This one is a vegan alternative for a very typical Finnish game meat dish - true traditional comfort food! I don’t cook this type of food that often, so this felt surprisingly exotic.
These lingonberries were self picked! I rarely get to the forest in time to pick blueberries, but lingonberries are usually still good when I’m looking for mushrooms, so they sort of come there on the side. Some years I just can’t come up with that much use for them, so I usually still find them in my freezer when it’s time to put the new lingonberries in there to wait. This time I’ve already used almost all of the ones I picked last autumn!
Pulled fava bean fry
• 250g pulled fava bean (Härkis) or pulled oats
• 1-2 red onions
• 1,5dl (dark) beer*
• 1 clove of garlic
• 2tbsp oil
• 1tbsp dried rosemary
• 1tsp white pepper
• a pinch of sugar
*I used a very mild tasting dark lager, but I encourage you to experiment! If the beer of your choice is on the sweeter side, you might not need the added sugar.
- mashed potatoes
Use your favorite recipe! I made this one with a mixture of oat cooking cream (2/3) and soy milk (1/3) and a good chunk of margarine.
- crushed lingonberries:
• ~2dl frozen lingonberries
• 1tbsp white wine vinaigrette
• a pinch of sugar
Let the lingonberries melt a little in room temperature, then crush by hand or with a hand blender, and season!
Making the fava bean fry:
Prepare the marinade in a bowl or preferably in a container with a lid (easier to shake around!): mix the oil with crushed garlic, rosemary and sugar.
Peel the red onions and cut into large wedges. Add the onions and pulled fava bean into the marinade and mix well. Pour in the beer and mix again.
Let it marinate for a bit, preferably even a couple of hours! You can even mix (or shake!! shake!!) a couple of times during.
The frying does not take that long, so you can make your mash and prepare the lingonberries and pickles just before that.
Heat a drop of oil (or margarine) on a pan - you can make it quite hot, and simply pour the fava bean and red onions with all the marinade on the pan. Fry until there is no liquid left.
There you go, it’s done!
So comforting. Would gladly just wrap myself into that warmth on a cold winter day.