Daughters of the Sun's Cole Weiland demonstrates his Rad Tempeh Burrito

A rad burrito
A rad burrito
Photo by Nikki Miller

Cole Weiland, of local psych band Daughters of the Sun and synth-solo project Camden, has long touted his famous breakfast burritos. Recently we stopped by his South Minneapolis duplex to check them out.

As we enter his kitchen around one o'clock in the morning, atmospheric, wooshy music emanates from the turntable in his other room.

"I was gonna make you a breakfast burrito, but it's not the breakfast time. So I'm gonna make you some tempeh-curry action." Weiland motions to the random assortment of food items sitting on his kitchen table. "And it comes with peanuts and bananas."

Weiland shares his house with Bennett Johnson, also of Daughters of the Sun, and Alex Rose of local band Vampire Hands, who is observing the burrito festivities. "I thought those were joke peanuts," Rose chimes in. "Like if I ate 'em I'd get shocked."

Daughters of the Sun and Vampire Hands have just returned from a six-week joint tour in support of their split 12", Skull Judge, released last spring on local label Modern Radio, and Vampire Hands will be playing tonight (Thursday, 9 p.m.) at the Turf Club with Weiland's side project, Camden. This time it's to release the vinyl compilation Regolith Vol. 1, which features all three bands, along with seven other locals.

Did Weiland make these tempeh-action breakfast burritos for his tour mates as they hopped from Texas to New Orleans to New York to San Francisco and back?

"No, Robes was always up first." That's Chris Rose, of Vampire Hands, who evidently beat the other guys to the grocery store in each town. The early bird cooks the breakfast, in this case, huevos rancheros every single day.

Weiland suddenly runs into the backyard brandishing a knife. Is it to kill one of the many rabbits running around the landlady's garden behind the house? Not to fear--these late-night burritos are veggie. Weiland runs back in, disappointed, and proclaims, "We're all out of chives." He describes the the ones sprouting in the backyard as being "the heaviest chives."

Cole's Rad Tempeh Burrito, complete with banana and peanuts.
Cole's Rad Tempeh Burrito, complete with banana and peanuts.
Photo by Nikki Miller

Sans chives, the late-night burrito is done, and in only minutes. Wow.

Here's how you can make one at home. And be sure to add some heavy chives if you've got them.

Cole's Rad Tempeh Burrito (in Weiland's words)

Recipe Style.

One clove garlic. Diced, y'all. Let's see... some flax tempeh. Spice that up with some sh*t. I've got green pepps. I've got some black beans with curry sauce. Extra sharp cheddar. It's gotta be extra sharp. Olive hummus as a spread. Broccoli sprouts. Valentino hot sauce. Stacey's big wheat tortilla shells.

Saute the vegetables and beans. Throw everything on a tortilla that's been spread with hummus and add hot sauce and sprouts. Weiland usually adds chives, but as mentioned, the landlady's garden was all out. Throw the whole wrap back on the pan a bit to toast it.

Weiland leans back against his counter. "This is what I eat every day, 'cause I'm seriously, like, why would I eat anything else?"

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