Wow! What a lovely first session we had at the ‘Square Corner’ in Uffculme on Friday. We made some super yummy carrot and bean burgers (adapted from Jack Monroe’s 9p burger recipe) which were a real hit with both the adults and kids alike. These burgers caused quite the media storm when Jack Monroe first blogged about them and it’s not hard to see why. They’re packed full of protein and veg but low in fat (so are super healthy), are inexpensive and simple to make, and really are delicious. We ate ours with some tasty salad, pittas and of course lashings of ketchup! They were also a great recipe to make in our session as one child unfortunately suffers with allergies to many different foods but by using gluten free flour we were able to make the session safe and inclusive for all.
One mum, Luci, said “It was so refreshing to find a group that is inclusive for children with allergies. Lois is really welcoming and friendly, she made the whole experience fun whilst teaching the children invaluable life skills”.
The kids loved making the burgers and got really involved in all aspects of the food preparation. Together we peeled and grated the carrots and we all shed one or two tears as we attempted grating onions!! We got the kids working their fine motor skills chopping and snipping the veg and then used up some of that ever present energy with some very enthusiastic bean mashing and salad spinning!! One child’s mother was shocked to see her son eat the entire burger when normally he’s a fussy eater and unwilling to try new things- he even asked her if they could make them again at home as he loved them so much. The kids also really loved exploring the ingredients as we went along- we talked about the different colours, textures and smells and how the vegetables grew in the ground.
If you’d like to try making them at home, here’s the recipe:
Makes approx 12 burgers (freeze any extra before cooking)
- Peel & Grate 2 carrots and 1 onion
- Stir with 4tbsp olive oil
- Drain, rinse & mash 2 cans of kidney beans
- Snip coriander (small handful)
- Mix all ingredients together (get those hands sticky!)
- Add 1 tsp salt, 2 tsp cumin & 2 tsp flour
- Shape into burgers
- Coat burgers in flour
- Add a drizzle of oil to a pan and fry medium heat for a few minutes each side
Overall it was a great session and we can’t wait for the next one which will be held at the same place (The Square Corner, Uffculme), 10-12pm on July 15th.
Limited places so book now to make sure you’re part of the fun.