another crowd pleaser for labor day..

If you are planning to have a little gathering at your place, you may consider making these simple, healthy, and delicious patties for your loved ones.  I pair my patties with a little hot sauce mixed with honey to give a sweet and spicy flavor to my patties.  My niece is four and she is practically my food taster these days.  I'm fascinated by these little people's sensitivity of taste buds.  Their approach to food is beyond my imagination and expectation.   And I do believe that it is important to spend a little time educating the young ones about food, teaching them where their plates of food came from and letting them get the sense of how food enables us encountering nature.   I don't like to preach because I am not a trained chef, an eloquent food writer, or a certified nutritionist.  This is also why I don't like to say too much on my blog.  I would rather use my images and my actual daily practice to show that home cooking is doable and eating healthy doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure it out.  This little change to your lifestyle can make a huge difference to the world in the long run.  Happy cooking and happy Labor Day! 




Serving: 8-10 patties

Preparation Time: 30 minutes

Cooking Time: 15-20 minutes

1 can of chickpea, drained; boiled in hot water for 10-15 minutes, remove the skins of the chickpeas

1 carrot, shredded

2 garlic cloves, finely chopped

3 shallots, finely chopped

100g grated cheddar cheese

50g grated parmesan

1 bunch chopped fresh parsley

2 eggs

1/2 cup panko

extra-virgin olive oil


1) Preheat a frying pan with oil on medium heat, cook chopped garlic and carrot 5 minutes.  Fire off. 

2) Transfer the cooked carrots to a large mixing bowl.  Add chickpea and get a potato masher to mash the vegetables together.  

3) Add cheese, fresh parsley, chopped shallot, eggs and panko to the chickpea mixture.  Season.  Mix well.  

4) Form the patties with your hands by carefully roll the mixture into a ball, then gently squeeze down to flatten the patties to about 3cm thick.   

5) Preheat a frying pan with a generous amount of olive oil on medium heat, add the patties and cook each side for about 5 minutes or less.* 

6) Place the cooked patties on a kitchen towel to soak up any excess oil.  Serve them with a bun as a veggie burger or finger food as you like. 


* Try to control your fire and make sure it is under medium or medium low heat.  It is important to avoid burning your oil and patties.