1.11 Veggie Burgers (ALOW)

The morning after her house gathering, Jenara was craving hamburgers. Actually veggie burgers to be precise. It was a strange thing to wake up and want a burger patty made of vegetables, but nonetheless, Jenara lifted herself from bed and headed to the kitchen. Opening the freezer, she pulled a package of Evening Star veggie patties, a present from J.R.S., attorney at law. She was grateful he stalked her fridge because she hadn’t been to the store yet since her arrival.

Now how do you turn this on, she puzzled after setting six patties on the grill. Barbecued burgers were the best, and Jenara recalled many times her father making meals out on the back patio. However, she had never once used the grill herself. She fiddled with the knobs until a bright blue gas flame stirred in the coals.

Ooo… pretty, Jenara thought, leaning closer to observe. She then coughed. Not a good idea to get too close. She closed the lid and decided to let the patties cook on the grill by themselves. She could flip them in a few minutes. She wasn’t sure how long patties were supposed to cook on the barbecue and decided to look up stats on her cell phone.

Isn’t it wonderful that we have that information at our fingertips, she thought happily. With the push of a finger and a few clicks, I can find out the answer to anything online. 

How long should you grill a veggie burger on a grill? she typed her inquiry.

The first response said to preheat the grill for 10 minutes. Opps, Jenara frowned. Should she take the patties off and let the barbecue preheat? The second response said to cook the patties for two-and-a-half minutes each side. Jenara decided to cook them for three minutes and then observe since she hadn’t preheated.

What kind of cacti grow in Simvada? 

Red Barrel Cactus, Ferocactus acanthodes. Scarlet Hedgehog Cactus, Echinocereus engelmannii. Beavertail Cactus, Opuntia basilaris. Silver Cholla Cactus, Opu…

Opps… it had been four minutes! Jenara checked the patties, and they seemed fine. She flipped them with the spatula she found in the tools drawer. What fun names for cacti!

How do you say I love you in Simpanese?

Jenara giggled as she struggled to pronounce the words…

Watashi wa, anata o aishiteimasu

What fun! Thanks S’moogle translator! 

Jenara chopped some lettuce, and debated about sliced cheese before her burgers were finished. She set the tray down on the patio stone countertop and wondered why on Simterra she had decided to cook so many. There was no way, even as hungry as she was, she would eat more than two burgers. Well, she decided. I must go find some neighbors to help me eat this scrumptious meal.

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