As we often do, we took an existing recipe and tinkered with it. The basis of this dinner came from a TV food website. While Channel 4 calls the dish a "hash", we don't. We're in the habit of calling a spade a spade and this is a burger - it's just a massive one, topped out with an egg.
We essentially followed the recipe in terms of method, improvising in places. We swapped out the butter beans for kidney beans because A isn't a huge fan of the former. This may have worked from a taste perspective, but mashing was intense. The skins of kidney beans are pretty tough: a fork barely dented them. Only vigorous pounding with a masher finally broke them up. As the recipe doesn't specify what kind of lentils were required, we tossed in a whole can of green ones along with the spuds and cheese. The patties themselves are pretty much a blank canvas, and you can do whatever you want to them. We considered using Baharat, Ras al Hanout, or Garam/Chat Masala, all of which are available from good supermarkets, but ultimately followed the recipe's recommendation for spices.
As we've already said, these were pretty good. A liked the contrast of the red onion and cumin against the egg . The warmth and crunch from the onion and spices worked really well with the cooling richness of the runny yolk, resulting in a really pleasant flavour sensation. To boot, this meal was super-filling. We hadn't eaten all day and had done a long walk when we made these, but neither of us could finish a double portion. A normally finds he's still hungry after a vegetarian meal, but not this time. That's a big tick for us and we'll be making this again.