Sunday, 25 September 2016
First of all, I must apologise for the pic – it isn't mine – but looks very similar. I did take pictures but the memory card got wiped by accident and so I lost them. Luckily all the other pics on the card had been uploaded already – so it wasn't a total disaster. It has decided me to take back up pics on my phone as well from now on.
So back to the Curried Sausages with Sultanas & Cherries. This version ended up pretty spicy so you might want to be a little lighter handed with the curry powder than I was.
3 cooked pork sausages, cut into rounds
1 potato, cut into similar sized pieces and pre-cooked for a couple of minutes
Ham stock plus a chicken stock cube – about 2 cups worth
½ glass of white wine – optional (I had some sauvignon to get rid of)
Dried sour cherries – 5-7 (if you put too many in the curry will get sour)
Sultanas – 10-12
Curry powder – a tablespoon or so
Baby leek – sliced (you could use onion instead)
Mustard powder – a teaspoon
Turmeric and ground ginger – a sprinkling of each
Salt & pepper
Cornflour – about a heaped teaspoon
Parsley - chopped
Put everything but the cornflour and the parsley into a pot and bring to a simmer. Add your cornflour after diluting it in a little cold water.
Simmer until the flavours have melded and the potato is cooked. Add the chopped parsley just before serving.
Saturday, 24 September 2016
As unlikely as it sounds The Bar-Tailed Godwit was named last year's New Zealand Bird of the Year in the annual Forest & Bird process. There were even allegations of voting shinnanigans! If you follow the link you'll see the other birds in the competition – many of them look better to me!
For a bird of another kind - Bird of Paradise plant – fabulously dramatic plants that grow like weeds in my garden
The Birds and the Byrds are both bands – The Birds were a 1960's UK rhythm and blues band – they only lasted about 3 years but did have some famous members including Ronnie Wood who went on to the Rolling Stones! Around the same time the US rock group The Byrds were much more successful – their cover of Mr Tambourine Man being a real hit. Gram Parsons joined the band which then did country rock.
Finishing with the birds and the bees in the modern age