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So for dinner tonight in celebration of our dear friend Urs Spo, https://sporeflections.wordpress.com who was suppose to be here with us but with all the airline snafu could not make it, we decided to go ahead and celebrate. If he had been here we would have had Champagne, Lobster and Oysters, what he would have liked. Oh zut alors, we will have to do this another time.

The recipe is simple, it is as you can tell by the title a hamburger recipe served bun-less and always with a sauce and it is name after the City of Lyon.

You will need Lean ground beef



  • 34cup finely minced yellow onion
  • 2 tablespoons  butter
  • 12lbs extra lean ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons marrow or 2 tablespoons fresh pork fat
  • 12teaspoons  salt
  • 18teaspoon  pepper
  • 18teaspoon  thyme
  • egg
  • 12cup  flour, spread on a plate
  • 1 tablespoon  butter
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 121/2 cup  red wine or 1/4 cup  water
  • 2 -3 tablespoons  butter


  • Cook the onions slowly in 2 Tablespoons of butter (about 10 mins) until tender not browned.
  • Place onions in mixing bowl. Add the beef, butter (or suet, marrow or pork fat) the seasonings and the egg; mix well.
  • Form into patties 3/4″ thick.
  • Cover & refrigerate till ready to use.
  • Just before sautéing, roll the patties lightly in flour.
  • Shake off any excess flour.
  • Place butter and oil in heavy skillet over med-high heat.
  • When butter foam begins to subside, saute the patties for about 3 minutes per side (or more depending upon how you like your burger).
  • Place burgers on serving platter and keep warm while finishing the sauce.
  • Pour fat out of the skillet and discard.
  • Add stock (or wine, vermouth or water) and boil down rapidly.
  • Scraping up the coagulated pan juice till reduced to almost a syrup.
  • Off heat, swirl 2-3 Tablespoons of butter into the sauce – 1/2 Tablespoon at a time until absorbed into the sauce.
  • Pour the sauce over the hamburgers and serve.

the finished product.

Today also our cleaning lady came and completed washing the windows. It looks so much better now. It was a hot sunny day today at 24C with a breeze. I am continuing to read my new book on Stalin’s Library, a story about his 25,000 book library and what happened to it after his death, really interesting and it gives you a real picture into who he was as a person independent of the persona we know as the dictator. It involves a lot of details about his parents, childhood in Gori, Georgia and his life before the revolution of 1917, his education. Stalin (man of Steel) is nom de plume so to speak was born Joseph Vissarionovich Dzughashvili. Stalin was an avid reader and an intellectual but also a fanatic in terms of politics. I will review further the book once I am done reading it. I do have one thing in common with Stalin, Emile Zola was is favourite writer, I read Zola and I also find it to be a great writer of his period in France.