Summer has arrived!
First, I must apologise for my lack of activity in recent weeks. With summer comes report season at school, and I have been drowning in a sea of reports! But now, they are done and dusted and ready and waiting to be sent to expectant parents. Each day ticks another task off the list (sports day, swimming gala, summer production…) and the long, lovely summer holidays beckon!
Balmy evenings, lazy days, flip-flops and BBQs. The UK has been basking in glorious sunshine for the past couple of weeks and here in Dorset I have certainly made the most of it, as you never know how long it will last (the rain threatens while I type away this evening..) One of the first barbecues of the season took place one recent weekend and I decided that this would be the perfect opportunity to try out this delicious looking burger recipe I found in June’s Waitrose magazine. It didn’t disappoint.
I am lucky enough to live on the doorstep (not literally, of course) of a group of my lovely friends, affectionately known as ‘The Westbournites’ due to our geographical connection. One of the lovely Westbournites has a gorgeous garden, perfect for a summer’s evening barbecue. She invited us over on a Friday evening, and told us it was Jamaican theme – hence these burgers have a nice little chilli kick to them! Other than Soph and Andy arriving in Jamaican dreadlocks wigs, the other main Jamaican contributor was a pleasingly large bottle of rum – which disappeared almost as quickly as these burgers!!
Oh yes, the Pimms. So ok, it wasn’t a completely Jamaican theme, more of a British/Jamaican fusion!
The lovely Sophia!
Sophia’s lovely hubby, Andy!
The gorgeous Louise!
Soph’s homemade veggie chickpea burgers. Yums!
There is almost nothing better than a summer’s evening outdoors in the company of good friends, good food, good wine (or rum!) long into the night. Our wonderful host Laura set the scene perfectly with pretty fairy lights and candles scattered around the garden. It was topped off with a seriously eclectic playlist, playing tracks from our misspent youth, bringing back the memories! Think Spice Girls, S-Club 7, Maria McKee ‘Show Me Heaven…’ Terrible, yet hysterical!
So, if you haven’t already, dust off the barbecue and get cracking making these crowd-pleasing burgers. They are huge, flavoursome and packed full of fresh summer herbs. It goes without saying to make sure that the meat you buy is of the highest quality, local if possible. Not only is it better for you (and for the farmers and animals) but it tastes absolutely fantastic. You can’t beat it.
Let the summer time roll!
- 200g pancetta, diced
- 1 medium red onion, chopped
- 500g pork mince
- 400g pork sausages
- 100g soft white breadcrumbs
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp chilli flakes
- handful each of parsley, dill and chives, chopped
- Put the pancetta and onion in a frying pan and heat. Cook for about 10 minutes until the onion has softened. Put into a large mixing bowl and leave to cool completely.
- Once cool, add the pork mince to the pancetta and onion bowl. Squeeze the meat out of the sausages, add to the bowl too and discard the skins.
- Add all the remaining ingredients to the bowl, season and mix well.
- Split the mixture into 8 equal parts and shape each into burgers. Cook on a hot BBQ for 5-10 minutes on each side, until cooked through.