I was really not keen to battle the masses in the supermarket yesterday evening. But then, when am I ever? So I had to come up with something tasty and somewhat nutritious for dinner, using what we had. If the truth be told, I love these moments of “culinary creation” borne of necessity 🙂
I rifled through the fridge, freezer and grocery cupboard. I would have loved bangers and mash – we had porkies, but no patats. Sad face. Then, although I wasn’t thinking along the lines of chicken, and there certainly wasn’t any seafood to be had, Paella came into my mind. Madam has been boasting about a Paella recipe of hers, so I got that out and got to work with the ingredients at hand, and this is what happened…
6 pork sausages, sliced up into rounds
1 onion, chopped
1 teaspoon crushed garlic
1 can chopped tomatoes
1 chicken stock cube
2 cups boiling water
Half cup rice
2 teaspoons dried mixed herbs
Salt and pepper to taste
1 cup frozen peas
Fry the pork sausage rounds quickly on a relatively high heat to brown them nicely, then set aside. Fry the onion with the garlic, on a notch or two lower heat. When almost cooked through, add the can of chopped tomatoes. Let this cook for long enough to reduce about 70% of the juice from the tomatoes. Add the chicken stock cube and water. Bring to the boil and add the rice. Turn the heat down one notch to not-quite-a-boil but not-quite-a-simmer. Add the cooked sausages, mixed herbs, and salt and pepper. Cook, covered, for about 25 minutes, then add the peas and cook for a further 10 minutes.
My pic doesn’t look terribly appetizing, but The Teen and I found it quite delicious! This easily serves four hungry bellies. Buon Appetito!