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Right, i mentioned i wanted spicy and by golly i got it! I sautéed Chillis, Garlic and Paprika, threw them in the blender with last weeks Tomato sauce and a couple of other acidicy fellows and bam! Hot, hot salsa, but the tasty kind of hot, not the burning mouth, crying kind. I made it to go with some hefty bean burgers and some homemade chunky chips- proper comfort food. The burgers themselves are the product of a hungry gal let loose in one of the more expensive supermarkets, hungry eyes that is- i spied a bag of dry, ten bean mix for the princely sum of £1.19- strike! I shall keep my pre-amble to a minimum today…

(Vegan, Gluten- free if you omit the breadcrumbs, serves 2 large/ 4 smaller portions)

For the burgers:

  • 1 (coffee) cup of dry beans
  • 1/2 a large Green Chilli
  • 3 cloves of Garlic
  • 1/2 bunch of Coriander
  • 1/4 bunch of Basil
  • teaspoon of Sea Salt
  • teaspoon of Chilli flakes
  • tablespoon of Sunflower Oil
  1. Soak your beans in plenty of cold, salted water overnight. Drain, wash well and add to a pan with fresh, salted water.
  2. Bring the water to a boil and cook for 10 minutes, reduce to a simmer and cook for 45-55 minutes, drain, wash and leave to dry
  3. Throw all the other ingredients into a blender and 2/3 of the beans
  4. Pulse until quite smooth (a few lumps are good)
  5. Tip into a bowl and mix with the remaining beans
  6. Refrigerate for at least one hour
  7. When you ready to cook your burgers heat your oven to 180c (or pan fry, grill- your choice) and shape 2 soup spoons of mixture for each portion
  8. Coat each burger in breadcrumbs, (easy recipe here) and arrange on a baking tray, bake for 35 minutes

Super Spicy Salsa:
(You can obviously make this with a fresh tomato base- substitute with 4 fresh Tomatoes and 1/2 a finely diced Red Onion)
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  • 1 jar of homemade Tomato sauce
  • 2 small fiery Green Chillis- finely chopped
  • 1 medium Red Chilli- finely chopped
  • 2 cloves of Garlic
  • teaspoon of Paprika and Sugar
  • juice of half a Lemon
  • tablespoon of Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Olive Oil
  • 1/3 bunch of Coriander and Basil
  1. Heat the Oil in a wee pan and add the Chillis and Garlic, cook for 2 minutes
  2. Add the Paprika, Sugar, Lemon and Vinegar, cook for 1 minute
  3. Take of the heat, pop into a bowl and add your (roughly chopped) herbs
  4. Add your Tomato sauce (or fresh ingredients)

Homemade Chunky Chips:
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  • 4 large Potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons of Vegetable Oil
  • teaspoon of Sea salt
  1. Cut the Potatoes lengthways 6 times so you have nice chunky pieces
  2. Pop into a roasting tray with the Oil and Salt and bake for 40 minutes until delicious

Fried Onion:

  1. Skin a White Onion and cut into rings
  2. Fry in 1/4 teaspoon of Olive Oil for about 5 minutes, until theres a couple of nice burny bits

I served these with a salad of leaves, toasted seeds and a couple o Sugar Snap Peas. (Oh yes, and some Feta cheese on top of the Burgers.)