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Day 2. New school year chaos continues but home made food was eaten!

September 13, 2019

Husband still away and a busy day finalizing details for Healthy Kids signage and marketing swag, Big Tasty Birthday parties, camps and cooking classes, a contract for a corporate event in London and a whole load of PTO emails (did I mention I somehow got sucked into that co-lead role too).  I managed to down 3 coffees and a bowl of soup plus some leftover tofu from dinner last night...and did a 4.5mile walk...sadly on my own today as i had not arranged a walk date.... it was a pretty productive day if a little isolated for the first part....

 

As is common with me I had not made a plan for the kids dinner but I did have a pound of beef mince in the fridge... Now I've not eaten red meat since I was 10 but it didn't matter as I had back-to-school night for all three kids split between two different schools so there was no way I was going to be home for dinner.....

 

Anyway the kids are rather partial to a burger... Knowing I had tomatoes, pickles, ketchup and lettuce also stashed away in the fridge along with burger buns in the freezer from the Bar Mitz, it was a done deal between me and the pack of beef.  Not sure what anyone else does about burgers besides throw them on the grill but i like to make mine with lots of flavor and then not eat them haha but I do get pleasure from watching my kids eat them and do wonder if and when they will give up eating meat like I did. So far thats looking pretty unlikely.  Anyway this needed to be super quick.  I added all my spices to the 1lb of beef mince... normally I just shake on what I think will work but today I used measuring spoons so I could check how much i was using... it was roughly :

1 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tbsp cumin

1/2 tsp ground coriander

1/4 tsp ginger

1/4 tsp umami

1/4 tsp smoked paprika

1/2 tsp oregano or thyme

1/2 tsp black pepper

and a few shakes of soy sauce

Wearing disposable gloves, mix the spices into the meat and divide into 3 balls. And a burger press completed the job for me. Eat your heart out quarter pounders....these big fellas are third pounders!  They just needed to sit out on the counter for a little while to come to room temperature and were otherwise ready to be cooked.  

I had to run so the kids started and completed the cooking process..and yes I do allow them to turn the stove top on and off and fortunately they are as competent as the next competent person.  Unfortunately I don't have photos of the finished result but they ended the day pretty proud of themselves and of course it would've been rude if they'd have cleaned up as well...  10/10... another winner! 

and a massive thank you to Barrack Middle school for providing me with a great healthy salad dinner...

 

 

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