I grew up in a vegetarian household and burgers meant mince vegetable patties. I loved eating them but the flavour profile was all about the crunchy exterior and spices, which made them taste like a fried snack. After I discovered real burgers, I pretty much stopped ordering vegetarian burgers. I don’t think I would hate a McVeggie or the good old McAloo Tikki, it’s just that there are much better options easily available at good burger chains, independent burger restaurants and farmer’s markets.
Sometime last year I stumbled upon a few veggie burger recipes that got me interested. I tried making a bean burger and that wasn’t bad at all so I started trying out different veggie burger recipes every Sunday. After a few trials and errors I landed onto my new favourite veggie burger recipe. It’s based on a recipe from Chef John at FoodWishes but I’ve tweaked the process and ingredients to my liking. These burgers are healthy, tasty and everyone at home really enjoys them so give it a try.
I used to blog regularly back in the day when people followed RSS feeds instead of timelines and Google Reader was still a thing. I blogged for almost a decade on various platforms before giving up to the ease and brevity of Twitter.
Over last few weeks, there were multiple moments when I felt like writing, but Twitter just didn’t seem like the right place because I wanted to write something longer, something I could come back to in the future. I considered using Medium but I want more control over my posts. Using popular blogging tools has resulted in my posts spread across four different websites. I want something self-hosted this time.
I can’t be bothered to write my own right now, so I looked for popular markdown-based blogging platforms and Jekyll and Hugo were the top choices. I ended up choosing Jekyll because it’s a tad simpler and the default theme is really lean and customisable. I’ve inlined the gem based theme into my blog because I basically wanted to override most of it. I’ve made it open source so feel free to take a look. I used Netlify for hosting - it’s hassle-free, costs nothing and that’s all I need.
Anyway, that’s enough talk about blogging. Hello again!