Foodie's Counter

Recipe: Hamburger Hot Dog

For the weekend, I wanted to make something fun! It started from my daydreaming about hamburgers and how inconveniently bacon fits into a round burger. I mean, what’s the point of it being round? It’s messier to eat, and there’s no way to get an even amount of bacon into each bite. Yes, evolutionary stuff goes on in my mind all the time. 😀 I really should start tweeting about them. 😛 Well, then, it came to my mind that how perfectly strips of bacon fit onto hot dogs. And then, what exactly is stopping me from making the hamburger patty into the shape of a chocolate bar. And the answer? Nothing! Nothing is stopping me! 😀 On Friday, I happily skipped to my local supermarket to get ingredients. So here it is, hamburger hot dog.

Makes 12 small hot dogs (so depending how hungry your eaters are, serves 3-6)

Ingredients:

For the ‘patties’:
800 g minced beef (I used 15% fat)
1 egg, beaten
½ cup dry breadcrumbs
4 tsp Worcestershire sauce
½ tsp cayenne pepper powder
½ tsp smoked paprika powder
½ tsp garlic powder
½ tsp onion powder
a pinch of grounded black pepper

For wrapping:
12 slices of bacon

For filling:
Some cheese that is cut into a long shape.
I used cheddar, I got a whole brick of it and then cut thin strips out of them that were slightly shorter than the small hot dog buns.

For topping:
mayonnaise
hamburger sauce
chili pickle relish
roasted onion flakes
anything you like to put on your hot dog or hamburger

Instructions:

1. Put the minced beef in a large bowl. Measure and put all the ‘patty’ ingredients into the mix.
2. Mix well with hand.
3. Divide the mixture evenly into 12 parts.
4. Shape each part into a long shape, stick the cheese in the middle and wrap the minced beef around the cheese. Instead of a round shape like a pipe, I shaped some corners so they are easier to fry up and turn on the pan.
5. Wrap the bacon around the beef bars.
6. Heat up a non-stick pan, or the grill. Add just a little bit of oil or butter.
7. Fry all four sides of the bars evenly. It would depend on your stove or grill, it took mine around 1-2 minute per side to cook. I like my hamburgers to be a little pink on the inside. It will take longer to cook if you like your burgers to be well done.
8. Get a clean pan, heat it up. Butter up the hot dog buns from the middle and grilled them in the pan (only the middle side) until golden and crispy. The outside of the bun remains soft.
9. Stick the meat bar between the buns, put sauces and toppings and enjoy!

It turned out super delicious. The meat bar was juicy and full of flavors. I would’ve put more cheese so it would be oozier next time. I’ve paid 15-18 euros for gourmet hamburgers in restaurants but apparently these gourmet hamburger chefs think it’s a sin to flavor your hamburgers? I would be lucky if the patties at restaurants are even salted. I, on the other hand, skipped salt altogether because there were the bacon and cheese and then all the sauces on top for saltiness so the patties themselves only need spices and not salt. They were so delicious that I continue eating them all throughout the weekend, like the breakfast on the left. Two little hot dogs accompanied by a paprika spinach parmesan omelette, a very hearty breakfast. Hope you like this fun recipe!

Jukebox Friday

Stories: Strange and Beautiful (I’ll Put A Spell On You) – Aqualung

The year was 2009. I broke up from my first boyfriend of three years, was about to graduate from college and was also on the verge of a major self-discovery, my sexuality, my identity as a submissive. I was confused, I was lost, but I was excited because I felt like I finally found myself. That year remains one of the biggest turning points of my life. I was single, I was obsessed with Twilight. Well, maybe not Twilight, just the strong feelings it created inside of me. It was the reason that drove me to discover Twilight fanfiction, and along with that a fanfiction piece called ‘Submissive‘ in which I identified myself. And from there it really took the longest, most winding road to the person I am today, and to the experiences, I’ve had these past few years, and eventually to this blog right here. But before my sexual evolution, I read another fanfiction story that taught me how to deal with my emotions, angst and how to be true to myself and how to express it. It’s a story called “Wide Awake“, it’s still free to read online so go check it out if you want to. Even if it’s a fanfiction of Twilight, it had absolutely nothing in common other than the names. What also made “Wide Awake” so special to me was the music. Almost in every chapter, the author would name a song she was listening to while writing. And those songs together became a list on my iPod called ‘Stories’. Each and every one of them represents a very strong emotion, not necessarily any single memory, simply just the way I felt when I was discovering myself. For eight years now, I’ve had that same list of songs that I would listen to whenever I’m feeling lost, emotional, angsty or simply when I want to refocus and remind myself that I’m the one who matters the most. In some sense, these songs is me in its rawest form, at my most vulnerable state.

So I thought I would share my song list here on Jukebox Fridays, one song at a time. They might not be as profound to you as they would always be to me, but I hope you would enjoy. First on the list – ‘Strange and Beautiful’ by Aqualung. My favorite parts of the lyrics:

“Sometimes the last thing you want comes in first
Sometimes the first thing you want never comes
But I know that waiting is all you can do”

Random Ramblings

Halloween Special – CreepsMcPasta

One of the biggest names in the horror narration scene at Youtube, CreepsMcPasta has earned his keep with a channel almost a thousand videos strong. He has this soothing and calm voice with a proper British accent. It was impossible to choose only one of his video for me to recommend since there are so many. So I chose several. And as someone who had used a year or so to listen to all his stories, yes, every single one of them, I can confidently say that the following stories are some of his very best so far. First one is “Waking Up”. It’s a long one, slow burn and I really enjoyed the big reveal. Second one, “Love” is not exactly a scary story, but it’s such a well-crafted one full of feels. It just happens to have a supernatural element to it. Last but not least, “When God Blinks” is one of my favorite stories ever and I really liked the ending. So turn off the lights, put on your headphones and enjoy!