Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Easy sausage stew with pistou

Easy sausage stew with pistou

As I rushed home tonight I realised two things. One: I wanted to blog a recipe for Organic September. Two: today is the last day of September. First I mentally slapped myself and then I made the quickest sausage stew imaginable using a selection of Sainsbury's So Organic products.

Turns out that organic doesn't stop with fruit and vegetables even thought that is probably what most of us associate the term with. Sainsbury's carries a large selection of organic products from meat, pasta, jam, nuts, wine and practically everything in between. 

This warming sausage and bean stew uses organic products almost exclusively. It is a very easy, bang everything in, kind of a recipe which makes you look good with minimal effort. You can vary the vegetables depending on what's in season and – this is a huge plus – fussy kids tend to love it. The thing that makes this recipe irresistible is the addition of pistou  which is a quick pesto made with basil, garlic and Parmesan. If you want to make things even easier then use good quality shop-bought pesto instead.

For the pistou
2 large handfuls basil leaves
50g | 2 oz Parmesan cheese, grated
1 clove garlic
3-4 tbsp virgin olive oil*
1/2 tsp salt

For the stew
6 pork sausages*
2 onions* roughly chopped
3 garlic cloves, crushed
2 sticks celery*, chopped
1 red & 1 yellow bell pepper*, sliced
1 tin chopped tomatoes *
4 tbsp tomato paste*
1 tsp balsamic vinegar*
2 tsp sugar
1 beef stock cube 
1 glass white wine*
1 glass water
1 bay leaf
2 tins cannellini beans*
Olive oil*
Salt and pepper to season
* Sainsbury's So Organic range

  1. Make the pistou by whizzing all the ingredients together in a food processor. Add more oil, if needed, to achieve the right consistency.
  2. Preheat the oven to 180C (350F) and place a large lidded casserole dish in it.
  3. Heat 1 tbsp of olive oil in a large frying pan and brown the sausage for 5 minutes. Cut into bite-sized pieces and set aside.
  4. Add all the chopped vegetables and sugar and cook for 10 minutes over medium-low heat until softened.
  5. Add the sausages, chopped tomatoes, tomato paste, beans, bay leaf, balsamic vinegar and wine. Fill the empty tomato can with water and add. Crumble the stock cube and add (or dissolve in hot water first).
  6. Stir everything together and bring to a rolling simmer.
  7. Carefully remove the casserole dish from the oven and transfer the stew in it.
  8. Cook in the oven with the lid on for 30-40 minutes. 
  9. Cool slightly and stir in the pistou. Serve plain or with plenty of buttery mash. 
Easy sausage stew with pistou
Easy sausage stew with pistou

Sainsbury's send me a range of their SO Organic products which I used to create this recipe.

Monday, 29 September 2014

#CookBlogShare roundup 21-28 September

I was at a couple of events these past week where I met and chatted with other bloggers. One thing that someone said to me really stuck in my mind: 'I don't bother with recipes, they take up too much time'. The clear implication being not only do they take up a lot of time, they are also not lucrative or attract much blog traffic.

It is absolutely true that blogging recipes takes a lot of time and energy but since it is what I love doing I am not prepared to throw in the towel just yet. I admire everyone who devotes their energy to blogging and you guys absolutely ROCK for linking your recipes to #CookBlogShare. Without you it would not exist so thanks for coming back week to week.

This week we have new faces amongst our usual suspects and a totally stunning first entry from Luca of Oh La Vache - a Margarita entremet which combines my love of desserts with my love of cocktails. I really wish I could have tasted this one...

Alexandra of The Lass in the Apron has baked a Golden Memories cake to celebrate a new kitchen, a new house and a new life in the UK. I am sure everything felt a lot more homey after a large slice of this cake. Lovely to see you back on #CookBlogShare and hope you feel settled soon.

These gluten-free Almond, Cherry, Chocolate & Pistachio Cookies from Kate of the Gluten Free Alchemist look amazing. I am in love with the rich colours in these photos. Have I mentioned I am craving chocolate? On my to-bake list.

And finally we have a savoury recipe for a warming fish stew with peppers and olives from Hannah of Mumsdays. I love stews but somehow never made a fish one - a mistake a plan to rectify soon.

Directly below is a brand new #CookBlogShare ‘linky’ ready for you to add any recipe posts you would like to share. All recipes and food bloggers are welcome. There's no theme to follow and you can link any recipe sweet or savoury, old or new. All I ask is that you display the badge and link back to this post.

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