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There are a couple of posts I wish to do previous than our go back to France which is impending.  To mention we are making an attempt forward to it may well be the understatement of the decade in the past, what with the toxic surroundings of residing in Brexit Britain and the bleak local weather we’ve been having in this day and age. 


Having discussed that, we’ve beloved our months once more inside of the United Kingdom.  Understanding that for a large number of the time the local weather once more in our part of France will not be much better than it is proper right here, and that holding the two log fires there going all iciness is tricky paintings by contrast with merely tweaking the central heating control, has definitely helped.  Now we’ve completed such a lot in the house, decorating the hall, stairs and landing, which is a huge process (specifically if you trade your ideas regarding the colour of the paint when part of it is performed).


Previous than.



We had a brand spanking new staircase ultimate spring, converting the bouncy open tread process with the wrought iron banister for a trendy, gentle oak style with chrome spindles.  Having that performed was once an enormous process in itself, not to indicate shifting the complete issue once more a couple of feet and shifting the radiator.  We started to type out the decorating as briefly for the reason that Christmas decorations were put away and now that it’s all finished we’re in a position to infrequently be mindful how terrible it was once previous than.



The end of the paintings coincided with the couple of weeks of really nice local weather that we had proper right here in February.  We put the outdoor table up, ate our lunch outdoors and sat inside the sunshine for a couple of hours for plenty of days.  It felt so incorrect to be doing that during February – in Derbyshire – on the other hand we made necessarily probably the most of it, understanding it might no longer ultimate for for much longer and luxuriating inside the warmth in the middle of the afternoon when all over us were out at paintings.  Sure enough, wintry local weather has returned and salad is off the menu all over again to be replaced by way of standard cold local weather fare. 


With family coming for lunch we decided on something hearty on the other hand no longer too taxing so that we would possibly spend time catching up as a substitute of cooking and I realized a recipe for a sausage traybake in Mary Berry’s book “Absolute Favourites”.  I adapted it slightly using utterly other veg on the other hand the only issue I did do was once to get sausages from the butcher as a substitute of the grocer.  What a revelation that was once!  I had nearly forgotten how just right exact, plump sausages would possibly taste!  I bought a Cumberland and a Lincolnshire sausage for each person.



I obtained it in a position to move inside the oven correctly in advance, able some vegetables to move along with it and set the table.  When the buddies arrived all I had to do was once turn on the oven and enjoy a pitcher of wine!

You might even see the original recipe proper right here and you’ll merely adapt it for additonal people by way of emerging the amount of veg and number of sausages, using a far larger dish.




2 tblsp olive oil

1kg kid potatoes, or small potatoes halved

1 huge leek, washed and scale back into thick slices

1 huge red and 1 huge white onion, peeled and scale back into wedges

1 red pepper, seeds eradicated, scale back into thick chunks

1 stick celery, washed and thickly sliced

2 cloves garlic, peeled and quartered

8 huge butcher’s sausages, pricked with a fork (I used two utterly other flavours)

200ml white wine

1 tblsp recent thyme leaves (not obligatory)




Preheat the oven to 220 C / 200 Fan / fuel mk 7. 


Put all of the veg into a large bowl with the oil, season with salt and pepper and graceful spherical until they are all covered with oil.  Tip them into a large roasting tin or baking dish and get ready flippantly.


Put the sausages into the an identical bowl and roll spherical so that they are also covered with the oil and get ready on prime of the veg. 


Roast for 30 minutes until the sausages are browned on prime, turn them over and toss the veg spherical, making sure the sausages are once more on prime.  Upload the wine and roast all over again for 20 mins or until the sausages and potatoes are totally cooked.


Serve in an instant with further veg of your choice.


Serves 4.

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