Condiment Potluck

16 Jun

Last weekend we attended a potluck barbecue and Anthony volunteered to supply the condiments. In addition to typical burger fare such as ketchup, mustard and pickles we brought a platter of bacon, a bowl of guacamole, marinated red onions, and sauteed Marsala mushrooms.

Since Anthony finished school we’ve had more time together and he’s really taken and interest in the kitchen. One of the items on my Life List has been to teach someone to cook. I never thought it would be my husband.

And we’re not really there yet. He’s been learning how to make a few things, most notably bacon and guacamole, but we haven’t moved on to any serious cooking. Still, I recommend everyone have a partner who can fry up some bacon and make guacamole. Yum yum.

Anthony really likes his guacamole studded with red bell pepper and cilantro. Avocados were on sale and, holy guacamole! They were lusciously ripe and yielding. Their flesh was perfectly green and it scooped out of their leathery shells like butter. I don’t mean that just in some smooth, metaphorical sense: they were creamy and smooth and really had the consistency of perfectly soft butter. We may have drooled while we mashed them.

While he was slicing and dicing peppers for the guac I started the Marsala mushrooms. Anthony and I love mushrooms this way. Sauteed with butter, olive oil, pepper, and fresh thyme, you add Marsala wine and let it bubble down to a syrupy mushroom love fest.

Onto the onions.

All that needs to be done to these is some slicing, some grindings of black pepper, and for them to sit, jostled once in awhile, in a bath of tarragon vinegar. There’s nothing worse than getting a huge chunk of raw onion when you bite into a burger. But there’s nothing better than getting a huge chunk of marinated onion.

Who could forget the bacon?

Not us, that’s for sure.

Oh yes, Anthony and I had help.

She’s contentedly nomming a slice of bacon while playing with her Hamburgler Mobile. I tried googling that to bring up a close up photo of it, but I couldn’t find any. Remember way back when McDonald’s gave away cars with its Happy Meal? We had several but the one I remember most vividly is the Hamburgler Mobile. If you pull the car back it does wheelies and tricks in a circle. My Mother kept it all these years because it drives the cats absolutely BONKERS. She brought it over to our house one day for the kittens to play with, but Isobel just loves it. I need to get that kid some Hotwheels.

The guacamole bacon mushroom burgers were a hit and it got me thinking: we should throw a hamburger potluck where each person brings a small selection of condiments. Instead of full-sized burgers we could make sliders so we could eat a bunch of completely different, but delicious, tasting burgers. Hmmmm.


14 Responses to “Condiment Potluck”

  1. J-Man June 16, 2010 at 10:32 am #

    Yeah Hotwheels!
    Also –

    • J-Man June 16, 2010 at 10:38 am #

      Just realized that link is only going to last for another couple of hours. Permalink! Cropped!

      • LittleBig June 16, 2010 at 10:40 am #

        Aaaaawww yeah! I don’t have the patience for google these days.

        Did you ever have any of these, Justin? Or am I so vastly older than you they were antiques by the time you were old enough to play with them?

  2. J-Man June 16, 2010 at 10:45 am #

    As soon as you started talking about wheelies and tricks, I got hit with the biggest wave of nostalgia. Remember the Changeables?
    (apparently, one cannot triple-reply via wordpress, haha)

    • LittleBig June 16, 2010 at 10:51 am #

      OMG! YES! The fries were my favorite. Wow, I haven’t thought about those in forever.

  3. aproperfool June 16, 2010 at 12:38 pm #

    I love the sliders idea!

    • LittleBig June 18, 2010 at 10:09 am #

      Thanks! I can’t wait to try it.

  4. Stefanie June 16, 2010 at 1:17 pm #

    The condiments were awesome. You guys rock! Unfortunately, Dave and I waited too long to get the mushrooms and bacon..but I did get some guac!
    You guys totally win for best selection at the bbq

    • LittleBig June 18, 2010 at 10:08 am #

      LOL! I didn’t get any either! Boo! Oh well, I guess that just means it was good.

  5. dingey June 16, 2010 at 1:18 pm #

    I love both the sliders AND hotwheels idea! My brother had some insane late 60’s/early 70’s Hotwheels set when I was little. There was a battery-operated mechanic’s garage that you would feed the cars into, and the garage would SHOOT them out onto the circular track with such force that they often went all the way around and re-inserted themselves into the garage chute. VERY SATISFYING. Sometimes you could even work in the magical loop-d-loop track. GOD. The connectable sections of track! You just sent me into a weird proustian overload, lady….

    • LittleBig June 18, 2010 at 10:07 am #

      I remember that! My neighbor had one. Remember the Hotwheels that you could ‘wreck’ and flip over the damaged sides? And the garage that would ‘fix’ them?

  6. purplequark June 16, 2010 at 10:37 pm #

    that food was indeed deeeeeeeeelicous!

    • LittleBig June 18, 2010 at 10:06 am #

      I’m so glad you liked it!

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