Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Tomato Sausage Stew

I love sausages, and I love a good stew, particularly as the weather gets colder.  I threw this one together recently for a tasty, warming tea.

Tomato sausages, buttnernut squash, cannellini beans, tomatoes and herbs made up my stew.  I left the sausages whole and browned them off with some mustard seeds while I chopped the squash, then added that to the pan.  I then added the tomatoes - tinned and passata, then the beans and then the herbs.  The eagle eyed will notice there is a distinct absence of onion from my stew....  I'm trying out using onion powder, having unwittingly landed myself with an onion hater - who reached the end of his tether with me not chopping the onions small enough, and threatened to serve me sprout soup - argh nightmare food.  I don't do sprouts and I only do cabbage in a teeny weeny amount, drowned in soy sauce as part of a stir fry.

This is a particularly bad picture of the finished article - and one of the sausages has an odd phallic look to it!

Six of those fat tomato sausages was far too much for the two of us, we ended up with leftovers (leftover sausage is unheard of in this household).

Do you have a favourite sausage stew?

Monday, 16 September 2013

Betty's Treacle Tart

A chance tweet the other day during Great British Bake Off brought about a lovely exchange with the Betty's twitter account, and an offer of a Treacle Tart to review.  You'd be stupid to turn down anything from Betty's so I jumped at the chance.

I was very disappointed when I realised I'd missed the package arriving on Friday,but it turned out for the best - it meant I got to have some during my afternoon off today.

As soon as the box arrived I ripped it open to have a look - it took a lot of will power not to get stuck in straight away - it being lunchtime when the package arrived.  I'd mentioned on our email correspondence that we'd be away soon during my birthday week, so the note was a lovely gesture too.  The tart was packaged very well, plenty of protection to ensure the tart arrived in one piece!

I had a huge slab with a cup of tea mid afternoon, and very naughtily had another piece after Daisy had gone to bed - in my defense I wasn't sure how much longer it would last...... any excuse....

So what was it like?  Well - delicious.  Gooey centre, delicate pastry, treacle sticky loveliness at it's finest.  I haven't yet tried something from Betty's that I didn't enjoy.

I'm looking forward to finding an excuse to go back for another afternoon tea (we went for my 30th birthday when I was too heavily pregnant to do anything else).  Of course next time I'll be selecting the champage option!

 Me, outside Betty's 26.9.12 - 3.5 stones heavier than now!

A huge thank you to Kelly for organising my lovely treat - it was much appreciated!

Spam in a tub

Quite a few weeks ago I came home from work to find a surprise package for me, I opened it to find something new - Spam in a tub!

I love how easy to open it is, and it was much easier to pop in the fridge and re-use.

I used mine in lunchtime salads, and a pasta dish (spamonara).

I'd definitely purchase the tub over the original can, and we'll probably get some for our little mini break to Wales coming up soon - Spam is most definitely caravan food!