Aren’t holidays grand? A little something extraordinary in the ordinary-ness that we call life. We had only been away for one night since March last year, but after celebrating a year of parenthood, we decided to take up the offer of some good friends and visit them in the tropics for a week before they retire to colder climes. Though costly, it was worth it; we have made great memories, and know that we are able to plan and enjoy holidays together as a family – something that wasn’t known till proven.


While there, we experienced so many things, too many to describe here. There were big, busy days, but in between we tried to plan some rest days so that bubs could catch up on sleep, and so that I could just do nothing. Hubby tended to use those days to go for long hikes in the bush by himself. Perfect! On one of those rest days, we’d met up with some PNG wantoks for lunch, and afterwards decided that there was still enough time left in the day to wander on up the coast and explore the Daintree.


So while the toddler slept, we drove on up past Port Douglas and through Mossman, oohing and aahing at the stunning coastal scenery on the way. We found the ferry, paid two dollars per person to cross over and back as pedestrians, and then returned to Port Douglas for tea. Hungry tummies told us it was burger time, and we were not disappointed by Dave’s Take Away joint. They had a curiously named Wicked Burger on the menu, and we ordered two (and some pasta for the little man).


These are that. I was so impressed that I noted down the ingredients on a napkin and brought it home with me. It’s been such a lovely, sunny and relaxed weekend that it seemed perfect to enjoy these together as a wrap up on Sunday evening. As Elise of Simply Recipes is known to say, these are more an idea than a recipe, but nevertheless delicious. If I wasn’t so pressed for time these days, I’d be making my own beef burgers and possibly a homemade aioli, but today it was quick and easy.


Wicked Burgers

Burger buns
Beef patties
Cheese slices
Tomatoes, sliced
Lettuce, shredded
Jalapeno peppers
Garlic aioli
Tomato sauce (ketchup)

Grill the bacon slices, fry up the patties, lightly toast the hamburger buns.
Slice the cheese, tomatoes, lettuce and avocado, crack open the jar of jalapenos and spoon out some aioli.
Assemble while everything is fresh and /or hot.

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