Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Food, glorious food!

Is it worth the waiting for?
If we live 'til eighty four
All we ever get is gru...el!
Ev'ry day we say our prayer --
Will they change the bill of fare?
Still we get the same old gru...el!
There is not a cust, not a crumb can we find,
Can we beg, can we borrow, or cadge,
But there's nothing to stop us from getting a thrill
When we all close our eyes and imag...ine
Food, glorious food!
Hot sausage and mustard!
While we're in the mood --
Cold jelly and custard!
Pease pudding and saveloys!
What next is the question?
Rich gentlemen have it, boys --
Food, glorious food!
We're anxious to try it.
Three banquets a day --
Our favourite diet!
Just picture a great big steak --
Fried, roasted or stewed.
Oh, food,
Wonderful food,
Marvellous food,
Glorous food.
Food, glorious food!
What is there more handsome?
Gulped, swallowed or chewed --
Still worth a kin's ransom.
What is it we dream about?
What brings on a sigh?
Piled peaches and cream , about
Six feet high!
Food, glorious food!
Eat right through the menu.
Just loosen your belt
Two inches and then you
Work up a new appetite.
In this interlude --
The food,
Once again, food
Fabulous food,
Glorious food.
Food, glorious food!
Don't care what it looks like --
Don't care what the cook's like.
Just thinking of growing fat --
Our senses go reeling
One moment of knowing that
Full-up feeling!
Food, glorious food!
What wouldn't we give for
That extra bit more --
That's all that we live for
Why should we be fated to
Do nothing but brood
On food,
Magical food,
Wonderful food,
Marvellous food,
Fabulous food

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When the BBEST team did a challenge last month we were asked to list our favourite seasonal foods on our Member’s Board; the words from Oliver sprung to mind!  Well, we might not be little ‘Olivers’ but one thing this great team has in common….. the love of food, glorious food!

I often used to close my postings by describing my menu for dinner.  Unfortunately, due to heavier commitments this has not appeared lately.  However, this does not mean we do not eat in my household!  Far from it, we still love our food.

In fact, the other day, I decided to make some sausage rolls.  The idea of this recipe and the way I shall present it came from another team member by the name of Joon.  Now, if you know Joon you will know her name is synonymous with every type of recycling.  Check out her shops on Etsy,,, Now, in her blog she details her recipes with pictures which makes it so easy to follow. So, I thought I would take a leave from her – thank you Joon!

Homemade Sausage Rolls!

ingredients for sausage rolls better

All I used for this dish was a pack of puff pastry which was ready to roll, a pack of sausage meat, an apple (grated), harrissa seasoning (used in Moroccan dishes with couscous to add a little hot spice), tomato concentrate and a mix of herbs.

The joy of this recipe is that it changes every time you make it!  Just add what you have in your kitchen cabinet and fridge and… create!  Here you will see the bowl in which I have mixed all these ingredients.


Ingredients for pastry casing

Now to collect the ingredients to make the pastry. You can make puff pastry from scratch but these days what with time constraints, ease of use etc etc we like to make life as easy as possible.

So, open the packet of puff pastry, flour your kitchen surface, roll the pastry into manageable rectangles of roughly 4” x 6”. Take a teaspoon of meat mixture and make a ‘sausage’ to place in the middle of this rectangle.  Sometimes, you can add a little more or a little less.  Then, take your egg which you will have beaten, a pastry brush and smear/paint the edges of your pastry rectangle.  Pack a parcel of your sausage meat and make sure your edges are well sealed.  You will see what happens when you don’t do that in the last picture!

In the oven ready to roll

All ready to roll, or cook in the oven at 180C for about 25 – 30 minutes.

Oooooh, the anticipation and the yummy smells that start to emanate from the oven as they start to cook!!!!!


The moment of truth!

sizzling hot!

See what I mean about not sealing the edges properly?  Doesn’t detract from the taste at all.  Mind you don’t burn yourself as these are sizzling hot!

Oh yes, I forgot to say, I got around 12 sausage rolls out of this batch but it will vary according to how large/small you make them.  And, the beauty is that you can freeze them at this stage and just heat them up for 10 - 15 minutes in your oven when you need them!

Bon apetit!

Food, glorious food!  We BBESTers know how to celebrate this!  Often you will find some of our super talented team will be listing something related to food on Etsy such as …


Vintage Golden Shred Marmalade by

Herons Treasures

This image is one that I grew up with in UK but is now no longer PC to create.  A shame as the fellow used to make a lovely, comforting toy doll for kiddies – quite apart from delicious marmalade to be eaten on hot buttered toast!


To make us feel a little more chaste about eating healthily what about this image?



Juicy Watermelon by Artsy Clay

What tastes better in the summertime than a slice of sweet juicy watermelon?

Well you can dream, can’t you?



If you can’t eat these delights, you can certainly taste them when you slide these on your lips!  Yummy Lip Butters by AJ’s Country Cottage’s Shop

Packed with lots of great ingredients such as cocoa butter, shea butter, and soy, these yummy lip balms give your lips just a hint of glossy shine without all the calories!

A great favourite and often a hot topic for BBESTers is that of ‘chocolate’! Here is a delightful image from the Neighbourhood Girl Series by Six Sisters


Chocolate by Six Sisters

A wonderful ACEO hand painted showing one of our favourite comfort foods.

There!  I have said the magic word, ‘chocolate’!!  All feels so much better, it always is such a comfort too.



And so, my friends, I hope you enjoyed the culinary journey.  Remember to visit to find out more about us and see what is on the menu now!


circleinthesand said...

ooooooooooo, what a fun article.... My stomach is sooooo growling right now!! Yes, Pat, I do miss your Menu at the end of the day. These look absolutely delish!!!! What does 180C convert to in US temps? A wonderful post to start the day!!!

Katzie said...

Really fun post!

Yankeegirl said...

Oh created a monster. My husband played the artful dodger in 6th grade and unfortunately remembers ALL of the words to the songs. When he looked over my shoulder at this post he burst out into song and will undoubtedly be singing them for days...sigh. LOL

Wonderful recipe, wonderful art to go along with it and a wonderful feature!! Thanks, Pat!

Chauncey said...

What a yummy post, PQ, and chock full of great featured pieces. I do not know the tune here so please keep Yankee's singing hubby away from me. I don't need any more songs rattling around in my cartoon sized head.


ZudaGay said...

Please sir...uumm, mam...may I have some more? :) Wonderful post, Pat! Your recipe looks yummy and what wonderful items! We did Oliver! my Sophomore year in High School, I love it!

Beth said...

hahaha,,,,,I loved Oliver....
Loved this yummy post.

MagdaleneJewels said...

This is the time of year when we are all thinking of all the good foods we can be eating with all the holidays and partys - then we can diet after the new year!

Judi B said...

Yumm, Pat! Great post. Now I need to eat something with my cup of coffee! Wish I had one of your sausage rolls.

Judy Nolan said...

Looks like you looked in every kitchen nook and cranny to find something that would please everyone here, Pat. Great post! And now I'm going to grab a bite to eat...

jstinson said...

Pat...what a fun blog! Would I ever love to have a meal at your house! You truly have a talent for writing, cooking, and of course, your art! Thanks for sharing this!

blazingneedles said...

OK - NOW I am hungry)

The Filigree Garden said...

BBEST and food always seem to go together! I'm hungry too. :-)