It’s been a while. Let’s just say that three children has kept me slightly busier than I anticipated and despite an agreement with a friend about at least one entry a month, I have become lazy. It was over dinner last night (a fairly spectacular dinner party cooking failure on my part), that I thought perhaps my lack of blogging is because I don’t have a cooking challenge to keep me motivated. Time to get my cooking vibe back on!
Last night’s dinner party cooking failure was a thai seafood curry that just didn’t really taste of anything. Annoying as I have made it loads of times before and so really should have been utterly delish but it was bland and thin. At least there was wine! The guests were all polite but I sense they probably went home thinking ‘ crikey, even Ryde Thai is better than that’ (it isn’t – I don’t recommend going there). However, if these same guests had come for dinner tonight, they would have had an inkling into my former cooking glory……
Sausage casserole was a hit with ALL FIVE O’D’s. As in the kids ate it too. EEROD obviously declared she hated sausage and wouldn’t eat but but then tasted some and announced ‘this sausage is really good’. LOD picked out the mushrooms and big bits of tomato and ACOD mainly fished out the peas but overall a success.
Sausage Casserole (feeds many)
12 pork sausages – decent quality, big ones
1 x medium onion finely chopped
1 x garlic clove crushed
1 x medium sweet potato cubed
handful of button mushrooms chopped
1 x tin chopped tomatoes
1 x glass of red wine
water if necessary
Put a casserole pan / dish (needs a lid) on the hob and crank up the heat. Add the sausages to the dry pan and cook for about 10-12 minutes, turning often. They should get nicely coloured and leave a gorgeous stickiness on the bottom of the pan. Once they have sufficient colour, take them out, add a little olive oil and saute the onions and garlic until they go translucent. Now add in the mushroom and sweet potato, give it a good stir and add in the wine. Allow this to come to the boil for a minute or two and then add in the tin of chopped tomatoes. Slice the sausages up lengthways and add them back into the pan. Take a view on whether you want a thick or thinner sauce and add up to 200ml of water depending on your choice. Stir, season, pop on the lid and turn the stove down. Let this all bubble away for 30 mins or until the sweet potato is soft.
Serve with your choice of rice or mash and some green veg (we just added peas obviously).
In other news:
- LOD is now 7. Seven. How on earth have we managed to keep a small person alive and seemingly happy for 7 years? EEROD is 4.5yrs and ACOD is 19 months
- We are looking forward to 2017 being the year we are finally buggy-free, nappy-free and cot-free
- I seem to have acquired a job. Full time and awesome but it is a change for the family after 19 months of stay-at-home mum. We are adjusting
- Island life continues to delight and we have made some awesome new friends here
- ACOD can walk, talk, feed herself and is loving going to nursery however, the ability to sleep through the night still hasn’t been achieved. I am rather pooped as a result
- Things are beginning to get going on making some major changes to the house so I predict much dust in the future
- I started a supper club in a bid to get more enthusiastic about cooking again but after two successful dinners, we have lost our way. Time to bring it back into being and crack open those many, many cookbooks…….