Week Fifteen: Curried Squash ‘Burgers’ and Onion Jam, served with Arugula and Goat’s Cheese

Today I have two recipes of fall deliciousness that are still highly edible on a back porch or patio. One is loosely based on a favourite from a vegetarian breakfast joint I used to work at in Peterborough, altered to fit the available ingredients. And the other is just a “I WANT THESE FLAVOURS TOGETHER NOW” concoction, loosely based on some common curry spices in combination. It resulted in a spicy sweet flavour explosion of joy. Good news; baked squash freezes beautifully and these simple little patties are a quick dinner solution for a frantic weeknight.

Curried Squash “Burger”


  • 1 tbsp ground fennel
  • 2 tbsp ground coriander
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp red chili flakes
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/2-3/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 small butternut squash (you could stretch it to two small or one large, depending on how thickly you rub on the spice)


  1. preheat the oven to 350

  2. put all the spices and olive oil together in one smallish bowl and mix together thoroughly

  3. slice off the peel of the squash and slice into circular discs, about 1/2 inch thick. scoop out the goop and seeds where necessary afterwards, keeping the circular shape

  4. with your hands (hence my opting out of tumeric, but if you don't care or have gloves, about 2 tbsp would be the right ratio i think?) rub the spices and oil around each disc of squash

  5. lay out on parchment paper on a baking tray

  6. bake for about 45 minutes or until soft all the way through when poked with a fork

Onion Jam


  • 2 onions halved and sliced thinly
  • 2 tsp butter
  • 1/4-1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup raisins


  1. throw the butter and the sliced onions in a pan and cook medium high until clear and starting to brown, then lower to medium

  2. throw the sugar in and cook slowly until everything is soft and the sugar has turned syrupy

  3. throw the raisins in and cook some more

  4. omg enjoy it's so tasty

To put it all together, find your favourite smallish bun, smear some goat cheese on the bottom, pile a couple disks of squash up, top with onion jam and arugula, maybe even some slicer tomato, and spread a little tahini on the top bun if you so desire. 12/10 recommend.