Recently I read Jonathan Safran Foer’s shocking polemic Eating Animals, which ranks up there as one of the most traumatic books that I’ve ever read. It details battery-farming practices, tells stories of the good and the bad in abbatoirs (as well as Foer’s own relationship with food) and muses on the philosophy of eating meat.
It’s very easy to get to the end of the book and decide that you don’t want to eat meat ever again. Not an unreasonable argument, as Foer, a skilled writer, makes a fine case – both factual and emotional.
However, it’s markedly more difficult to simply decide to cook vegetarian food, especially if you are (a.) in the habit of eating meat, (b.) like the taste of meat and (c.) don’t have a clue how to make vegetables interesting.
So I’m currently trying to do two things, which are to eat better meat less frequently and also to learn to cook interesting vegetarian food. Listen, I’m not a hippy, but I understand why you might look at me like I am now. If you do, though, I’ll likely recommend the above book to you, and I don’t know I want to do that, as meat is tasty, and you’ll probably miss it.
This was an attempt at cooking veggie burgers that didn’t really work, as the insides were still kind of mushy. The taste was good, but I feel like it could have used some more substance. Any tips on where I went wrong?
First up, fry onions in oil on a low heat with garlic, a little ginger, black pepper, wild thyme, a little bit of curry powder and some cumin seed and maybe some smoked paprika if you fancy it. Cook them until they go translucent and then set them aside to cool – while you’re doing this, heat up your chickpeas. Chuck the lot in a blender, add kidney beans to the paste and shape into patties, add a little mayonnaise to bind them and then leave for an hour before frying in oil.
As I say – great taste, but mushy texture. Any tips on how I could improve this?