Saturday, July 22, 2017

Recipe: Beef Burger with Avocado and Cheddar

Earlier this week, we were blessed with fantastic weather... 23°C called for a visit to the beach and also burgers on the patio on a beautiful summer's evening.

We got some beef patties from ASDA (sea salt and black pepper beef burgers), grilled for 17 minutes and then topped with Cheddar (back to the grill for another 3 minutes to melt the cheese) and paired with sliced avocado, spinach and tomatoes. An absolutely stunning burger - juicy patties complemented by the creamy avocado and melting cheese ;)

Lovely burger enjoyed with a cold cider

Beef burger with avocado and Cheddar
Recipe by Baby Sumo
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes
Serves 4

4 beef patties
4 slices mild Cheddar cheese
1 ripe avocado, sliced
4 tomatoes
A handful of baby spinach
4 burger buns

To serve

1. Preheat the grill to medium heat and cook patties for 17 minutes, turning regularly.

2. Place a slice of Cheddar on each patty and return to grill and cook for a further 3 minutes.

3. Cut the burger bun in half and lightly toast and butter the buns.

4. To assemble, place the spinach on the bottom bun,  followed by the beef patty, avocado, tomatoes and tomato ketchup. Enjoy!

Note: For homemade beef burger patties, see recipe here.

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

A Bat's Life at Drum Castle, Scotland

We enjoy visiting all the National Trust for Scotland (NTS) properties during our summer holidays here in Scotland. They regularly have fun activities for kids conducted by the Rangers for a small fee. Today, we attended the Children's Walk at Drum Castle to learn more about bats living in the castle grounds.

The Rangers started off by telling the children some interesting facts about bats, and we also got to see some preserved bats - they were really tiny compared to the ones we get in KL.

There are 18 native species, 17 which are known to be breeding in the UK and there are four that you will most likely see. The ones at Drum eats insects such as moths and midges, and we were astounded to learn that they can eat as many as 3000 a night.

Moths - bat food

We were also shown roosting sites for bats, both in summer and winter. They like it warm in summer so you will likely find them under the roof slates at Drum and in winter, they will be hibernating in the cellar.

The kids also got to make several bat crafts to bring home with them such as an origami bat, bat head band and also a twirly bat. All in all, a fun and educational morning for the kids. :)

Booking is via, you can also find more info about upcoming events on the website. There will be other opportunities to learn about bats at Craigievar (28/7), Castle Fraser (24/8) and Haddo House (1/9) this summer holidays.

Duration: 1 1/2 hours.

Price: £5 per child.

Location: Drum Castle, Drumoak, By Banchory, Aberdeenshire, AB31 5EY, Scotland.

Tel: +44 (0)1330 700334


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