A little over a week ago, I found out my cockatiel, Riley, is going to need surgery. About two months ago, Riley developed an abscess on her wing. I took her to the vet and got it cleaned out but Dr. Dill said he thought there was damage to the feather follicle. If there was damage to the feather follicle every feather that grew out of it would cause another abscess. The only way to prevent this from happening would be to remove the follicle. We couldn’t really be sure until it happened again. Sure enough, it happened again so we scheduled surgery for October 15. In 20 years of having birds, I have never had to experience surgery for one of my birds. I have had handicapped birds, birds with behavioral problems, birds who plucked themselves, a bird with gout, a bird who poked a hole in her beak, a bird who scalped herself and two birds with a disease the vet didn’t even have a name for but never a bird that needed surgery. I am a total mess worrying about Riley.
To make matters worse, there was a problem with my paycheck this week. Yeah, so it was really short and I won’t get the money until my next paycheck. So after paying my bills and setting money aside to pay for Riley’s surgery, I don’t have much money left in the budget for anything else. So this week all my recipes are going to be made from stuff I already have in my pantry. One of the great things about being able to cook and having a moderately well stocked pantry is I am always able to cobble something together for a meal. It may not be the most amazing meal I have ever made but it will keep me from going hungry. I can usually make it taste pretty good too.
One of the things I always keep in my pantry are a couple of bags of different kinds of beans. Beans are cheap and nutritious. They can be made in tons of different ways. My favorite way to make beans is into a patty to serve as a sandwich. I like Mark Bittman’s recipe for beans patties because of all the recipes I have tried for bean patties, and I have tried dozens, his stay together best if you follow his directions. Feel free to use any seasoning blend you like instead of the chili powder. I have used taco seasoning and Shawarma spice blend with good results.
From How To Cook Everything The Basics
2 cups beans, cooked, or from a can, drained, any type of beans can be used I like chickpeas
1 medium onion, cut into chunks
1/2 cup rolled oats, more as needed
1 TBS chili powder, or spice blend of your choice
salt and pepper, to taste
Bean liquid or water, as needed
In your food processor, add the beans, onion, oats and chili powder; sprinkle with the salt and pepper. Let the machine run, occasionally stopping to scrape down the sides. until the mixture is throughly combined. If you don’t have a food processor, chop your onions finely and add everything to a large bowl. Use a potato masher to mash everything together. Let the mixture sit for 5 minutes. You want a moist consistency that will easily form into patties. If the mixture is too wet, add more oats 1 tablespoon at a time. If the mixture is too dry, add 1 tablespoon of bean liquid or water at a time. Shape the mixture into 4 patties. Let the patties sit another 5 minutes. Put the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. When the oil is hot, add the patties. Cook, undisturbed, until brown and crisp on one side, 3-8 minutes. Add more oil to the pan, if necessary. Carefully, flip the patties and cook on the other side until the is browned and the patties feel firm, another 3-5 minutes.