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Newsletter #130 - Sep 12th, 2006

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There will be a slight delay before I send out the next letter as we are leaving on a trip to Vic Falls for two weeks. Hopefully I will have some nice photos to share when we get back! Just think,  sunset cruises on the Zambezi, microlighting over the Falls and being a millionaire for two weeks!

Who makes the best hamburgers in South Africa? For me, Steers burgers are by far the best! The patties have a flame grilled taste, just perfect! And their range of burgers is enormous! Lets hope someone from Steers sees this and donates 1000 burgers to the hungry! Scroll down an check out some burger recipes. Years ago, when I was still into comics, there was a character named Wimpy that always used to eat hamburgers. I have always wondered if that was the origin of the Wimpy name for the famous fast food outlets? Anyone know?


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COMPETITION: How well do you know your herbs? Go to this page, in the top left is a picture of a herb, click on the herb and give me it's name! The first five correct entries received will each get a really nice recipe eBook. You can also email me with the answer .


They say Gauteng is unique in that the birds awaken you with their coughing!


I also collect photos of Coke signs from all over and my Coke online photo album is coming along nicely. If anyone from outside South Africa happens to see a Coke sign on an interesting building, please take a pic and email it to me. Please include the building as well to get the overall effect.


The Squirrel and the Grasshopper…

REST OF THE WORLD VERSION:

The squirrel works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building and improving his house and laying up supplies for the winter. The grasshopper thinks he's a fool, and laughs and dances and plays the summer away.

Come winter, the squirrel is warm and well fed. The shivering grasshopper has no food or shelter, so he dies out in the cold.

THE END



THE BRITISH VERSION:

The squirrel works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter. The grasshopper thinks he's a fool, and laughs and dances and plays the summer away. Come winter, the squirrel is warm and well fed.

A social worker finds the shivering grasshopper, calls a press conference and demands to know why the squirrel should be allowed to be warm and well fed while others less fortunate, like the grasshopper, are cold and starving. The BBC shows up to provide live coverage of the shivering grasshopper; with cuts to a video of the squirrel in his comfortable warm home with a table laden with food.

The British press informs people that they should be ashamed that in a country of such wealth, this poor grasshopper is allowed to suffer so while others have plenty. The Labour Party, Greenpeace, Animal Rights and The Grasshopper Council of GB demonstrate in front of the squirrel's house.

The BBC, interrupting a cultural festival special from Notting Hill with breaking news, broadcasts a multi cultural choir singing "We Shall Overcome". Ken Livingstone rants in an interview with Trevor McDonald that the squirrel has gotten rich off the backs of grasshoppers, and calls for an immediate tax hike on the squirrel to make him pay his "fair share" and increases the charge for squirrels to enter inner London.

In response to pressure from the media, the Government drafts the Economic Equity and Grasshopper Anti Discrimination Act, retroactive to the beginning of the summer. The squirrel's taxes are reassessed. He is taken to court and fined for failing to hire grasshoppers as builders for the work he was doing on his home and an additional fine for contempt when he told the court the grasshopper did not want to work.

The grasshopper is provided with a council house, financial aid to furnish it and an account with a local taxi firm to ensure he can be socially mobile. The squirrels’ food is seized and redistributed to the more needy members of society, in this case the grasshopper.

Without enough money to buy more food, to pay the fine and his newly imposed retroactive taxes, the squirrel has to downsize and start building a new home. The local authority takes over his old home and utilises it as a temporary home for asylum seeking cats who had hijacked a plane to get to Britain as they had to share their country of origin with mice. On arrival they tried to blow up the airport because of Britain’s apparent love of dogs.

The cats had been arrested for the international offence of hijacking and attempt bombing but were immediately released because the police fed them pilchards instead of salmon whilst in custody. Initial moves to then return them to their own country were abandoned because it was feared they would face death by the mice. The cats devise and start a scam to obtain money from peoples credit cards.

A Panorama special shows the grasshopper finishing up the last of the squirrel's food, though spring is still months away, while the council house he is in, crumbles around him because he hasn't bothered to maintain the house. He is shown to be taking drugs. Inadequate government funding is blamed for the grasshopper’s drug 'illness'.

The cats seek recompense in the British courts for their treatment since arrival in UK. The grasshopper gets arrested for stabbing an old dog during a burglary to get money for his drug habit. He is imprisoned but released immediately because he has been in custody for a few weeks. He is placed in the care of the probation service to monitor and supervise him. Within a few weeks he has killed a guinea pig in a botched robbery.

A commission of enquiry, that will eventually cost £10,000,000 and state the obvious, is set up. Additional money is put into funding a drug rehabilitation scheme for grasshoppers and legal aid for lawyers representing asylum seekers is increased. The asylum seeking cats are praised by the government for enriching Britain's multicultural diversity and dogs are criticised by the government for failing to befriend the cats.

The grasshopper dies of a drug overdose. The usual sections of the press blame it on the obvious failure of government to address the root causes of despair arising from social inequity and his traumatic experience of prison. They call for the resignation of a minister.

The cats are paid a million pounds each because their rights were infringed when the government failed to inform them there were mice in the United Kingdom.

The squirrel, the dogs and the victims of the hijacking, the bombing, the burglaries and robberies have to pay an additional percentage on their credit cards to cover losses, their taxes are increased to pay for law and order and they are told that they will have to work beyond 65 because of a shortfall in government funds.


Do you like cowboy movies? Remember John Wayne? Well here is his favourite dish:

John Wayne's Favourite Cheese Casserole Recipe
INGREDIENTS:

1 pound (.45kg) coarsely grated Jack cheese
1 pound (.45kg) coarsely grated cheddar cheese
2 (4-ounce - 50g) cans diced green chiles
4 eggs, separated
2/3 cup evaporated milk
1 tablespoon flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
2 tomatoes, sliced

INSTRUCTIONS: Preheat oven to 325° (160ºC). Combine cheeses and chiles and spoon into a well-greased 11-by-9-inch or similar-size baking dish. Beat egg whites until stiff peaks form. In another bowl combine egg yolks, milk, flour, salt and pepper and mix until well blended. Fold beaten egg whites into yolk mixture. Pour egg mixture over cheese in casserole. Using a fork, swirl egg mixture through cheese. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and decorate with sliced tomatoes. Bake 30 minutes longer or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Let stand a few minutes to set; serve. Serves 6-8


Me Mudder

When me prayers were poorly said
Who tucked me in me widdle bed
And spanked me till me arse was red,
Me Mudder!

Who took me from me cozy cot
And put me on the ice cold pot
And made me pee when I could not,
Me Mudder!

And when the morning light would come
And in me crib me dribbled some
Who wiped me tiny widdle bum,
Me Mudder!

Who would me hair so neatly part
And hug me gently to her heart
Who sometimes squeezed me till me fart,
Me Mudder!

Who looked at me with eyebrows knit
And nearly have a king size fit
When in me Sunday pants me s***,
Me Mudder!

When at night her bed did squeak
Me raised me head to have a peek
Who yelled at me to go to sleep,
Me Fadder!


Going on vacation? In the next few issues I will be giving some photography tips to help you take better pictures.

Travel Photography 101

Here are some more travel photography tips

Divide to Conquer: You can't go wrong with the Rule of Thirds, the classic photographer's tip for creating interesting images. When you're setting up a shot, mentally divide your LCD screen or viewfinder into nine squares. Place the primary subject where two of those squares intersect. If all this talk of imaginary lines makes your head spin, just remember not to plop your primary focal point in the center of your photos. Set up the shot so the prime point of interest is a bit to the left or right of the midpoint.


Lock Your Focus: When your digital camera is in automatic mode, it focuses when you depress the shutter button (the button you press to take a photo) halfway down. To get a properly focused photo, press the shutter down halfway and wait a few seconds. Most cameras emit a cheery beep when an image is focused, or a light will go on near the viewfinder or on the LCD screen. Once the image is in focus, press the shutter completely down. If you don't give the camera a few seconds to focus, your photos won't be as sharp as they could be.

Circumvent Auto Focus: Your camera may not focus on what you consider the correct focal point of a particular photo. So center the primary subject smack in the middle of the frame, depress the shutter button halfway and allow the camera to focus. Then, while still holding the shutter button down, compose your photo properly and press the shutter button all the way down. This procedure ensures your selected focal point is in proper focus.
 

From Fodor's


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I happened to find this really nice Blog, please click on the link below and go browse around.....

Following with thanks from Brian at Kitsch'n'Zinc (an article from earlier this year)

Today it feels good to be an African

Today we celebrate Freedom Day in South Africa. The 27 th April 1994 heralded the start of a decade of freedom both politically and socially – a new government, a new flag, a new constitution, a new national anthem, a new spirit, a new rainbow nation. These quantum leaps in our political and social psyches were mirrored by a new interest in our culinary future – a new pride, a new hope for brand South Africa and when Desmond Tutu coined the phrase “ the Rainbow Nation ”, a new label for our diverse cooking styles, “Rainbow Cuisine.”
This emerging cuisine really is no different to those in other parts of the world, it is merely taking stock of all the good things around you in terms of produce, suppliers, ideas, skills, customer expectations and moulding them into an identifiable style of cooking. The change in social structure in the country found an identity in the rainbow analogy as did the new cuisine. It is now variously referred to as Modern South African, Cape Fusion, New African or Rainbow Cuisine. It is possibly the first time in history that a new constitution has spawned a new cuisine.
As a young democracy we’ve got our problems, crime, unemployment, the gap between rich and poor, HIV Aids, to highlight a few and as a young culinary identity we face the challenges of lack of quality product in certain categories, overexhuberence in culinary preparations in tourist trap restaurants, lack of proper training facilities and programmes and a very small local sophisticated market but I have no doubt that both politically and gastronomically we will come right.

The following recipe combines the sweet elements which the Boers or Afrikaners enjoyed with their meat in a traditional Malay samoosa or savoury pastry accompanied by a chili and coriander dressing prepared European style.

Bobotie Samoosas with Green chili and Coriander

250 g minced beef
50 g chopped onions
30 ml sunflower oil
20 g crushed garlic
20 g crushed ginger
20 g curry powder
5 g turmeric
2 slices of white bread, crusts off, soaked in milk
30 g raisins
30 g chutney
30 g apricot jam
30 g chopped dried apricots
30 g toasted sliced almonds
100 g phyllo pastry

Prepare bobotie by sweating onions in the sunflower oil before adding garlic, ginger, curry powder and turmeric.
Cook gently for 2 minutes to release flavour of the spices.
Add minced beef and brown.
Cook beef until done, adding a little water if necessary.
Reduce beef to a dry consistency before adding all the other ingredients except the pastry.
Cool the beef mix.
Cut the phyllo in wide strips, place spoonfuls of the bobotie mix on top and fold into the typical triangular samoosa shape.
Leave to rest whilst preparing the dressing.

Green chili and Coriander Dressing


10 g chopped green chili
10 g chopped coriander/cilantro
10 g chopped garlic
1 egg yolk
10 ml rice wine vinegar
150 ml sunflower oil
seasoning

Blend chili, garlic and coriander with egg yolk and vinegar.
Add oil in trickle whilst whisking to form emulsion like mayonnaise.
Adjust consistency to your taste by adding a little water if too thick.
Adjust seasoning.

Deep fry the samoosas just before service and serve with dressing as a dipping sauce.


click to view this really nice Blog


The Hormone Hostage knows that there are days in the month when all a man has to do is open his mouth and he takes his life in his own hands! This is a handy guide that should be as common as a driver's license in the wallet of every husband, boyfriend, or significant other!

DANGEROUS:

SAFER:

SAFEST:

ULTRA SAFE:

What's for dinner?

Can I help you with dinner?

Where would you like to go for dinner?

Here, have some chocolate.

Are you wearing that?

Wow, you sure look good in brown!

WOW! Look at you!

Here, have some chocolate

What are you so worked up about?

Could we be overreacting?

Here's my paycheck.

Here, have some chocolate.

Should you be eating that?

You know, there are a lot of apples left.

Can I get you a glass of wine with that?

Here, have some chocolate.

What did you DO all day?

I hope you didn't over-do it today.

I've always loved you in that robe!

Here, have some more chocolate.


Never buy another recipe book again.
I have put together my South African Traditional Recipes in English and Afrikaans plus another 36 recipe eBooks on one CD. Click here to take a look and also get your free Low Fat recipe eBook

Hello Peter,
Just to let you know that I received my recipe CD today in the mail and I'm over the moon about it.
I'm going to spread the word to others to order copies too. It's most certainly worth every cent..........
Thanks again,
LC


Ever tried Rooibos tea? Here are some interesting Rooibos facts.

Interesting facts about Rooibos

Rooibos is a herbal tea. Correctly called tisanes, herbal teas are made from flowering plants without woody stems. Herbal infusions can include flowers, herbs, fruit and spices. These infusions are caffeine-free unlike all other types of tea.

Herbal teas do not contain tea leaves from the Camellia sinensis plant and therefore cannot be technically classified as a tea. This does not mean that herbal teas do not have health benefits, they have many, but these perhaps differ from those of real tea.

Made from the red bush trees on the slopes of the Cedarberg mountains and found no where else in the world, Rooibos is 100% organic and it's medicinal value is seemingly endless. It really is nature's medicine and one of South Africa's best exports.

From: www.health24.com

Dried fruit in brandy

SYRUP
500 ml rooibos tea
200 ml brandy
2 pieces stick cinnamon
2 whole cloves
65 ml sugar
mixed dried fruit such as peaches, apple rings, apricots, prunes

Method:
Boil the syrup ingredients together in a saucepan and cool. Arrange the fruit in sterilised jars and pour over the syrup. Seal.


Glenacres Superspar newsletter recipe.

BAKED FRUITS with HONEY and SPICES

55g Margarine
150ml Orange Juice
4 Tbsp Clear Honey
1 tsp Mixed Spice
2 Bananas, Thickly Sliced
3 Peaches, Halved, Stoned and Sliced
12 Apricots, Stoned
Low Fat Yoghurt to Serve

1. Put the margarine into a pan and add the orange juice, honey and spice
2. Bring just to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer gently for 5 minutes
3. Add the fruit to the hot syrup and cook gently, for about 5 minutes, until soft
4. Serve warm or chilled with low fat yoghurt

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Thank you, Sue, for the following:

Uses for Peroxide (Safer and Healthier than Bleach)

This was written by Becky Ransey of Indiana (a doctor's wife), and I wanted to share it with you. She was over recently for coffee and smelled the bleach I was using to clean my toilet and countertops. This is what she told me...

I would like to tell you of the benefits of that plain little ole bottle of 3% peroxide you can get for under $1.00 at any drug store. What does bleach cost? My husband has been in the medical field for over 36 years, and most doctors don't tell you about peroxide. Have you ever smelled bleach in a doctor's office? NO! Why? Because it smells bad and it is not healthy! Ask the nurses who work in the doctor's offices, and ask them if they use bleach at home. They are wiser and know better!

Did you also know that bleach was invented in the late 40s? It's chlorine, folks! And it was used to kill our troops. Peroxide was invented during WWI in the 20s. It was used to save and help cleanse the needs of our troops and hospitals. Please think about this.

1. Take one capful (the little white cap that comes with the bottle) and hold in your mouth for 10 minutes daily, then spit it out. (I do it when I bathe.) No more canker sores, and your teeth will be whiter without expensive pastes. Use it instead of mouthwash.
2. Let your toothbrushes soak in a cup of peroxide to keep them free of germs.
3. Clean your counters and table tops with peroxide to kill germs and leave a fresh smell. Simply put a little on your dishrag when you wipe, or spray it on the counters with a spray bottle when you are wiping up.
4. After rinsing off your wooden cutting board,pour peroxide on it to kill salmonella and other bacteria.
5. I had fungus on my feet for years until I sprayed a 50/50 mixture of peroxide and water on them (especially the toes) every night and let dry.
6. Soak any infections or cuts in 3% peroxide for five to ten minutes several times a day. My husband has seen gangrene that would not heal with any medicine but was healed by soaking in peroxide.
7. Fill a spray bottle with a 50/50 mixture of peroxide and water and keep it in every bathroom to disinfect without harming your septic system like bleach or most other disinfectants will.
8. Tilt your head back and spray into nostrils with your 50/50 mixture whenever you have a cold or a plugged sinus. It will bubble and help to kill the bacteria. Hold for a few minutes and then blow your nose into a tissue.
9. If you have a terrible toothache and cannot get to a dentist right away, put a capful of 3% peroxide into your mouth and hold it for ten minutes several times a day. The pain will lessen greatly.
10. And of course, if you like a natural look to your hair, spray the 50/50 solution on your wet hair after a shower and comb it through. You will not have the peroxide-burnt blonde hair like the hair dye packages but more natural highlights if your hair is a light brown, reddish, or dirty blonde. It also lightens gradually, so it's not a drastic change.
11. Put half a bottle of peroxide in your bath to help rid boils, fungus, or other skin infections.
12. You can also add a cup of peroxide instead of bleach to a load of whites in your laundry to whiten them. If there is blood on clothing, pour it directly on the soiled spot. Let it sit for a minute, then rub it and rinse with cold water. Repeat if necessary.
13. I use peroxide to clean my mirrors. There is no smearing, which is why I love it so much for this.
I could go on and on. It is a little brown bottle no home should be without! With prices of most necessities rising, I'm glad there's a way to save tons of money in such a simple, healthy manner!


Another Wacky Sarmie

Go take a look at my Wacky Sarmies page, there are some great sarmie ideas!

Rentia from  Millington, NJ

2 slices toast
apricot jam
chopped onion
fried egg
Spread jam on toast, sauté the onions and fry the egg on top of the onions. Place egg on one slice toast, season with salt, cover with the other slice...YUMMY!


A Blast From the Past

1932 - Murderess daisy de Melcker is executed, the second white woman to be hanged in SA, Sol Plaatje and C J Langenhoven die, Johnny Weismuller stars in the first Tarzan talkie, 

Source: Sunday Times.


Bush Buzz
Nature is wonderful. I envy the jobs of the game rangers and their wealth of bush knowledge. I have often wondered where one can read up on all the interesting facts. I would like to make this a regular feature of this newsletter, if you are able to contribute or would like to comment on the contribution below, please email me.

The Eland
Largest and most heavily built of the antelopes. Shoulder height: 2 meters. Weight: up to 900kg. Both sexes have horns about 50 cmlong and slightly spiralled. They have a hump on the shoulders and a prominent dewlap. Colour is tawny; dorsal line, tail tuft and tip of dewlap are all black. They have a few thin, vertical white stripes on the body and a tuft of dark hair on the forehead. Their hooves are rounded.


Found in eastern, central and southern Africa. Prefer plains or moderately rolling country with brush and scattered trees.

Young leaves of trees and shrubs; also, succulent fruits. Males and female favour different foods: females are selective feeders of flowers and herbs in open grassland, while male browse bushes near cover.

Browse in morning and evening. Lie in shelter during heat of day. Very shy and difficult to approach. Gregarious, occurring in groups up to 100. Bulls often solitary, but not territorial. Travel long distances during migration. Impregnate forehead tuft with moist or urine-soaked soil and brush this paste on tree trunks, bushes, or walls as a marking. Use horns for fighting and to break branches off trees. Display broadside, keeping head up and away and presenting shoulder region. Males are sexually mature at 4 years of age, females at 3 years. Apparently there is no fixed breeding season but the majority of births are at the beginning of the rainy season. Gestation period is 250-270 days; one
calf is usual. Calves form nursery groups; often have closer bonds with other calves than with their mothers. Males decide ranking by their sparring within the nursery group. Females will cooperatively fight predators. Life span is 15-20 years.

Can go for long periods without drinking, getting sufficient moisture from food.

Adult males produce a clicking noise when walking, possibly originating in the tendons of the front legs. The click is much louder than the clacking of the hooves and can be heard over a mile away in still conditions. The sound may serve to warn younger males there is a large dominant male around.

They have been reduced in numbers because: they are easily captured and killed; they yield large amounts of tender meat; their thick hide is excellent; and they suffer from rinderpest. Although the common eland is not endangered.
 


The Herb Section - BAY LEAF

Bay Leaf is also known as Sweet Laurel, Wreath Laurel, Bay Laurel, and Yeuh-kuei. The bay tree is indigenous to Asia Minor, from where it spread to the Mediterranean. The Greek word for laurel is "dhafni", named for the myth of the nymph Daphne, who was turned into a laurel tree by Gaea. Bay, or laurel, was famed in ancient Greece and Rome. Emperors, heroes, doctors and poets wore wreaths of laurel leaves. Triumphant athletes of ancient Greece were awarded laurel garlands for their exploits. Doctors wore crowns of Bay Leaf due to the Greek’s belief that it was a cure for everything from indigestion to nightmares. Bay leaves are still widely used throughout the world. It may be best known as a garnish or used similarly in soups, sauces, and stews, and is an appropriate seasoning for fish, meat and poultry. Bay Leaf is often used as a pickling spice.

Grown successfully in Mediterranean climates, the Bay is a hardy evergreen shrub that grows wild or cultivated. In warm areas it can grow as high as 60 feet. Bay Leaf can be harvested at any time. Bay Leaf has been used as an herbal remedy for headaches. It contains compounds called parthenolides, which have proven useful in the treatment of migraines. Bay Leaf has also been shown to help the body process insulin more efficiently, which leads to lower blood sugar levels. Bay Leaf has also been used to reduce the effects of stomach ulcers. Bay Leaf contains eugenol, which has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. Bay leaf is also an anti-fungal and anti-bacterial. Bay Leaf has also been used to treat rheumatism, amenorrhea, and colic.

Olive Oil with Lemon and Bay Leaf

Makes for great dipping oil.

1 large fresh lemon
1 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 bay leaf
1/4 teaspoon peppercorns

Scrub the lemon to remove surface impurities; rinse and dry well.
Pour olive oil in a small heavy saucepan.
Using a zester, add lemon zest directly to olive oil.
Add bay leaf and peppercorns.
Heat oil over medium low heat to (120C)for 10 minutes.
Remove from heat and cool slightly.
Transfer oil to hot, sterilized bottle and seal.
Can be stored at room temperature for up to 2 months.

 More links to herbs on my Herb Page   

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 Please
email me and we can make arrangements. Thanx a lot!

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Any comments, positive or otherwise on this Newsletter will be appreciated!

That's it for now,
Take care,
Peter

If you are ecer in the Ceres area why not take a break and enjoy a great cuppa coffee!...and send friends and family back home an email greeting!

 

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Thank you Jacques for this great link! If you are looking for South African food and goods overseas, you just have to click here!


At long last my collection of South African Traditional Home Remedies (Boererate) ( nearly 2000) have been translated into English and they are now available on a CD together with my collection of Traditional South African Recipes. This will make an ideal gift or even an interesting collection for yourself! The CD only costs R96 or US$22 (payment with Paypal). Click here for payment details.

The Home Remedies are also available on their own by email in eBook format at R60 (US$15).
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I have started a Traveller's Forum (in Afrikaans). If you want to go take a look, click here.


Now here is a great idea! Travelling with a baby? Babylite has the answer,
they hire out prams and other baby accessories to tourists to South Africa.
Go take a look at their website! www.babylite.co.za


Thinking of visiting South Africa? This link below is mainly geared to the 2010 World Cup, but is valid for a visit now as well, go take a look.


Ever wanted to learn to play the guitar? I have this really nice Tutorial on Cd called Learn to Play Guitar. The package consists of  six eBooks,  Guitar Chord Charts, Learn to Read Music, Rock Guitar tabs, Learn how to play the guitar, Learn to tune a guitar  and How to make a living as a musician. See the review below:

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BASIC HAMBURGERS

4 slices of bread, crusts removed
150ml evaporated milk
1kg lean, minced beef
5ml salt
freshly ground black pepper
3ml dry mustard
2ml Worcestershire sauce
1 small onion, grated or finely chopped
2 eggs

1. Tear bread into pieces and soak in the evaporated milk for 10 minutes, then beat with a fork
2. Lightly mix together, with a fork, all the other ingredients, except the eggs
3. Stir in eggs and mix well with a fork
4. With wet hands, shape into 8 equal-size patties
5. Brush patties with oil or butter and cook at high heat to sear the outsides
6. Pan-fry at medium heat for a total of 4-6 minutes on each side, or grill for 7-10 minutes on each side for medium done
7. Serve on buns or toast, with a selection of garnishes or sauces of your choice

HAMBURGER VARIATIONS

HERBED HAMBURGERS
Add 15ml chopped fresh dill, thyme or other herbs, or 5ml of dried herbs to the basic recipe

GARLIC HAMBURGERS
Add 1 fat clove of garlic, chopped, and 30ml chopped parsley to the basic recipe

STUFFED HAMBURGERS
Shape the basic hamburgers into 16 thin patties.
On 8 of the patties place one of the following:
15ml chopped, sautéed mushrooms, bacon or onion
small piece of cheddar, gruyère, camembert or blue cheese
15ml chopped, mixed, apple, celery and walnuts
1 can anchovy fillet chopped with a few capers.
Top with remaining patties and press edges to join.

HAMBURGER SAUCES

RED WINE SAUCE
Pan-fry hamburgers, remove and keep warm.
Add 30ml chopped shallots to pan and sauté for 1 minute, then add 125ml dry red wine
Boil rapidly for 2 minutes, season with salt & pepper, remove from heat, and swirl in 30ml butter
Pour over hamburgers and serve immediately

STROGANOFF SAUCE
Pan-fry hamburger, remove and keep warm
Add 1 small, finely chopped onion to pan, and sauté, stirring for 2 minutes
Add 125g sliced mushrooms and cook, stirring, until limp
Stir in 125ml sour cream, season with salt & pepper, heat through and spoon over the hamburgers
Sprinkle with paprika and serve immediately

HAMBURGER TOPPINGS

Top each freshly cooked hamburger with one of the following:-
A thick slice of sautéed tomato and 2-3 sautéed mushrooms on a toothpick

5ml sour cream or plain yoghurt, seasoned with salt and pepper, and sprinkled with snipped chives

A slice of flavoured butter on top of the patty ( butter can be flavoured with almost anything)

A thin slice of raw onion, topped with a spoonful of mayonnaise and a parsley sprig

 
 

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