Memorable Memorial Day


Beloved is gone and it’s been no fun without him. I’ve worked all day. I’ve cursed Internet Explorer to no avail – it still sucks like a bucket of ticks and now I have a headache.

The Young One has been tormenting Darling Daughter endlessly the way only a younger sibling can. She’d walk by him and he’d say very softly, “You’re gay.” The computer desk is right next to her room, so if she wanted to leave, she had to walk by him and he’d say, very softly, every time, “You’re gay.”

She tried to avoid him, either staying in her room or coming downstairs to watch TV, so after awhile, he’d either knock on her door or bound down the stairs, bellowing, “Hey Sis! Guess what?” Then, softly, “You’re gay.”

Darling Daughter – who, by the way, does an amazing impression of Eric Cartman – began responding to this harrassment by screeching “Maaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhmmmm! Make him stop!”

Why my mother did not have me sterilized before I reached the age of consent, I’ll never know.

I baked two loaves of bread and they both sank on the top. *sigh*

It’s been threatening to rain all day, so I cooked our burgers indoors. Come to think of it, I’d have done that anyway; I do not know how to operate our grill and am intimidated by outdoor appliances hooked up to large tanks of explosives.

The Young One pestered me for an hour by whining, “I’m hungry – when is dinner going to be ready?” When I finally gave him his burger and fries, he ate half the burger and three french fries and declared, “I’m full.”

I made three kinds of burgers tonight – I know it seems like overkill for three people, but we’re talking lunch that I don’t have to cook for the rest of the week, and that is always a GOOD thing. Bacon cheeseburgers, requested by The Young One and then a couple of experiments – Luau Burgers and Thai Burgers with Cucumber-Mint Relish. The Luau Burgers need work, but oh, my – those Thai Burgers were to die for.

So here’s the recipe. It would make a great meatloaf, too, with the relish on the side, if you’re so inclined.

Thai Burgers with Cucumber-Mint Relish


1/2 English (seedless) cucumber, chopped at about 1/2″ dice

1/4 cup fresh mint, finely chopped

1 tablespoon soy sauce

1 tablespoon rice vinegar

1 tablespoon sugar


1 pound lean ground beef

2 tablespoons lemongrass, finely chopped*

1/4 cup cilantro, finely chopped

2 teaspoons fish sauce**

the zest of one small lime

1 teaspoon Asian chili sauce (such as srirachi) or more, to taste

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup fresh bread crumbs

Dice the cucumber; place it in a bowl, wrapped in a paper towel, for about 30 minutes, to drain. Remove it from the paper towel and combine all of the ingredients in the bowl; refrigerate for at least half an hour, preferably longer.

Combine all of the burger ingredients together, taking care not to over-handle it or the burgers will be tough. Shape it in to 4 generous or 6 smaller patties, then cover with plastic wrap and allow to rest for about half an hour to allow flavors to meld.

Grill over medium heat until done, about 4 to 5 minutes per side, turning once. Serve with cucumber-mint relish.

*If the lemon grass is very dry, soak it for about 20 minutes in a little water before chopping. If no lemon grass is available, substitute 1 – 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel.

**If you don’t care for the taste of fish sauce, soy sauce can be substituted (but it won’t be quite the same)

2 thoughts on “Memorable Memorial Day”

  1. I’m in awe of your culinary experimentation. Not that I ever use a recipe myself (but then, you KNEW that I’m a ‘do it myself’ girl). Still, I guess it’s the Thai burgers…and the lemon grass…now that I think of it, I don’t know from Thai food at all, but it sounds so exotic–and hot.

  2. Jan, I will have to try one of those. If only I cooked. Can you freeze-dry it and send it to me? Actually, it looks simple enough that I’m going to try it. What would it taste like with ground turkey, I wonder? I haven’t used ground beef for years now.

    We are having rain today, which is a blessing. My air conditioner is out and we have been sitting in Texas heat for 4 days. The repair man didn’t come today, I have to reschedule for Friday. I’m sure this is one thing you don’t miss about Texas!

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