October 31, 2008

Orange is not my favourite colour

Both Jem and Amber had fun dressing up for school today. Amber for the second time this week as she also went to a Halloween party on Wednesday night and had a great time.
They are both a little too old to go 'trick or treating' this year. Thank goodness we don't live in town where the residents apparently get close to a hundred groups of children/teens visiting them, many armed with a big black garbage bag which they expect to fill with treats by the end of the evening! I probably sound a bit mean and grouchy, sorry. I think the younger children are very cute all dressed up going door to door, but not the ones with facial hair, who look like they are pushing 20 years old!
This afternoon I prepared a stress free quick and easy family meal. I am the first to admit to NOT being the greatest cook in the world, but Craig and the girls seem to like my home made turkey burgers. There should even be enough left over for tomorrow, so I won't need to do any cooking when I get home.
1 pound extra lean turkey mince
2 large eggs (whisk with a fork)
1 large carrot (grated)
1/2 apple (grated)
1 medium courgette/zucchini (grated)
4-6 fresh sweet basil leaves finely chopped (dried leaves can be used) 1/2 tsp garlic powder
2 tbs breadcrumbs
1/4 tsp sea salt
Mix all the ingredients together well, with the mince added last.
Spray a wok or non-stick frying pan with a little oil, when hot drop in tablespoon sized portions. I do 3 at a time, flattening them down with a spatula. Cook for about 3 mins each side until golden brown. Turn onto some absorbent kitchen paper before putting on a plate. Voila! Served with wholewheat rolls and a baby spinach, peach and toasted almond salad - oops I seem to be out of almonds today!

I think it's the Sweet Basil that makes them extra flavourful :)
Finally, I shall share a sad little foxy tail....
A customer contacted me a few days ago with a special request for a tiny felt fox with a 3/4 length tail! He is to represent a little fox cub called Fitz from a family of foxes, which Annika has been photographing since April. The poor little guy showed up a while ago with a third of his tail missing :( OUCH! To make matters worse he now seems to have vanished and hasn't been seen for several days. I really hope that he does show up, I will be sure to let you know if I hear any news from Annika.

Hazel x


  1. Hi, I just found your blog from Rachael Rabbit's blog, those turkey burgers sound yummy and I love that little felt fox, I hope the real little chap turns up soon! Happy weekend :) Catherine

  2. Happy Halloween to you all!
    Turkey burgers look good - might have to give them a go. I am busy, busy, busy with all my last minute things for the Holly Trail stall but actually quite excited too.
    Cute foxy.

  3. Hey that face looks familiar! Meouw...Purrrr! So cute!

    Yes, We used to like seeing the littlies all dressed up for Halloween, but not the teens, which we always thought was a bit of a con, and not in the spirit of things at all. Fortunately, it is not the custom in Spain :D

    Gill's definitely going to try your turkey burger recipe :)

    Hugs for your customer Annika in the hope her 'lil Foxy turns up unharmed. She is sure to love your little fella though :D

    Love hugs & kisses

    T & G
    xx xx

  4. Oh Hazel, you do make me laugh! Loved reading your post, and catching up on Rethman news :)
    Love to you all,
    K xxx

  5. I'm with you on the trick or treat thing. :) We hadn't had someone show up at our door in 10 years, so I wasn't prepared and didn't have anything but a fresh homemade cookie to offer two little ones that showed up at our door. They didn't seem terribly pleased. Maybe we should move to Spain and we wouldn't have to worry about it. :)


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