Archive for March, 2010

Adzuki Bean Burgers with Onion Gravy

This Gillian McKeith recipe is a handy one to have in your repertoire. The adzuki, or azuki beans as they are also known,  are small, reddish-brown beans, rounded in shape with a point at one end. They have a strong, nutty, sweet flavour. If you boil the pre-soaked beans for about 40 mins until very soft, they will blend better in the food processor, or you can of course use a tin of beans instead. This recipe makes 12 mini burgers, but you can make bigger ones if you prefer.


  • 75 g pine nuts (or any unsalted nuts)
  • 189g soft cooked adzuki beans
  • 2 tbsp Tahini
  • 50 g roughly chopped onion
  • 2 tbsp chopped parsley
  • 1 tsp vegetable bouillon
  • 1 tsp olive oil


  • Preheat the oven to 200C/Gas 6 and cover a baking tray with non stick parchment or foil
  • Place the nuts in a food processor and blend until finely ground. Add the beans, tahini, onion, parsley and stock.
  • Blend until the mixture forms an almost smooth, thick paste and roll into small balls. Place on baking tray Flatten into burger shapes with your hands.
  • Brush the burgers lightly with the oil and bake for 10 mins. Remove from the oven and carefully turn over using a spatula. Return to the oven for a further 7 mins until the burgers are cooked through.

Serve with onion gravy and lots of seasonal veg.

Onion Gravy

  • 3 onions
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp Tamari sauce
  • Sweat the onions in the olive oil on a low heat for 15 mins until soft and translucent.
  • Add a little water under the onions and cook for a further 15 mins.
  • Blend the onions and pour into a bowl. Add the Tamari sauce and serve.

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Almond Cake a L’Orange

I have discovered a wonderful source of gluten-free recipe ideas on this website. Here is one for Almond Cake a L’Orange, which looks easy to prepare and delicious. The recipe comes from Gluten-Free French Desserts and Baked Goods by Valerie Cupillard.


  • 1/2 c vegetable margarine
  • 1/2 c raw cane sugar
  • 1/2 c finely ground blanched almonds
  • 6 drops vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 c rice flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 T orange zest


Melt the margarine in a medium pan over low heat. Remove from heat and stir in sugar, finely ground almonds, and vanilla extract. Mix in the eggs, one at a time. Then mix in the rice flour, baking powder and orange zest.

Pour into an oiled bread pan and bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 minutes. Raise the heat to 425 degrees and bake for 15 to 20 minutes longer. This cake batter tends to brown very quickly, so you may need to protect it during baking.

Notes: This recipe will work with the following adjustments: regular white sugar for raw cane sugar; 1 tsp vanilla extract, 1 tsp orange zest and 2 tsp lemon extract, instead of flavorings listed.  You might want to substitute melted butter for the margarine to give the cake more of that old-fashioned pound cake flavor.

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