Cooking Google Plus Hangout-Vegan Burger Recipe

It’s been while… Too long. A month to be exact

So it has been a while since I posted. Last month was quite a busy one. I ended up redoing a site for Worcester MMA where I train Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. It is mostly done at this point. I am glad to help out the academy that has helped me stay in shape and live a healthier life style of the past three years. Check out the fruits of my labor here!

I am still living a mostly Plant Based Whole Grain diet. I feel great, my weight is down almost 10 pounds and I am adjusted to it. That said, I have been doing what I call the 80/20 rule. I am good and stick to my diet 80% of the time with 20% allotted to situations where I am in situations where eating plant based is not really a viable option.

Most weeks I well ahead of the 80% mark and the way I look at it, if I can be good 80% of the time it is better than being bad 100% of the time.

I have recently dabbled in homemade Vegan Burgers. I was thrilled when a Google + Friend, Larry Fournillier asked me if I would like to make them for his Hangout Networks. As most people know, I am a foodie, I love to cook and work in the kitchen and jumped at the chance to take Larry up on his offer.

So, this Sunday October 14th at 4PM  Eastern Standard time come watch me make my homemade vegan burgers and guacamole to go on the on any one of the following places;
+Hangout Networks official Google Plus Page 

If you want to join me and cook along here is the recipe. The show is an hour and it is live so it should be interesting.

Vegan Burger Recipe

2 Table Spoons Olive Oil or I prefer Grape Seed Oil

4 cloves Garlic Minced

Medium Red Onion Chopped

Small Sweet Onion Chopped

2 to 3 celery stalks chopped

2-3 medium carrots grated

Red and Green Pepper Chopped

Zucchini Chopped with the seedy middle removed.

Vegetable Stock

15 oz Can Black Beans use whole can

15 oz Chick Peas chick peas peeled I use about half the can

2 Portabella Mushroom Caps grilled (Optional)

1 Jalapeno ( Optional)

1/2 Cup Walnuts finely chopped by pulsing in Food processor a few times.( Optional)

Vegetable Stock 1-2 Cups

2-3 Table spoons Liquid Aminos or Soy Sauce

1 Cup + Quick Oats

1/4 cup Flax Seed Ground

Bread crumbs

Vegan Burger Recipe- danielsfontaine
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2 Ripe Avacodos

2 cloves Garlic minced

1/2 Roma or Plum tomato deseeded and finely chopped

Salt and Pepper to taste

1/2 Lime

Heat Pan to medium

Add Oil, once oil has heated add Garlic, sweet onion, red onion, celery, grated carrots couple cranks salts and dash of pepper.

I usually let that saute for 3-5 minutes.

The I add Green and Red Pepper, Zucchini and Liquid Aminos. Let the go for another 3-5 minutes and add Vegetable stock.

Reduce heat slightly and Simmer for a few minutes covered.

Remove cover add, Black Beans, Chick peas, 1 chopped Jalepeno and 1 chopped Grilled portabella, a dash more of pepper, cover and continue simmer. If it is cooking of Stock add a little bit more if needed.

After 5-8 minutes simmering covered, everything should be soft and ready for the food processor.

Add to food processor and puree until is almost smoothy consistency.

Return to pan on low. Add walnuts, remaining Portabella mushroom ( finely chopped)

Pour mixture into Mixing bowl.

Add Quick oats, bread crumbs and flax seed to thicken mixutre to the point where once cooled you can easily mold a burger. Depending on how much stock cooked off or you may have added this may vary. It should have an Oatmeal like consistency.

Put in fridge to cool .

Once cooled, with a large spoon, scoop a burger sized portion out and add in a meatball like clump to a heated ( a bit higher than medium ) skillet with Grape Seed Oil. Let the bottom heat, and flip, once flipped flatten it out in to traditional burger shape.
Serve after heating through for about 3-4 minutes a side,


What I would have liked to have heard at the iPhone 5 Announcement

So today was the big day. The iPhone 5 announcement. I was able to tune in via Google hangouts and monitor the live blogs reporting from the Apple Event.

As each new feature was touted, we discussed that most were features or changes that had been blogged about, speculated on, and that none of them represented truly game changing innovation as Iphone’s had in the past.

Yes they made it taller and quicker and updated Siri so that she can open apps and post statuses on Social networks. They took a page from Android and added panoramic’s to their camera and now allow for comments on Photo Stream photos. The showed their new maps on IOS6 and true voiced turn by turn navigation.

As an Apple user they were all steps in the right direction. Game changing? No. Moving the needle in the right direction? Yes.

There was one thing that I understand but just because I understand it doesn’t mean I have to like it which was the Lightning connector. Gone is the old 30 pin connector that we all know and love. Now we have a new connector and third party manufacturer’s will be clamoring to make new peripherals that work with Lighting and cases that convert back to the 30 pin old way.  With all that said, the Apple lightning to 30 point adapter was laughably clunky looking and Apple will likely whack us a cool $29.99 per adapter. Not cool. I know for my wife who is due for an upgrade next month, that new connector may very well be a turn off.

Pricing. What is there to say about pricing, it basically all stayed the same. iPhone 4 is free with contract now, iPhone 4S is $99 and the iPhone 5 16GB is $199, 32GB $299, 64GB $399. Same deals as the past all as advertised.

Now it is time to for what I would have liked to have heard at the Iphone 5 Announcement which to me would have represented a true game changer. Something tech blogs around the interwebz would have been buzzing about for weeks. Something that I know is not completely viable as a feature ( but a guy can dream can’t he?), something that I think every iPhone owner, scratch that every smart phone owner would universally agree upon would make their device WAY better. The beauty is it’s simplicity. Apple should have announced that the iPhone 5 was WATERPROOF!

Think about it, how many of you have deep-six’d your beloved iPhone? Just this summer I had two friends lose theirs to a puddle and a toilet ( Yuck!) both did the rice thing and one was saved ( the toilet one!) the other not so much.

If Apple wanted to truly WOW the tech crowd with their continued innovation they could have done so by announcing that the iPhone 5 was submergible up to a depth of say 4 feet. I think #waterproofIphone5 would have been trending on Twitter, Google+, Instagram and anywhere else trends trend.

But for now it is merely a pipe dream of mine. I will admit I will likely upgrade when my 4S is eligible. That said, if it were waterproof I would considering buying one straight up. With two kids who use my phone a ton, I could rest better when they have it know they are not going to drop in the toilet or something worse… 🙂

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