We started with a burger-off, and I very happy to announce that finally our shark-like, self effacing "underdog" did not win. My team won! Hurrah! We made an Indochine burger that totally rocked. It was a hands down winner. We have not stopped talking about this burger, and it will certainly be a favourite go to recipe for years to come.
Here's the winning recipe - Grilled Pork Burgers Indochine. We served them on pretzel buns, and enjoyed very much the chew of the bun with the juicy pork. I think the sturdy bun helped hold it all together.
Our competitors served Home-made Big Macs, and Sweet Sausage Burgers with blue cheese and sweet onions.
Beyond the usual BBQ and picnic fare, we have been enjoying Muffuletta sandwiches smeared with an olive salad. I love the Muffuletta for it's ability to stand up to hours of neglect. It is a sandwich that is pressed flat with weights, and so full of meat and cheese that it packs and travels well.
I am still in love with the recipes of Ottolenghi, and because I have good friends that will ship Middle Eastern spices and condiments to me, we have also been slowly making our way through his three cookbooks. Last night we tried meatballs that reminded me of kibbeh, and a rose and pistachio rice pudding.
Though very tasty, the meatball dish was a bit forgettable, and I think the fiffy-faffy work would keep me from making them again, but the rice pudding was lovely.
Tonight, a second attempt at crispy peking duck…and maybe by next week there will be a few new menu items. I have also just learned that day lilies are completely edible, from flower to root….watch for daylily salads with candied walnuts...
I hope everyone is enjoying their summer! The weather certainly is continuing to be wonderful.