Food, Glorious Food: Towering birthday burgers


The towering birthday burgers we made this weekend contained (from top to bottom of the burger):

  • Toasted top bun
  • Fresh tomato salsa
  • Parma ham
  • Mature cheddar
  • Homemade burger patty
  • Fried egg
  • More cheese
  • Another homemade burger patty
  • Fresh guacamole
  • Toasted bottom bun

This followed a massive bowl of tasty chicken wings with Reggae Reggae sauce, and was accompanied by some pink cava sangria. Once we recovered from the food overdose, we topped it all up with some birthday cake! Oooofff…

A Tasty Homemade Chicken Wings Recipe

Usually, when Andrew browses YouTube and comes across food, it’s the kind of recipe that makes you gag – like the Bacon Explosion.

A few weeks ago, however, he came across a real gem – a recipe for homemade chicken wings.

First, a bit of background on why we both got so excited over chicken wings. Back in Ottawa, there is a place called The Honest Lawyer. Back when I lived in Ottawa, they had an “All you can eat” wings night on Mondays, and we occasionally found ourselves there. Even Andrew had the opportunity to try them on his visits to Canada. Problem is, they’re the kind of wings that ruin it for you. No other wings have ever cut it for us since. (Note: It’s quite possible that my memory has romanticised them and that they weren’t THAT great) In the UK, wings aren’t a very big thing, you can get them in frozen portions or in the American-style restaurants but generally they’re rubbish.

So finding that recipe was hugely exciting for us – we would be able to make them at home! So we popped down to the supermarket, bought chicken wings (which needed to be cut as per the video – wing, drumstick and tip – it takes a while but you’ll get to grips with the best way to cut the pieces apart without leaving bone shards fairly quickly)

The video outlines the bulk of the recipe, which we followed (even though it seems to be an awfully long time to cook such small bits of chicken, it’s necessary to make them nice and crispy.)

What we did differently is the coating sauce. We made two variations:

As both are full of sugars, watch very closely when they’re in the oven. After all your efforts, you don’t want to see them burn to a crisp! I have to say my favourite one was the Reggae Reggae sauce version.

Total junky treat, but once in a blue moon, it’s so yummy… If you make your own, let me know how they turn out!