After a busy, but blissful weekend I am now sniffling on the sofa, feeling sorry for myself with tissues at hand & a vitamin c drink. I hate summer colds!
Anyway, the rest of the weekend has been great. After a 60 hour week (we had the dreaded Ofsted call on Tuesday) I decided this weekend was going to be a totally school free zone!
We had my family & my sister’s new boyfriend over for a bbq. Of course this meant buying a new bbq! We decided on a menu of homemade beef burgers, pulled pork in brioche buns, salad & loaded potato skins.
For the burgers we used 500g of minced beef, a red onion finely diced, a tablespoon of breadcrumbs, a tablespoon of tomato puree, an egg, worcestershire sauce (to taste) & black pepper (to taste) and then mixed it all up. It made 7 burgers in total which took roughly 20 minutes to cook on a hot bbq.
To make the mixture into burgers I rolled a small amount of mixture into a ball and then I used magic baking parchment between the mince & the burger press.
For the pulled pork we cooked 250g of pork on high in the slow cooker with (these are not actual measurements, just estimates as I just grabbed them from the cupboard) a tablespoon of; ketchup, sugar, cider vinegar, soy sauce & a teaspoon of five spice.
The result – another perfect slow cooker recipe!
For desert I made a peach crumble. I used 4 very ripe peaches, skinned & cut into eighths with a tablespoon of sugar & a teaspoon of vanilla essence. I cooked the peaches on 180°c while I made the crumble mixture. The crumble mixture was equal parts butter, flour & sugar, mixed by hand into crumbs.
I then placed the crumble mix on top & cooked until the crumble had browned. It smelled amazing, the peaches were soft & the juices had run into the crumble without making it soggy. Served with ice cream it was the perfect end to a hot day.
The loaded potato skins were made by first microwaving 5 large potatoes for 5 minutes either side & baking for 1 hour at 180°c. I then cut them in half, scooped the potato out into a bowl & added sour cream, chopped spring onions & 2 cooked rashers of bacon. I then grated cheese over the top & cooked in the oven until the cheese had melted & browned.
We then were very cool & played the Pointless board game. Good times!
Happy Sunday evening!