Something really cool happened to me this week.
I done got featured.
It’s not huge, but a pretty big deal in this almost 1 year-old blogger’s book, and it really, really makes me excited to create more, photograph more, get inspired more, and definitely practice more. ‘Cause they ain’t lying when they say, “Practice makes perfect.” And no, I’m not aiming for perfection here, doubt there is such a thing in the world of photography or the art of cuisine; so much is left up to personal preference, emotional state, and cultural background. I’m just looking to make good food. Food that not only tastes good, but more importantly, makes you feel good, preparing it, eating it and digesting it. I also want to capture the true beauty healthy food holds for you, your body, and those who inhabit it. (I ain’t looking for anyone to inhabit mine anytime soon, but I think it’s important to have good soil for good growth.)
So here’s to good soil!
Nourish yourself with 100% grass-fed ground beef, grilled California avocado, fancy truffle cheese, grilled red onion,ta-soi greens, crunchy cucumber, sliced heirloom tomatoes with a healthy smear of ketchup, mustard (of the yellow variety please- though dijon sounded good too,) slabbed between sprouted buns. Oh man was this good.
We pulled out the big guns for this one, aka used the charcoal grill. I always feel like it’s so much work to grill, so much time and effort- even though, let’s be real, I’m never manning the grill- but the payoff is da BOMB flavor! Plus, the grill does all the work, you just gotta stand by with tongs in one hand, a drink in the other, and wait. Right?
Well, like I said, I don’t man the grill ’round here, I just almost burn my face, hair, hands and camera, trying to get a good shot. Not to mention the amount of smoke inhalation. cough cough, “I think I’ve got the black lung pop.”
I think I cannot WAIT for Zoolander 2.
And in honor of male models everywhere, go enjoy a burger.
Have you cracked open the grill yet this summer?
The Ultimate Burger
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
The burger is basic, just garlic and a few seasonings to let the grass-fed beef shine.
Besides, it’s all about the toppings!
Ingredients (4 servings)
- 1 lb grass fed ground beef
- 6 cloves garlic, minced
- garlic powder
- smoked paprika
- Sprouted buns
- Truffle cheese (or better yet, truffle butter!)
- Grilled Avocado
- Grilled Red Onions
- Ta-soi, spinach, other greens
- Organic cucumber
- Organic tomato
- Garlic spread
In a bowl, mix the ground beef with the garlic and seasonings. Make into 4 even sized patties and let come to room temperature before grilling.
Grill to your preferred doneness, top with cheese with a minute left on the grill.
Serve on a sprouted bun with as many toppings as will fit!