Lockdown Larder – Day 3

New Zealand is under Lockdown for at least four weeks. This blog intends to avoid the bad news about rising numbers of victims. It focuses instead on food, and the challenges of cooking fresh meals every day – with the ingredients from my larder. A much nicer message 🙂


Day 3 – Saturday Sausage Casserole

I had one pack of sausages left in the freezer, and no idea when I’ll be able to get more from my preferred butcher, but I decided to use them. It was a wet n windy Saturday, with a southerly gale breathing chill into every room, so I decided to make a warming casserole, using my precious chipolata sausages. It was perfect.

Raw meat sausages isolated on white background
Raw sausages

Adapted from a friend’s recipe (thank you Izzy!). Serves 3-4 hungry adults.

Chop 6 fresh sausages into 1-inch chunks and lightly fry until starting to brown. Add a good sprinkling of dried mixed herbs, and a generous shake of dried chilli flakes. Then add finely diced veg, whatever you have. In my case it was a wrinkled red capsicum, 4 tired carrots, and 5 or 6 small new potatoes. Then add a tin of chopped tomatoes and a cup of water. I also added a generous splash of cider, since I had an open bottle in the fridge. Add salt & pepper to taste, bring to the boil, and then cover and simmer on very low for at least 30 minutes. I left it for forty-five. Sprinkle in some finely chopped fresh parsley if you have some, before serving.

If it’s too dry, add some more water. If too thin, cook on high for a few minutes to reduce. It’s a great all-in-one dinner, that needs no accompaniment.


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