I don't really understand Macrobiotic, it seems to be based upon the metaphysical properties of the ingredients rather than any nutritional value. Typical, my beloved Heidegger overthrows metaphysics only for it to wind up in restaurants, kind of like Elvis. While trying to find out if Madonna still practices Ashtanga, last week, I found out she's macrobiotic, so I guess it's OK with ashtanga, by that I mean, enough fuel but also light enough. Need to find out more about it, I made a spelt recipe this week and it was marvelous, so, bit suspicious of it ( I know, aren't I always)but prepared to explore it a little more.
Back to the burger. At the cafe I didn't know what to order and wasn't really in the mood so just ordered their burger, not expecting much. It came out looking fantastic, beautiful bun, nice looking cheese, tomato, lettuce and pickles and the burger itself didn't look like cardboard. It tasted divine, nice bite to it, it was like a real burger, it WAS a real burger and definitely the best I'd had since becoming vegetarian if not ever. I only managed to go there once and since I've come back it's gained mythical status in my mind. I searched for recipes this week determined to try and replicate it. The video below is of my first attempt and here's the recipe I'm basing it on, this from the The Macrochef blog which you can find in my blog list.
I adapted the recipe a little, wanted to add some oatmeal but didn't have any so ground up some Alpen minus the raisins as well as some nuts from a bag of trail mix I use for salads, Oh and the cheese is Mozzarella, I think in the restaurant it might have been a soy cheese.
Please let me know if you've eaten the burger and or have any suggestions for attempt number two.
UPDATE : Hmmmm, not sure about this but I seem to be taking this macrobiotic thing more seriously than I expected, bought a book and everything. I've started a new blog Macrobiotic Ashtangi to chart what may well be a very brief flirtation.