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Tuesday 18 July 2017

Fantasy Veggie Dinner Guest – JULES WINNFIELD

Jules Winnfield, played by Samuel L Jackson, may just be the best character ever created by Quentin Tarantino (and that is, undoubtedly, up against some pretty stiff competition). Some others might be more memorable - including his partner Vincent Vega - but this one goes through such an extreme change: initially a hitman, after a "moment of clarity" he decides to "walk the Earth". 

In a classic scene from Pulp Fiction, while on a mission to recover a briefcase for his boss, he tastes a 'Big Kahuna Burger', although admitting that he usually eats vegetarian food. 
I would like to think that if he came to dinner he would also say of mine: "This is a tasty burger."


1 red onion, chopped
½ red pepper, chopped
1 clove garlic, crushed
1tsp ground cumin
1tsp ground coriander
1tsp chilli powder
1 tin kidney beans, drained and rinsed.
3 tbsp olive oil
handful of mixed fresh herbs (I used coriander and parsley)
50g coarse breadcrumbs
salt and pepper to season
plain flour

Plus, to serve:
burger buns
various salad items of choice
relish/ ketchup etc.

Heat 1 tbsp oil in a pan and gently fry the onion and pepper until softened. 
Then add the garlic and cook for a minute more.
Sprinkle over the spices and stir until well coated.
Add the kidney beans and allow all to cook together for a minute or so before removing from the heat.
When cooled, place in a food processor and blend until you have a rough mix. (You can also do this by hand by squashing it all with a wooden spoon.)
Mix in the breadcrumbs and the herbs and season.
With floured hands and surface, mould the mixture into four burger shapes.
Prepare the accompanying salad garnish.
Heat the remaining 2tbsp oil and fry the burgers on both sides until browned.

Then assemble...
...and serve.

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