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As most who read my blog often enough know, one of my favourite chef is Jamie Oliver. If you ask me why, I probably would say it’s because of Alan. He’s always telling me about “Jamie made this today…” and “Jamie made that yesterday…” bla bla bla. Since we got the Oliver Twist series off a friend, it’s been one of our favourite dinnertime programs. I have to say that in the last year or so since I started reading more gourmet magazines and watching Hell’s Kitchen and also joining Daring Baker, I’m more exposed to different chefs and just the wonders of how some of the most basic flavours when combined produces such an amazing experience. 

Burgers being one of the world’s most staple fast food has always been synonymous to the words “unhealthy, junk, greasy, fattening”. And because of its association with such words, I’ve always tried to limit our intake of fast food. There was a period of time whereby we were eating maccas (or McD’s) at least 3 times a week. It reached a point when I had to put a stop to it and said “No! From now on…we will only eat it once a week..!” A couple of weeks ago, during one of our dinnertime sessions, Jamie introduced us to his version of burger and fries. Man! I was impressed…so impressed I decided I was going to make it for our dinner the next day! 

Jamie enjoys infusing his oils and salt with various flavours. So I thought I’d give it a go too. Off I went to the supermarket and got myself a bag of sea salt (my first bag..woohoo!), fresh lemons and of course rosemary. Out came the pestle and mortar. Pound, pound, pound and whoa…just this incredible fragrance of fresh lemon and rosemary punctuated the air around me. Seriously, you have to try it yourself to believe me. This with fries…the perfect combo!

Rosemary and Lemon Salt

Ingredients:

  • Sea salt
  • Fresh rosemary
  • Lemon

Method:

  • Peel lemon zest and place all ingredients into the mortar. Pound and mix well. Store in container for future use. It gets more fragrant as the weeks go by. 

Homemade Fries

Ingredients:

  • Potatoes
  • Garlic
  • Rosemary Lemon Salt
  • Olive oil
Method:
  • Preheat oven to 200C. Wash and slice potatoes to thin slices, skin on. Par boil them in a pot of boiling water. Drain well. 
  • Heat a pan with olive oil on high. Tossed in garlic (skin on) and fry till fragrant. Toss in potato slices and coat well with olive oil. 
  • Place onto baking tray, sprinkle a generous amount of salt then place in oven to bake for 15-20 minutes. 
  • Remove and sprinkle more salt. Serve hot. 
Burgers
Ingredients:
  • Beef mince
  • Red onion, minced
  • Rosemary
  • Egg
  • Mustard seeds
  • Dijon mustard
  • Parmesan cheese, grated fine
  • Bread crumbs
  • Salt and pepper
  • Buns
  • Salad and sauce, if using
Method:
  • In a large bowl, mix all the ingredients together. Season with rosemary salt and pepper. 
  • Using your hands, form them into nice round patties. Depending on the size of your buns or your liking, shape them as you wish. Place onto a baking sheet and refrigerate till ready to be used.
  • Slice buns into half and place face-up under the grill. Heat a pan on high with olive oil and fry patties.
  • Serve on buns with sauce and any salad of your choice and fries…YUM!!
            

 

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