It's British Sausage Week this week according to my daughter's school - except it isn't. Let me explain - oldest comes home from school last week with a letter saying that to celebrate British Sausage Week they were doing a special Sausage Lunch on 29th November. Now there's nothing unusual about that they often have special school lunches for Christmas, Easter, Bonfire Night, end of term and so on but I saw this and thought - ahh - good idea for a NaBloPoMo post so I googled British Sausage Week. Turns out it was 31st Oct - 6th Nov!
I thought I'd carry on and do the post anyway so retrospectively - here's to British Sausage Week and here's a really quick sausage recipe for those days when you can't be bothered to spend hours slaving over a hot stove (that's every night then!) It originated in a supermarket mag I think but it's become one of our midweek staples.
Quick Sausage and Beans Supper
1 pack sausages - either 6 or 8 - don't use your best Farmers Market ones!
1 large tin of mixed beans in a spicy sauce (you can get these in most supermarkets)
2 or 3 shallots or 1 small red onion
1 clove garlic (optional)
A few drops of Tabasco or other spicy sauce (optional)
Chop and fry the shallots (or onion) and garlic if you are using it. Best to use a wok or deep heavy pan. Chop the sausages into about 4 pieces each and add to the shallots - fry until cooked through and then add the tin of beans and the Tabasco if using. Turn the heat down and let them bubble away for 5-10 minutes to make sure it is all cooked through. Serve with couscous or rice. This all takes about 15 minutes so it's a really easy supper - filling and perfect for those cold winter evenings.
So there you are - here's to it not being British Sausage Week!