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The Perks of Being a Wallflower

“So, this is my life. And I want you to know that I am both happy and sad and I’m still trying to figure out how that could be.”

DSC_0754 (2) That’s one of the quotes of Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower that readers will never forget. This entry was inspired by Adriana Popescu because we asked her about her favourite book – and here it is. It’s a novel that left both of us quite moved and we’re planning to re-read it soon. Additionally, Mona still has to watch the movie which is supposed to be very good, as various sources assert (Fabienne, Adriana). Fifteen-year-old Charlie starts writing letters to an unknown recipient in order to cope with some issues from the past. He is a quiet, anxious and shy boy and his first days at high school are therefore not easy for him. Through the letters, he talks about his time at high school, how he finds a mentor and friend in his English teacher Bill and how he gets to know Patrick and his stepsister Sam, who soon become his best friends. We are not going to foreclose more of the novel’s content but recommend it to anyone who likes touching stories (and who doesn’t like that?). Just one more thing that distinguishes the novel: it contains many references to literature and songs which bring Charlie’s story closer to the reader. As the novel is set in the USA and Charlie, Patrick and Sam prefer eating fast food, we would like to serve homemade burgers and french fries to this book.

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Homemade burgers and french fries

Ingredients for 4 burgers

350g minced meat (cattle), 4 hamburger buns (we used ciabatta buns from the bakery in the neighbourhood), 4 lettuce leaves, 100g goat’s cheese, 2 small onions, tomato chutney, butter, sugar, salt, pepper, 6 big potatoes, sunflower oil, paprika, dried rosemary

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For the hamburger patties, put the minced meat in a bowl and add some salt and pepper. Mix thoroughly, you should have a soft and shapeable mass. Divide it into four equal parts and shape four patties with your hands. Please note that they will shrink in diameter but grow in height during the cooking process. For the fries, pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees celsius. Peal the potatoes and cut into pieces. Put them into another bowl, add some sunflower oil, salt, pepper, paprika and rosemary (if you wish). I think it gives them a nice mediterranean touch. Put them on a baking tray and into the pre-heated oven for around 20 minutes. This burger needs roasted onions, of course. For those, cut the onions into rings. Heat some butter in a pan, put the onions into the pan, add some sugar and fry the onions until nicely brown. Now let’s fry the patties. Heat some oil in a big pan and fry the patties around 2-4 minutes from each side. For arranging the burgers, cut the buns into halves, put some tomato chutney on one half, add a lettuce leaf, the patty, goat cheese, roasted onions and another dab of tomato chutney. Put the fries on the plate and serve. Enjoy your meal!

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