15 Minute Sunday Supper…

There’s nothing I love more than spending an autumnal late afternoon few hours in the kitchen, making a roast and perhaps a fruit crumble to go with it after an afternoon sweeping leaves and pottering in the garden. Lately however, I’ve been on the go, morning until evening, packing, cleaning and getting ready to move this week.


Image from JamieOliver.com

I spotted this recipe a while back on the Jamie Oliver site, and thought it looked extremely satisfying (hello sausage!) and suitably autumnal, but also really quick. Last Sunday after a full day of cleaning and packing with Mum, I was ready to sink into a heap on the sofa but had defrosted some sausages for this and knew I wanted something delicious to unwind with on the last, albeit a little chaotic, Sunday in our beloved home.

I needn’t have worried – this dish took 15 minutes, from start to finish and was absolutely delicious. If you click through to the recipe, you’ll see that if you don’t have wild garlic, the recipe can be made simply with spinach and garlic as a substitute which is exactly what we did. The only other amendment we made was to choose Debbie & Andrews Sicilian Pork Sausages (which are amazing by the way!) – from Tesco, which added a little warmth, and add a couple of dessert spoons of parmesan into the spinach and garlic ‘pesto’ for extra flavour. The key however is definitely in the caramelising of the sausages – just yum!

It was super delicious and really quick and simple, plus the recipe made enough for 4 (with a 500g bag of pasta,) so you can keep leftovers or feed a group if you want to.

Let me know if you try it readers!

Love,
Rebecca
xo

*Please excuse my pinching the website image instead of showing you mine – it looked very similar and I just didn’t have the time or energy to photograph my dinner that night!

Friday Food… Alexandra’s Sausage Rolls

Happy Friday readers! It’s almost the weekend and apart from my high spirits for that reason, I’m also starting to get excited about Christmas festivities. I always plan a Christmas drinks party and this week’s recipe is definitely going to make a star appearance – it looks simple, delicious and perfect for soaking up the booze! Thank you so much to Alexandra for sending it in and as always let us know if you’ll be trying this one at home?

Hello, ladies and gents of Florence Finds! It’s a pleasure to be here and I’d like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Happy Friday. There are just a few short hours until the weekend, and thank you to Rebecca for inviting me to spend those hours with you.

As the days darken, the lamp posts sprout fairy lights and the familiar tones of Slade start to swoop through the shops, my thoughts turn to unhealthy party snacks. Specifically, sausages. Little cocktail sausages. Sausages wrapped in bacon. Sausagemeat stuffing balls. And, my new obsession, home made sausage rolls.


Image Credit: Alexandra from Dine At Mine for Florence Finds

These burnished beauties come from Jamie Oliver’s 30 Minute Meals. He presents them as part of a summer picnic – and that’s how I first tried them – but I think they’ll really come into their own as party food. The perfect two-bite size for juggling with a glass, they’re fatally delicious and if you’ve only ever eaten bought sausage rolls, I implore you to try them. Forget dog-food-style filling inside bland, soggy pastry,these are a total revelation. Crunchy, flaky, melting, meaty, cheesy, savoury and delicious. I know that’s just a list of adjectives but the sausage rolls remove my capacity for coherent thought.

Ever since I tried these, I am resolved never to buy sausage rolls again – not when these were so easy and so good. For bonus points, you can make them up in advance and keep them in the fridge until you want to cook them, giving plenty of time to deck the halls and get out the booze. But whether you’re planning a big party or looking forward to a cosy night in with Strictly and the sofa, I guarantee you won’t regret giving these a go. Along with our “Real Fireplace” DVD (complete with a disembodied hand poking the embers!), these will definitely be making a star appearance at our Christmas party. Although, if the test batch was anything to go by, I have a sneaking suspicion that they might not stick around for too long.


Image Credit: Alexandra from Dine At Mine for Florence Finds

Sausage Rolls
(From Jamie Oliver’s 30 Minute Meals)
Makes 20 mini rolls

– 1 sheet of ready-made, ready-rolled puff pastry
– 12 chipolata sausages
– an egg, beaten
– a teaspoon of fennel seeds (please don’t leave them out if you don’t like fennel – I don’t like it either, but these are just perfect here)
– a chunk of parmesan
– a few spoonfuls of sesame seeds to sprinkle on top

Preheat the oven to 220C and line a baking tray with parchment or something non-stick.

Unroll your pastry and cut it in two lengthwise so you’ve got two long rectangles. Brush them both with beaten egg, then arrange six sausages down the middle of each rectangle, slightly overlapping as you can see in the photo. Sprinkle over the fennel seeds and a hefty scattering of grated parmesan.

Fold the pastry over the sausages to make two long rolls and squish down the seam with the tines of a fork to make a crimped pattern. Then brush the whole lot with beaten egg, scatter over the sesame seeds and cut each long roll into 10 mini ones.


Image Credit: Alexandra from Dine At Mine for Florence Finds

Bake in the oven for 15 minutes or until golden and crunchy, and serve hot. I guarantee you won’t have any left by the time they’re cold.

Find Alexandra on her blog, Dine At Mine

Florence’s Favourite… Cookery Books

This afternoon, I thought I’d try something new, another round up, but with some serious audience participation.

A little while a go I wrote about the Great British Bake-Off Cook book and a few readers mentioned that they would like to hear about peoples’ highest rated cook books. It made me think, a ‘favourites’ feature would be great… I’ll show you mine, if you show me yours 😉

So these are Florence’s Favourite (and recommended) top recipe books, please pitch in with your tried and tested favourites in the comments box. (I’m thinking they would also make great Christmas presents…)

Jokes about how to boil an egg aside, Delia’s how-to books are like a kitchen bible for me. Whenever I need to figure out a basic technique, am unsure of cooking times for a roast joint, or need a basic recipe, for meringue for example, this is the book(s) that I come back to time after time. I jest not when I say Delia even taught me to bake bread.

My favourite recipes are often sharing dishes. We regularly have friends over for casual meals in the week, nothing fancy, just one-pot-wonders that feed more than 2 of us anyway and make for a relaxed catch up. Rachel’s Favourite Food for Friends by Rachel Allen, (I’d recommend Rachel’s Favourite Food equally) is full of them, along with occasion foods and menus for impressing your husband’s boss, light bites with girlfriends and Christmas foods. I’ll take her kitchen too.

No list of cookery books is complete without Jamie Oliver and Jamie’s Dinners is another of those well worn books in my cupboard that I turn to time and time again for recipes like Jools’ favourite Stew, Jamie’s Lasagne and Aubergine and Mozarella Pasta. Jamie’s Italy is also a favourite, mainly due to my obsession with Italian food.

Everyone has got it, but you can’t beat the Hummingbird Bakery book for baking. My sister thinks the recipes are a bit hit and miss, but every one I try comes out a cracker and it’s a go-to for desserts when we’re entertaining, as well as Sunday afternoon baking adventures.

These are not just the books I own, or have been given (I have tons more) but the ones I turn to day in day out and find reliable too. They come with Florence’s official seal of approval!

Do share your favourites and feel free to agree or disagree with my choices. I’ll look forward to finding some new favourites!

Love,
Rebecca
xo

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