Sunday, 7 October 2012
... oh it was a glorious day at the market yesterday... the Autumn sun was shining down on me as I demonstrated my cooking skills in front of the crowds of Lincolnshire folk... it was such a great day and I enjoyed myself thoroughly... so much so that I really would love to do many more... I mean, what's not to love... I had an audience of adoring fans watching me do what I love to do... people seemed to really enjoy themselves and I had some very positive feedback - as well as many people who had their own opinions and plenty of questions. I was quite nervous at first but as I got into the swing of it the nerves dissipated and the hours simply flew by...
... I was lucky enough to have had much of my produce supplied by many local producers and without sounding too much like an Academy Awards acception speech i'd really like to thank Vicarage Eggs for supplying me with their lovely free-range eggs, Lancaster and Son Butchers, Rectory Reserve and Red Hill Farm for the very succulent Lincolnshire Sausages... i'd also like to thank J North Farm for their wonderfully fresh vegetables... The local Lincolnshire Co-Op also supplied me with bucket-loads of herbs and spices. I must also thank the brilliant team from Market Rasen BIG Market, Sara, Sarah and Jackie... and I can't forget the brilliant Steve who washed up for me all day and made sure I had plenty of tea to sustain me... there's a great set of photo's from the day here
... and when I got home from this crazy day all I wanted was a warming dish of home-made goodness...
veggie sausage casserole cobbler
it dawns on me that in my 25 odd years of cooking i've never made a cobbler... for sure, i've made a billion scones but never have I placed then atop a hot and bubbly pot of glorious stew, neither sweet nor savoury and for this I have no reasonable answer... for you see this is the most wonderful of culinary delicacies and it seems criminal, negligent even that I have not done this until now...
for the stew
1 medium onion -chopped
2 sticks celery - chopped
1 large carrot - chopped
5 medium mushrooms - chopped
4 veggie sausages - cut into disks - I used Quorn sausages
2 cloves of garlic - crushed
a cup full of frozen peas
8 or 9 small cherry tomatoes
1 glass of white wine
1 pint of good veg stock mixed with a good quality veggie gravy powder
a handfull of fresh herbs of your choice
for the rosemary and thyme cobbler
8oz self-raising flour
salt and pepper
fresh rosemary and thyme
milk to mix
- in a heavy pan sweat the onions in a little butter and olive oil for 5 minutes till beginning to soften, then add the carrots, celery and mushrooms and saute until tender
- remove the veg and set aside whilst you saute the cut sausages until golden
- once the sausages are brown, add the veg back to the pot and then add the tomatoes, stir and then add the wine and stock, put the lid on and let the whole thing bubble away for about 15 minutes
- add the peas, stir and then transfer to your pie dish or oven-proof dish
- to make the cobbler place the flour and butter into a bowl and rub together till it resembles breadcrumbs, add the fresh herbs and seasoning and then bring together with a little milk... if you stir is around using a fork whilst adding the milk it should start to come together into a ball
- flatten out on a floured surface and cut into small circles using a scone cutter - place these on top of the stew and bake in the oven on 180C for 25 mins until the cobblers are risen and golden
eat and of course, enjoy!