Whether we like it or not, it appears that summer is well and truly over (did it ever begin?). And as much hope as we’re all holding out for one last glorious Indian summer weekend, we might have to start accepting the inevitable. Apart from the excuse to give your wardrobe a winter overhaul, the only other excuse to look forward to colder weather is the food. Say goodbye to salads and an enthusiastic hello to stews, soups and dumplings! Before you know it, it’ll be mince pie time. But before we get too ahead of ourselves (mulled wine anyone?) here’s a quick and scrummy recipe for something that will warm your winter-dreading cockles:
2 cloves of garlic
1 can of chopped tomatoes
1 can of butter beans
3 bay leaves
Splash of red wine and Worchester sauce
Heat the olive oil in a deep frying pan and soften the onions and garlic. Turn the heat up slightly and then add the sausages, letting them brown all over. Add the tomatoes, bay leaves, red wine and Worchester sauce to taste. Simmer for 10 minutes and then add the butter beans. Cook for another 20 minutes (or for as longer if you need to paint your nails, chat on the phone, doll yourself up for a dinner date... Just don’t let the sauce cook dry).
Serve with some healthy greens or crusty bread.