Tofu Burger

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… and latest photos from Hawai’i, listening to Pat Metheny in “Last Train Home” and with yearning in my heart …


300 gr of self produced tofu
extra virgin olive oil for cooking
3 / 4 cup of finely chopped onion
1 / 2 cup of grated carrots
1 / 3 cup of diced celery
1 / 2 teaspoon of dried basil
1 / 2 tsp of spike (*)
1 / 4 cup of coarsely chopped walnuts
1 / 4 cup of nutritional yeast
1 / 4 cup of bread crumbs
1 teaspoon of shoju

(*) Spike is a condiment made of dried herbs, nutritional yeast, mustard, parsley, curry, rosemary, and about twenty other flavors. In America it’s considered an Italian dressing, even if I’ve never seen it in Italy. If you wish to know something more, just google “spike”

Here they are some of the ingredients:
And here the other ones:
Chop the tofu into a bowl.
In a pan, fry onion, carrots, celery, basil and spike in a little oil for a few minutes
Add the previously chopped tofu, the sauteed vegetables, nuts, nutritional yeast, breadcrumbs and shoyu. Mix very well.
Shape the mixture into pellets the size of a tangerine.
Place each pellet in the press, to give it the shape of a hamburger.
After pressing well, remove each patty, place it in a pan lined with baking paper and bake for 15 minutes at medium heat.

Now I show you a potato that I brought from Hawai’i. Neofrieda intrigued me, as she asked me by email to buy the quality Okinawa, typical of Hawai’i. Since I hadn’t found the requested type of potato, but another type, more typical of the archipelago, I brought some of them for her and one for me. They’re Molokai purple sweet potato. It’s delicious!

Now the latest pictures, taken on the last day in Hawai’i.
Here it is the breadfruit, whole…
… and halved
Peeling it wasn’t a piece of cake, not knowing the technic. I also damaged the knife because the skin, while “digging” with the knife, emits a sticky, resinous substance, like mastic.
The flesh, once cooked, has a consistency similar to that of celeriac, and the flavor vaguely reminds of sweet potato.
And now, a detail of the cashier at the Whole Foods, which I guess is in all supermarkets, and I had never noticed. Look at the blue writing at the height of the customer’s belt
The writing, closely
In short, someone in a wheelchair, who cannot reach the desk to sign the receipt of the credit card, can comfortably write on a pull-out desk. This is civilization. Also for this, America is a Great Country!
And now my friend Moky, a Milanese living in Arizona, immortalized while distributing VeganWiz flyers during the meeting  “Lettuce get healthy”. If Moky, who’s is the first on the left in this photo, will comment on this recipe, she will be wanting to add some details.
Here, Moky’s with Kelly, the owner of the restaurant “Poco” in Bisbee, Arizona. Goodlooking, aren’t they? Moky is a super-mum of 4 wonderful children/boys: Chris, Emily, Vivian, Violet Grace.
And now, if you haven’t fallen asleep on the keyboard for the boredom (I spoke at length…), just relax with Pat Metheny’s guitar …
Hugs to all!

Chef: Titti from VeganBlog

  1. ascanio 16 March 2011 at 06:44

    I love the burgers! I really like them, must be so tasty 🙂
    Thanks for the last pictures… next time I’ll go at the Whole Food I’ll have a look. It’s a sign of great sensitivity having noticed that 🙂

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