Who’s Favourite Burger?

Food writer, Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan, attempted to remake Ernest Hemingway’s burger.  This is by no means difficult; thanks to Hemingway’s detailed note about the recipe and its safekeeping, the food writer was able to bring it back.

Here’s an excerpt:


          1 lb. ground lean beef

          2 cloves, minced garlic

          2 little green onions, finely chopped

          1 heaping teaspoon, India relish

          2 tablespoons, capers

          1 heaping teaspoon, Spice Islands sage

          Spice Islands Beau Monde Seasoning – ½ teaspoon

          Spice Islands Mei Yen Powder – ½ teaspoon

          1 egg, beaten in a cup with a fork

          About 1/3 cup dry red or white wine

          1 tablespoon cooking oil

The only drawback had been the Mei Yen Powder of which was appropriated by a recipe of salt, sugar and MSG.  All in all, the remake was a success.

Now, what to make of it?

What do people learn of this seemingly mundane aspect of Hemingway… burgers?  Perhaps, it’s not just about the burger.  It could be about the fact that he took notice of even the tiniest bit of detail.

In his dealings with the people who prepared the food for him, or with the meticulous share he had on putting up a reminder of how it got to be served, that sort of thing provides an insight in this mister’s mind.

2 little green onions, finely chopped

The main key rests in detail.  Ernest Hemingway proves to be the kind who doesn’t let the mundane goings in life to pass him by – without his intervention, or note-taking.  He’s observant.  And is proud at collecting the obvious; perhaps, he’s a connoisseur of beauty in ordinary things.

Perhaps, this is as far as one may choose to speculate, using his hamburger recipe.  The rest could be gleamed right at the biographies section.  For those of you who want their fix of burger – that wanting coinciding with curiosity about Hemingway’s burger recipe – follow through the complete instructions found in Mike Springer’s piece or that of the food writer’s.

Perhaps, now is the time to judge if Hemingway’s favourite could become yours, too.  It could just be the right companion for reading his A Moveable Feast.

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