Monday, April 20, 2015

Aussie Works Burger


I consider myself very lucky to have grown up in a time when there wasn't a 'Golden Arches' on every street corner and my dear Mother used to cook everything from scratch and takeaway was a very rare treat. One such treat was a good old fashioned hamburger with the lot, or, as us Aussies like to call it, an "Aussie Works Burger". But I prefer to cook them at home, just the way I like them.


It still happens to be one of my favourite takeaway options if I'm ever out and about and short on time or won't be home. It beats any burger chain hamburger hands down and that's why I don't eat them. They don't even come close to tasting like a real hamburger. There are a lot of variations of the good old Aussie Works Burger. Some fancy cafes like to jazz it up a bit with things like 'Wagyu beef', for instance, or 'caramelised onion jam' which is all just too fancy schmancy (and very overpriced) and not at all necessary.  With some basic pantry supplies that we all have, you can easily recreate your own burger at home.


It starts with your basic hamburger bun. I usually have a supply in the freezer for a quick weekend meal. You can choose white, wholemeal or wholegrain bread rolls or even sliced bread for that matter. The buns are split and lightly toasted under the griller (broiler).


Next step is the meat. I usually use ground beef and add nothing but salt and pepper. If the meat is a little too crumbly, you can add a beaten egg to bind. I just form the meat into patties and fry on a pan until cooked. You can substitute the beef for any ground meat or use a thin piece of steak.


Bacon and sliced onions are then cooked in the same pan while the beef patties are kept warm in the oven. 


Next, fry an egg, in the same pan to your liking. (I usually omit this for myself as I'm not a big fan of eggs.)


While the pattie, bacon, onions and egg are cooking, return one half of the bun to the griller with a couple slices of cheddar cheese and melt. You are pretty much now ready to assemble the burger.


Some people might have different ways of assembling it but I always prefer to have the salad on the bottom. Start with lettuce, sliced tomato (add a sprinkling of salt and pepper to the tomato), sliced beetroot (sliced, canned beetroot is HUGE in Australia - we couldn't imagine a burger without it), a slice of fresh or canned pineapple then add the hot items.


Add the meat patty, egg, bacon and cooked onions and lather with your choice of sauce.  In my case, it's always barbecue (or similarly known as HP Sauce) sauce. Tomato sauce, or ketchup, is the other most common sauce added to our burgers.


Top with the other half of the bun which has the melted cheese and you're done. Now, the biggest problem you have is how you're going to get your mouth around it. Good luck! You'll need a bath after eating it as the sauce will ooze out but it will be worth it. A typical Aussie favourite that is best recreated at home.

Aussie Works Burger
  • hamburger bun (one per person)
  • ground meat (beef, chicken, pork, veal, lamb)
  • bacon rashers
  • onion, thinly sliced
  • eggs
  • cheddar cheese, sliced
  • lettuce
  • tomato
  • beetroot, sliced
  • pineapple, fresh or canned, sliced
  • sauce of your choice, barbecue or tomato
  • oil for frying
  • salt and pepper

  1. Toast buns until lightly golden.
  2. Lightly season your ground meat with salt and pepper and form into patties. Fry until cooked through.
  3. Fry bacon rashers, thinly sliced onions and eggs.
  4. Return one half of the hamburger bun to the griller and add sliced cheese and melt.
  5. Assemble the burger with lettuce, tomato, beetroot, pineapple, meat pattie, bacon, egg, sliced onions and sauce.











Thursday, April 16, 2015

Thriving on Thursdays - Linky Party # 128

Domesblissity

It's Thursday and time for another week of Thriving on Thursdays. A great place for you all to link up your favourite blog posts for the week. I'm on the homeward stretch of these school holidays and I think after 6 years of schooling, I'm starting to see a pattern forming with my children. It takes at least a week for them to unwind from their daily routine (me too) and by the time the second week comes around, they're raring to go, more at ease, relaxed and can make their own fun. I guess as they get older, the curriculum gets harder for them and it is a lot to take in. As for me, I'm feeling a lot like Lili Von Schtupp (aka Madeline Kahn) when she did this scene in Blazing Saddles.


I do thrive on routine and can't wait to get back into next Monday, catching up on all my unfinished and new projects and getting back to a more regular blogging schedule. In the meantime, here's my top 3 food and non food posts from last week's party. 

FOOD

Sweet Potato Latkes Pancakes low carb




Menu Planning on $30 a week


NON FOOD



DIY No-Slip Hangers on Diane's Vintage Zest!  #free #organization #tip


This is for the Birds!



Domesblissity

All of the posts were so fantastic last week. It was really hard to choose just 3 for each category. Keep up the great work girls. Can't wait to see what you've all been working on this week.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Grow your own plants for your wedding



With more than 12 months still to go until I get married in May 2016, the wedding planning merry-go-round is well and truly at full speed and not about to stop. It's like I can't get off. I'm trying though. We've booked the photographer and the caterer and about to meet the marriage celebrant this coming week and once that's done, I'm going to try my hardest not to look at anything wedding related, that is, until I had this idea.

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I'd been looking at bouquets, florists, real flowers, fake flowers, silk flowers etc etc etc and it just becomes mind boggling. I've always loved lavender, in every form, and want to go with something simple. I figured, when the time was right, I could enquire at a wholesale flower market as to how much it cost and then I thought, why don't I just grow my own? I can buy some already established potted plants from the nursery and nurture them until the wedding. I can use some of the pots directly on the table and use another bigger pot as my cut flowers. As we're already in autumn and coming into winter, I may have missed the boat but because I live in a warm climate I might be lucky.

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Blue salvias are another favourite of mine and are so hardy in my sub tropical climate and so easy to grow. There are many different varieties, annuals or perennials, so finding the right one for the right time of the year to harvest them for your wedding will be crucial.

The Easiest Indoor Plants That Won't Die On You -Areca Palm grows to 7ft or can be stunted by keeping in smaller pot, likes indierct sunlight and dryish soil watering only on alternate weeks .
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And as you would imagine, I'll be styling the wedding myself, cutting corners and expenses at every possible opportunity and I have many potted palms and other plants which I'll use for decorating the reception area (which is being held at home).

Beautiful White Rose Bouquet! Photography by lifeandlovestudio.com, Floral Design by 57treasury.com
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Of course, if you'd like to have full on roses in your bouquet you might have to rethink growing them yourself or if you're trying to cut costs, maybe think of an alternative. I've been reading that some of the silk varieties in a lot of different species of flowers are very realistic. Don't think I'll go down that path but a lot of people have and they look beautiful. 

My Daughter's Vintage Wedding: Decorations and Floral Design | BlogHer love vintage and simple!!
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Gypsophila (or Baby's Breath as it's also known) is also very easy to grow. I love the simplicity of the plain white small flowers in the above bouquet and might use them for my attendants.

Whatever flowers you have in mind for your bridal bouquet and other flowers for attendants, think about growing them yourself to save money. Just think how much more sentimental it will be on the day. I'll be sharing how to make your own bouquet as the time gets closer because I've already looked in to that as well. (Promise, no more looking at wedding stuff for at least a couple months. Well, I'll try. It's so hard not to.)

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Thriving on Thursdays - Linky Party # 127

Domesblissity

Welcome to another week of Thriving on Thursdays. Hope you all had a wonderful Easter break. Ours was a nice break and a great way to ease on into 2 weeks school holiday vacation for my 2 children. I did have prepared a whole bunch of school holiday boredom buster ideas to share but they failed miserably. Seems my kids are getting older and not into those 'fun' planned activities anymore. I put together a small basket of activity books, games, colouring pencils and all sorts of bits and pieces and they had gone through the whole lot in two days. I printed off this fantastic Nature Scavenger Hunt and it lasted all of 10 minutes. They are having more fun being couch potatoes watching TV, wrestling with each other, riding their scooters, jumping on the trampoline and going on the occasional outing with me. What happened to my babies? 


I did create these "Holiday Rules" and so far so good. We've used up a couple of the vouchers but those vouchers that mention chores for an extra hour on their electronic devices aren't getting used up in a hurry. I wonder why? Oh well. One more week to go and then I'll be complaining about the school routine again. Never a happy medium. Now, onto my top 3 food and non food posts from last week's party.

FOOD

Chicken Lettuce Wraps recipe (soy free)


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NON FOOD



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Fat Quarter Shop Charm Box Blog Hop @ Quilting Mod


Domesblissity

Thanks so much to each and everyone of you for linking up each week. I get so much inspiration from you all. Feel free to grab a featured button if you like. Now, onto this week's party. Can't wait to see what you've all been working on. Have a great week!

Monday, April 6, 2015

Cinnamon Swirl Banana Cake


Anyone tire of Banana Cake? I must admit, I do. It might be one of those 'go to' recipes for a lot of people because, like all of us, we've all got a heap of black bananas in the freezer. I buy them, with all good intent that my children will eat them but as soon as a black spot appears, that's it. They won't. "Back in my day....." we wouldn't have had a choice. It was that or nothing and I think they actually taste sweeter when they're a bit ripe. Anyway, my children drive me nuts sometimes but that's another story. 


To tell you the truth, I can't remember where I got this recipe from. I thought I'd try something different apart from my usual No Fuss Fudge Cake recipe which I use for just about any cake. Without any disrespect to the writer of the recipe, I did find this one a little dry but it still got eaten. 



It's just basically your normal banana cake with a mixture of cinnamon and brown sugar sprinkled on top of half the batter and then the remaining batter poured on top and baked. You can leave it like that or run your knife through it to get a 'swirl' effect, like I did. I bake most of my cakes for the kids in a square pan. It's easy to slice into even pieces and what I do is slice it and wrap in cling film and pop in the freezer, ready to grab for the lunch boxes.


This cake was received well and is just a little different to your normal, plain banana which, don't get me wrong, can be very nice but I get a little over it. (Another thing I do to change up a banana cake is to add 1/2 a cup of peanut butter or any other nut butter you have. Nutella is also nice.) I've got to keep on top of my game when it comes to my kids or things just get wasted. Just use your favourite banana cake recipe and see how many different combinations you come up with. Maybe you've got a favourite way to adjust the good old banana cake. I'd love to know.



Thursday, April 2, 2015

Thriving on Thursdays - Linky Party # 126

Domesblissity

Welcome to another Thursday and time for thriving! Hope you've had a good week. If you didn't see it yet, here's your one stop shop for Easter inspiration, as submitted by all you lovely bloggers who link up each week. I've got a couple ideas printed out ready to do with my children. As of this afternoon, they'll be on vacation from school for two weeks! Two weeks! I used to love the school holidays (well, I still do to a certain extent) but they are so obsessed with electronic media and have lost their desire to play outside and get bored very easily. I'll share with you next week what I've got in store for them. Fingers crossed it works. And now, onto my top 3 food and non food related posts from last week's party. 

FOOD

Pizza Rustica by Olives-n-Okra


Homemade Instead: Stocking Your Pantry




NON FOOD





Make a Simple Sewing Kit... essential sewing accessories to include ~ Threading My Way


Domesblissity

Thanks again to everyone who links up each week. It's always so hard to pick just three posts from each category. If you were featuring, please feel free to grab a featured button. Let me just take this opportunity to wish you all a very Happy Easter and I look forward to catching up next Thursday to hear all about it and see what wonderful things you've been creating. Let's party!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Easter 2015 Roundup


Ooops! Did someone say it's Wednesday already? Oh dear! My sincerest apologies but I promised you all that I'd do a round up of Easter blog posts that have been linked up at the Thriving on Thursdays linky party on SUNDAY! Half the time I don't know what day it is. So here it is, better late than never, a wonderful roundup of recipes, craft, decor and everything relating to Easter from a wonderful group of very talented bloggers. You'll find heaps of fun Easter recipes, crafts for all ages and heaps of Easter themed activities and gift ideas. Thanks again for linking up all your ideas!

FOOD

Easter Pretzel Chicks Ducks


Speckled Easter Eggs


Easter Bunny Butt Pudding Snack Pack Pudding




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Peeps on the Potty Easter Snack


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5 Ways to Make Your Easter Dinner More Memorable  #HoneyBakedEaster #sp




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CRAFT

Bunny Hop Finger Puppet by Crafty Journal


Bunny Money Hugs by Crafty Journal


Create a cute Peep Pouch for Easter goodies. by Crafty Journal


Paper Easter Baskets by Crafty Journal


Easter Egg Bouquet by Crafty Journal


Whimsical Easter Napkin Rings   grandparentsplus.com


Quick and Easy Crochet Easter Egg Garland


Rockin' Peeps by Crafty Journal


Carrot Gift Box by Crafty Journal


Twinkle Egg Lights by Crafty Journal


Easter Bunny Art


Bunny Money by Crafty Journal


Easy Paper Plate Pop Up Bunny by Crafty Journal


Hatching Chick by Crafty Journal


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ACTIVITIES

Easter Devotionals for Kids   grandparentsplus.com


Easter Games for Family Fun  grandparentsplus.com




24 Easter Activities & Treats for Toddlers






GIFTS

Over 140 Non-Candy Easter Basket Fillers - Crafty Journal


Easter Mason Jar with Printable Tags


How to Create 3 Different #DisneyEaster Baskets #DisneyEaster #ad

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