Each year in June, we have a backyard gathering with friends and family to celebrate someone’s birthday. Someone who, without naming names or pointing fingers, just happens to be turning forty this year. This person may or may not be the same person in the last photo… the one wielding a BBQ flipper like a weapon. (‘BBQ flipper’ being the technical term, of course.)
At any rate, this backyard gathering is a highlight of my year for several reasons. First, I love hosting. Second, it gives me a great opportunity to be creative with food… something else I love. And third (though not least by any means) I love to celebrate anything to do with this guy I call my best friend.
Not to mention that we have awesome family and friends, and it’s fun to get together with them!
This year I decided on sliders and a burger bar. I made a few specialty mayos (chipotle and tex mex), an onion relish, and spread out the usual toppings, as well as a few extras, like three different cheeses, some sauteed mushrooms and onions and, the crowd favourite, bacon. Who doesn’t love bacon?
Here’s the raw version… weighed out at 2-2.3 ounces a piece, and then pressed into shape with the help of a biscuit cutter:
The delicious result:
I believe a good time was had by all. No one said otherwise, so that’s safe to assume, right?
And the grilling king:
We closed out the evening with a fire, a few roasted marshmallows, and some great conversation. One of my favourite evenings of the year, to be sure!