Fredagsmys II: ännu mysigare

“Friday cosiness II: even cosier”

A little while ago I wrote about the Swedish concept of Fredagsmys or Friday cosiness. Having returned from a trip to the UK late on Wednesday and been thrown back into the harsh reality of work and studying, nothing could appeal more tonight than crashing on the sofa and polishing off Better Call Saul on Netflix.

With that in mind, here’s another tried and tested recipe for anyone who’s feeling inclined to “mys” at home. This veggie burger is called a “Cowgirl burger”, for reasons that will remain opaque while you prepare and indeed eat it, given that the dominant flavour is curry powder, but it tastes good regardless.

If you prefer, you can read the original recipe here on page 11.

Cowgirl burger

Serves 4

You will need:

For the burgers…

  • 1 onion
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 red chilli
  • 200ml grated carrot
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 2 400g tins of kidney beans
  • 1 egg
  • 300ml grated cheese, ideally cheddar
  • 100ml sweetcorn
  • 100ml sunflower seeds
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1 red onion
  • 4 burger buns
  • 8 lettuce leaves

For the dresssing…

  • 100ml mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 1/2 – 1 ml tabasco
  • Olive oil
  • Salt


  • Preheat the oven to 200°C
  • Finely chop the onion, garlic and chilli (removing chilli seeds, unless you’re feeling brave)
  • Fry the onion, garlic and chilli in 2 tablespoons of olive oil for about 5 minutes
  • Add the grated carrot and curry powder and fry for another few minutes
  • Drain and rinse the kidney beans; mash them coarsely in a bowl with a fork
  • Mix the mashed beans with the fried vegetables plus the egg, cheese, sweetcorn, sunflower seeds, 1.5 teaspoons of salt (or less if you don’t want to have a heart attack?) and a pinch of pepper
  • Cover a baking tray with baking paper
  • Take a little oil in your hands and form the mixture into 4 large burgers or 8 small ones. Place them on the baking paper
  • Place in the middle of the oven for 30 minutes. Let the burgers stand for 5 minutes before serving
  • Mix the ingredients for the dressing (we didn’t have tabasco so we used a larger quantity of hot taco sauce. The burger was quite hot on its own so just do what seems right to you for the dressing)
  • Slice the tomatoes and the red onion to top your burger with, along with the lettuce
  • Serve!

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