Fire up those grills while you can! Barbecue season will quickly come to a close! Us Canadians do our best to stretch this period out as long as it will allow us, often times even barbecuing in the snow (at least I used to when I shared a Toronto apartment with my friend Arian!) And what would a good barbecue be without a nice, juicy burger?!
I found the perfect opportunity to attempt to develop what I think is the perfect burger. Our 8 month experience living in Toronto is quickly coming to an end and we will soon be packing our things and heading back to New York City. We therefore are taking this time to say goodbye to our friends and family who have made this time extra special for us.
Enter Lindsey Low.
I met Lindsey about halfway into this Canadian journey, in a Winners store just up the street. It’s like the gods smiled upon me and said, “Angela, you’ve survived a Canadian winter, with two children under the age of 3, living in a one bedroom apartment, with a husband who is away for work from Monday to Friday. I therefore will gift you with Lindsey Low.”
And that is exactly what she is, a gift.
Born and raised in Winnipeg, Canada, Lindsey soon would make her way to Toronto where she was married, worked as a school teacher and had two beautiful children. Her one year old son is epileptic, taking countless trips in the ambulance and spending countless moments in hospitals. Yet despite this, she will be the first to offer you her help, the first to be there when needed, the first to put everyone else before her own needs. While no one can actually be the perfect person, Lindsey certainly would be the closest thing to it.
I am blessed to call this person my friend. And while I will no longer be able to ring her up to meet at the playground, share a cup of coffee (or wine), or simply roll our strollers along as we exchange stories of how we survived our day as mothers, I will take our friendship with me, and hold our memories of that summer in Toronto dear to my heart.
We had Lindsey and her family over last week for the final barbecue. I wanted to find that perfect burger, for that perfect person.
I think I succeeded.
The Perfect Burger
2 lbs ground beef
2 tsp Dijon mustard
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
2 shallots, grated
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
2 tsp sour cream
2 tbsp lemon, grated
1 tsp curry powder
1 tsp dried rosemary
2 tsp toasted sesame oil
1 jalapeno, chopped
2 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
In a bowl, add Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, shallots, garlic, salt, pepper, sour cream, lemon, curry powder, rosemary, sesame oil, jalapeño and parsley.
Whisk in egg.
With your fingers, gently crumble in ground beef.
With a fork, blend all ingredients.
Handle the meat as little as possible, as the more you work it, the tougher it becomes.
Gently shape (don’t firmly press) mixture into burgers, about 3/4 inch thick.
Using your thumb, make a shallow depression in the centre of each burger to prevent puffing up during cooking.
Now it’s time to fire up that grill and get barbecuing!!!