It all started when I told him I wanted to watch Sense & Sensibility because we're seeing the play tomorrow. He told me he'd watch the movie with me, if we could have bangers & mash for dinner. I love Elise's recipe for mashed potatoes, so that was an easy sell.
This is where a photo of our dinner should appear, however bangers & mash doesn't photograph well and sausages aren't exactly friendly on a vegetarian blog, so use your imagination :) Instead I'll share a photo of happy hour at the Kuckleburg house on a Friday night before a British themed dinner.
Jamie Oliver's Great Britain.
We lived in England for two years and reading through it brought back many fond memories. I currently have a copy from the library and would like to buy it for my bookshelf.
We quickly decided on bangers & mash, but weren't sure what vegetable we should have with it. I scanned the index of Jamie's book to see which vegetables are common in British recipes and here's what I found...
Asparagus, beetroots, brussels sprouts, butternut squash, cabbage, carrots, celery root, cucumbers, fennel, parnsips, peas, potatoes (the largest number of recipes), rutabaga, sweet potatoes, turnips.
I didn't really notice while living there, but root vegetables are really popular. Presumably because the climate makes it difficult to grow other types of vegetables. After looking through the various options, I decided to make "Tasty Shredded Brussels."
My final result looks a little different than Jamie's because I omitted Cumberland sausage from the recipe and added dried cranberries, which is a Christmas variation that he suggests.
Chris and I both really like roasted brussels sprouts so I was leery of preparing them a new way, but we both loved Jamie's recipe and I would definitely make it again.
my food processor. I was amazed at how quickly and easily I could slice both onions and brussels sprouts! I was at little unclear as to why I wouldn't use the shredding attachment to make shredded brussels but I trust Jamie :)
tea swap this past weekend, Molly shared a tea that her parents brought all the way from England when they recently moved back to the States.
I really liked Twinings Royal Wedding blend which was the perfect end to our British dinner. It's a white Earl Grey tea with a light rose flavor, and it's a shame that it's no longer available.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Ingredients (6 servings)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 medium onion, peeled
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme (or a few sprigs of fresh thyme, leaves picked)
- 2 heaped teaspoons honey
- 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
- 1 pound of brussels sprouts, outer leaves removed
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 2/3 cup water
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
- In a food processor, slice peeled onion, using the thin slicing attachment. Then, in a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onion and thyme, cooking for 8 minutes and stirring occasionally.
- Meanwhile, run the brussels sprouts through the same slicing attachment in your food processor. Set aside.
- Add honey and vinegar to the onions, cooking for 2 minutes. Next add sliced brussels sprouts, salt and pepper. Pour in 2/3 cup water, then cover with lid and simmer on medium heat for 5 minutes.
- Next add cranberries, stir together and cook an additional 5 minutes or "until the brussels are tender and a pleasure to eat" as Jamie Oliver says :)
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