Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Experimenting

I haven't have a whole lot of time or inclination for cooking or blogging lately, as music making has been edging out other activities as a priority. So it makes me happy when I manage to find an occasion to cook something new rather than the tried and true like yesterday's post.


I had some delicious soft and slightly sweet bread at Spring Street Natural a few weeks ago that we deduced to be sweet potato bread. I experimented with making my own recently, adapting the potato bread recipe from my trusty copy of Laurel's Kitchen Bread Book. And my new apartment came with a dutch oven(!), which makes it easy to achieve this beautiful crust without needing to adapt my slow cooker crock with aluminum foil. I used one medium sweet potato in my version, and the flavor came out nice but a little too subtle, so I'd like to experiment again with a greater proportion of mashed yams.


I also tried my hand at homemade veggie burgers for the first time recently. I don't know why I'd never done this before...I guess I thought it was more complicated, but it really is as easy as throwing beans and a few other ingredients in a food processor, forming patties, and frying them. I forgot to snap pictures, but I made vegan black bean burgers with onion, garlic, cumin and other spices, and oats instead of bread crumbs. Well, they were vegan until I added cheese on top. It was a winning combination together with toasted slices of sweet potato bread and mustard.


I would have liked my burgers to be less mushy on the inside, which seems like a common problem with veggie burgers - does anyone have any tips on that? My sister recommended incorporating wheat gluten for consistency. I will be experimenting with homemade veggie burgers more now that I have become an almost vegetarian (more on that another day), so I'll report back once I settle on a recipe or two I like.

7 comments:

  1. i gotta admit - when i first saw the pics in this post, i did NOT expect bread! what a great idea!

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  2. how was the bread??? it looks great! i have to admit, my husband and i are just as bad [and maybe intimidated] about making our own veggie burgers too. please let me know if you find a good recipe that isn't too mushy! xo

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  3. It looks like perfection. You're a badass. :)

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  4. coley - the bread was good, but as i said i wish it had more than just a subtle sweet potato flavor so i need to try it again. i will put up a veggie burger recipe for sure if i can figure out a good one...

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  5. So jealous of your dutch oven...look how perfect that crust came out! Veggie burgers are a bitch. Let me know if you figure out the secret!

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  6. Holy-moly! this looks sooooo yummy!

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