21/10/2010

Convenience food isn't all bad or It's What You Do With It That Counts.

In fact, a lot of the time, it's a very fine base for a meal. It does depend on the nature of the convenience food of course. Findus Crispy Pancakes have their place, but you can't do much else with them. Okay, you can put them in a sandwich as a friend used to do but...(mind you a fish finger sandwich is a triumph of trashy deliciousness.)

Wednesday night's dinner had to be a fast and easy one as I was very late making it out of central London to East Croydon. Soup was the order of the day but me being me, I couldn't just leave it alone. I had to fiddle. So;

Mucked About Mushroom Soup!

Fry up a whole chopped medium sized onion and 1 whole pack of chopped smoked pancetta with oodles of diced mushrooms.
When that is all softened and the fat has melted away from the pancetta (and you have avoided just eating that lot by the spoonful) add in two tins of Baxters rather lovely Mushroom Potage and a slosh of white wine.
Simmer for about half an hour.
Serve to a full of cold Chap and give him plenty of fresh crusty bread to go with it.
Observe many smiles, and later on observe complete cleaning of the saucepan with more bread.
It was very nice indeed. Even I had seconds!
Tonight was deemed to be sausage night. My friend Karen had told me about Bonfire Bangers in the Co-op. Pork sausages with apple and treacle. Toffee apple sausages dammit! 

They had to become mine so on the way home I stopped off at the Coop and bought two packs of them, plus some mini baking potatoes. I have a great deal of time for The Cooperative and they didn't let me down. (Their fresh beef meatballs are so good they negate the need for me to ever have to make any. I still do  but, hey, I never do things the easy way.)

I tell you now, I will be buying many more packs of those sossies before the season of burning twigs ends.

Sweet but not too sweet, sticky and with the fresh appley tang cutting through the richness. We were very happy bunnies. Mini baked potatoes and a tomato salad with a mustard ketchup dressing. Oh my.

These are crying out to go IN a dish as well. I made sausage and apple chutney muffins last year, and I feel they may get made again. I may as well put the recipe here for posterity as it's that time of year. These were very nice savoury muffins, even if they did get christened Meat Cakes by certain of my social crowd. *narrow eyed stare* They disappeared off the plates very fast indeed.

Sausage and Apple Muffins
2 cups plain/all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp salt (I used 1/2)
1 large egg or 2 small
4 heaped tsp apple chutney
3 small Braeburn (sharp dessert) apples, grated (not skinned)
1/3 cup oil
1 cup milk

Cooked sausages of your choice - but good, meaty ones. Mayhap Bonfire Bangers! If you are anything like me you will have to cook double the amount you need as you will eat them. *ahem*

Put all the ingredients except the sausages into a bowl and mix until just mixed.
Put a sausage half in each muffin tin (I used silicon moulds as they do not stick and were the right size)
Pour over the batter.
Cook at 350F / 180C / gas 4 for about 30 minutes or until they test done. (a toothpick comes out clean of batter)

A really good recipe to play with. Use different sausages, herbs, a different type of apple....You could use veggie sausages too, add in grated cheese, all sorts of things! I'm thinking feta and chorizo...


 

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