Monday, October 4, 2010

Tempeh Miso Cowboy Burger lassoed by Darren Hayman and Unsolved Mysteries

This recipe can best be summed up by an unknown cowboy. "Don't worry about bitin' off more'n you kin chew; your mouth is probably bigger'n you think."
Tempeh-Miso Cowboy Burger (adapted slightly from Go Vegan Meow Blog)
(printable version)

-6 Tbs. vegetable oil
-2 packages tempeh
-1/4 cup water
-3 Tbs. soy sauce
-2 Tbs. red miso
-sea salt
-3/4 cup gluten flour
-2 portobello mushrooms, finely chopped
-1 onion, finely chopped
-3/4 cup frozen corn kernels
-1 peeled beet, sliced
-1 green bell pepper, finely chopped
-1 heaping spoonful of roasted garlic
-1 red onion cut into rings
-olive oil
-roasted spinach
-BBQ sauce
-hamburger buns
-1 tomato, sliced

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Brush one tablespoon of vegetable oil on a rimmed baking sheet. Shred the tempeh, into a metal bowl, using a hand grater.

2. Add the water, soy sauce, miso, salt, pepper and 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil to the tempeh. Stir until well blended. Place the tempeh mixture in the middle of the baking sheet. Cover the mixture evenly with gluten flour. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 20 minutes.

3. In a large skillet, heat the remaining vegetable oil. Add the portobellos, onion, corn, beet, bell pepper and garlic. Saute until the vegetables are tender. Set aside.

4. Combine vegetables with tempeh. In batches, transfer mixture to a food processor. Pulse until blended. Form the tempeh into patties (I had enough for eight thick patties) and refrigerate for half an hour.

5. Saute onion rings in olive oil until tender.

6. Place the tempeh patties on a flat pan. Cook each side until browned.

7. On a hamburger bun layer the burger, sliced tomato, roasted spinach, sauteed onion and bar-b-que sauce. Open wide and enjoy!

Three and a half years ago Unsolved Mysteries performed "You Only Live Once" at a pedal show curated by Richard Peete. You could tell that the song was unique with its clicks and whistles and lo-fi vocals but where it would go or what it would become, time would only tell.

Witness where it has gone. Amazing stuff.

Unsolved Mysteries "You Only Live Once" from Ryan Dickie on Vimeo.

Amazing could also be used to describe the video for Darren Hayman's song "Calling Out Your Name Again." The video clocks in at 4:28 long, nothing interesting about that until you read about how it was made. Darren drew all the pictures himself, line by line, stopped to scan them, erased the lines and created a new picture over top. Two months later he finished. The song is ok (you can download it here for the price of an email address), doesn't really stand out, but the video does. His new album, Essex Arms, can be purchased at

Calling Out Your Name Again from Darren Hayman on Vimeo.

Remember, this recipe inspired the Miso Horny Mix found here.