Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Easy Sausage Casserole, even With a Broken Arm!

So, it's been three weeks since I passed my stuntman audition with 'flying' colours and broke my arm and wrist. I've had mixed results with the recovery process. I think it's going to be some time before I can straighten my arm or use it properly. I know it's a cliche, but you really don't know what you've got 'til it's gone. There have been all sorts of comedy adventures as I've grappled with the basics of human life. I have given up wearing socks and do not get me started on buttons!
Just today, I had to ask a member of staff at the school where I work to tie my shoelace. Hang on, isn't that my job?! Now that I'm at the point where I'm beginning to heal, I'm getting increasingly frustrated with feeling helpless. Anyone that's suffered an injury like this, will recognise the experience of feeling like a toddler again. I have a new respect for little ones, struggling to accomplish tasks that they know are intrinsically possible, but are absolutely out of reach in reality! As it was driving me quietly mad, I made a plan to do something about it. I was going to cook dinner. As I had previously attempted to make bacon and eggs with the kind of results that made Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares look like Masterchef, I needed something simple. And some help. So, to the point of this post (there always is one, dear reader, hang in there), a deliciously simple recipe.
I had to enlist the help of my long-suffering teenage daughter, in order to achieve my quest for independence (yes, I see the slight paradox there) and it occurred to me that this is a really fun recipe to teach to children. I always think it's important to involve children in making savoury dishes, as well as cakes. It is a really good opportunity to introduce basics of nutrition and health, as well as encouraging fussy eaters to sample their efforts! Also, as this recipe only contains four ingredients and is easy on the purse, it's a great addition to a departing student's recipe armoury for University. You're never too old to learn! Here goes...

Cheat's Sausage Casserole

4 Sausages
1 small Onion (chopped)
4 Large Mushrooms (chopped)
1 Tin Chopped Tomatoes

Fry sausages and onion in a large pan, with a little oil, until starting to brown.
Add mushrooms and continue to fry until cooked through.
Add tomatoes and simmer for ten to fifteen minutes until tomato juices begin to thicken.
You can serve at this stage, or continue to simmer, if you prefer a thicker sauce.
You can also add herbs and seasoning to taste. Basil works well.
I like mine with rice, but you can substitute for pasta, or even chips!

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  1. Mini Lucy!! Thanks for the recipe...And thankfully you have Jade for your quest for independence ;-)


  2. Me Too! I hope it tasted lovely and Jade starts to enjoy cooking! Uni doesn't mean jacket potatoes and baked Beans!


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