Vegetarian Sausage Rolls


Due to pork issues, I needed an alternative to the traditionally British sausage roll for a pot luck carol singing event. Delia raves about these but I have to confess to being a little sceptical. When I told my other half what I planned to make he couldn’t quite get his head round the fact that they were sausage rolls without the sausage.

These are amazing and even the most die-hard meat lover would be hard pushed to admit that they missed the meat. I served these with some Thai sweet chilli sauce for dipping  – easy and delicious!

These are simple to make using bought puff pastry (although Delia provides a recipe for quick flaky pastry which I am sure is excellent). The “sausage” element is more like a veggie stuffing mix with breadcrumbs, onion, herbs and cheese.

They will keep a couple of days but be warned the pastry will lose its crunch and flakiness if stored too long. They freeze beautifully (uncooked) so I would recommend having some in the freezer ready to bake when required as fresh from the oven is definitely best.

I am a convert and will be adding these to my Christmas baking repertoire from now on. Recipe can be found in Delia’s cookbook “Delia Smith’s Christmas” and on her website here.


Smitten Kitchen Cookbook

Smitten KitchenA new bookstore has opened up near the supermarket I frequent. Sadly, the book section is smaller than the stationery section and the English book section is even smaller still. But, it does have a row of cookbooks. The selection is bizarre and mainly those cookbook magazines or books that are mass produced by who knows who on world cuisines. But sometimes there’s treasure to be found.

Last time I popped in I was excited to find a copy of the Smitten Kitchen cookbook, and even more excited to see that it was 50% off (a good thing here where books are expensive). So, naturally I just had to buy it.

I love this book. Lots and lots of recipes I will cook (and eat) and a large baking and dessert section – disproportionately large which is fine by me. This book has been on my bedside table since I bought it and my husband is puzzled that a cookbook can make me laugh out loud. Anyone familiar with Deb Perelman’s blog and book will understand, she’s a great writer and a person who you wish would come over for dinner and hang out in your kitchen.

Make Room on the Shelves!

The Epicurious CookbookToday is a good day.

Today I received a new cookbook from my other half who tolerates (but doesn’t quite understand) my obsession with reading all things cooking. As a long time reader of Bon Appetit magazine I have felt that my life is possibly not complete unless I get those coveted four fork recipes in book form. Yes, I know they are on the site, and I am a member with a recipe box of favourites, but somehow it is not the same as having a book.

So, what am I going to make first from The Epicurious Cookbook by Tanya Steel (and the many readers of the Epicurious site)? Naturally, it has to be the Cinnamon Crumble Apple Pie. I have been reading about this recipe for a while now and as I am making a roast chicken dinner this will be a perfect finish.