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Pasta, Sausage & Broccoli


Weather can’t make up its mind, ranging from muddy grey-brown and mild, to exquisitely silvery and frozen.  And I am tired Because Chemo and Because January.  This was a handy and simple recipe that covers all the necessary veg/protein/carb bases with a little wine and parmesan to luxury it up.  Plus I find that some brand of vegetarian sausages or other is invariably on offer at the supermarket so you can stock the freezer on the cheap.

Original from here:


Pasta, Sausage & Broccoli

  • Head broccoli, cut into small florets
  • Dried pasta
  • Several vegetarian sausages, sliced
  • Glass of red or white wine
  • Clove garlic, minced
  • Chilli powder
  • Olive oil
  • Parmesan or other hard grated cheese

Boil the broccoli until tender and drain.  The put the pasta on to boil.

Heat oil in a wok, and gently heat the garlic.  Add the chilli.

Add the sliced sausage and brown.  Then splash over the wine and allow to bubble and evaporate.

Add the broccoli and then the parmesan, and stir.  Serve hot.


The Shepherd’s Nuts


Anxious Dad created an absolute masterpiece of a nut roast for Christmas Eve dinner (chestnuts! cheese! artistic cabbage leaf wrapping!).  I returned to Anxious Towers with a decent hunk of the remains, plus a handful of roast chestnuts.  My vegetarian turkey roll and mince-pie lust* having been satiated over the Xmas period, I was in the mood for something comforting and hot, and this shepherd’s pie hit the spot whilst handily using up the leftovers.  I bought the parsnip and carrot fresh, but those with leftover veg, or leftover cheese from a festive cheeseboard, might find a home for them in the recipe as well…..


*A mince-pie and a double vodka with coke is a perfectly acceptable Xmas breakfast, I’ll have you know.  As is another mince-pie.

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“And you’re never gonna get it right…..”


I find it reassuring, that even with everything going on around me, I can still hear a song from a band I’ve not heard of before, and get that “zzzzooooommmmm!” feeling that I had as a teenager.

A New Favourite Band!!!

Today I bring to you not one, but two new favourites; the Last Shadow Puppets (Arctic Monkey spin-off band, and frankly I keep mishearing “Bad Habits” as “Bad Rabbits”, which suggests some kind of “Watership Down” mash-up really really needs to be done).  Also, Ryley Walker, for those of us that still miss the late, great John Martyn.  Enjoy!

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