I popped over to Borough market the other day. It was typical British weather. Miserable weeping skies and wind to blow it straight in your face. Being a glasses wearer I was effectively blind. Thank goodness Borough market is under cover. I took refuge there.
I never get tired of Borough market, the range of quality artisan food is unrivalled in London. I could happily spend a small fortune there and do a shop for the week. Two things stop me. I am not Bill Gates, and fresh food really deserves immediate attention. I tend to buy for that day or maybe a weekend as a treat. If I lived closer, I would be considerably poorer. It’s lovely to go down once in a while and shop in the vibrant buzz of the market rather than pushing a trolley down a soul-less aisle.
I picked up (amongst other things), some fat Toulouse sausages from The Ginger Pig, a fantastic butcher whose animals come from their own farms. I wanted to make a quick lunch that used the sausages and pretty much only store cupboard ingredients. Taking my inspiration from cassoulet (and baked beans) this is what I came up with.
ingredients for 4:
8 large, good quality sausages
1 tin chopped tomatoes
2 tins of beans (I used cannellini and butter beans)
1 chopped onion
2 chopped sticks of celery
3 crushed cloves of garlic
2 heaped tspns dijon mustard
splash worcester sauce
salt and pepper
- sweat onion celery and garlic in a little oil for 10-15 minutes
- add chopped tomatoes and half a can of water and bring to boil
- add drained beans, the mustard, worcester sauce and simmer for 15 minutes
- season to taste
- transfer to oven proof dish, nestle in two sausages per person and bake/grill until cooked and bubbling
A prefect winter lunch or supper. Serve with some crusty white bread to soak up the juices. It would be nice to add a little chopped parsley stirred in. I didn’t have any, so I didn’t use any.