Twenty- one years ago today, I did a play called Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner in a small sixty seat fringe theater located at The Man in the Moon Pub in Chelsea. It launched my acting career. There had been a myriad of feelings during those months of preparation leading up to opening night, but fear was not among them. Wonder, excitement, confidence, frustration, exhaustion from hard work, and deep sadness as my marriage continued to fall apart.

With costar Priscilla Phillips

With costar Priscilla Phillips

My nightly walks to the theatre usually served to steady me, but that first night I thought my legs would buckle and I would surely toss my cookies. I was caught so off guard, suddenly seized by nerves.
“Why did I let Connie (our press agent) invite the likes of Steven Berkoff, Emily Lloyd and several Redgraves on our FIRST night? They are theatre royalty, and this is my first professional appearance – ever! Oh sh**, and Priscilla has the Duchess of York, and Sheridan Morley (influential theatre critic for the London Times) coming too! What was I thinking?” My self-doubt made me feel like I was walking the plank to certain demise, until I made sure the inner dialogue was replaced with “get a grip Julie Anne, one foot in front of the other, you can do this, the audience wants to be entertained – they want to like you, you can do this!” playing in my head like a broken record.
The Duchess of York coming back for seconds

The Duchess of York coming back for seconds

Somehow I made it past the police barricades and paparazzi to the dressing room intact. I concentrated on blocking out all activity around me, including the palace sniffer dogs securing the building for Fergie’s eminent arrival, as I applied my stage make-up, dressed, and did some relaxation exercises. Still shuddering with adrenalin coursing through my body and praying I would not forget my lines, I made my way side stage to await my cue.
Then I took the stage, and the miraculous happened. I could feel all eyes upon me, yet the nerves disappeared as I lost myself in my character, Emily. I thrived on the audience’s every response – the gasps, the silences, and the laughter all culminating in the ecstasy of their applause each night. The reviews were mixed, but I’d pushed myself past my fears, taken a risk, and proved to myself I could do it. The risk paid off. The pub filled with congratulatory fans, celebrities, and dignitaries alike creating such a stir that more police had to be called in as people outside began to topple the barricades wanting join in the fun. Much to my surprise, the world press took notice of that tiny fringe production, and I soon found myself in high demand.
Nick and John on opening night

Nick and John on opening night

Buckling under the ravages of a contemptuous divorce while seeking solace in mood altering substances I managed to self-destruct rather than rise to the challenge. My acting career was left behind in the wake of that wreckage. Thankfully, I managed to get sober, start afresh, and find my passion again. I started creating, rather than performing, Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner. I won a few accolades along the way, and found a career that fed my soul as well as many tummies.
Launching new chapters

Launching new chapters

Both are lessons I remind myself of today as I am about to begin a new chapter. I can’t help marveling over the fact that once again the launch will be based on Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner, but this time in a bid to help you get them on the table. JulieAnneRhodes.com will be coming soon! I can’t wait to share my personal chef secrets in new and exciting interactive ways. In the meantime, here’s one of your favorite recipes again, my award-winning burgers.
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Jewels Turkey-Jasmine Burger

Ingredients:

Cucumber salad

1 cucumber, peeled and thinly sliced rounds

1/2 red onion, thinly sliced

1/4 cup rice vinegar

1/8 cup sugar

1 teaspoon salt

Burger

1 1/4 pounds ground turkey

1/3 cup steamed jasmine rice

1/4 cup panko

1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions

1 large egg

1/2 teaspoon sesame oil

1 tablespoon soy sauce

1 Thai chili or serrano chile, seeded and minced

1 teaspoon sugar

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 tablespoon peanut oil

4 sesame hamburger buns

Wasabi mayonnaise

1/2 cup homemade mayonnaise or store-bought

1 teaspoon wasabi powder

1/2 teaspoon minced ginger

1 teaspoon finely chopped lemon peel

Directions:

Cucumber salad

1. Toss cucumbers, onions, rice vinegar, sugar, and salt in a medium sized bowl. Let it marinate at room temperature for 1 hour.

Burger

2. Mix ground turkey, rice, panko, green onions, egg, sesame oil, soy sauce, Thai chile, and sugar very well. Make into 4 patties. Season with salt and pepper.

3. Heat peanut oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Saute burgers until cooked through, approximately 5 to 6 minutes per side (depending on how thick you make them).

Wasabi mayonnaise

4. While burgers are cooking, toast buns, and mix mayonnaise, with wasabi powder, ginger, and lemon peel in a small bowl.

5. Drain cucumber salad well.

6. Smear 1 tablespoon wasabi mayonnaise on toasted bun halves, spread with a layer of drained cucumber salad, then top with burger and cover with bun top.

Serving Suggestions: Serve with Five Spice Sweet Potato Oven Fries, and Graffiti Carrot Salad.

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  • March 2, 2011
    11:07 am

    …..and may you continue to rise and rise. You deserve it girl.Congratulations on turning your life around and finding that passion again.Cannot wait for the new site…….how exciting!Aussie Mum

  • March 2, 2011
    4:37 pm

    Hang in! You're in for a wild but fun life experience with the new site. Can't wait to see it up and running. Totally here/there to support you any way that I can. [[[hugs]]]

  • March 2, 2011
    5:34 pm

    Thanks Aussie Mum and Ruthee! I'm very excited about it.

  • March 2, 2011
    5:35 pm

    Was this 1987….I love that vintage.Denise Lingbeck Crawford

  • March 2, 2011
    5:36 pm

    What fun!Lane Morris Buckman

  • March 2, 2011
    5:36 pm

    i still find it absolutely incredible that i've actually gotten to meet you! what an amazing life you've lived thus far :)

  • March 2, 2011
    5:36 pm

    When we stumble in life all we can do is pick ourselves up again and reboot. You have done an amazing job. Kudos to you JulieAnne.

  • March 2, 2011
    5:37 pm

    That burger looks divine! Definitely making this one.Shannon Sheehan

  • March 2, 2011
    5:38 pm

    I feel like I should just create a "Jewels" macro that will play, "I love your blog–always inspires me." But hopefully it means a little more that I just type it every time =)I love your blog. It always inspires me.

  • March 2, 2011
    9:11 pm

    I love it…Giuliana Iannotta

  • March 2, 2011
    9:11 pm

    ‎1987 was a good year for them, and for me. My 1st gig!Isabel Ortiz Bernad

  • March 2, 2011
    9:12 pm

    Great blog Jewels!I missed read you when I was on holidays 2 weeks ago.So excited about your new page,can't wait!!!!XXMariFer Cruz Ortega

  • March 2, 2011
    9:13 pm

    Hey guys – it was 1990 not 1987, but first gigs are like first kisses – you never forget them. Mine was Aerosmith, which may have some influence on why I'm loving American Idol this season.

  • March 2, 2011
    9:13 pm

    Doh, my mistake! I meant also my first DD gig, not in general!After reading the blog I just can say that I am glad that you turned into cooking because that's why we have you here now :) But sure that you did it fine on stage too!Isabel Ortiz Bernad

  • March 2, 2011
    9:13 pm

    Aww – so nice to hear Isabel! I much prefer cooking. I like helping families sit down to dinner together.

  • March 2, 2011
    9:20 pm

    Good for you, Jewels! You're a survivor in so many ways, and your passion comes through in every word you write. I can't wait for the new website, and to make this turkey burger!

  • March 3, 2011
    12:01 am

    It seems you have to go through the darkness to see the light. I got off track too but in a strange way in the worst of it. I didnt get bitter , I got better. I still got work to do but I like this path. As for your award winning burgers. My mum love loves them . I love hearing here tell her lady friends about them. " You have to get panko break crumbs, to make them work" your recipe has been circulating amongst the silver sneaker gals. This is a big honor there a tough bunch lol xo

  • March 3, 2011
    5:15 pm

    These burgers look deliciousGood luck with the new site, how exciting :)

  • March 3, 2011
    5:57 pm

    Nice! Looking forward to see your vegetarian chef secrets.Seb Zar

  • March 3, 2011
    5:57 pm

    I'm not vegetarian Seb, but there will be a lot of vegetarian recipes there for you.

  • March 3, 2011
    5:58 pm

    what was she doing my old boozer ?Richard Cole

  • March 3, 2011
    5:58 pm

    Coming to my play.

  • March 3, 2011
    6:11 pm

    at my old boozer xx upstairs ?Richard Cole

  • March 3, 2011
    6:11 pm

    Yup!

  • March 3, 2011
    7:22 pm

    sounds great..I am happy for you Peace & LoveYvonne Wiesengrund

  • March 4, 2011
    2:01 am

    A story of change, overcoming difficulties, and interesting recipe too! Looking forward to the website! :-)Charlene Elovitz

  • March 4, 2011
    4:21 pm

    I have these on my menu and my clients LOVE, LOVE, LOVE them!!!! You're a genius!!!Jo Marsden Gonzales

  • March 4, 2011
    4:21 pm

    Your too kind, but thank you!

  • March 4, 2011
    4:22 pm

    And they are SOOOOOO good!!Justine Owls

  • March 4, 2011
    4:25 pm

    I was planning on making these tonight!! My family LOVES them. You ARE a genius!!Kerry Al-Asousi Maha

  • March 4, 2011
    4:29 pm

    They are! I need to make them again soon.Kathy Moseley

  • March 4, 2011
    4:37 pm

    I'm suddenly hungry….Giuliana Iannotta

  • March 4, 2011
    4:39 pm

    Since they are a bit fiddley, I tend to make double or triple batches when I make them – wrapping each burger individually before cooking. Then you just defrost when you want one and cook it – makes like super easy.

  • March 4, 2011
    4:46 pm

    Yum…one of my favorites…had them Tuesday night w/sweet potato fries!Joni Wilhelm

  • March 4, 2011
    5:24 pm

    looks great what is pankoDenise Clark

  • March 4, 2011
    5:24 pm

    Japanese bread crumbs. You can get them in the Asian section of most major grocery store chains.

  • March 4, 2011
    5:26 pm

    "thankyou i'll have a look out for them see if i can give it any justice fingers crossed. hope you have a wonderful weekend.xx"Denise Clark

  • March 4, 2011
    6:05 pm

    that sounds YYYYUUUUUUMMMMYassi Castilla

  • March 4, 2011
    6:05 pm

    You and Craig come to dinner, and I'll make them for you!

  • March 4, 2011
    6:35 pm

    That burger recipe of yours is one of our favorites!! Thank you for posting it again. I normally don't like mayo, but the wasabi mayo is awesome too.Lookin forward to the new site.

  • March 4, 2011
    7:53 pm

    Would love to. Craig will eat the bun and i will eat the meat! : )XXYassi Castilla

  • March 4, 2011
    7:53 pm

    The best Turkey Burger in the WORLD!!!!Sammy Phillips

  • March 4, 2011
    7:54 pm

    Sam! Your vegetarian madame, but thanks for the plug! xoxo

  • March 4, 2011
    7:58 pm

    Looks irresistible!!!MariFer Cruz Ortega

  • March 4, 2011
    8:02 pm

    "Hey, it's Award Winning — it's got to be THE BEST!!!!;)"Sammy Phillips

  • March 4, 2011
    8:02 pm

    I'll have to work on a vegetarian version for you BFF.

  • March 4, 2011
    8:08 pm

    Yesssss!!!!! I would savor it!!!!!!!! xxxxxxxxxx'sSammy Phillips

  • March 7, 2011
    1:46 am

    oh my goodness the burgers are making me hungry! i am but a poor art student with no food! i love your blog :) xxx

  • March 7, 2011
    2:55 am

    Clients love these! Me, too…Chef Kris Etze