Burgers, my love


Burgers…like Heaven in a bun.  Burger_6
You don’t need manners, just lots of napkins …if you’re just like me and you turn into a piggy the moment you took your first bite.

Dig in!

 

You’ll need:

  • Beefsteak-700g
  • Fat pork meat – 300g
  • Beef heart(if you’re feeling bold) -200g
  • Spices:  you can play as you like. I’ve put thyme, salt and pepper
  • Beer, again, if you want you can put about 100 ml
  • Sesame buns or any other bun you like
  • Lettuce of your choice
  • Onion rings
  • Pickled gherkins
  • Tomatoes
  • Cheese cheddar
  • Bacon
  • Ketchup
  • Mayo

On the side:  Potato Wedges

 Method:

You’ll have to grind* and season your meat (salt, pepper, thyme and beer)  form cm thick patties that are about the size of the back of your hand, also keeping in mind the size of your bun. Throw the patties on the grill for about 4 to 5 minutes on each side. If you like yours well done keep `em more, about 6-7 minute.

*You can ask the butcher to grind the meat for you.

Meanwhile, take a few slices of bacon and throw them into a screaming hot pan and let it crisp up without adding any oil. When they’re done, crispy and gorgeous put `em on a piece of papper towel.
I like my bun toasted so i squize it on the grill just before my patties are done. Along with the bun I put the cheese on top of the patties so that can melt and be beautiful.

Ok, let’s put together these babies. To me, the perfect burger has a mayo base, lettuce, tomato, onion ring, the beautiful patty, pickles, a bit of ketchup on top and I forget about  good manners.

The perfect company to this burger, in my humble opinion, are the beautiful potato wedges, very easy to make.

You take one or two potatoes per person, you slice them into wedges (doh!) and you throw them in salted boiling water for about 3 to 5 minute depending on how many potatoes you have. Leave `em to cool for about 20 minutes and then you fry `em until they’re golden and gorgeous, crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside.

There’s no doubt that this wonders were made to be shared with your loved ones.

Enjoy!

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  Text: Simona Stinga
Cook: Petrica Ghita & Simona Stinga
Foto: Ionela Stoica

 




Mighty Mackarel with Grilled Zucchini and Cherry Tomatoes


Grilled FishSo, it’s summer, we don’t want to slave away in the kitchen preparing meals that take hours to cook, we want light, easy to do meals that can feed a crowd (if your having friends over for lunch on Sunday), that are delicious and why not, rewarding. After all, you want your guests to praise you for the meals you deliver. I come from a fishermen’s family and in the summer time we would have a lot of fish. I quite frankly like my fish grilled… I like all sorts of things grilled, but we’ll get to that later (wink, wink!).
With this in mind, I have this scrumptious recipe for grilled mackerel with vegies that is super easy to do and can be served as a lunch or dinner.
It takes about 30 minutes including your prep time.
Let’s get cooking boys and girls!

You’ll need:

  • Mackerel  –  if medium size, use one per person
  • Coarse salt
  • Olive oil
  • Spice rub – coriander and cumin seeds, black  peppercorns, chilly flakes or some hot paprika or chilli powder
  • Cherry tomatoes – one bundle of four-five per person
  • Zucchini – two large or four smaller ones

Method:
You’ll have to gut your fish, or you can ask your fisherman to do it for you,  score it down on both sides and salt it in and out with coarse sea salt and sprinckle over some olive oil, it will make the spices stick to the fish better. I have read that if you toast your spices before you use `em it will enhance their aroma and in the end your meals will taste better, so do that.
Toast your spices and then put `em in a mortar and pestle and make a powder spice rub which you’ll use on your fish. Grill the fish on both sides for about 15 to 20 minutes turning it one time. The cooking time depends on how big your fish is.
Meanwhile slice the zucchinies in 1 cm thick slices and salt them with just a little too much salt than you’ll probably use, trust me, they won’t get too salty, they’ll be sweet and gorgeous, just like salted caramel. The reason for this brine of some kind is that the salt will make them sweaty so that the water that they contain will get out, leave `em like that for about 10 minutes and after squize them in your hand to get the water out.
After that put them in between the fish so that they can grill nicely, just 2-3 minutes on each side, you’ll finish `em in the pan with some olive oil to give some glow to that chargrilled look. They’ll taste heavenly.
Do the same with your tomatoes, throw them in some olive oil just until their skin is falling apart. In the summer time you’ll want to make the most of the incredible produce that you can find in the farmer’s market or in your garden if you’re lucky enough to have one.

This recipe gives me such comfort in knowing that you can take this humble ingredients and turn them in something incredibly tasty, almost magical.
Enjoy! 🙂 Grilled Fish_1   Grilled Fish_4

Text: Simona Stinga
Chef: Petrica Ghita
Photo: Ionela Stoica