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Moomin's Allergy-friendly Chickpea Burgers and Potato Scones

Moomin is avoiding dairy and wheat, amongst other things, for her daughter Minky, a fact that forces her to be a bit more inventive when it comes to BLW cooking, I am glad to say. Luckily, she is pretty generous with her findings and we all benefit from her investigations.

Seriously, though, my pal was showing me the other day how difficult it is to exclude dairy. You wouldn’t believe it, there is milk powder in jars of organic ratatouille…

Recipe for chickpea burgers:
Whizz together 1 tin of chickpeas, 110g gram flour, 1 tsp cumin, 1 tsp coriander, 4 spring onions, 4 garlic cloves and a bit of water. Shape a bit into a patty and fry on each side for five mins. Makes about 8, so I freeze the leftovers (7!) and they’re good for taking out with us. I slice them in half lengthways so Minky can get a good grip on them. My husband reckons they’re a bit bland but they do have a pleasant texture.

As I mentioned, we have a very allergic-y family (name a food group, I’ll find someone that can’t have it). I’m avoiding wheat, dairy, citrus, fish, berries, nuts. It does make life a bit more difficult. However, we are doing okay at finding alternatives. Have got some recipes for corn tortillas, buckwheat pancakes, onion bhajis and potato scones. I’ve only tried potato scones so far and they’re good if you want to get away from the normal potato wedges, boiled potatoes etc…

Recipe for potato scones:
255g mashed potato, 1tsp baking powder, 55g rice flour, 1/2 tsp salt (eeek – I guess you could leave this out). Mix together, roll into a ball and roll out into a 5mm thick circle. I cut bits out of it with a pastry cutter and then fried until brown. You can add butter and milk to the mashed potato if you’re normal.

I am normal and I love potato scones, so I will go mad and add both. In sunny Scotland, home of the tattie scone, though, what we do is use plain flour (if we aren’t avoiding wheat) and rather than using pastry cutters you can just roll out a thin circle of dough on a floured surface to fit the size of a small frying pan. Making sure that there was a good shoogle of flour on the circle I would then dry-fry it, as this makes the trademark dark brown spots appear on the potato scone and they add to the flavour (and they then look spookily like the ones you buy in the shops). Plus, I’m thinking that if you dry-fry them they might keep better. Technically, tattie scones are an excellent way of using up leftover mashed potato but it’s academic in our house as such a thing rarely occurs.

And I reckon that some salt sprinkled on mummy and daddy’s chickpea burgers will sort out the blandness issue. Gram flour is, of course, just chickpea flour and readily available from Asian stores. Thanks for the recipes, Moomin.

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2 Responses to “Moomin's Allergy-friendly Chickpea Burgers and Potato Scones”

  1. Beck says:

    Thanks Moomin! I’m loving these recipes. I’m one for completely b@stardising recipes before I’ve even tried the pure version, but your base is perfect for an infinite number of variations! Our little one loves your chickpea patties, and I added spinach, cooked grated carrot and parsnip to up the veg intake.

    The potato scones is by far my favourite, you can use anything which is the consistacy of mash. First time I combined sautéed spring onions and the lovely firm goats cheese I stumbled across. This time I made a batch with roast sweet potato (toss the whole thing in the oven on low for a couple of hours and the middle squeezes out) mixed with peas and some grated cheese (emmantal, because I found it in the fridge). I also did one with pumpkin (again just tossed in the oven at the same time as the SP) puréed chickpea and some grated nutmeg. They taste good an our little one LOVES them! (Always a relief when you’ve one to the trouble!). Oh… But I couldn’t get it to work in the pan, so I also put it in a buttered muffin tray for 25 mins at 170… But honestly it’s your recipe and I thank you very much!

  2. Beck says:

    The cheese and spring onion went in with the normal mash first time. :)

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