Hubby and I have fond memories of bangers and mash, and a small cafe in Aberystwyth called Rumble Tums.
For the princely sum of £6, you would get two sausages, mash and onion gravy with a side dish of 3 different vegetables and roast potatoes.
Sadly the cafe is now a carpet shop, or it was in 2007 when we were house hunting in Wales again.
Today I cooked those lovely sausages I bought from the butcher yesterday, the first I’ve cooked since before we bought the boat.
I put them in a frying pan with some water which I brought to the boil, then turned down the heat and covered. Obviously they won’t go brown or sizzle cooked this way, but because I cook them slowly turning them on a regular basis, I know they’ll be cooked all the way through and we won’t be paying toilet tennis in the early hours.
Maggie’s nose went into overdrive knowing there was one in the pan for her and she took up residence in the kitchen doorway.
The water boils away, so that’s when they turn brown and you get that lovely crunchy bit on the outside.
They hardly shrank at all and Maggie had hers with her own dinner and some stock I’d previously drained off. I put the sausages on a plate over the pan of cooking veg and covered it with the glass lid from the frying pan. To the pan, I added some more water, a stock cube, onions and a few mushrooms I had left over in the fridge and made the gravy. Maggie couldn’t have any of this as it has onions on it, which is why I cooked the sausages first.
For 50p a banger, they were well worth the money and I shall get some more at a later date. Our meal was delicious, I suppose because we haven’t had them for a while, but they were full of flavour and not at all greasy. Best bit was no reflux for either of us. Hurrah!
The sausages would have had about 5 syns each, so having two was 2/3 of my daily allowance, but the rest of the meal was free.