A Christmas Carol Burger

Recently I read A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Since this is the story that has come to define the meaning of Christmas for many, I was amused by how much emphasis is placed on food. Flowery language, goes on and on, describing delights ranging from turkey to pudding. At one point the narrator admires a stick of cinnamon calling it “long” and “strong”, “Wow! its just a cinnamon stick” I chuckled to myself.

I was seized by this idea, what if I wanted to write a story that would define Christmas, my way, what food would I have in my story.

A Christmas Carol Burger (red bun + green meat)

To connect with the birthplace of Christmas, I used a Palestinian yabrak recipe but changed it a little. Also I made red burger buns to complete my color scheme. Now all I have to do is write a story to incorporate this recipe into.

A Christmas Carol Bread Buns:
1 + 1/2 cups of tomato juice
4 cups of flour
1 table spoon of olive oil
1 package of yeast
salt and pepper
Some black sesame

I mixed all the ingredients. Allowed the dough to rise to 2 hours. created little balls out of it. Sprinkled with black sesame. Allowed to rise again for and hour. Baked for 10 minutes on 400.

A Christmas Carol Meat:
1 pound of ground beef
grapevine leaves
sliced tomatoes
olive oil
salt and pepper

I placed 5 or 6 leaves in a circular fashion. Placed a meat patty in the middle. Covered it up into a package. Place sliced tomato into the bottom of a pan. Placed meat with seam side down. More tomato on top. Sprinkled with salt, pepper and olive oil. Backed on 350 for 45 minutes.

The end result was super yummy.

A Christmas Carol Burger in red and green

This is one of many recipes I created to inspire me while writing a novel about food.

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