Last week after many months of feeling detached and out of the blogging loop, I finally attended my first solo event since Elfin was born – and it was totally worth the wait! Today I want to talk to you about the nations favourite: sausages. Richmond have launched healthy sausages, or at least healthier sausages – and they’re made from chicken. I was invited to a demonstration of how they can easily be incorporated into some of the nation’s favourite dinners…
I ventured into Soho to the Good Housekeeping Institute kitchen where I was greeted by Angellica Bell, reigning Celeb Masterchef winner. (There may also have been fizz which was not entirely unwelcome, not least because the Institute is glass-fronted and faces onto a quiet Soho street, so I felt a bit like I was in a goldfish bowl!)
Essentially, the event entailed champagne and sausages, which may seem somewhat incongruous, but for a mum who doesn’t get out much it was honestly my dream come true: indulgent bubbles with indulgent food – what’s not to love?
Richmond Launch New Healthy Sausages
Angellica was joined by Richmond chef, Mat Stephany, to recreate some of the nation’s favourite dishes for us – but with a twist: using their newly launched chicken sausages. Mat divulged some culinary tips and tricks (if you’re cooking with wine, add a final dash of vino a couple of minutes before removing from the heat to add those top notes back in!), and we had the opportunity to cook interactively too.
The Good Housekeeping Institute is a professional set-up, with a kitchen one end where Angellica and Mat were working their magic, and benches running the length of the room in front of them where we were able to get involved. I had a go at making baked beans from scratch which sounds simple, and it was – but you may be surprised by the number of ingredients which went into them to give them their delicious and distinctive taste!
The purpose of the event was to demonstrate the versatility of the sausages and give us some inspiration for modern twists on traditional dishes.
My favourite recipe from the day was Angellica and Mat’s take on bangers and mash: chicken sausages and tangy leek and mustard mashed potato!
Personally, I’m a bit of a heathen and – gasp – I like my mash lumpy. So I usually make mine with finely chopped onion, fried till it’s started to caramelise; or sometimes with heated cheese stirred through it.
I wouldn’t have thought of adding leeks and mustard, but I’m confident it would go down a treat with my family and I’ll definitely be recreating it at home!
Healthier and Less Sinful – the Chicken Sausage!
We made three of the nation’s favourite dishes and I can honestly say (I sampled them all) they were very good!
In our home we limit sausages because they’re known for not being the most nutritious food choice, so I’ll definitely be looking to stock up on these healthier chicken options. And because they contain 30% less fat and 20% fewer calories than their pork counterparts, when served as part of a balanced meal you can be confident that you’re giving your family a wholesome dinner.
This is a commissioned post.