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How to make the world’s best two-ingredient burger

Cityline | posted Saturday, May 24th, 2014

Does this sunny weather have you craving burgers on the BBQ? Claire Tansey shows us how to make the most simple and delicious burger of all time.

Two-ingredient burger

Ingredients:

  • 750 g medium ground beef
  • 1  1/2 tsp coarse salt

Method:

Preheat barbecue to medium.

Shape beef into 6 patties, each about 1/2 inch thick. Press a shallow depression in centre of each patty to help keep its shape while cooking. Sprinkle both sides with salt. Season with fresh pepper.

Oil grill and barbecue burgers with lid closed for 5 to 7 min. Flip burgers, then continue grilling, with lid closed, until burgers are cooked, 6 more min. Let burgers rest 5 min before serving on toasted buns with your favourite toppings.

Prep 5 min | Total 15 min
Serves 6 | Per serving 415 calories, 18g protein, 38g fat, 665 mg sodium.

Tips to make the BEST burger:

  • Start with medium ground beef (instead of lean or extra-lean). It has a lot more flavour, and most of the fat drips away while it’s cooking.
  • Mix the meat with your hands (instead of using utensils). This will ensure you don’t over-mix the meat, and it creates a nice texture.
  • To make patties, take a handful of ground beef  and shape it into a ball, then flatten it out. Don’t make the patties too thick — half  an inch to an inch thick is  the perfect size.
  • Prevent burgers from puffing up into balls by taking your thumb and making a little indent in the middle of each patty.
  • The grill should be hot before you add the patties — this will ensure they don’t stick, and they’ll achieve that caramelized exterior.
  • Don’t flip them too many times. And never, ever press down on the patties with your spatula (that will make all the flavour escape!).
  • Use grated cheese (instead of sliced)  for extra oomph.
  • Hollow out the lid  of your bun to make more room for toppings.
  • Our favourite condiment is sriracha mayo — just stir some of the hot sauce into mayo and slather it on!

Courtesy Claire Tansey

www.chatelaine.com

@chatelaine

@tanseyclaire

Six tips to help you stay on top of your email

Chatelaine | posted Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

Sabrina Geremia is manager, integrated solutions, for Google and heads up its initiative to bring talented girls from around the globe into the tech industry.

1. Separate business and pleasure

I have three different email accounts: Work, personal Gmail for friends and a third I share with my husband (it’s where we keep our family calendar to manage appointments and travel plans). Without having different inboxes I’d find it hard to keep track of who I’ve responded to and who I haven’t.

2. Try face time

If an email thread becomes too long, includes too many people or is delivering bad news, it’s probably not the right medium. This is the moment to get up from your desk or pick up the phone and actually have a conversation.

3. Weed out the clutter

I get over 100 emails a day so I have to have a system. When my inbox is full of unread messages, the first thing I do is delete or archive the ones I don’t need to read — I can usually tell from the subject line. The second step is to prioritize (star or label) the most important ones, then deal with them.

4. Email etiquette

Emails should be short and punchy, not essays. I often use bullets, or I bold key messages to make it clear what the purpose of the email is. Also, I don’t care how short it is — that’s no excuse for sloppy grammar, spelling, salutations or language.

5. Stop the deluge!

I regularly take a few moments to unsubscribe from unwanted emails. Simple, I know, but it really makes a difference. I’ve also found that the less email I send the less I receive.

6. Schedule screen time

Every Friday I sit down with my assistant to look at the week ahead and prioritize my time. Then we slot in blocks of work time. I use it to catch up on my emails. When I’m with my family I make sure I spend real time with my children instead of being distracted by my phone. The same goes for my team. We’ve developed a culture of not sending work-related emails on weekends unless it’s incredibly urgent.

The latest and greatest gear for your workout

Cityline | posted Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

For most, spring is the time to ditch the winter sweaters and squeeze in some time to work out — because bikini season is among us, after all. Now if that sends shivers down your spine, you are not alone!

We’re sure we can all agree that the first “outside run” of the New Year is a rough one indeed. But fear not, as we have just the motivation you need. From a trendy bracelet that doubles as a safe sun exposure app, the latest sports bra technology, and all the way to brightly coloured runners, Karine Ewart has everything you’ll need to look great and feel great while working out.

Movie Review: Godzilla

Thor Diakow | posted Thursday, May 15th, 2014

godzilla

ELEGANT MONSTER MAYHEM

4/5 Hammers

Godzilla

Starring Bryan Cranston, Aaron Taylor-Johnson

Directed by Gareth Edwards

It’s been 60 years since our favourite radioactive behemoth emerged from the Pacific Ocean and laid waste to Tokyo.  Gareth Edwards’ supersized reboot of Godzilla boasts a big budget and dazzling CGI with plenty of human drama to spare.  The results are sometimes breathtaking, even when talented actors are spewing trite dialogue in stock character roles.  Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston leads the way as a physicist who is convinced the death of his wife (an underused Juliette Binoche) in a Japanese nuclear power plant 15 years ago was caused by something far more menacing than a meltdown.  It turns out he’s right; radiation munching mutants have emerged from the depths to wreak havoc on mankind and only one thing can stop them.  Cities are once again damaged but with a surprising amount of restraint.  The film’s refreshing spin of utilizing the iconic beast as something that seeks to restore the balance of nature instead of malevolence-fueled destruction is one of the many highlights.  Edwards also cheekily teases the monster throughout the movie, a tension-building exercise absent from many of today’s blockbusters, holding off the full reveal until the viewer is practically begging for a showdown.  Once the gargantuan reptile does show up he also manages to showcase a surprising amount of personality, a testament to the visual effects wizards on the production team.  The film leaves the door wide open for more adventures with the lovable lizard and, after this rousing romp, audiences are sure to shout “BRING IT ON!” 

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