Jamie’s british burgers with whole-wheat buns and a chocolate cake

Sundays are days for my favorite food: burgers. On a Sunday a long time ago, I decided to make Jamie’s burgers with my own homemade whole-wheat buns and my very own homemade ketchup. To top it all off, I decided to make a chocolate-walnut cake with raspberry sauce. So today, I’m not only going to share my thoughts on Jamie’s 15 minute british burgers, but I’m also going to share my very successful recipes for homemade burger buns and a chocolate-walnut cake that can be made in a blender in 10 minutes.

jamies-british-burgers You can find the recipe here

There’s nothing too revolutionary about Jamie’s burgers. Toppings include a yogurt-worcherester sauce sauce, which I loved, ketchup, cucumber pickles (both of which were homemade) and tomato. Just because I prefer cheeseburgers, I added some cheese slices on top of patties. I used this recipe for homemade ketchup and added a tiny bit of honey to cut down the acidity. Without any added sugar, this ketchup recipe is a keeper. For the pickles, I used this recipe that I’ve used before in Jamie’s beef stroganoff.

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This was the first time I tried to make burger buns on my own and I think I’ll never go back. They’re way better than store-bought. As fas as the buns go, here’s the recipe I followed.

Whole-wheat burger buns

Servings: 4 buns. Preparation: 10 min. Cooking time: 12-15 min. Total time: 2,5 hours

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1 tbs honey
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups whole-wheat flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp dry yeast

Instructions:

  • Place everything in the bowl of a standing mixer equipped with a dough hook and mix until the dough comes away from the sides of the bowl. Add more flour if needed, you should have an elastic dough, more on the firm side.
  • Shape the dough in a ball, flour a bowl, cover and let it rise for 2 hours.
  • Preheat oven to 180°C. Divide the dough into four pieces and bake for 12-15 minutes.

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All in all, I loved these burgers and I loved making the buns, the picked cucumbers and the ketchup myself. It took way more than 15 minutes, but it was very much worth it. Will I make it again? Sure, yes, why not?

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ps. Sunday lunch couldn’t be complete without dessert. Here’s what I made for the day…

Chocolate-walnut cake with raspberry sauce

Servings: 8. Preparation: 10 min. Cooking time: 1 hour and 15 min. Total time: 1 hour and 25 min.

jamies-british-burgers8 Recipe (very loosely) adapted from here

Ingredients for the cake:

  • 3/4 cup coconut flour
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 3 tbs honey (or more if you like it sweeter)
  • 1/2 cup butter at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • a pinch of sea salt
  • 4 eggs

Ingredients for the raspberry sauce:

  • 250 gr fresh raspberries (you can also use frozen ones)
  • 1,25 dl sugar
  • 1 tsp lemon juice

Instructions for the raspberry sauce:

  • Wash the berries thoroughly and add them in a small sauce pan.
  • Add lemon juice and sugar and let it cook for 5-6 minutes, or until you have the consistency you want. For this recipe, we want it to be thinner than jam.

Instructions for the cake:

  • Preheat oven to 150°C.
  • Blend all the ingredients for the cake together in bowl until very well mixed together and pour in a 23×31 cm pan lined with non-stick parchment paper. Swirl the raspberry sauce on top.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for about 1 hour and 10 minutes. Let it cool before serving.

Perfect, isn’t it?

Just outside Athens

Greece is known for its islands, but what tourists usually don’t know is that there are beautiful (and generally cheaper places) to vacation near Athens.

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The place I’m writing about today is called Chamolia and it’s just few kilometers away from the airport and really close to Athens. For me it’s the place where I spent half of my summers during my childhood.

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With the sea just meters away, I really appreciate that when the night comes, you can listen to the sea.

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In this area you can also find one of the most important archaeological site of ancient Athens, the sanctuary of Artemis (the Greek name of Diana), protector of pregnant women and women who had recently given birth.

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Or you can just enjoy another beautiful Greek sunset while still swimming in the sea.

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Beautiful, isn’t it?

ps. You can find cheap AirBnb rentals in this area, which makes it really easy to spend a few days in the area.

My favorite smokey eyes for fall

There are a millions of video tutorials on YouTube about the perfect smokey eye. I’ve tried a few of them here and there, but I found these following five to be the top ones. The colours would suit any eye colour, but they’re especially nice on brown eyes.

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Full on purple smokey eyes with nude lips.

Deep plum smokey eyes with dark red lips

Red and brown smokey eyes with nude lips

Classic brown smokey eyes with nude lips.

Navy blue smokey eyes with nude lips, because I hate to only have to wear bright blue liner during summer.

What’s your favorite one?

On homemade cosmetics

For the past few months I’ve been trying to streamline my beauty routine. However, I keep accumulating more creams and waters and masks and things that I don’t actually need or can afford to spend my money on. At some point I decided to use up whatever I had and start using homemade cosmetics for whatever it is possible. Well I can’t have a homemade foundation, but I can have a homemade face and eye cream.

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This particular one was made by a friend of my mother! How did she do it? It wasn’t an online tutorial. It was something closer to a seminar provided by the Greek Institute of Agricultural Sciences. They organize all sorts of seminars, some of which are very popular, from oenology to beekeeping to natural cosmetics. And that’s the result. I’ve been using these creams for the past two months and I’m quite happy with them. Would you ever consider learning how to make your own natural cosmetics?

ps. Have you tried extra virgin coconut oil to remove make-up? It works better than any store-bought make-up remover! Plus you can eat it, or use it as a hair mask (which also happens to be the best hair mask I’ve ever tried!).

Jamie’s hot sandwich heaven: part 2

After these sandwich recipes, there are other two in Jamie’s cookbook that we definitely had to try, he and I, that is.

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His: Classic cheese and mushroom sandwich

Yeap, it’s a classic. Therefore, it’s by default a good one. His verdict was: “I would eat this again. It’s not as good as any sandwich with glazed bacon, but it’s a good one.” I say that once you go glazed bacon, you never go back and nothing will be able to move it from the top. Will I make it again? Yes, whenever I have leftover mushrooms.

Hers: Sweet naughty beginning sandwich

For me, I made a ricotta, banana and chocolate sandwich. Banana and dark chocolate are a match made in heaven. The first time I tried the combo was at a barbeque few years back and it’s been a favorite ever since. This is so delicious and this kept me full until it was lunch time, something that never ever happens. Will I make it again? Yes, yes, yes!

What about a sweet naughty beginning sandwich tomorrow morning?

What to see on a layover in Copenhagen

Most of the times I book my trip from Trondheim to Athens, I choose the flights that pass by Copenhagen. Yet, this summer I had a proper 3 hour visit in the city of Copenhagen. Layovers can be tough, especially if they’re long, but Copenhagen is the ideal city for that. The airport is just 15 minutes and 4 euros away from the city center. You should take the underground from the airport and go down at Kongens Nytorv. Get out of the station and, just across the street, you’ll see the Opera.

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Walk a little further down that street and you’ll see Nyhavn.

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Nyhavn is a pretty canal with restaurants and cafés. If you’re lucky enough with the weather, then the place will be full of tourists and locals, having a coffee or a drink after work.

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This would be a good place to grab a coffee or food yourself.

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Walk by the canal until you reach the end of it. Then you’ll see the theater standing on a pier.

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Now, you’re basically done with the whole area and it’s probably time to go back to the place where you started, Kongens Nytorv. Next to the station you’ll find one of the biggest department stores, Magasin Du Nord. You can go in for some shopping (I definitely did that!), or skip it and move to the largest shopping area. You’ll find many stores on both streets that are next to Magasin. Choose one and explore.

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You can also get a coffee or grab a lunch in these area.

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When it’s time to get back to the Airport, take the same line (be careful, this line splits in two and not all the trains go to the Airport) from Kongens Nytorv. Say goodbye to Copenhagen and promise you’ll schedule a proper visit next time. There are so many things you haven’t seen.

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Isn’t Copenhagen pretty?

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