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As most of you are aware I enjoy taking photos of food. It's a creative outlet that allows me to express my love for my number one passion. Eating! I'm always on the lookout for new ways to photograph my meals and new techniques. On a recent trip to Asia I managed to pick up a new version of that old classic Polaroid camera. The Japanese have had this on the market for years and whilst it's not a Polaroid it really has that "earthy film of yesteryear" look! It's so much fun! It's funny because Polaroid has announced that there will be no more instant film produced as of next year so there has been a bit of a resurgence in it's interest.
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People are manically bidding on Ebay for cameras at hundreds of dollars! And this got me thinking. It's funny how we try to cling on to the things of the past. There is a certain comfort and security in it. Sure enough our lives have transformed due to modern technology in more ways that we can imagine. However, without wanting to sound like my parents, I miss the simplicity of the past and of childhood. A time of being carefree without having to worry about "real life" (there's that expression again!). Anyway, without sounding like a fuddy duddy, at all of my 38 years on this planet, I whipped up these burgers the other day when Mother Nature gave us 32 deg (90 deg F) right at the start of spring! (See! Even the seasons don't co operate anymore!)
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As I ate these I almost felt like a kid again. Except that this time I was having a cold beer with them! These burgers or "biftekia" as we call them in Greek are easy to prepare and are great on the "barbie" (not the doll!...the bbq). Add whatever you like to them. I served mine up with some fresh salad and some wholemeal buns. No need to get over complicated. I used 500 grams of lean topside beef mince to which I added some chopped fresh oregano, parsley, one egg, a clove of minced garlic, a cup of panko breadcrumbs, a teaspoon of ground cumin and a splash of Worcestershire sauce. Mix everything by hand, form into patties, let them rest and cook on the barbie. I personally prefer to cook minced meat all the way through but not to the point that it tastes like cardboard. Serve with some buns, your choice of salads and a "coldie" (cold beer).
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