Family friendly veggie weekly – 11th November
Meal 1 Halloumi bean burgers, with homemade cobs and salad. The burgers were loosely based on a Jamie Oliver recipe, but with some finely diced halloumi mixed in too. The cobs were from Dan Lepard’s Short and Sweet, known as soft baps, I just cannot call them baps without feeling slightly awkward, they are cobs and at a push I might even call them rolls. Anyway they are certainly soft and delicious.
Verdict – Not good, the boys wouldn’t even try them! Eventually they had a little bit, to show how much they did not like them, they even ate lettuce. The Cyclist enjoyed them, but to be honest I wasn’t keen either. I think it’s the texture and they didn’t have that much taste, any ideas for a better or more varied texture for veggie burgers? Also you couldn’t really taste the halloumi, which is surprising as it’s quite salty.
Meal 2 – Chickpea curry. This was again based on a Jamie Oliver recipe. It was Peter’s Lamb Curry from Return of the Naked Chef, copy of it here on the Jamie Oliver forum (scroll down the page a bit). This makes a brilliant curry base, not dissimilar to a takeaway, but less oily. We’ve had it with lamb before and it was really good. I thought I’d try chickpeas instead. I used dried chickpeas and cooked them till almost soft, then finished off the cooking in the curry sauce.
Verdict – Not quite as tasty as the lamb curry, must be the lack of meaty juices. Still not too bad though, the blob of homemade mango chutney livened it up a little. The Fireman ate about half the sauce and chickpeas, The Farmer loved chickpeas and ate the lot. I added some potato, just to play it safe and give it a bit of variety. Oh and I completely forgot to stir in the yoghurt, may explain why the sauce was quite thick…
Meal 3 – Was supposed to be potato tortilla, but due to The Farmer being unwell, we played it safe and got a bag of chip shop chips and served it with some beans and a slice of cheese omelette. We’ll try potato tortilla another time.
Verdict – Chip shop chips??? I think you know the answer to that one 😉
For the following week….
Roasted garlic and tomato soup
Tomato and mozzarella risotto