Some of you will remember my interviews with Pater Edmund OCist who is monk at Stift Heiligenkreuz, and who was made parochial vicar in two parishes in Lower Austria a few months ago. He lives in Trumau with the parish priest in a light, modern and very well adapted parsonage house. Life has changed a lot for him – at Stift Heiligenkreuz Pater Edmund was in the very good company of 90 monks, with whom he lived a meticulously organized life and … with 3 served meals per day in the abbey´s refectory. Now Pater Edmund is not only responsible for the parish work but he has also to organize every day life, that means also housekeeping and cooking. I wanted to thank him for the interviews and for many tips, so we took him by surprise. My husband and I went there with a basket full of food and we cooked with him a healthy three course meal. Pater Edmund demonstrated his ability! I was really very impressed. He liked eating everything very much, ate tons of salad!!!! and wrote the next day that he had cooked the meal once again for the parish priest. A great pleasure!
Clean and chop carrot, onions, garlic cloves and mushrooms. Heat the oil in a pan, cook carrot, onions, garlic and mushrooms, reduce heat and let cook until the liquid has evaporated. Salt and pepper. Remove from heat and let cool.
Combine sunflower seeds and almonds in the food processor and pulse until the texture resembles breadcrumbs.
Mash the cooked or jarred beans with a fork (or in the food processor if you want to have it creamy). We like to have something to bite and do it with the fork.
Put vegetables, beans, sunflower and almond meal into a bowl, salt, pepper once again and add spices or dried herbs. Pater Edmund found in the parsonage´s well sorted kitchen cupboard many spices and herbs. We added thyme, oregano and marjoram.
Mix well and make patties. Make sure that the mixture is dense so that the patties don´t fall apart. Fry the patties in oil, about 2 – 4 minutes a side.
Serve with salad, dips and roasted vegetables.
If you have a blog and you organise something similar don´t forget to take photos of the menu! We had so much fun in the kitchen that there are only photos with Pater Edmund and me cooking or chopping anything. This is the reason why I zoomed details of one of the photos (the dish which was originally tiny) to proof that we really had something to eat.