Day 115: Bring on the burgers

April 25, 2007

This evening we made Jambalaya Burgers and Cajun Corn and Red Beans, which was a bit convoluted, but well worth it. The burger was made with ground turkey, celery, onion, garlic, hot sauce, green peppers and thyme. Fried in olive oil for around 5 minutes per side, we ended up zapping it in the microwave for good measure. The burgers in this recipe book are absolutely enormous and I have yet to master the art of cooking them through before they burn. Topping the burger was lettuce, tomato, and a butterflied shrimp cooked in Old Bay Seasoning. The shrimp is the only part of this meal that seems superfluous. I took mine out to eat it separately, as it is one expensive little piece of protein; it seemed a shame for it to be lost in the general burger-ness. We made a chilli sauce- mustard- mayonnaise- celery concoction to spread on the buns, which I initially thought sounded pretty grim, but actually worked reasonably well as a tangy crunchy sauce.

The burger was served with the corn and red bean side dish. This is about as easy as they come; garlic, onion and frozen corn were stir-fried for a while, then scallions and red beans were added. I inadvertently added the chopped celery intended for the mayonnaise, which was not a bad addition, but was uncalled for. Some chilli sauce was stirred in to the pot, and the dish was done. Easy peasy. Tasty and nutritious. Beans, beans, are good for your heart, the more you eat, the more you

Anyway, moving on, this was a little higher on the effort scale than called for this evening, as we have buckets of packing and sorting and clearing to do before our trip tomorrow. I have an epic essay of instructions to write for our friend who is looking after Baby A for the night. For an 18 month old, Baby A talks alot, and has reasonably sophisticated language skills, or so we’re told. But she used to say “raisins”, when she wanted her favourite snack, but they are now called “ninnies” for whatever reason. I’ve just stuck a post-it note to the tub of raisins which says “ninnies” for informational purposes; how weird it is to have a kid.

Tomorrow’s meal is another featuring ground turkey, Cacciatore Burgers, followed by a beef variation, Big Beef Burger Stack-Ups with Mushroom, Peppers, and Onions. We’ll be all burgered out by the time the weekend rolls round. On Saturday, temperatures are supposed to hit the eighties, and we’ll be settling down to a nice hot bowl of Peasant Soup.

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  • Reply Joannie April 26, 2007 at 6:50 am

    When I first left my baby, I also wrote a book on how to care for her. As if my parents had never cared for a child before. When the second and third came along, I barely said good-bye before running for the door. And don’t underestimate the value of asking Baby A, “Where is it?” She will undoubtably know where to find everything in the house.

    Shrimp on a burger defintely sounds like a waste of effort. Why peel and cook a really expensive shrimp just to throw it on a burger already full of flavor? But I hate all kinds of fish so all I can think of is how nasty it would make the burger taste in the first place.

  • Reply Helen | One Year Project April 26, 2007 at 6:56 am

    I used to write an epic on how to look after the cats. Now they don’t get a mention…I’m sure the same will happen when Baby 2 gets here.

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