I was in the organic shop (again) getting some veg to do stuff with over the next few days and I noticed they had some “best before” sausages reduced to sell so I took them over to a friend’s house to make bangers and mash. I also bought some parsnips – having recovered from the trauma of the stew failure – so we put one in with the mashed potato to make it interesting and it was very nice.

In the end, I sat and watched as my friend did the cooking, so this is mostly here in keeping with the goal of keeping track of what is eaten. I also bought some large mushrooms which we roasted to pad out the fact I’d only bought one sausage each.

For the most important part:

  • Sausages
  • Potatoes
  • A parsnip

For the gravy:

  • A large onion, chopped
  • some flour
  • some potato water
  • red wine
  • dark soy sauce for brown
  • dried cèpes

The measurements are vague, I am afraid, which may prove challenging, but boiling potatoes and a parsnip and frying some sausages should be relatively straightforward. The important thing is remembering to keep the potato water as you can add a little back into the mash and use the rest as the liquid for the gravy.

For the gravy, start by softening the onions slowly for as long as you can be bothered to in some butter. When you cannot take the waiting any more, you can add some flour and stir to make a sort-of roux, then add the water and wine in measures of your liking. We (I say we, but, well) crumbled in some dried cep and then added a small capful of dark mushroomy soy sauce to give it a bit of colour. There was some thyme in the original but with the benefit of hindsight it’s best to leave that out. Season to taste and let the gravy simmer and thicken to your liking.

When you have finished, pour any remaining gravy over some sliced buttered bread, add salt and pepper and pretend it’s sophisticated by devouring it with a knife and fork. Sadly the picture suffered from a dimly-lit kitchen and the fact we had to taste quite a lot of the red wine before it went into the gravy.

After much shopping, the pot is now at 14,10€. I got a 10€ loyalty reduction in the organic shop, which was unexpected but welcome. This has been taken into account.