Today I planned my regular kickball game in Astoria Park. Congruent with the World Cup final, we had the bare minimum number of players. Worn out I returned home to shower before going to Hellgate Social as we normally do after kickball for cheap eats, good beer, and fun folks. Of course, once showered and drying off I felt worn out from my vacation and traveling. Instead of going out, I decided to grab grub makings and cook.
For most of my life my father had a few dishes he cooked for dinner. None of them were complex and, all in all, they were each quite tasty. One of these was the burger. His main trick involved using salt, pepper, and veal baby food in mixing his patties. Most people think this is weird because you're putting baby food in a burger. I think it's weird because they make human baby food made out of cow babies. Either way that stuff holds the burger together well and makes it taste great.
Tonight I decided to make veal burgers with an apple-celery slaw. No side dish since, seriously, a pair of burgers are quite enough food.
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 2 portobella mushroom caps, halved
- a few tablespoons of olive oil
- 1 small package of ground veal
- 2 celery ribs
- 1/2 Granny Smith apple, cored (left unpeeled)
- 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
- 1 1/2 teaspoons cider vinegar
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 1 teaspoon whole-grain mustard
- 1/4 teaspoon sugar
Once cooked, take it off the heat and let it cool off in a bowl for a while. Don't let it get cold!
Putting the shredder on the food processor, I ran the pair of celery ribs and the half of the apple through. Were I to do this again, I'd use the whole apple, but had assumed it would add too much liquid.
Put this aside for about twenty minutes so all the good stuff can meld together flavourfully.
At this point it was time for a drink.
Carivin Reserve tempranillo from 2007. It smells much fruitier than it tastes. Honestly, I picked it because the foil was a nice red (yes, I sometimes pick wines by the way they look). It worked out again as this wine was fantastico.
Your soundtrack for this entry is the Benea Reach album Alleviat.