me boring but there is something about the simple combination of the three ingredients make it so much better than when it is complicated with a bunch of different ingredients. Last summer, I made my first savoury galette. A recipe from Smitten Kitchen (surprise, surprise) that was a beautiful dough bursting with tomato, zucchini and corn. While I really enjoyed it, on my next attempt, I decided to pare things back a bit.
When I’m trying to get out of a cooking rut and make something different, the most helpful thing for me to do is try and think of a cuisine that I am not used to cooking. The other week, we bought some fish with the intention of making fish curry, which I never got in the mood for. Luckily, I thought that moroccan style fish, with a hearty quinoa salad sounded absolutely delicious instead. I hardly ever eat or cook moroccan food. I am not sure why because the flavours are definitely something that I am attracted to. To be honest, I didn’t really have a clear picture of what moroccan food was before I went there a couple of years ago.