Monday, 16 September 2013

Medicinal Curried Sausages. Other things...

Hi Lovelies!
I hope your weekend was good.
Mine was rather quiet - I was under the weather. I still am, a bit.

As promised, I will provide my recipe for curried sausages. It is the food of my childhood. Down to earth and a bit bastardised.

It was borne out of a few hankerings for Aussie Retrotastic Food, and comfort. I dreamed up the recipe, discussed it with people and got some ideas from them. I cooked it the first time the day I signed my divorce papers, just over a year ago. It was a rough day that day, and a plate of this made me feel immeasurably better.

The first day of the rest of my life, I suppose.

I subsequently cooked it for my colleagues at work, and bought it in for lunch. It reminded my PhD supervisor of his days as a young hospital resident, when they gave out meals.

Bear in mind that, when cooking, I rarely use exact measures, so I encourage you to adjust as you need to. This recipe serves 4-6.

You need:
  • 2 packets of coles lilydale chicken sausages (use the equivalent amount of others if you like, 1 packet has 6 smallish sausages)
  • 1 onion
  • 2 small carrots, diced finely
  • 2 small sticks of celery, diced finely
  • 1 peeled and grated granny smith apple
  • handful of sultanas
  • some olive/vegetable oil
  • about 1/2-1 litre of chicken stock (or a stock pot/cube made up)
  • 2 tsps (to taste) curry powder, I use Keens. Add quantities to taste.
  • Some cornflour to thicken, about a dessertspoon.
In a large, heavy based pot, saute onions, sweat the carrots and celery.
Cut the sausages into halves or thirds. Pop them in with the veggies. Let them get brown on the outside.

Add in curry powder at this time, stir.

Pop the chicken stock in. Then the apple and sultanas.

Stir, then turn down the heat and simmer and reduce for about 20 minutes. Pop in the cornflour, enough to thicken, and cook a little while longer.

Serve with starch of your choice (white rice or mash), and some veggies, if you must.

This freezes quite well and tastes better the next day.

Tonight I am watching Aunty (the ABC).

I just watched a beautiful Australian Story on Robert Hoge, who was born with severe craniofacial abnormalities. The strength, love and honesty of his family were inspiring.

Now watching Four Corners on euthanasia....Happy days....

Q and A should be interesting.

But...Oh Tony.....
I don't wish to turn this into a political rant, but I would just like to say that I am very disappointed about there only being one woman appointed to Cabinet.

He could have surprised everyone. He could have nurtured some young women up through the ranks. Affirmative action!

Perhaps he feels the need to keep a stern, strong cabinet with Gravitas. But equally we need to change the face of Gravitas. It need not be a Grey-haired man in a suit.

The hunt for Lovenest #1 is on in earnest. Many places are poky. We don't need poky. We need space. And good cafes. I will keep you abreast of developments.

Happy Monday Night.

Do you have any good comforting recipes you have made up?
If you try this one, do you suggest any changes?


  1. Very exciting re new digs - love property talk I do!

  2. It's the Keens curry that makes it, doesn't it. None of this fancy authentic stuff for good old curried snags.

    I make it pretty much the same but no sultanas, yuck and never tried the apple but will give that a shot.

  3. Ooh how exciting that you're house hunting!!

    A bit ot, but thanks so much for the info regarding low Fodmap stuff. Have got an appt with a IBS specialist dietician and am gearing up for a month of low Fodmap eating.

    Hope you feel 100% soon xx

  4. I usually turn to childhood dishes when I long for comfort foods. Sadly, most of them I can't eat anymore because they contain ingredients I don't tolerate. :( However, the roasted carrots my mom made for me are still amongst my favorites, and I have some kind of roasted carrots almost every day. Porridge is another thing I love, it tastes great with almond butter.

    Your recipe sounds very nice! I imagine carrots, apple, and sultanas go very well together!

  5. Yes, I agree re Abbott Cabinet. Gillard had 5, and Rudd had 4, I think. Not acceptable at all. Snag recipe sounds good. Laughed re hospital staff food comment. x