Tuesday, February 28, 2012

farmers market to table

sooooo there's a few things i'd like to get off my chest.
1. i haven't stepped a finger on my blog since i don't know when. i apologize for the absence, but my high school life has drastically taken over my blogging life and therefore, i am consumed in homework! 
pity me, please
2. i have, in fact, realized that my writing skills are horrible. h.o.r.r.i.b.l.e. horrible. 
i didn't realize that my commas and periods and capital letters were all jumbled up until i got a not so very good grade on my first essay. 
3. i am completely obsessed with my city. seriously guys.... i can't seem to get enough of San Francisco these days.
my mom and i usually go to the farmers market at the ferry building on saturday mornings to eat delicious food and get fresh food to make delicious food. yeah.
which bringgss me to these quinoa burgers. oh my gosh are they good. i got the recipe via pinterest... which has pretty much been my haven ever since i gave up facebook for lent. we'll get to that later, but now i must enlighten you on these bad boys. i'm pretty sure the thing that made these out of this world was the brie cheese from cowgirl creamery on top. i believe thatcheese is basically the source of all that is good in this world, but this especially caught my attention. 
cue: moments and my facial expressions when i'm eating cheese

okay. you get the point. 
quinoa burgers!

Quinoa Burgers
  • 1/2 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 4 scallions, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 15 ounces can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup Italian seasoned dried breadcrumbs
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
In a small pot, bring 3/4 cup water to a boil. Add quinoa, cover, and reduce heat to low. Cook until liquid is absorbed, 12 to 14 minutes; set aside.
In a food processor, pulse carrot until finely chopped. Add cooked quinoa, scallions, garlic, beans, breadcrumbs, egg, cumin, salt, and pepper; pulse until combined but still slightly chunky.
Form mixture into four patties. In a large nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium; cook burgers until browned, about 8 minutes per side.
serves 4
                                   Sweet Potato Fries
3 large sweet potatoes or yams
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon dried oregano
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Place two rimmed baking sheets in the oven while it preheats and while you prepare the potatoes (about 10 minutes). Peel the potatoes and slice the potatoes into about 1/4- to 1/2-inch strips or wedges. Try to keep most of the pieces the same size so they bake evenly.
Place the potato strips/wedges in a ziploc bag or bowl. Toss the potatoes with the oil. Add the seasonings and mix until the potatoes are evenly coated.
Carefully remove the hot baking sheets from the oven and divide the potatoes evenly among the two sheets, taking care the potatoes are not touching so they have plenty of room for the air circulate to circulate and bake evenly. Also, try to leave any excess oil in the bag or bowl so the potatoes don’t get too soggy while they bake.
Bake the potatoes for about 12-15 minutes, flipping halfway through, if desired, until they are tender and well-browned. Serve immediately.


  1. I stumbled upon your blog sometime in the past few months (somehow relating to Africa, I'm sure!) and I love love love it. Jumbled writing or not. :) I kinda think that if I knew you in real life, we'd be best friends. ;) but we don't, so I just sit here & read your blog & think you sound like a wonderful person! :)

  2. Thank you so much Amelia! I really appreciate it! It means a lot to me that you have taken interest in my blog. I hope you enjoy it!