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Potato flax wafer with Apple watercress pate:
Potato flax wafer:
1/8 cup (.4 ounce) flax meal
1 teaspoon (.15 ounce) canola oil
1/2 pinch salt in cake
1/8 cup (1 ounce) water
3 ounces potato
  or 1/2 apple (use 3 ounces)
  or 3 ounces acorn or butternut squash
1/8 cup (1 ounce) canned kidney bean puree 
  or 1/8 cup cooked soaked dried kidney bean puree
  or 1 tablespoon (.4 ounce) black bean flour (red this trial)
  or 1/8 cup refried beans
Apple watercress pate:
1 ounce watercress sprigs
  or 1 ounce watercress puree 
1/8 cup unroasted 30 percent oil sunflower seed butter
  or 1/4 cup (1 ounce) walnuts
  1/3 cup (2 ounces) unroasted sunflower seeds
2 tablespoons apple fiber powder plus 1 teaspoon sugar
  or 1 tablespoon whole apple powder
1 tablespoon whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon canola oil
2 teaspoons sugar
1 pinch salt
Peel 3 ounces of potato.

Cut the potato into 1/4 inch pieces.

Put the potato into a personal blender/smoothie maker with 1/8 cup water.

Run until the potato becomes a smooth slurry, about 1 minute.

Put into a mixing container:
1/8 cup flax meal, 1 tablespoon bean flour, the potato slurry 1 teaspoon oil, and 1/2 pinch salt .


Spread the mixture on a plate in a 1/4 inch thick donut shape with a 2-inch hole at the center to encourage even heating.

Heat 5 minutes on full power in a 1000 watt oven, about 8 minutes on full in a 600 watt oven.
Add 5 seconds for oven to begin heating.
Add 15 seconds to heat plate.
To heat to boiling: 5 ounces X 20 seconds per ounce = 100 seconds.
Dry weight is total weight - total water (5 - 3.7) = 1.3 ounces.
Water to leave in is 30/70 X 1.3 ounces = .6 ounce.
Water to remove is total water - water left in (3.7 - .6) = 3.1 ounces.
To evaporate excess water: 46 seconds per ounce X 3.1 ounces = 143 seconds.
Plus to replace heat lost to air: 143/60 X 12 = 29 plus 29/60 X 12 = 6 for a total of 35 seconds.
(assume potato is 90 percent water, potato wafer is 30 percent water after heating) --------------------------------------
Cut 1 ounce watercress into 1 inch or smaller pieces.

Into a 1 cup high speed blender put:
the watercress, 1 eighth cup sunflower seed butter, 1 tablespoon sugar, 1 pinch salt, and 2 tablespoons water.

Run until smooth.

Put the watercress mixture into a mixing and/or portion bowl and add 1 tablespoon grain flour and 2 tablespoons apple fiber powder.


If desired, warm by heating in a microwave oven for 1 minute 20 seconds.

Cake, nice potato flavor.
Pudding, nice watercress flavor.

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