Despite my misgivings about the book as a whole, James I thank you for the below sausage stew recipe. The recipe has loads of cupboard ingredients, and only takes about 40 mins start to finish so is great even for a mid week treat.
Right, I'm off to tend to the lamb joint in the oven, another comforting treat..... Enjoy!
4 (but adapts well to 2 as well)
5 tbsp olive or vegetable oil
8 sausages (Tesco's finest hot and spicy used to give the whole thing an extra kick that I loved but they stopped doing them - gutted! Try another hot and spicy brand though)
4 streaky bacon rashers, chopped (I actually find smoked gives it extra depth as well)
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 red chilli, chopped (or more if you fancy)
1 tbsp soft brown sugar
2 x 400g can plum or chopped tomatoes
a dash or red or white wine (whatever's open!)
2 x 300g cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
1 x 300g can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
leaves from a small bunch parsley, chopped
Put a large heavy based saucepan on the hob and heat 3 tbsp of the oil. Add the sausages, and fry over a medium hear, turning them over until they are browned on the outside. Take them out of the pan and chope them into 3cm pieces. Set them aside.
Add the remaining oil to the pan, turn the heat down to low, add the bacon and onion, and fry gently for about 10 mins, stirring from time to time so that they don't catch the bottom. They do pick up all the lovely sausagey goo at the bottom of the pan.
Add the garlic and chilli and fry for another couple of minutes, then add the brown sugar. Pour in the tomatoes, wine and 300ml water, the stir in the sausage pieces along with the beans, and cook for 15-20 mins over a low to medium heat.
Srir in the parsley, salt and lots of black pepper. Serve with some nice fresh crusty bread.