Saturday, March 6, 2010

Bangers and Mash

Here is another traditional British recipe. The history of "bangers" comes from the sound sausages made when they burst in the pan if they were cooked too quickly. It's really a quick and easy meal to make and pending the type of sausage you use, you can make it spicy, mild or fruity.

  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 8 thick sausages (any type you like and places like Super Target and Sam's Club sells ones with apples and other fruits added)
  • 2 lb peeled potatoes and sliced in quarters
  • 6 tbsp milk
  • 1 stick cut in cubes
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 medium peeled and sliced thick onions
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 ¼ pint beef stock
  • 4 tsp corn starch
  • 4 tsp cold water
  • Salt and pepper
  • Heat the oil, medium flame, in a large frying pan. Once the oil is hot, add the sausages and fry until a golden brown (approximately 15-20 minutes).  Place in a casserole dish or oven proof dish.
  • Place the potaotes in boiling, lightly salted water, and cook until soft.  Drain.
  • While the potatoes are cooking, melt the oil and butter in a large saucepan over a low heat and add the onion.  Cover with a lid and cook slowly for  10 minutes or until onions are soft.
  • Add sugar and balsamic vinegar to onions, stir well and cover while it cooks for 4-5 minutes.
  • Add beef stock and boil uncovered for 5 minutes.
  • Mix the corn starch with the cold water to a thin paste in a glass bowl.  Slowly start adding a little of the hot gravy into the bowl and mix thoroughly.
  • Pour all the starch mixture into the pan of gravy and boil for 10 minutes or until the gravy is slightly thickened.
  • Add milk and butter to the potatoes and mash/whip until smooth and creamy and season with salt and pepper.
Place two of the sausages either on top of the mashed potatoes or along the side and cover with gravy.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Follow Me Fridays

Welcome to the eighth Friday Follow celebration hosted by One 2 Try, Hearts Make Families and Midday Escapades! We invite you to join us every Friday to get more blog followers and to follow other interesting blogs. It is all about sharing and having fun.

Here's how YOU can join the celebration:
  • Link up your blog name and URL using the MckLinky below. Only need to add on one blog to be seen on all the blog hops. 
  • Follow the Friday Follow hostesses listed in the first 3 slots. 
  • Follow as many blogs as you like 
  • Comment on the blogs telling them you're from Friday Follow 
  • Follow back when you get a new follower through Friday Follow
  • The Blog Hop is the same at each of our three hosts blogs so you do not have to add your blog at each site. Just one - but you can follow each blog. Follow a few or follow them all.
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Friday Follow Blog Hop #8

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Monday, March 1, 2010

Giveaways at Youthfultips

My granddaughter is pregnant with her first child and in an effort to try to win her free things, I've entered Youthfultips Bummas and Expressive Nursingwear giveaways for bonus entries.  If anyone has any giveaways for baby or mom, please let me know.

Bummas Cloth Baby Wipe Giveaways 3/16
Expressive Nursingwear $35 Gift Card Giveaway 3/17