From Imagination To Publication

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Side Mission: Burger-licious

Yet again, nothing went as planned.

My attempt to make secret zucchini mushroom burgers started out well. The zucchinis were easy peasy to puree, and I thought, hey, it's all down hill from here. I moved on to the mushrooms and spent nearly thirty minutes finely chopping them into invisible bits, but something was off. Something smelled weird. Only after I'd minced the mushrooms into oblivion did I realize the smell was coming from them. They'd gone bad. I won't go off on my "I hate Vons" rant, but...I hate Vons. I bought those mushrooms on Monday. Into the trash they went. Sigh.

At least my mishaps make for good blogging.

Luckily for me there was a second recipe for burgers in the cookbook that allowed me to use my leftover pureed carrots from last night. I whipped those up, following the directions exactly as written.

They didn't really turn out the way I thought they would. Honestly, they didn't look like burgers. I could see traces of orange from the carrot, and they were sort of crumbly, but I took a bite and the flavor wasn't bad.

This is almost exactly what it looked like

I had already accepted that I was going to have to cook regular burgers with the leftover meat after I asked Brian to sample it. I was not expecting him to like it AT ALL.

"Don't look at it," I told him. "Just take a bite."
He was skeptical, but followed my instructions. I set the plate next to him and watched him chew. At first he didn't say anything, and I was convinced he hated it, but after a few minutes he eyed the burger.
"It's actually not that bad," he said, reaching for more.



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