Today my waistline is really bothering me so I miss breakfast and lunch, with occasional “picking” trip to the cracker bread bin and fruit bowl.

 Today I adapted Jamie Oliver’s “ Kinda Sausage Cassoulet” from his “30 minute meal” recipe book. I improvised on  this recipe as I had some leftovers and I know I needed to make the dish kid friendly as it was Friday, my energy was low, my husband was annoyed at the food bill, I am and was annoyed at my expanding waistline..The recipe can be found here

I added olives to his recipies for texture and taste, I replaced the fresh herbs with dried ones as I had not been to the super market, I don’t add “slugs” of olive oil I added a tiny splash for calorific reasons, I also don’t add the haricot or butter beans (which means this is not really a cassoulet but never mind) as I knew these would have been picked out by everyone bar me.

My version is as follows:

 150 grams of chopped bacon – I used the supermarket “Cooking Bacon”

1 onion

1 tsp dried rosemary(not fresh, did not get to supermarket today)

1 tsp sage(ditto)

6 sausages – I used XXXX

2 handfuls of ready made natural breadcrumbs

2 cloves of garlic

1 tin of tomatoes

20 olives chopped into bits

Olive Oil – the cheap kind!

 1/ Fry bacon in a small splash of olive oil

2/ Add chopped onion and fry till soft – around 5 mins

3/ Add sausage and lower heat and fry gently for 10 minutes

4/ Add herbs and garlic and fry for 2 minutes

5/ Add tomatoes and olives

6/ Cook for 15 minutes and then season

7/ Tip into a oven dish. Sprinkle with breadcrumbs and cook in an oven at 200 degrees for 15 minutes for breadcrumbs to crispen up.

 I served this with some chips for husband and kids. I have to be completely honest here. I taste this dish and cannot say I had a portion of it as the idea of not fitting into my jeans by the end of the week is too terrifying to contemplate and sausages are not my favourite thing anyway..

 It did taste good. I mixed the breadcrumbs into the thick sauce before serving so some were crispy and some added some stodginess to the dish. The olives worked really well and I think were good replacement to the beans, adding a more Mediterranean taste to the dish than French though. The kids loved it and my husband was moderately happy too.


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