How often does the “what’s for dinner” conversation go down in your house? When do you actually decide what you are going to make for dinner, whether you are going to cook or go out? These are all important questions, for those who are faced with the daunting task of having to decide what to feed your family. You don’t want the boring same old same old, having said that, if you are anything like me, having to go to the store to buy ingredients just for one meal makes me rather grumpy. Unfortunately, the love to shop card is not part of my make up, so it’s a task and a half.
So for my New Age Banger & Mash I dug around in my freezer and just used what I had in the house.
I love potatoes, I can have potatoes done any way, but I wanted something different…
500g baby potatoes
1 onion, roughly diced
1 generous tsp garlic, chopped or used crushed garlic
1 tbsp sugar
handful of parsley, chopped
salt & pepper
Parboil the baby potatoes; you want them just soft enough that you can squash them between your palms. Set aside to cool
In a pan, fry off your onions over a medium heat, add the sugar and let caramelize. Add the brandy to deglaze the pan, add garlic and briefly cook until all the liquid has cooked out.
Squeeze the baby potatoes between your palms just to break them, you looking for a rustic kind of look. Add to your pan with onions, toss around until well combined. Add the parsley, season and set aside.
Now to put something together on a plate!
Pork bangers – boil off your bangers and fry off in a little olive oil. If you want to keep it slightly healthier, set your oven to 180° C, after boiling them off, just pop them in the oven until nicely the bangers have a nice colour. Healthier but it does take slightly longer.
I popped a packet of peas into a pot, a knob of butter, orange zest and a splash of orange juice. Cook just until the peas are heated through. The fresh citrus flavours with the peas are a lovely combination.