the ultimate burger

To ring in our wedding anniversary and the Hubs' birthday I pulled out all the stops. No fancy gifts or overpriced restaurant food, just a bottle of wine (mummy has a headache), our backyard and delicious homemade grub!

The menu was very guy-friendly and included "The Ultimate Burger" from a recipe in the LCBO BBQ Central magazine, grilled corn on the cob and a simple arugula salad. For something sweet I baked a flourless chocolate torte (courtesy of Gluten Free Girl) garnished with raspberries (to die for!). You can't have a birthday dinner without a cake right?!

Want to pull this meal together yourself for the long weekend? Here you go...

The Ultimate Burger

You'll need:

  • 2 lbs of ground chuck (have it ground at your local butcher, the supermarket ground beef is too fine for these burger heavyweights)
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Salami
  • Arugula
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Provolone cheese
  • BBQ Sauce (I suggest you make your own and I've included the recipe below)
  • Buns

Then you:

  1. Divide meat into 4 equal portions and pack into a loosely packed patty.
  2. Season both sides with salt and pepper.
  3. Grill patties on high for about 3-4 minutes per side or until just cooked (you want them to be juicy).
  4. Top burger with grilled salami, provolone cheese, arugula, cherry tomatoes and BBQ sauce.

BBQ sauce is a hot item in our house and a recipe that the Hubs is constantly trying to perfect. I found this recipe in the same LCBO magazine and I hate to say it, but it was the tastiest BBQ sauce yet.

Here's what you need:

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 whole garlic cloves
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup dark beer

Then you:

  1. Heat olive oil on low and brown garlic cloves for 10 minutes
  2. Add in the rest of the ingredients and bring to a boil on medium heat.
  3. Reduce to one cup, about 20 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and using a hand blender, pulverize until smooth.

Worth the effort!

Happy long weekend everyone!!!




wouldn't it be nice

The Hubs, L'il E and I just got back from a long weekend away at Nana and Poppi's in Halifax, NS. It was so nice having Daddy with us for three whole days! Wouldn't it be nice if we could have three-day weekends every weekend (in our dreams)?

Well, Michael Posner asked this question in last weekend's Globe and Mail and I was so delighted to see that it's not just me who longs for three-day weekends (obviously!). Posner asks - In an age of high-tech efficiency and higher productivity, why isn't the working world organized to provide us with more leisure time? Well, that's a good question! We're constantly plugged in to our work via blackberries, iPhones and VPN set ups with our home computers so why the five day work week? We all know that Fridays in the office are a joke anyway - very little work gets accomplished while people put there time in surfing the web as they count the minutes to 5:00 pm.

Don't you think we would be more productive if every weekend were a long weekend? More time to spend with our kids, more time to look after ourselves, and more time to get stuff done (am I right?)!

So, let's start a campaign...if Betty White can host SNL because of a Facebook group then we can get Fridays off indefinitely!

Who's with me?