Spicy Tofu Burgers

I've made a recipe out of the book i've won today. The recipe says it serves 4, but I made 5 burgers and one of them was larger than the rest, so you could feed 5. According to the book the cost of ingredients is £2.50, cost per 4 serving 63p, so will be cheaper as its serves 5. Now the cost of tofu has gone up recently and food costs do vary depending on if you use organic etc. This isn't the cheapest vegan burger around. You could make a tofu or a chickpea burger, rather than a tofu and chickpea burger, but I must say they are delicious, so worth the extra cost to me. I served with new potatoes, veg and gravy today, but the other 2 will go in wholemeal rolls with salad tomorrow. These can also be frozen or cooked in advance. Why not double the recipe and freeze some for later.

1 tin chickpeas, drained (if you cook from dried this will lower the cost)
250g firm tofu
1 onion, finely chopped (there was no mention of size, I used a medium organic one!)
1-2 glove garlic, crushed
1 chilli, finely chopped (now i used chilli powder and clearly not enough, as my burgers were not spicy as the title says, next time I will add more)
1 celery stick, finely chopped (I omitted this, as I don't like celery)
1 tsp tomato puree
1 tsp garam masala
splash of soy sauce
seasoning to taste
1 tbsp home-prepared wholemeal breadcrumbs (I used a whole slice as they needed it)
1 tbsp oats (I used 2, as I wasn't going to use bread, but it needed more, so the bread went in)

Mash chickpeas and tofu together. Fry onion, garlic, chilli, and celery. Add chickpea/tofu.
Add tomato puree, garam masala, soy sauce and seasoning. Stir well then add oats and breadcrumbs. Mix and form into balls on a floured surface (no mention of what flour, so I used wholemeal self raising as thats what I had, I guess any flour would do), then flatten into burger shapes. If not using straight away, pop in fridge or freeze with parchment inbetween each burger. Grill or lightly fry in olive oil. Cook for 4-5 minutes on each side until golden.

Nut roast

Made this nut roast yesterday from weezls feed a family of 4 for £100 challenge (80p a day). She is currently working on the vegan version and there looks to be some good dishes coming up to test. I also found it tasty cold, so good with salad.

Made a vegan risi e bisi for weezls challenge. Here is the recipe
Its also very good cold as a rice salad. Although there isn't much colour to this dish, its very filling. You could add in some colour with carrots and red pepper.

Nut butter

Tested another recipe for Weezl's vegan 80p a day plan. Based on her original pumpkin seed nut butter, substituting brazil nuts for some of the peanuts. Don't know if this will be the final ratio, we want to incorporate the 148g of brazil nuts that a family of 4 would need per week to meet the selium requirements in the UK as the soil contains very little. So there may be another test yet, because rapeseed oil and pumpkin seeds are in the recipe, is also high in omega 3 fatty acids.

100g brazil nuts
300g salted peanuts
150g pumpkin seeds
70mg veg oil

I started by grinding the brazil nuts, then added the peanuts and pumpkin seeds. Once ground I added the oil and stirred in, until fully mixed. Its yummy! Ideal on toast for breakfast or in sandwiches with grated carrot for lunch.

Apple curd

Made another frugal recipe today from weezls site. Recipe here
Mine tooks more like a smoothie, probably because I used different apples. Very nice though, you wouldn't believe it has the core and seeds in it. The recipe is for breakfast on homemade toast, but I could eat it as a pudding dessert to and I would be suitable for anything you would use apple sauce for, which could be with your roast or as a fat replacement in cake recipes.