May 28, 2013

National Hamburger Day

"A hamburger is warm and fragrant and juicy. A hamburger is soft and nonthreatening. It personifies the Great Mother herself who has nourished us from the beginning. A hamburger is an icon of layered circles, the circle being at once the most spiritual and the most sensual of shapes. A hamburger is companionable and faintly erotic. The nipple of the Goddess, the bountiful belly-ball of Eve. You are what you think you eat." - Tom Robbins

It's National Hamburger Day!

One of the best hamburgers I ever had, believe it or not, was in England. My best mate there at the time used to make these juicy, Stilton-filled patties that were melt-in-your-mouth delicious. I was never a big hamburger fan, but I LOVED the nights he would make them (with a side of malted vinegar and salt covered chips and a Diet Coke, of course).

Yesterday, I recreated these beauties with a vegetarian spin using Lightlife's Gimme Lean Beef. It was such a success, I'm eating them for a second time in a row tonight (in all seriousness: this meal was SO EPIC that I'm afraid all other meals will simply pale in comparison).

While I stuff my face, ponder these fun facts:
- Hamburgers contain no ham, so where do they get their name? Hamburg, Germany where they have a cut of steak with the same name.
- The Hamburger Hall of Fame is in Seymour, Wisconsin.
- PETA once offered the city of Hamburg, NY $15,000 in meatless burgers if they changed their name to Veggieburg.
- On average, Amur-KAH'ns eat three hamburgers a week.
- During WWII, to avoid using "enemy language", hamburgers were temporarily called "Liberty Sandwiches" (while sauerkraut was called "Liberty Cabbage"... remind anyone of the Freedom Fries or Toast craze?).

And now you're all the wiser, foodies!

Happy National Hamburger Day!