Burger: El Mexicano

Burger El Mexicano 1

Translating the recipe of the Pepper Burger created a craving for burgers in me. Coupled to the craving for Mexican food, it created this burger and it was SO good.

Ingredients for 4 burgers:

  • 600 – 800 g of minced beef
  • 2 tomatoes
  • A small bell pepper
  • Some lettuce
  • 8 burger cheeses (I used some Cheddar-Emmental ones)
  • 2 onions
  • Burger buns
  • Ketchup
  • 50 g of beans
  • Hot sauce (I used the Habanero one)
  • Spices:
    • Chili mix
    • Paprika
    • Cayenne pepper
    • Black pepper

  1. Dice one of the onions and the tomatoes.
  2. Put a pan on medium heat and pour some oil.
  3. Cook the onion until it begins to be translucent and add the tomatoes and reduce the heat to medium-low.
  4. When the tomatoes look like a paste, add 2 tablespoons of ketchup, some hot sauce and the spices depending of your tastes.
  5. Add the beans and cook for 2 minutes.
  6. Pour your sauce in a blender and blend it until it have an homogenous texture.
  7. Slice thinly the bell pepper and grill it slightly.
  8. Slice the second onion and the lettuce.
  9. Toast the burger buns.
  10. Form the patty and cook them as you prefer.
  11. Finally build the burger (from bottom to top):
    1. Bottom bun
    2. Grilled bell pepper
    3. Cheese
    4. Beef patty
    5. Cheese
    6. Sauce
    7. Onions
    8. Lettuce
    9. Top bun

Bon appétit!

Burger El Mexicano 2


Burger: The Pepper Special

Burger poivre

It is very nice with some grilled potatoes.

Ingredients for 2 burgers:

  • 300 gr of minced beef ( or 220 if you prefer a thiner patty)
  • 1 onion
  • Burger buns
  • 1 tomato
  • 2 lettuce leaves (I used the iceberg one)
  • 4 slices of burger cheese
  • Mayonnaise
  • Pepper sauce (Recipe here, make it thicker)
  • Some chive
  • Salt and pepper

  1. Toast the burger buns.
  2. Dice thinly the onion and mix it with 2 tablespoons of mayonnaise and some sliced chive.
  3. Slice the tomato and the lettuce leaves.
  4. Separate the minced meat in 2, and beat it until you get nice patties.
  5. Heat some oil in a pan.
  6. Salt and pepper the patties and cook them in a pan.
  7. When your patties are ready (it depends of how you like them), build the burger (from bottom to top):
    1. Bottom bun
    2. Onion-Mayonnaise sauce
    3. Lettuce
    4. Tomato
    5. Cheese
    6. Pepper Sauce
    7. Patty
    8. Cheese
    9. Top bun

Bon appétit!


Pepper sauce

Sauce poivre

It is one of my favourite sauces for a nice piece of beef. This recipe is a simplified version of it.


  • 1 tea spoon of pork roast stock
  • 10 cl of water
  • 10 cl of milk (or cream alternatively)
  • Some Worcestershire sauce
  • Flour
  • Lightly ground peppercorns

  1. In a pan, mix the stock and the water.
  2. Add as much pepper as you like.
  3. Bring to a boil and add the milk (if you have cream, it is even better).
  4. Cook it for a few minutes and add some drizzle of Worcestershire sauce.
  5. When the taste is as you want it to be, add a tablespoon of flour to thicken the sauce.
  6. Depending of the consistency of the sauce you want, you may add more or less flour.

Bon appetit !

Découvertes / Discoveries

Tea Brand: Kusmi Tea

Image copyright: Mazhiqi

I love tea: No matter you feel, you can always find a tea that suits your mood.

One of my favorite brands is Kusmi Tea. Originally created in St Petersburg, Kusmi Tea created a tea blend that became the tsar’s favorite.
Nowadays, Kusmi Tea produces wonderful Russian blends of tea along with some very good traditional blends.

My favorites are:

  • Russian blends:
    • Prince Vladimir (Black Tea, Citrus, Vanilla and Spices)
    • St Petersburg (Black Tea, Bergamot, Red fruits and Caramel)
    • Zoubrovka (Black Tea, Sweet Grass)
  • Traditional blends:
    • Russian Morning
    • Irish blend
    • Genmaisha (Green Tea, Roasted and Puffed Rice)

If you like teas and happen to find this brand in your country, I really advise you to give it a try 😉