Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Talking is chic

Lots of things make me happy.

I like to BE happy.

I like to look around the world and consider things.

I try hard not to let moments be lost in my busyness.

I like to try to live consciously and to hang on to the things that have meaning in my life.

By hang on I mean to keep them in my conscious, think about them, let them float and swirl in my brain and in my heart.

And then often I like to talk about them with people I love.

I like to do that to make sense of what's around me.

Sometimes it is so easy to miss the beauty, the happy, the good.

In our scurrying to 'keep up' we miss little snippets of uplifting stuff.

I am a super busy person. I run a family of seven people.

I was sitting in the aeroplane returning from Sydney last weekend next to a CFO of a publicly listed company.  We chatted about what we 'did'.

I told him I was a mother to 5 young boys.

He told me that was a much harder and busier job than what he did. I'm not sure if he is right but it was nice of him to acknowledge the meaning and importance of what I do.

We chatted about family life.  He was a friendly man.  It was nice to chat to a stranger who really wanted to listen.

It made me happy. Happy to think that there are still people who you may never meet again who will have a meaningful conversation with you- not because of any other reason than because it is nice.

Nice to treat other humans with dignity & respect. We all deserve that. We all have something of value to share.

It is these things that I mean- the little moments that help remind us of the value of life.

I met with my lovely friend last week and we talked a little of these things.  Life things.

It's so good to TALK isn't it?

Someone I follow on Instagram last week posted a pic that said 'Talk is Chic'

I replied to him...'I must be SUPER chic'.

Are you chic?

DO you like to talk?

Last week I was sent some lovely 5 week aged beef cuts by Bunbartha Beef  to try. They are a family owned & operated free range, hormone free cattle farm in Nth East Victoria.
They are one of a growing number of farmers working on the Paddock to Plate concept.  You can order from the website and have their meat delivered to your door.
You guys know how I feel about this already- I am a HUGE supporter of our farmers and love to encourage people to buy direct as much as possible from the producer- either at Farmer's Markets or direct.
You can also find them on Facebook.

The first cut I used was the mince.
We love homemade burgers here-in fact I can't remember the last time I actually bought a burger.
Also...why are they called HAM burgers when they are actually Beef burgers?
Much like my meatballs I like to add lots of the flavour direct into the patty.
As it is winter there was no tomato on our burgers but we had lots of pickles, lettuce & cheese (I melt my cheese on the meat patty as it rests to get super oozy cheese goodness) 
I used a kilo of mince and it made 7 large patties- adjust to suit the size of your family.

  • 1kg  Beef
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 2 heaped tablespoons seeded Mustard
  • 1 egg
  • generous amount of S & P.
  • a good handful of fresh oregano chopped superfine
Combine all ingredients well .

Shape your patty to desired size.

Set aside.  ( I layer mine in between sheets fo Baking paper).

Rest in the fridge for a half hour.

Fry gently in a non stick pan or on the BBQ till brown on one side 9about 4-5 minutes) then flip and do same.

TOP TIP: I place mine onto an oven dish and keep warm in an oven heated to 100C. This also ensures burgers are cooked all the way through. 

Once all patties are cooked serve at the table with your choice of filling and condiments.

Things you may find at the GG table include:

Various Mustards, our Homemade Tomato sauce, BACON (yes it needs capitals), pickles, fresh tomato (in summer- so there wasn't any last week), lettuce, rocket, cheese (see tip in recipe blurb above), caramelised onions, chipotle, mayonnaise (home made of course!)  , my beetroot marmalade,  and maybe even a side of chips.

Here's some THOM yum ~


  1. Heartwarming Ruth. Conversations like the one you had with that man are moments I love too - like you say we all have something to share and it can be as subtle as a few words shared on a plane. x

  2. Carolyn Turner28 May 2013 at 13:48

    I like talking - and I'm very happy that I have the opportunity to be chic quite a few times this week as I catch up with friends! It's fab being with friends but I love those conversations like you had, Ruth, which last for only a moment in time. They reinforce that we are social beings and that connection to others sustains us. And these one off conversations can stay in our minds and hearts for just as long as our longstanding friendships as they are an illustration of our humanity.

  3. Alison - Talking Frankly29 May 2013 at 14:31

    I was asked by the surgeon during my emergency c-section to stop talking as I was distracting him - that's how much I talk - good, bad, nervously, happily - talking is as natural to me as breathing. And I love a 'momentary friend' encounter. Planes are good for those. Lovely blog


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