beef hamburger

Summer is almost here

Summer is almost here

It’s getting warmer and the day starts to last longer here in Malta. So it’s time to get out of hibernation and it’s…

Time for summer partiesherb garden

Last weekend we did some cleaning and fixing and planting on our roof terrace. Now we are ready to entertain on our roof. Have BBQ evenings or afternoons and just chill on the roof and bask in the sun.

On Saturday I got a lift from a friend to a garden shop, actually to 2 of them. I wanted to start growing some herbs on our roof terrace. It’s a nice addition to be
able to use home grown herbs in your cooking. So now I have parsley, basil, mint, dill, spearmint, lemon basil and chives growing on our balcony. There is also some romaine lettuce and rucola, 1 habanero chili and 3 strawberries and 3 cherry tomatoes and 1 eggplant. It’s a bit of a jungle now at the entrance to our lettuce and strawberriesroof terrace.

I also got some indoor plants for decorating our apartment. I love a bit of green in the house, makes the house look a bit livelier. Got most of the plants potted
on Saturday evening before it got dark but some had to be left for Sunday.

On Sunday we had planned to clean and fix the roof with a help of couple friends. We asked them to come help with a promise of hamburgers. In the morning I went to get burger buns and 2 kilos of lean ground beef + the fillings for a burger. Potted the rest of the plants and waited for the help to show up.

reed roof
With a help from a friend we tied the reed fencing on the steel frame on our balcony.

After all the work is done, it’s time to relax

grilling burger patties and sausages
Burger patties and sausages on the grill

I pounded the ground beef with some spices mixed in till I got a nice consistency for the beef. I used black pepper, red pepper, smoked paprika, parsley, garlic,

onions powder and barbecue sauce. A good burger beef doesn’t need any eggs or breadcrumbs, just knead it well enough by hands to keep the burger patties from breaking apart when grilling them.

I left the burger meat for about 40 minutes so the spices can do their work and then made burger patties ready. I used a coffee saucer to get same size patties. It’s sad when you have too small patty for the burger bun. The raw patty should be about 2cm wider all around then the bun as the burger patty will shrink a bit when cooked. Just before I put the patties on the grill, I sprinkled some sea salt on top of the patties. Cook 1 side and turn and put

gluten free cheese hamburger
Gluten free cheese hamburger with bacon, fries and sausage bites.

some cheese on top.

Along with the burgers I grilled some pecorino sausages and lamb sausages and cut them into small sausage bites. We also did some french fries with some smokey barbecue seasoning, used store bought frozen fries.

Then it was just about building your own burger and chillin out.

double cheese burger with bacon
Double cheese burger with bacon and balsamic caramelized onions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I would say the weekend was well spent. Let’s see how this weekend will be.

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