.:: { Kitchen } Salmon Burger with Tzatziki ::.

Salmon Burger

I love a good burger, and mostly order beef burger when I go to a burger joint. But beef burger could be really greasy. So I decided to take on a healthier spin and make this salmon burger. I love that it’s rich in flavor yet light and fresh-tasting. It is a great way to curb my cravings for burger without all the guilt that comes with a regular burger. The tzatziki is a good alternative to mayonnaise and the tangy and citrusy flavor is a the perfect match to the salmon patties.

Salmon Burger

Salmon Burger

2 burger buns
Lettuce
Tomato slices

200 gr salmon
1 small egg white
2-3 tbs chopped spring onion
1 tbs chopped parsley or coriander
1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
1/2 cup panko breadcrumb
Salt and black pepper to taste

1. Roughly chop the salmon into large pieces and place in the bowl of a food processor with the eggwhite, spring onion, parsley or coriander, Dijon mustard, salt and black pepper. Pulse briefly, only 3-4 times, until the fish is very roughly chopped but not pureed.

2. Divide the mixture into 2 and form into large patties. Refrigerate for 30 minutes to help them set.

3. Heat the olive oil in a large frypan over medium heat. Sear the burgers for 1-2 minutes each side, turning carefully, until golden brown on each side.

4. Top each burger bun with lettuce, salmon patty, tzatziki and tomato. Serve immediately.

Tzatziki

Tzatziki

1 small cucumber, deseeded and grated
150 gr greek yogurt
1/2 lemon, zested
1/2 tsp lemon juice
1 garlic clove, grated
Salt and pepper to taste

1. Combine yoghurt, cucumber, garlic, lemon rind, lemon juice, salt and pepper in a bowl. Cover. Refrigerate until required.

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.:: { Kitchen } Weekend Breakfast – Zesty French Toast & Strawberry Orange Smoothie ::.

Zesty French Toast

What better way to start a weekend than with a homemade brunch? I hadn’t been feeling very well this past week, but I couldn’t stand doing nothing so I pushed through and made D and myself breakfast. French toast is a great thing to make for a weekend breakfast – it is easy to prepare, yet tastes rather-fancy and indulgent.

I’m also currently loving making no-milk fruit smoothie ( pretty much fruit slush ), it’s an easy and convenient way to up my daily fruit consumption in one go. I recently bought a few punnets of strawberries from the farmer’s market and this strawberry-orange-apple combo tastes divine. The apples bring so much sweetness, while the strawberries and orange add a punch of sharp and fresh flavor. It is truly a healthy treat to invigorate and start the day off right.

Happy weekend!

Zesty French Toast

Zesty French Toast

4 slices bread
2 eggs
1/3 cup milk
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tbs sugar
Zest of 1 orange
Butter

Maple Syrup
Strawberries

1. Beat eggs, milk, cinnamon, vanilla extract and sugar, add orange zest. Whisk until blended.

2. Melt some butter on a preheated skillet. Dip a slice of bread into the egg mixture, about 5 seconds each side, allowing bread to slightly soak up some of the mixture.

3. Cook for about 2-3 minutes each side, until golden brown,

4. Serve with slices of fresh strawberries and maple syrup.

Strawberry Orange Smoothie

Strawberry & Orange Smoothie

1 orange
1 punnet strawberries
1 apple
3/4 cup water
6 ice cubes

Blend all ingredients together, serve.

.:: { DIY } Magnetic Pocket Organizer ::.

Takeout menus, emergency numbers, calendar, notifications needing my attention. Apparently I hang all sorts of things on my fridge. With so many things stuck to it, the fridge has become a eye sore. And all of a sudden I was feeling crafty and had an idea to make some sort of a bulletin board for the fridge. Lately I have been enjoying the craft aisle at Daiso a lot, I think it’s not bad at all. And that was exactly where I headed once I had this idea in my head. And I couldn’t be more happier to find the things I needed, a simple white board and magnetic strips.

On a side note, Daiso has only recently opened a branch in Brisbane, and you should’ve seen the locals getting all amped up during the first few weeks. It was always crowded, and I once overheard a lady talking over the phone with her friend and insisting said friend to come and check out the fantastic place where everything costs AUD2.80 ( yes, it’s mad expensive compared to what it is in Japan but AUD2.80 for all things offered in Daiso is considered cheap in Australia ). Anyway, I digress.

Once I have everything I needed, and I have a clear picture of what I wanted to make, this project only took a short one hour, probably even less. It couldn’t be any easier to make. Here’s what I used.

DIY Magnetic Pocket Organizer

Board – Daiso
Fabric – Spotlight
Lace – Lincraft
Magnetic strips – Daiso
Craft Glue – Lincraft
Fabric Glue – Lincraft
Scissors
Brush or sponge brush

To make this board, 1) Cut the fabrics to size, one for the background – big enough to cover the board, two smaller pieces for the pockets. 2) Fold in half an inch of the raw edges of the two pockets and press with iron. 3) Cover board with background fabric , flip it around and glue edges to the back side of the board using some craft glue. 4) Do the same thing with the pockets, making sure to make enough room in between pockets for the lace. 5) Using fabric glue, stick lace or trimmings to the edges of the pockets. 6) Stick some magnetic fridge to the back of the board.

And voila! What used to clutter the fridge now are neatly contained in a pretty organizer. I can’t stop taking a peek to the kitchen every now and then, just to get a glimpse of the fridge.

DIY Magnetic Pocket Organizer

.:: { DIY } Hacked an IKEA Drawer ::.

IKEA Drawer

This weekend I just felt so out of it – I felt like something was nagging at me the whole weekend, and I even had some work to do. But on the bright side, I finished hacking this IKEA drawer I got a while ago. I wanted to get the biggest size they had, but it was not only bulky but also quite heavy. So I settled on the four-drawer one. But the finish ( or lack thereof ) was always an eyesore to me. This weekend I had the chance to sit down and paint the outside with acrylic paint in yellow pink. It’s such a very pretty shade! For the drawers, I traced and cut up a few Kaisercraft papers that match the pink-and-green theme I had in mind, stuck them on with a craft glue and finished it with a Mod Podge. I left inner part of the drawers as they were, because they are hidden anyways and I don’t want my stuff I keep in the drawers reeking of paint.

IKEA Drawer

The drawers are quite roomy and deep, the height of them are most perfect for nail polish. I use one drawer to hold nail polish ( it fits about 20 polish very nicely, depending on the size of the bottles ), the others to hold extra skincare and makeup stuff and hair accessories. I love it!