Yesterday I was standing at the bench shaping mince into patties to cook for Ollie when suddenly I feel a searing sting on my bottom followed by giggling when I yelped in pain.
Ollie seems to find biting pretty funny but I was in a real pickle. I was covered in mince so I couldn’t touch him, he wouldn’t get down and the more I reacted the more he laughed and tried to bite me again. Now add the closer… I was wearing elastic waisted pants.
So if you were a fly on the wall you would have seen me with a laughing baby hanging off my legs trying to bite me, with my pants around my knees and hands flying everywhere trying to get him to sit down. Some days I think we could win big bucks in Funniest Home Videos.
You would think I would learn to do things near the sink so I can at least wash my hands and shake the attacker but it seems I never catch on. Luckily when I was shaping the mince for my Greek lamb and halloumi burgers I had no such problems.
My lunches when it’s just me and Ollie at home are pretty boring but every few weeks we get treated to Will working from home. I use it as an excuse/incentive to make something fancy for lunch.
The inspiration for these came from Maureen aka The Orgasmic Chef a couple of months ago when she made the most perfect looking brioche buns. They’re made in the Thermomix but I’m sure you could make them in a mixer. To me they screamed burger bun.
I have no idea where the Greek came from but I was happy to dig out my authentic Greek plate for the occasion. These burgers are nice and light and you can add lots of salad to make them super healthy. I am pretty sure you could cook halloumi on the BBQ (maybe in a pan) so add these to your next BBQ, I insist.
The mince would also make pretty tasty meatballs dipped in the yoghurt sauce – perfect for holiday entertaining.
I’m off to buy some belts and iron underwear to protect me from Ollie. Enjoy!
- 35g (1oz) feta
- 1 tsp lemon zest
- 65g (2oz) quinoa flakes (or quick oats)
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 350g lamb mince
- 1 egg
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- ¼ cup plain natural yoghurt
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 minced garlic clove
- Lettuce and other salad to serve
- Place the feta, lemon zest, quinoa flakes and garlic in the bowl of a food processor and blend until minced.
- Scrape the sides and add the oregano, mince and egg and process until combined.
- Using 2 tablespoons of mixture at a time, shape it into patties.
- Heat half the oil in a large frying pan and then cook as many meat patties as you can fit in the pan.
- Repeat until the meat is cooked.
- Heat another frying pan and cook the sliced haloumi (however much you would like).
- If you like toasted buns, slice your buns in half and gently toast in the pan you used for the meat.
- Combine the yogurt, lemon juice and garlic and spread on the base of the buns.
- Top with salad then the meat then sliced halloumi.
- Serve hot.