The morning after we received our grocery delivery last week we woke up to the fridge door open and everything inside hot hot hot...not just warm....hot!! Bloomin 'eck! Out come the bin bags (and expletives) and in goes the food...all the food...well, except for the veggies...and the butter which was nicely softened...and the few jars that were cool enough.
There wasn't really that much, in the end, that needed to be tossed out...but there were some pretty major elements...a huge pot of double cream, sandwich meats, cheese...you know, the more expensive elements of my grocery budget. Out of everything I had to chuck, there were two major purchases that totally broke my heart...A lovely polish kielbasa smoked sausage and a package of sauerkraut ordered with the anticipation of making one of my mum's favourite meals...Sauerkraut and Kielbasa Stew.
I had a terrible time trying to find replacement ingredients in my little enclave of Edinburgh...actually, it wasn't too difficult to find the sauerkraut...it was the sausage that was really difficult, and in the end I had to settle for substituting a name brand smoked sausage.
Sauerkraut, carrots, potatoes, smoked sausage, onion, garlic and tomato paste with water...it was as close to my mum's as I could get it without the proper sausage (although this name brand smoked sausage wasn't too bad...just not quite right)...but it totally hit the spot with enough leftovers to brighten up today's miserable weather!