Spring! onion, wild garlic and turkey burger. Or how to cheat…

your men into eating vegetables…

Do you miss winter?
The black cold whole?
Spring is here. I don´t know about you, but in a way I am so angry about the long winter that I´m inclined to ignore spring. I am now used to and feel comfortable with hibernating. With sulking, being grumpy. I want to wear shapeless clothes. Let myself go. Not paint my toenails, or work on a bikini figure. Fight cellulite. Shave my legs. Or any of those tedious things which annoying summer brings.
But apparently winter’s to return. In two days.
Thank god I didn’t work myself up with hoping summer would come. No expectations ruined.

Just in case you’re a more disciplined person than me and you still have faith in the seasons:
Be prepared. Be prepared for shockingly fresh local herbs appearing in the markets, for something bright and blinding appearing on the sky (it’s called sun, by the way), for having to take your thick coats and jumpers off, for having to show that you`re not a turtle with short legs and no neck, but that you have human shape after all. Sounds threatening?
Yes. I know it’s awful, but it might actually happenen and before we all let fear rule our lifes we need to shield ourselves against light and warmth, this awful thing called summer…

Fresh Mint? Terrible…
Wild Garlic? Threatening!
Grated Courgette? I am overdoing it? You think?
SPRING onions? Terrible word.
It´s getting worse with each picture. You must stop here! Before I can write things like”creme fraiche”.
That’s better… That’s what we’re used to…
That´s better too. Not too many dodgy Vitamins showing.  
Turkey burgers with a lot of threatening erbs.
& Creme Fraiche sauce.
(It is called “fresh”!  don´t make me feel like that!)
150 g greek yoghurt
100 g creme FRAICHE
1tsp grated lemon zest
juice of half a lemon
a handful of wild garlic (also called bear leek..) chopped
2 tbsp olive oil (which I forgot)
1 tbsp sumac
freshly crushed black pepper
Stir all ingredients together in a small bowl and set aside.
500 g minced turkey
1 large courgette, grated (use Parmesan grater)
40g Spring onions
1 egg
2 tbsp fresh mint, chopped
2 tbsp coriander, chopped
5 tbsp wild garlic, chopped
1 tbsp ground cumin
1/2 tbsp cayenne 
sunflower oil for searing
Mix all ingredients (but the oil!) a a large bowl than shape into NICE (I so hate the word, goes nicely with “summer”!) burgers. Fry burgers over medium heat till golden brown.
Serve at room temperature with sauce spooned over.
This recipe is is adopted from Yotam Ottolenghi’s “Jerusalem”. The best cook book I have ever encountered. It even beats all his previous ones, which also were the best cookbooks I had ever encountered.
This is even better. 
Thank you Mr. Ottolenghi!
You’re still here?
Read all this till the end?
God bless you!


  1. Arneyb says:

    ok, nice pictures. I have to admit that somewhere in the middle I lost it. Maybe winter was too loooong ?
    Sorry. Feed me with burgers.

  2. Tante Omi says:

    Is this really about food??? And does it mean you’re at home in the kitchen at the stove…blabla???
    And I can call you or even visit you??? I have a few new horses I could take to Cologne to show you…

  3. Marqueee says:

    Still waiting for a dish called the green cobolt. Think you’re half way through…

  4. Arneyb: I honestly think I lost it too…
    Tante Ome: her wiz ze horzez!
    Marquee: That is a fantastic Idea! Has never occured to me so far! I shall do something about that sooooon!

  5. DB says:

    Wonderful pix and a recipe of one of greatest cooking books !!! Thx Gaby

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