Thursday, July 23, 2009

Two Recipes by request

Hi everyone! Regular weekly update will be coming later today, but by request I'm posting a couple of recipes.

Firstly, here is the Fava Bean Guacamole recipe that has become so famous around the farm community. It comes from The Boxing Clever Cookbook by Jaqui Jones and Joan Wilmot. This British cookbook is quite hard to get ahold of in this country, so I think it's worth posting the recipe. The title of the cookbook is a reference to Box Schemes, a British version of a CSA--this cookbook should allow you to do your box scheme cleverly. It's a bit obscure, but a great cookbook.

Fava Bean Guacamole (Mary's adaptation)
2 c shelled fava beans - take off the outer shell for sure, but it is up to you whether or not you want to take off the inner shell. I don't usually bother, but you certainly could.
1 bunch fresh cilantro or flat leaf parsley, roughly chopped
3 cloves garlic (or some garlic scapes!)
1/2 tsp cumin
1 small onion (spring onions work well for this)
1 small hot pepper, fresh or dried. I also sometimes use a splash of hot sauce
Juice of 1/2 lemon
salt and pepper to taste

Steam or boil the fava beans until slightly cooked--this makes it much easier to remove the shells. Put garlic and onion into food processor and gradually add other ingredients to puree to a rough paste. Taste and adjust seasonings

Second is the Beet-and-Carrot Burgers that everyone has been raving about. This comes from Farmer John's Cookbook by Farmer John Peterson and Angelic Organics (subject of the recent film, The Real Dirt on Farmer John)
Beet and Carrot Burgers
1/2 c sesame seeds
1 c sunflower seeds
2 c grated beets
2 c grated carrots
1/2 c minced onion (I use the food processor to do all the grating and mincing)
2 eggs (we actually didn't use any eggs in the CFK burgers. Vegans might add extra flour or cornstarch for stickiness)
1 c cooked brown rice
1 c grated cheddar cheese (leave out for vegans--baking time will be slightly shorter)
1/2 c vegetable oil
1/2 c chopped parsley
3 T flour
2 T soy sauce
1 clove garlic
1/4 t cayenne pepper (this flavor doesn't come through until after the baking, so be cautious)

1. Toast the sesame seeds and the sunflower seeds in a dry cast iron skillet.

2. Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl

3. Grease a baking sheet or line with parchment paper. Shape patties and arrange on baking tray (suggest using your hands!)

4. Bake at 350 degrees until brown around the edges and not squishy in the middle, about 30 minutes or more depending on size of patties. You can turn them over if you'd like, but I haven't done that.

Yum yum!
Picture shows me taking the outer shell off the fava beans and leaving the inner shell!

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