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Sausage casserole and confusing coat conundrums


I have a new ski jacket. While I’m sure you’re over the moon for me, I admit that this is hardly groundbreaking news. It is, however, very confusing for Hugo. For him, the precursors to ‘walkies’ are: my digging around for an embarrassingly long time in a futile attempt to locate my mobile ‘phone, resorting to ringing it (of course it rings in my my pocket), locating vaguely matching left and right shoes and then, in Winter, putting on The Walking Jacket. My new jacket occasions a perplexed ‘head-tilt to one side’ look of utter bemusement, accompanied by a woefully despondent ‘maybe we’re not going for a walk after all’ sigh. He’d better get used to it though — with my matching left and right shoes and new jacket, there’s no stopping me; I’ve become a bit of a fashionista and may even upgrade again next year! 😉

There’s something in this sausage casserole for everyone: high-maintenance fashionistas, fussy children, finicky dogs and hens… It is adapted from a Tana Ramsay ‘Family Kitchen’ recipe.

Ingredients (serves 6)

2 tablespoons of olive oil

1 large onion, peeled and sliced

2 cloves of garlic

6 mushrooms, peeled and sliced

6 Toulouse sausages

60g pancetta, sliced

1  leek, rinced and sliced

Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 tablespoon paprika

2 teaspoons Worcester sauce

1 litre chicken or vegetable stock

6 carrots, peeled and cut into 3cm pieces

6 small potatoes, peeled

200g, cannelloni beans, pre-cooked and drained

½ green cabbage, shredded

Gently heat the olive oil in a large casserole dish (Dutch oven), adding the sausages, onions mushrooms and garlic and fry until golden brown. Add the pancetta and leeks, continuing to brown. Then add the seasoning and stock, followed by the carrots, cabbage, potatoes and beans and bring to a boil. Leave to simmer for about 40 minutes. May be served alone or with bread, couscous, quinoa or basmati rice.