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The last hour of March is upon us! How oh how are we already a quarter of the way through this year?
All those rumours about the years getting shorter are true. Factually. You see… when we are young the years have more relevance as they are a greater percentage of our life.
i.e. when we are 1 that first year is our whole life, then when we are 2 a year is half our lives, 4 a quarter of our lives, 8 an eight of our lives and so on and on and on… technically meaning this year was just a 25th portion of my life so far, therefore its relevance in the grand scheme of my life so far is simply one 25th … therefore meaning the time genuinely does go quicker, so make the most of it hey (depressing thought!)
It is bloody petrifying.
So at a quarter of the way through this 1/25 of my life I am feeling pretty content (aside from the quarter life crisis which all 25 year olds seem to go through).
The weekend was both debortuous, divine and delicious all at the same time. My friend Hannah came to stay and Saturday night was a messy reunion of all the school friends. It is always quite amazing how no matter how long apart, a few minutes together in one room and we instantaneously return to our childhood selves. With name calling, teasing, in-jokes and interpretive dance. Its like we are 16 again and nothing has changed. It is so rare we have nights like these now that we also seem to forget how to handle our alcohol. And what with a game of musical chairs and some shots of southern comfort later, it wasn’t long before I was finding bodies draped around the house or upon any marginally comfortable surface available.
Anyway that was the end of the evening… the start was that I was challenging myself to make a healthy meal for eight that would fit in with my blood type diet
- not cost a bomb and
- not be too complicated to cook!
So after a beautiful afternoon wandering round broadway market and London fields, (and resisting all their delicious wheat filled treats) me Hannah and Danielle wandered home and begun making some Quinoa burgers. The plan was burgers, sweet potato fries, salad and dips. The plan was a success.
It was great fun having Hannah and Danielle doing the cooking with me 😀
I really enjoyed hosting a dinner party – but heres the thing, the diet doesn’t cater very well for the fact that all 8 of us round the table had 8 varieties of blood type and I was just cooking for blood type B. not the most social diet hey?
SO anyway here’s the scrumptious Quinoa burger recipe (or Quinola – as Bex kept saying)
- 1 1/2 cup cooked red kidney beans
- 1 cup cooked quinoa
- 1 cup quinoa flakes (or 100% pure rolled oats)
- 1/2 cup red onion, diced
- 1/3 cup fresh cilantro, steams removed and chopped
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 1 Tbsp chili powder
- 1 Tbsp ground cumin
- 1/2 tsp fresh ground black pepper
- 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 2 Tbsp ground chia seeds mixed with 1/3 cup water
- In a food processor, add beans, cilantro, onion, oil, garlic, salt, chili powder, cumin and pepper. Purée until smooth.
- Mix in chia mixture into the bean mixture. Mix in quinoa and quinoa flakes (or rolled oats) until the mixture is sticky and holds together.
- Divide mixture into four patties. Grease grill pan with coconut oil and cook about 6 minutes each side.
4. add on all your garnishes – I recommend some guacamole, tzatziki and sweet potato fries!
Thanks to thrive forward for the great recipe and to the gals for the great company!
p.s. here’s a snap from the dinner (much more civilised)