Worst. Blogger. Ever. That award goes to me at the moment. I apologise for my lack of posting. It’s not because I haven’t had the inclination, it’s just that I am trying very hard not to be negative on here and write a bunch of woe-is-me-I’m-so-sad stuff. The last few weeks have been difficult and I have been struggling with life in general so I have promised myself I won’t post anything when I am in that frame of mind. It’s best for everyone. Especially you.
Today I have been tidying and sorting out my house. Again. But this time, I am determined to get it to a point where things are contained and neat and make sense, rather than just shoving things in cupboards and hoping no one ever opens the doors. I have three whole days off this week – I needed to take a few mental health days but also get my house in order because I have rent inspection on Thursday. This always sends me into spasms of panic because I suddenly notice how dire the situation is, with regards to the neatness of my home. When I am sad I tend to neglect things even more so I desperately needed to give the whole place an overhaul this week, for my own sanity if nothing else. I spent much of Sunday cutting up a tree that had fallen down in my back courtyard. It was only a small tree, a shrub really, but still too heavy and large for me to carry out on my own. Besides that, the only access to my back yard is through the house itself, so, short of dragging a whole tree through my house, I had to cut it down to size and remove in stages. Took me FOREVER. I only had a small hand saw with which to do the cutting and as I am a bit of a girly-girl, I was not very good at using it (I would have been a terrible lumberjack). Plus, at one point, I fell over the whole sorry mess and landed rather awkwardly and painfully on my wrist and shins. Massive black and blue marks on my legs but luckily no harm done to my wrist.
Stubborn-ness will always win in the end though (that’s my motto, anyway) and after several hours I had dismembered the tree enough to take it out to the wheelie bin and get rid of it all. Except for the main trunk – I gave up on that as all the smaller branches had grown and interwoven into an impenetrable mass and I would have been there until next Christmas trying to disengage it all. So that large part got sneakily hidden behind a bunch of shrubbery and ivy vines in my back yard. It will do.
Today I sorted through all my clothes and put away Summer stuff (we’re only 2/3 of the way through Winter mind you…soon it will be time to take the stuff back out again!), packed up unwanted items to take to the op-shop and put my mattress back in the bedroom (I’ve been sleeping in the lounge as it is so cold in my bedroom, but it doesn’t look very nice to have a mattress in your main living area – even a slob like me can see that!). Bed made, ironing sorted and put away. So I’ve made a good start and will begin on the craft room tomorrow (ugh – that could take HOURS and HOURS).
Tomorrow I am also meeting up with friends for lunch. We’re all bringing something to share, so after a hasty search through my quite bare pantry, I decided to make Tofu Burgers. These yummy little morsels are one of the first things my soon-to-be-ex-hubby made for me, but don’t hold that against them 🙂 They are tasty and easy to make plus they’re good for popping into lunch boxes or for taking to a party as a little snack (you could roll them into balls and serve them on cocktail sticks with a little bowl of sauce for dipping). They’re pretty versatile and make a good meat-free option if you have vegetarians coming around. I usually find that these go quickly when served at parties and are usually devoured by the carnivores in the group. Which is just typical!!! If you serve vego food, you can guarantee the non-vego people will eat it. Every time.
Anyway, on to the burgers. I have been making these a long time now and so have modified the recipe (i.e. forgotten the original) so I’m giving you approximate measurements here. Add a little more breadcrumbs if you think the mixture is a bit wet, or add a wee bit more sauce if you think is too dry.
1 package tofu (silken or firm but not the hard stir-fry type) – mashed with fork
1 onion, diced finely or 1/2 cup powdered onion
1 cup breadcrumbs
1 egg, lightly beaten
Salt & Pepper
Herbs of your choice (I usually use chopped chives or parsley)
1 TBS Soy Sauce
1 TBS Barbecue Sauace
2 tsp tumeric powder
1/2 cup grated cheese (optional)
Mix all ingredients together. The grated cheese is optional, but does give a nice taste and little “oozy” bits here and there. Form mixture into patties, balls or larger burgers (whatever you like!). The original recipe called for frying the burgers in oil, but I don’t really fry anything, so I bake them in the oven for about 25 minutes at 180 C.
They should be lightly browned on the outside and firm to the touch but still moist on the inside. Serve as they are with a salad or make up a hamburger with them (although I think there is already enough bread in there…). Yum! Try your own flavour combos with the mixture – it’s pretty forgiving and always turns out.
Recipe makes about 12-15 little patties, depending on size.