Recipe - Burgers and chips

posted 5 Apr 2011, 13:25 by Phil Young   [ updated 6 Apr 2011, 05:35 ]

This is a regular at our house - my 5 year old boy looks forward to "burger night".
This recipe makes 2 decent sized burgers.
  • 1 smallish onion
  • 250g lean steak mince
  • 1 egg yolk
  • Squirt of ketchup
  • Seasoning
  • 2 bread buns / sliced bread
  • 2 potatoes
  • Spray light oil spray

1) Finely chop a small onion and fry in a little oil (or spray light) until softened.

2) Transfer to a small bowl and allow to cool.

3) Whilst the onion is cooling, chop 2 potatoes into chips and microwave for 5 minutes on high.  Put the oven on to 200C.
4) Mix the mince, egg yolk and cooled onion together and season with ground black pepper and a little salt.
5) Spray a baking tray with spray light (20-30 sprays) and add the chips.  Shake the tray to coat the chips with the spray light and put them in the oven for 30 minutes.  Shake the chips every 10 minutes or so to stop them sticking and ensure they brown evenly.
6) Divide the burger mix into 2 equal parts and shape into thick round burgers.  Place them on a layer of cling film.

7) Cover the burgers with cling film and flatten them.  They will shrink in width and gain height when cooked.

8) Place the burgers in the fridge and go sit down.

9) When the chips have 10 minutes remaining, wipe a large frying pan with a little oil and heat on a high hob.

10) When the pan is hot, add the burgers and fry for a few minutes on each side to seal them.

11) Place the burgers in a baking tray and cook in the oven for 3-5 minutes until they are cooked to your liking.

12) Serve in a bread bun (or sliced bread if you forgot to buy buns) with the chips and whatever vegetables / salad you fancy.

13) Forget to take a photo of the finished dinner and take one half way through eating it. :o)

Recipe - "Pad Thai Gai" style noodles.

posted 28 Mar 2011, 05:47 by Phil Young   [ updated 5 Apr 2011, 12:48 ]

The double quotes in the title are deliberate as it's only loosely based on an actual Pad Thai Gai recipe I found online.
Serves 2ish.

  • 2 Chicken breasts sliced into strips
  • Enough noodles for 2
  • 1 onion thinly sliced
  • 2 carrots thinly sliced (on a diagonal)
  • 3 spring onions thinly sliced (on a diagonal)
  • 1 egg (beaten)
  • heaped teaspoon of very lazy garlic (or equivalent fresh chopped garlic)
  • Handful of bean sprouts
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 tablespoon of fish sauce (Nam Pla)
  • 1 teaspoon of soft brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of chili sauce
  • Some oil (I used olive oil)


There looks like a lot of ingredients, but it's quite quick to cook once everything is prepped.
  1. Cook the noodles as per the instructions on the packet (mine took 4 mins).
    Drain and rinse under cold water and set aside for later.
  2. Scramble the egg with a little oil in a hot wok for 30 seconds or so.
    Set aside for later.
  3. Fry the onion and garlic for a few mins in a little oil.
  4. Add the chicken and chili sauce and stir-fry until the chicken is almost cooked.
  5. Add the carrots and spring onions and cook for a few minutes.
  6. Mix the lime juice, brown sugar and fish sauce together.
  7. Add the above sauce, cooked noodles, bean sprouts and egg back to the pan and mix through well.
  8. Serve immediately.
If you're feeling adventurous, garnish with coriander and some chopped roast peanuts.
Hmm, it tasted a lot nicer than this picture looks!

"It's all about me"

posted 25 Mar 2011, 03:18 by Phil Young   [ updated 4 Feb 2014, 08:28 ]

So, this is me, Phil Young and this is my blog.

I'm a software developer from the UK who lives in East Yorkshire, and works in West Yorkshire.
I have a wonderful wife and 3 great kids who take up most of my free time, but I still have time for a few interests...
  • Cooking (and watching cooking programs on TV).
  • Gaming (Mainly Minecraft at the moment).
  • Acoustic guitar (I really need to practice more).
  • Software development (yes, even in my spare time - mainly Google App Engine stuff at the moment). expect this blog to contain a mix of the above when I actually manage to post something.

If you really want to, you can follow me on twitter or contact me on facebook.


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