Monday, August 04, 2008

Soyziki and (more) Bean Buddies

In the swelter of today's heat we traveled to Loreto, where, thanks to the efforts of a rescue effort in 1290, we walked through the house of the Virgin Mary (though, myth has it that the house was actually lifted up by the wings of angels) and saw some of the most breath-taking frescoes I have ever seen. Really spectacular, and well worth the trek.

I was feeling inventive at dinner time tonight, but also, after reading a post by Kamutflake Girl, wanting to perfect my Beanie Buddies. So, I did a little of old and new to satisfy both urges. And, I was lucky enough to meet with success on both fronts. The bean patties I put together this evening were great baked in the oven, (versus the grill of the other night) and the Vegan Tzatziki that I made was eye poppingly awesome, and uber easy. I encourage you to give it a try, it is well worth it, especially when compared to some of the store bought vegan tzatziki dips I have experimented with in the past.

1 cucumber (1/2 if you are using a longish English Cuke) slice and dice as thin as possible, or grate.
3 cloves of garlic: crushed and then diced
I used two different types of mint from the garden
1/2 cup (or more) of soy yoghurt
salt to taste

This was the perfect creamy topping for the bean patties, offering a light, almost sharp flavour to the deep bean & sage flavour.

For tonight's bean patties, which in my opinion were even better than the others I used the same method, but instead of black beans I used canned borlotti beans. Although the taste and texture was loads better I defintley had to pull out my pipes to squish these bad boys. But, the arm work out was well worth it, they baked up delightfully well in the oven and I even saved one for a nice protein breakfast before my trip to Rome tomorrow.

I am so excited to see all of the positive feedback I have had about the Brussels Vegetarian Network! Whoop Whoop.


Vegyogini said...

Seriously, 3 HEADS of garlic? Wow, that's a lot. I've been looking for a vegan tzatziki recipe, though, so thank you!

VeganCowGirl said...

Vegyogini, so are right. 3 cloves of garlic.

jessy said...

wow! your bean patties look scrumptious - glad they were a success! the vegan tzatziki = mmmmmm! thanks so much for sharing the recipe! i'm gonna give this one a try! fo 'sho!

Isil Simsek said...

Your beans look yummy.
I'll be heading to Brussels in a few weeks time to visit my sister.
I'll check out your blog to see if there are any Belgian vegan tips ;)

Katie said...

I'll have to keep your soyziki recipe in mind - my family love that kind of stuff. Great blog!

Anonymous said...

Soy yogurt is so good for tzatziki!

Anonymous said...

Your posts make me so nostalgic for Italy, where I used to live. Nothing seems more appealing after five chaotic weeks in India than some quality time on a farm tucked away in the Italian countryside. Enjoy!

Urban Vegan said...

I would love 3 heads of garlic. I love garlic *that* much ;)

Bianca said...

Yum! Your bean patties look great and I love a good vegan cucumber sauce! I can't believe you were hanging out in the Virgin Mary's house!

VeganCowGirl said...

Jessy & Katie- thanks. It is super easy to do, and well worth it - so yummy and summer friendly.

Isil - I would be happy to share some Belgian vegan tips! No problem.

Nicki and Urban Vegan - I agree on both accounts!

Claudia - Italy has been amazing. We have already had to start thinking about our journey home on Friday - I will never forget this holiday. How was India?

Bianca - The VM house was brilliant, filled with people, but I was able to have a chance to think about the devotion of some people - to carry a house all that way in the 13th century. I wish I believed in anything that much.

Lily said...

Gush you read in my mind !
I was searching for a Vegan Tzatziki recipe ! ^^
This one had a funny Risotto Looks, but still looks delicious

Lisa (Show Me Vegan) said...

This looks delicious! Last time I tried to make vegan tzatziki, it was too sweet. I only had vanilla soy yogurt on hand and that didn't work! Yours sounds great.