Saturday, August 10, 2013

Sweet Potato Burgers

I haven't done a lot of cooking this summer. By that I mean that I haven't made full meals for Brad and I, like I was doing a large amount of in the winter/spring. I never knew how much I enjoyed cooking until Brad and I moved. I sometimes feel bad for him, always having to be the guinea pig when I decide to "try something new".. but he always seems to enjoy the food!

Anyways, I got the itch to cook last week and found a recipe for the most delicious sounding sweet potato burgers. Brad and I are the farthest thing from vegetarians, so I was a little nervous to make these but they were incredible. My only suggestion is to make about 5 or 6 burgers, instead of 4 because they were a bit too filling when they were that big. I apologize in advance for any food related posts having terrible picture quality. My kitchen is the only part of the apartment with no windows.


Yields: 4 burgers     Prep time: 45 minutes     Cook time: 10 minutes     Total time: 55 minutes


For burgers:

2 cups coarsely mashed sweet potatoes (about 2 large potatoes)
1 cup cannellini beans (rinsed and drained if canned)
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/3 cup panko bread crumbs
1/3 cup flour
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 1/2 teaspoons smoked paprika
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/8 teaspoon cumin
2-3 tablespoons olive oil

For toppings:

2 bulbs roasted garlic
2/3 cup plain greek yogurt or sour cream
1 teaspoon maple syrup
extra salt and pepper to taste


Pierce potatoes (I used 2 large) all over with a fork and place on a paper towel, setting in the microwave. Microwave for 5 minutes, then flip and cook for 5 minutes more. Remove, slice in half and let cool until you can scoop out the flesh.
In a large bowl, coarsely mash beans with a fork. Add in sweet potato and mash together, then add in spices, salt and pepper, minced garlic, egg, panko and flour. Mix together until combined, then place bowl in the fridge for 15-20 minutes. This helps form them into patties, but as a warning they are still somewhat messy.
While mixture is chilling, combine yogurt/sour cream with 2 bulbs (squeezed out) of roasted garlic cloves, maple syrup and a sprinkle of salt and pepper in a blender or food processor. Process until smooth then set aside until ready to use.
Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add 2 tablespoons olive oil. Remove mixture from fridge and form into 4 equal patties, then place in the skillet once hot. Since the mixture can be wet and messy, do not move until they are fully cooked and golden on one side! This takes about 5-6 minutes. Then, add more oil if needed (this really helps cook them) and flip burgers very gently. Cook for another 5-6 minutes. Toast buns if desired.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Wearing: Humid Nights

It's funny to me how I used to be so against wearing red. You go your whole life only wearing the colours that will "compliment you" according to a colour wheel, when you should really just wear whatever makes you feel great. And that's how I feel when I wear red: like I jump off the page at you.
dress: Forever 21 / cardigan: Stitches / flats: H&M

I'm currently sitting on my sticky, leather sofa thinking about how much I need braces again. Sigh. Oh and of course, watching Buffy (but that's a given). My cat is also staring at the same spot on the ceiling that she always stares at, which has me now believing that there is a ghost above my head as I type this.. oh joy.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Wearing: Longing for the Great Outdoors

I think the biggest issue I'm having with this summer is my serious lack of vitamin D. I am sitting in an office from 8:30am - 5:00pm, then get about 5 minutes of bike riding outside before I go back into my balcony-free apartment. Don't get me wrong, I love my apartment with everything in me.. but some outdoor space would have made it even better. Luckily, the back of my apartment building is so beautiful. We moved in during the winter, so I was shocked in the springtime to discover the mounds of ivy that wrap the brick, and the canopy of shade that the big tree creates. While our apartment was redone in the last 2 years, the building itself was built around the turn of the century. I've tried researching (and by that I mean google-ing) more about the history of buildings downtown St. Catharines, but haven't managed to find anything interesting.

I have a difficult time feeling creative when I'm working every day, especially since I work at an accounting office (not exactly a creativity hub). Even my outfit choices have become so routine: wake up, put on one of 5 office-friendly dresses, put on black tights and moccasins and head out the door. It felt really good to pull of the black tights and just go jump around on the iron staircase outside, and kick around gravel for a while tonight. I can only imagine what my neighbours must have thought. 
looking happy because I finally got my hair cut today!