I don’t often make food I can’t eat.
I mean, really, why would one do that?
The point of cooking, after all, is eating.
There were a few abysmal failures in the early days that were simply not edible by anyone but I like to think I have left those days behind.
I guess I could look on the bright side and appreciate the fact that I am attempting to expand my horizons.
Or I could just admit that I made this too damn hot for my wimpy palate.
Mon mari loved it.
He even added sambal oelek (chili paste) to it.
The reason I made it in the first place was that I had sausages thawed for grilling and the weather wasn’t cooperating. So I just threw everything that was edible in the fridge in the skillet.
And added spices……
Spicy Sausage Hash
Total time: 30 minutes
- 2 potatoes, cut into small chunks
- 2 carrots, quartered, sliced
- 1 rib celery, sliced
- 1 onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 12oz (360gr) sausages, sliced into bite-size pieces
- 1 tbs olive oil
- 2 tsp chili powder
- 1/4 cup ketchup
- 2 tbs red wine or stock
- 2 tbs Worcestershire sauce
- 1 1/2 tbs Dijon-style mustard
- Heat oil in large skillet over medium heat.
- Add vegetables, except garlic, as you cut them, sauté until they start to get tender, about 10 minutes.
- Add garlic, chili powder and sauté 1 minute longer.
- Add sausage and sauté 5 minutes longer.
- Add remaining ingredients, cover, reduce heat slightly and cook 8 – 10 minutes until everything is done.
- Uncover, increase heat and cook for another 5 minutes if you want it a bit crispy. Or just serve…
As I said, mon mari loved it.
So I made it again, with only 1 tsp chili powder and 1 tbs Worcestershire sauce.
He added more sambal oelek and was still happy.
I was able to enjoy it with only mild mouth-burning.
That was the ‘too hot’ part.
This is the ‘too weird’ part:
I do the weekly shopping on Fridays as well as any errands that need doing / handling.
I went to the garden store to pick up some solar lights, rabbit repellent (hope it works) and a few other things.
Then I went to the dog food store for dog food and pig ears.
Then I went to the market for fruit and vegetables (asparagus and green garlic!!!)
Then I picked up the dry-cleaning.
Finally, I went to the supermarket.
I had been putting everything in the front and back seats to leave room in the back for the groceries.
When I cam out of the supermarket all the windows on my car were down.
Not a little bit down, like one might do on a hot day, but all the way down.
All four of them.
As I pushed my trolley to the car I’m thinking about what to do first: Call the gendarmes? Get store security? Panic?
I looked in the back seat…. Everything was just as I had left it.
Nothing had been touched in the front, either, including the 20 or so euros in change someone likes to keep in the center cup holder for the car wash.
The car was still locked.
I unlocked the car and put the groceries in.
We can ‘roll’ the windows done with the remote when unlocking the car…. but not when locking it.
Apparently our car was getting frisky with a strange remote while I was in the store.
It’s the only explanation we can come up with.
It was spooky…..