Recipe: Homemade Burgers – Onion Free

I love cooking, and I love trying out different things.  With an excellent deal on beef mince this last week, I decided to make various different types of burgers.  The flavour in them is really up to you, I’ve so far made normal, spicy, peri peri and mint.  My children don’t like onions, so I take that out of my recipe.  Also apart from the crackers, mince and eggs, I’m not strict on my measurements.  I pick stuff up and add to how I think it would taste….experiment, you never know what you might discover!

Ingredients: Makes 10 – 15 burgers depending on preferred size – Suitable for Freezing

Paprika, Garlic and Salt Grinder, Black Pepper Grinder, Mixed Herbs, Tomato Puree12 Crackers (I prefer to use Tuc Crackers)

500g of mince (lean with between 10 – 20 % fat)

2 Eggs

2 tablespoons Tomato puree

Paprika, Black Pepper, mixed herbs, garlic, salt (all grounded)approximately a teaspoon of each.

Optional: Onions, finely chopped

Flour

Flavouring options:

Mint Sauce (shop bought or homemade using vinegar and grounded mint leaves), peri peri sauce, chinese five spice,  or anything else you can think of!  (Please share if you do)

Instructions

Step 1:  Put crackers in a bowl and crush up.  Try and leave them out before using to soften them up a bit.  You don’t want them completely fine.  I use the back of a plastic spoon, and normally give this to one of the kids to do to get them involved.Crunched Crackers | The Making Mum | Home Made Burgers

Step 2:  Add mince, eggs, herbs, salt and pepper, and half your flavouring (if any).

Messy Hands | The Making Mum | Homemade Burgers

Step 3:  The messy bit!  Time to get your hands in there and knead, crush and mix it all in together well.  It needs to all be evenly in together, and make one huge ‘patty’.

Step 4:  Add more flavouring, ie the other half.  As how strong something tastes is a matter of personal preference, I’ll leave that choice up to you!

Step 5:  Mix Again, using hands.  Get them in there!!!

Step 6:  Once mixture is altogether, but in fridge for an hour.Finish Mix | The Making Mum | Homemade Burgers

Step 7:  Time to make your individual patties.  I make them varying sizes, some for children or smaller meals, then some larger ones for the adults.  Cover both sides with flour.  They will expand in the oven!  Make them into whatever shape you want, but if making burgers try not to make them thicker than 2cm.

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Step 8:  Cook for at least 20 minutes, or until cooked all the way through.  Don’t worry if they seem moist in the middle, they are supposed to be.  Serve hot, with the meal of your choice.


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Step 9: Any mix you are not using wrap in freezer bags individually or together with a sheet of wax paper to separate them better when you take them out of freezer.  Or it should last in your fridge 24 hours.

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Such an easy and simple recipe, apart from the hour in the fridge, very quick as well.  If you make in batches, like I do, you get a good couple of meals out of it…and you know exactly what is in it.  Let me know how you do making them yourselves!

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How to Put on a childrens party

It’s party time! No, not your regular shindig where all it takes is a few snacks and a tipple to entertain your guests. We’re talking children’s parties and it’s a whole different ball game.  After running children and family events for over 6 years, I know how to throw a party or two, and decided to share some tips with you!

It might be hard to believe, but arranging the perfect kids’ knees up can be really fun if you get a bit creative. So if you’re bracing yourself for a birthday bash for your little one, then read on for some inspiration.

Choose a theme

There really are endless possibilities here. The age of your child and their own tastes will give you a few clues. Pirates and princesses is always a winner, while space age is really easy – anything goes for an alien costume.

Be creative with decorations

This is the fun part. Your theme will dictate the decorations, which you can either buy or make. Plan in advance and buy what you need online – either from a party website or even eBay.

Local craft shops or haberdashery departments are great for bunting, banners and flags. Supermarkets and pound shops also have lots of great bits and bobs for decorations.

Stick to simple food

There’s absolutely no point in doing anything fancy in the way of elaborate recipes! Kids won’t be interested in trying something we think is a taste sensation or – worse still – too healthy. Fairy bread (hundreds and thousands on bread and butter) is always a hit, while ham and cheese sandwiches (with some Hellman’s mayonnaise to jazz them up) will satisfy both kids and adults.

Feeling creative? Try funny-shaped biscuits, fruit and marshmallow kebabs, or even BBQ recipes – if the weather is good. To make life easier, encourage the kiddiewinks to eat al fresco with a picnic. You could even prepare them a mini picnic hamper!

Plan some good games

Children’s parties need some serious party games! The age of the birthday girl/boy will give you an idea as to what will work best. There are some games that kids never grow out of – pass the parcel, musical statues/bumps/chairs and obstacle courses.

For something festive, get hold of a piñata – a decorated papier-mâché toy filled with toys or sweeties. If you’re

Children playing with a piñata

A piñata is a good way for kids to let off steam

feeling game, make one yourself where you can choose your shape, size and fillings.

Keep them entertained

If you really want to splash out, why not provide some entertainment! Magicians, clowns, storytellers and face painters will all keep kids happy. Unless you’re keen to have your own 15 minutes of fame, it’s probably much easier – and less humiliating – to pay a professional. Kids are a traditionally tough crowd.

Karaoke is popular with most ages, and even parents can have a go! If you get lucky with the weather, plan some summer activities outside. Organise a treasure hunt, giant painting tables or stage a mini Olympics in the garden.

Wave them off with a party bag

Don’t bother trying to outdo other parents with your party goodie bags. Kids like simple things. Either choose gifts to match your party theme, or just keep it traditional.

Sweeties are a no-brainer, and a mini bath toy always goes down a treat. Add a blow copter, a temporary tattoo, stickers and a miniature puzzle. Wrap them all up so the kids feel like they’re getting lots of little presents. For the tiny kiddies, unwrapping is the real thrill anyway.

2 beers and a Mayonnaise Jar

When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and the 2 Beers.

A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full.

They agreed that it was.

The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full.

They agreed it was.

The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full.

The students responded with a unanimous ‘yes.’

The professor then produced two Beers from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar effectively filling the empty space between the sand.The students laughed.

‘Now,’ said the professor as the laughter subsided, ‘I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things—your family, your children, your health, your friends and your favorite passions—and if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full. The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house and your car.. The sand is everything else—the small stuff.

‘If you put the sand into the jar first,’ he continued, ‘there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life.

If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff you will never have room for the things that are important to you.

Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness.

Spend time with your children. Spend time with your parents. Visit with grandparents. Take your spouse out to dinner. Play another 18. There will always be time to clean the house and mow the lawn.

Take care of the golf balls first—the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.

One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the Beer represented. The professor smiled and said, ‘I’m glad you asked.’ The Beer just shows you that no matter how full your life may seem, there’s always room for a couple of Beers with a friend.

Author unknown — happy to attribute if somebody knows

The wonderful world of starting a new business

I love to Craft, and make, and bake, and all sorts really.  And I thought, how many other people would be interested in learning some hints and tips about stuff, and maybe the odd chance to buy some unique pieces?

I also do a bit of design, and photography, and take on all sorts of project management jobs.

So I’ll bring together my portfolio and you can see what you think!

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