Tuesday, 16 June 2015

spiced lamb sausage rolls? ooh yes! - unpleasant people? non!

Last week I’d planned to meet a friend but ended up cancelling. It wasn't at the last minute and I didn't just not turn up. In fact I’d let them know the day before that I had another urgent commitment. Fair wouldn't you say? Not according to my so called friend. I received a passive aggressive response immediately - fashioned very precisely to induce guilt. If this was a year ago I would have felt guilty for a week, wondering if I could have tried harder to make it work, but I refused to feel guilty. Life’s too short to rise to overgrown teenage bait and negativity. And I'm so not alone! A few other people have told me recently that they wished they’d said no to pushy people who pressurised them into agreeing to something they didn't really want to do, but felt they couldn't

The thing is you can say no and you should say no - because you are your own person. No one has the right to make you feel guilty because you changed plans, didn’t keep to their plans, or made new plans without them. As the saying goes ‘you are the company you keep’. And I choose to interact within better company. People who make me laugh, think I'm an alright sort of person and most of all love life. People who challenge not only themselves to be better, but inspire me to be the best version of myself. 

We spend far too long trying to put up with these drama-ridden individuals because – well – you can’t just cut them off can you? You must soldier on and learn to politely ignore them when they irritate you. It would be rude not invite that person who diminishes everything you do or say because they've always been invited. Just because they've always been invited doesn't mean the invitations must continue. You can choose to un-friend, block, ignore and if you’re so inclined, have a conversation. 

Of course being the nice person that you are you choose to talk it out, but I've found that these conversations amount to not much else besides another attempt to cling to you, because you validate them and their mean ways. Chances are, they will not want to lose you. After all, you wipe their tears and make them a cup of tea and tell them everything will be ok - only for them to forget your kindness until the next time. It's time folks, to take a stand and banish - yes banish these people right out of our lives. It might be difficult at first but believe me you WILL feel better. 

So fear not. I bring you comfort in the shape of these spicy sausage rolls - which are my take on the British classic. The mince is quite kebab-like and they taste great either hot or cold. You don't even have to like cooking. Nothing fancy is involved and no cooking. Just a little prep before you pop them into the oven, and Bobs your uncle! Go on, make them to share (or not). Take a bite out of the flakey, buttery pastry and delve into lightly spiced mince and just remember, tomorrow is another day. I love mine dipped into spicy ketchup which is a really simple mixture of tomato ketchup and a dash of whatever hot sauce you have handy. What's not to love?  Say no to them and yes to you. You can do it! :)

Ingredients (Serves 4)
500g minced lamb
1 heaped tsp crushed ginger
1 large clove crushed garlic
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp chilli powder
1/2 tsp cumin
1 tsp chipotle seasoning
1/2 tsp garam masala
1 chopped finger chilli
500g puff pastry 
1 tbs chopped coriander
50g fresh breadcrumbs
1 egg for eggwash

Preheat oven to 190c or 180c fan/gas mark 5 

Mix mince together thoroughly with spices and herbs and add breadcrumbs so that it is incorporated evenly into the mixture.

Divide the mixture into three portions.

Cut the pastry into 3 equal sections and on a floured surface roll out each section to a rectangle, roughly 1 inch thick. 

Place mince lengthways shaped into a long sausage shape about 2 inches from the edge. Brush edges with water and carefully roll, tucking in tightly as you go. 

Brush the edges with water and prick gently with a fork to seal with seal side down. Cut log to make 8 equal sausage rolls. 

Repeat above steps for the remaining two pieces of pastry and mince portions so that you have 24 sausage rolls in total.

With a sharp knife score the tops of the pastry once it twice to let steam out and place on a baking tray, lined with greaseproof paper. 

Whisk egg and apply egg wash to the tops of the rolls.

Bake for about 30 mins until golden. 

1 comment:

Lizzie said...

Looks great, I'm going to try this on the weekend.