Tuesday, December 9, 2008

The Burger of My Dreams

I've been waiting for this burger for days.

A few days ago I started seeing burgers everywhere.  Liz at Kamutflake Girl made an awesome looking burger with a homemade poppyseed roll.  And Joni's book will be coming out before too long.  And then there are the countless images of burgers on TV, in magazines, and on billboards. It's only natural that I should crave one, right?

But I'm really disappointed with most hamburger buns.  Plus, Mike can't eat them.  So I started the process of tonight's dinner LAST night by making burger buns out of Vegan Dad's farm-style whole wheat bread recipe.  That's my usual recipe for the kids' sandwich bread.  Usually I halve it, but this time I made one loaf and 4 huge burger buns.

For my wheat free sweetie, I used Mary Frances' gluten free drop biscuit recipe to make GIANT biscuits to use as burger buns.  Except I didn't "drop" them as much as I used wet hands to shape them into rounds.  Jeez- if I had a nickel for everytime I used this recipe i'd be rich.  And very full of biscuits.

It's ironic that I used homemade buns, home canned pickles from homegrown cucumbers, local organic onions, local hydroponic lettuce and ... totally processed, convienent frozen burgers and presliced American style "cheese".  Oh well, a girl's gotta have time to blog.  We really enjoyed the new (to us) Amy's Bistro Burgers.  They're gluten free, vegan, are non-GMO, and use organic ingredients.  And the Galaxy rice "cheese" slices actually melted over the burgers and tasted kinda waxy like American cheese usually tastes.  Perfect!

On the side were some oven fries with garlic, salt, pepper, and paprika and my usual coleslaw.  



Sometime when I anticipate something for a while I end up being disappointed when I actually experience it...This was not the case with the burger.  It was everything I wanted it to be.  And more, because I didn't know how rockin' my hot n spicy pickles would be.

I am TOTALLY looking forward to the leftover burger in my lunch tomorrow.  


10 comments:

isla vista food co-op said...

it's true. sometimes we make dinner like you. like tonight, for example: we had homemade locally grown (not by us) baked beans (first time making them from scratch), leftover rice from chinese the other night stir-fried with frozen organic corn and peppers from our garden this summer, and, of course, frozen taquitos to round it out. sometimes it's just tough being a food snob. and sometimes you just want frozen taquitos. my how i don't really know you but love you at the same time ;)
--melissa
of the other underground sect of cooperating vegans who sometimes like to mix frozen junk food with homegrown organic garden produce and something home canned.

Becca said...

That meal looks so good! I have to say, I think that hamburgers n fries is the best meal ever. ( Excluding mexican of course;) )

Mihl said...

That looks like my favourite burger too. Fantastic!

Catherine said...

please . . . post . . . coleslaw . . . recipe! (I'm sure it's ridiculously easy, but I haven't found a creamy coleslaw recipe that I love just yet!)

Thanks. :)

allularpunk said...

i had one of those amy's burgers a couple weeks ago and it was really yummy... totally worth the non-homemadeness of it :) your burger looks wonderful and i want one. asap.

Becks - Not a Rabbit. said...

Doh! I'm totally craving a burger now. Monkey see, monkey do.......
I hope you are pleased with yourself! >;op

Starr said...

May i ask you why you dont eat wheat? what is wrong with Wheat? Not being a smart ass, I really would like to know your thoughts, so I have some knowledge.

Liz said...

Starr- Well, I do eat wheat but my sweetie Mike has a hard time digesting it. He feels really hot and his face gets flushed and then he falls asleep everytime he eats it! Plus, it makes him retain water and his belly gets upset.

So there's nothing wrong with wheat itself- whole wheat is a great nutritious grain. The problem comes when someone is allergic or eats so much of it that they don't eat other grains (rice, quinoa, millet, barley, etc.) and over-do it. Sometimes people develop allergies or intolerances to foods they eat constantly.

Alice (in Veganland) said...

I've been craving burgers lately too! Yours looks specially good, with homemade buns! (store-bought buns can be very nasty...)

aTxVegn said...

I think burgers are a perfect meal all by themselves. And thanks for your tip on gf biscuits for the buns - they look fantastic!