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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!

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Cuisines Around The World

Kuvahaun tulos haulle World Food DayHappy World Food Day!

To be honest, I didn’t know what the World Food Day was all about until I did some research. It turned out that this day was created in 1945 to celebrate the launch of the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organisation. This year’s theme is “Change the future of migration – Invest in food security and rural development”. Read more here.

What I thought this day was about was celebrating different cuisines around the world, and I actually prepared a post about ten of my favorite cuisines. Since I already prepared it, and I kinda helped (a little) to spread awareness what today is really about, I guess this is one way to celebrate it? 😛 Anyways, I’m not a picky eater when it comes to different flavors around the world. I am a self-proclaimed foodie, and I wouldn’t dare to call myself that if I have a restrictive taste. It was quite hard to choose my own top ten favorite cuisines, but I’m pretty content with my list. Without further ado, here it is, not in any particular order.

Aiheeseen liittyvä kuvaJapan
It’s my first love, and Japanese cuisine would probably forever remain my biggest love. It’s so much more than just sushi. It’s ramen, the Japanese noodle soup that is genuinely my favorite dish ever. It’s shabu shabu, the Japanese hot pot. It’s udon, it’s tempura, it’s Kobe beef, it’s street food culture, it’s their curry. It’s this crazy imagination and constant drive to invent new dishes and wonders without sacrificing this unbreakable respect towards traditions. It’s this beautiful fusion of the old and the new. It’s their impeccable work ethic. It’s their deeply rooted understanding of the balance of healthiness, freshness, flavor combinations and amazing presentation. You do eat with your eyes first.

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Meal Prep Tips, part 1

First of all, happy Beer and Pizza Day! There’s something to celebrate every day. Don’t believe me? Check out the Days of the Year calendar. I have my favorites marked down on my bullet journal, especially anything food related. And Monday, what a great day to grab a pizza and chuck a beer. I happen to have a bottle of American Amber from Flying Dutchman. How can you say no to a bottle that says “Flower Power, Hippy Dippy, All Things Pretty”. 😛 Ambers have been a new discovery for me this summer and I really enjoy the little kick they pack. And that’s a tuna pizza, cheesy and delicious. Anyways, meal prep! I’ve been doing them weekly for a while now and it has become a routine thing now. When I first started, I struggled with ideas and balancing between healthy and convenient. It would take me a long time to plan a meal prep and it would take me at least three hours to prepare lunch for five days. So I decided to share my tips and tricks that I’ve learned along the way of meal prep. You can find tons of ideas online as to what to make, so I’m not going to give you any individual recipes. Instead, I want to write about the planning process and how to make meal prep easy and doable every single week.

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