Monthly Archives: July 2014

super spicy turkey zucchini burgers…

Super spicy turkey zucchini burgers
Super spicy turkey zucchini burgers

I look around the internet a LOT for recipes, and I often find inspiration from a photo or random recommendation from a foodie friend. But sometimes, I know what I want but I don’t know how to make it, so I look for help from the blogging community. This was a perfect match. I knew I wanted something to jazz up turkey burgers (which I find a bit bland, but Handsome loves them), so I just typed in turkey burger to my search engine and this recipe was on the first page. I knew immediately that it would be a winner, but I had no idea how much we would like them, how often we would eat them and how great they would be reheated for lunch the next day. This is from Elise of www.simplyrecipes.com. I can’t thank her enough! Her recipe calls for a lemony sour cream dressing sauce with the burgers. I made it and although we both loved it, we agreed it doesn’t need it, so visit her website if you want to try the sauce too.

I like to make these burgers super spicy, with lots of green onions. I then make the dinner milder by using lots of fresh salad items to take the heat off. Our favorite way to eat this is with a big green salad and my luscious lemony lentil salad. Absolutely delicious! This makes six reasonably sized burgers. Because you won’t be eating it with bread (although you could) you can have two each for dinner and the other for your lunch the next day…

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Cult mushrooms

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There’s a bit of a joke I have with my friend Sooz… that she grew up in a cult… Now that’s not actually true, but the joke has stuck and she once told me a great story about a recipe book her community used to have, and her favorite recipe, once named Happy Hour Mushrooms by Sunset Magazine, that for us became cult mushrooms. These are an incredible treat that Sooz would bring to parties or serve at her own and they’re good enough to feature here, although I will have to wait for a party to make (and then photograph) them, as they’re far too decadent to eat unless for a special treat… Happily, the full written recipe was supplied by her lovely mother Hallie, and I will leave it up to the Sullivan women, and a certain Mrs Parker to decide if they wish to share the scurrilous story behind the recipe…

And I apologize ladies, but I believe these are best baked, not broiled as your recipe calls for, but I am so honored that you would let me share…

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Garlicky green beans…

Handsome introduced me to these delicious garlicky greens when we were in Gabon and we cook them up  about once a week. They go with anything, they jazz up plain rice, are fantastic with a beef stew, I love them with chicken and they are unbelievable with mashed potatoes. You can have a healthy version by leaving out the butter and just using olive oil, but to be honest, butter salt and garlic are an unbelievable combination, so maybe just have them as a treat! They are almost as good just with olive oil and you can add as much or as little as you like. I prefer frozen fine green beans for this, they cook quickly and they are better than fresh. They are also great hot or cold the next day…

Green beans with garlic

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Cheesiest mustardy mash

I don’t know where I got my obsession with potatoes from, but I can’t stop craving them! Mashed, fried, chipped, roasted, baked… it doesn’t matter, I love them every way. Although I don’t adore them dauphinoised, I’ll still eat ‘em that way! This mash recipe is excellent, and perfect with steak, or pork, or chicken. It’s a winner with everything actually. I love it with garlicky green beans too. Try grilling/broiling it with some cheese on top to add an extra depth of flavor. You have to try it…

cheesy mustard mash

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worth the ride…

It’s a long time since I owned a home. It’s a long time since I felt any vested possession of anything at all. I haven’t had a will for a long time, mainly because I haven’t had any property that I valued enough to want to pass it to anyone. My life was essentially out of a suitcase, although my friends will scream that I shipped a load of property between countries, most of that was things like glasses, plates and crockery, which is the last thing anyone wants dumped in their lap as a hand-me-down… Aaaaaaanywaaaay, as usual, I digress…

Because I have just now dropped my biggest amount of money ever on a home, and I am now in more debt than I have ever been in before. A fairly unpleasant sensation, I must say. But I have handed over all this money and gotten into all this debt for… the house of my dreams… Continue reading worth the ride…

a superstitious frame of mind…

I guess it’s not obvious, but Handsome and I are most decidedly NOT of a superstitious frame of mind. There is a twinge of the “everything happens for a reason” and a dash of the belief in fate bringing us together, but in the most part, we believe people make their own luck and the furthest we would probably go is to be sure that we try to treat people kindly, in the hope that karma will bring kindness back to us.

So then, it is with eerie wonder that I contemplate the African warrior mask that now adorns the outside of our house to ward off “evil spirits”… This is a silly tale and I will come back to it, but I will start with the other-worldly charm that sits proudly beside it, the upturned horseshoe.

the mask and the horseshoe...
the mask and the horseshoe…

Continue reading a superstitious frame of mind…