03 January 2008

Bangers and Mash

So I posted the bangers I got last month, and here they are finally cooked up and enjoyed!

I really liked these! They weren't bland at all. They were very herb-y. I would buy them again although I have no idea where I would ever find them here! I made a simple brown gravy from beef stock for them - it was lacking a bit - but everything else was really yummy! I highly recommend them.

I was thinking about my original post about these and Tina, you mentioned Sunday roast with the puddings and things the way they make them in England. Can you post recipes for those things so we can try them too?

9 comments:

Kainoa said...

That looks great Johanna! I have never made gravy when I make bangers, but I think you have inspired me to try that! I am glad you liked them!

Joanna said...

hey we made the bangers, too over christmas. they were just OK. i’m glad you liked yours. it looks yummy.

tina said...

What you need is Bisto gravy. Funny because the brits seem to freak if you make a cake or cookies with a mix, but they are all about these instant gravy granules called Bisto. It is super yummy and oh-so-easy. I can send you some if ya want.
Yorkshire puddings- Not sure if you have ever seen them (I hadn’t before moving here). They are not really pudding at all so I have no clue why they are called that, but almost like a dinner roll just very different. Ha ha… make sense? You have them smothered in gravy.. mmmm. According to my British friend that lived 2 years in the US, none of the from-scratch recipes would work in the US. She said she tried them all and they didn’t turn out. She wasn’t sure why. Here we buy them frozen and they heat in the oven for about 4-5 mins. I have heard you can buy a packet mix that turns out well when made in the US. I will ask her and see where i can get some. Since we can mail through the APO here I have no problem sending you out some.
For roasted potatoes you peel and cut potatoes in big chunks and parboil them for about 10 mins. Drain and bash them about a bit to mush up the edges. Put them into a pan and coat - (I crock-pot my beef roast with beef stock and onions and use some of the broth to coat the potatoes) The brits use fat - duck fat or goose fat or lard of some kind. They are YUMMY that way. Then you roast them at 400 for 30+ mins until done and browned around the edges. I pop in and mix the potatoes about every few minutes. Such a great dinner…. we try to do a roast every Sunday ourselves now. mmmmmmm…….

johanna said...

I’ve actually seen Yorkshire pudding before - but I’ve never tried it. I’d love to though. I didn’t even think to search for a recipe yet (duh!).

Why is it that other cultures are okay with using fat, knowing that it does make things taste good? But Americans freak out! Whenever I make tortillas, people go on and on about how good they are. However, when they find out I use straight up lard to make them, they make a face - as if the fact suddenly makes them taste different!

Anyway, if you want to send some of the mix, I’d love it. We can exchange the mix for an elephant!

Joanna said...

oh my gosh i just made 34 yum-a-dumdum lard tortillas last night. johanna is the lucky lady that changed my mind about that.

those potatoes sound sooooo good! i think it’d be stress relief, too. bashing them around a bit. tina, are you getting an accent? i think i can hear it in your typing even!!!

johanna said...

So I started looking for English recipes, specifically Yorkshire Pudding. I found a blog written by an Englishman who now lives in the US (or at least spent time living here). He wrote a recipe for Yorkshire pudding that is addapted to the slightly different ingredients available here. He actually has quite a few British recipes on his blog. It is quite an interesting read: http://www.anenglishmaninamerica.co.uk/ I found the recipe for Bubbles and Squeak quite interesting! I love the way the British name their foods. I bet kids would be lots more likely to eat Bubbles and Squeak than “Potatoes and Cabbage” as we would probably call it here!

tina said...

No accent that I am aware of… but you should hear the kids… calling me Mummy and Aidan especially asking for a ‘glass of water’ So cute.

Joanna said...

oh my gosh, we can’t eat bubbles and squeak! those are the names of our fish!

Joanna said...

ROFL!! No, you should leave that one off the menu!