Did you miss us? I did mention we were going to take some time off, and well, listen, I’ve seen some of the things people search for to find this blog. I didn’t want them knowing the house was empty and we were out of the country. I just couldn’t bear it if someone had broken in and judged my skittered-toilet or the Lindt Chocolate Wrapper Mountain. So – we took some time off and here we are. We would have been back a bit sooner but our blog fell over from so many new people joining! OOPS.This post is going to be a bit of a house-keeping post just to get everyone up to speed, but, because we’re just THAT kind, we’ll chuck in a recipe for sticky sausages.
FIRST: my exciting news! We have a proper book out! Well, it’s a Kindle book, but it’s a colossal collection of all the articles and funny bits from our blog – a year’s worth coming in at over 100,000 words, condensed into neat little topics covering activities such as having a colonic irrigation to our various calamities in Corsica, Ireland and Germany. I’m told it’s a good read and if you’re a fan of our writing or if you want to support us, please give it a purchase! If you’re a long time reader and want to make my day, please do! It’s the same price as a SW class, only you’ll not get a sloshing bowl of fruit with each purchase.
SECOND: I can’t believe how out of control this blog and our facebook group has become. We’ve gone from kicking over around 30,000 – 40,000 views a day to well over 140,000. Keep sharing! We have many social streams you can throw yourself into:
- a Facebook group – (for chat, odd postings from us, other nonsense – but mind, don’t join if you’re a Professionally Offended Person, because I can’t be fussed on with that – and it is NOT a HOW MANNY SINZ PLEAS group, so none of that muck or I’ll smack your arse
- a Facebook page – if you like this, whenever we post a recipe it’ll appear in your facebook feed – no spam
- a Twitter account – same deal as before, but with less characters
I am flirting with Instagram but I’m just terrified of installing it on my phone and having forty shots of Paul’s bumhole uploaded into the cloud with the hashtag #darkmeat.
THIRD: we have renewed our deal with Musclefood for the two offers we have:
- a big old meat parcel guaranteed to fill any gaping slot, full of chicken breasts, mince, bacon, sausages, steak and beef strips – you can find details of that by clicking here
- a smaller parcel of meat for the person who doesn’t have a giant hole to fill, and can just handle a smaller portion – that’s fine, we have you covered, and you can find details on that here
We do get a small amount for recommending Musclefood but honestly, if something was shite, I’d tell you. We find the meat tasty and affordable – other meat suppliers are available. If you’re a vegetarian, there are plenty of recipes to be found scattered on our blog. We’re very tasteful and inclusive, it comes from years of being confirmed manhole-inspectors.
FOURTH: we’ve got a massive queue of comments to filter through – we will get to them, I promise.
FIFTH: we are absolutely and utterly not an official Slimming World blog. We are unofficial – meaning we follow the diet and work the syns out ourselves, like every other blog, but we’re not employed by Slimming World. Listen, they wouldn’t have us. We swear like shipyard workers, we fart all the time and our classes would be 55 minutes of hilarity and 5 minutes of ‘HOW MUCH YOU LOST HUN’. We believe Slimming World works, we really do, but we just can’t bear to be another blog which is cloying and sweet. If you’re not a fan of swearing, rude comments and frank discussions, then please just enjoy the recipes or move on. We’ve received a few personal messages from people telling us how we should write our blog – that’s not how it works. You take us as you find us, great big hairy man-tits as well.
We’ve got some excellent stuff coming up – we’re back on it from the very second we get weighed on a Thursday night, and you’re going to see a slightly different, more determined attitude from us going forward. But listen, don’t worry, if you’re here purely to learn some new filthy euphemisms, there will be plenty of that too.
We’ve got Iceland to talk about for one thing – five days spent shuffling around in the cold, biting wilderness eating fermented shark, buying penises (yes) and even parting with money in a Minge. It’s been all go. There’s also been trips to the hairdresser, a Christmas party, a new wedding and a massage to talk about in excruciating detail.
Ah yes, with dear old Nana being turned into polyester and lavender ash and scattered to the wind this year, Christmas was a little different. Not least because I didn’t leave with my ears bleeding from having to yell THANKS FOR MY SLIPPERS eighty-seven times whilst she cricked her neck at me and smiled unknowingly like a bemused sparrow. We spent Christmas Day together, just Paul and I, and then Boxing Day with the family. Paul created a wonderful Christmas dinner – naturally I did my bit by lying prostrate on the couch wailing for more gin, more ice, more lemons, more attention. I’m a heartless bugger.
We are so ready to get back to eating properly, mind. We’ve had so much rich, dense food that I haven’t been on the usual Slimming World plan shitcycle of forty craps a day. Every fart I do sounds like the opening trumpet solo from Carnaval de Paris. I’m surprised we haven’t had officials from Northumbrian Water knocking on the door out of concern.
Right, so let’s get to it! Sticky sausages await!
Just to explain that wee warning on the bottom of the photo. Please feel free to share our images and recipe, but do not remove our name from them. The photograph, text and recipe remain our work.
to make sticky sausages in onion gravy you will need:
- 6 syn-free sausages (or low syn, or 100 syns, listen, I’m not the boss here, you have whatever you want my love, I won’t tell a soul)
- 3 onions, peeled and sliced
- 1 tsp honey (1 syn)
- 1 tsp dried or fresh thyme (not essential, so don’t shit the bed if you haven’t got it)
- 1 tbsp worcestershire sauce
- 400ml beef stock
to make sticky sausages in onion gravy you should:
- cook the sausages however you like (we use an Actifry because we’re decadent bitches) and keep aside – you’ll want to do the rest whilst they’re cooking
- heat a large saucepan over a medium-high heat and add a little oil
- add the onions and stir well, like it’s a juicy bit of gossip about someone you hate at work
- cover the pan and reduce the heat to medium and cook for 10 minutes until softened and mushy
- remove the lid, add the honey and worcestershire sauce and stir well
- cook for another 15-20 minutes, stirring frequently until the onions have softened and turned golden
- increase the heat to medium-high and gradually add the stock, stirring frequently
- add the thyme and stir
- allow the gravy to thicken until it’s sticky and wonderful and pour over the sausages
Now just listen here, you’ve probably seen that great big orange and green mass on the side of the plate…well, that’s our attempt at getting some speed food on the plate in the form of cheesy sweet potato and kale mash. Don’t worry, we’re not going to become professional kale-botherers, but it’s actually quite a tasty addition.
to make kale and sweet potato cheesy mash you will need:
- 150g kale, chopped
- 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 2cm cubes
- 1 large potato, peeled and cut into 2cm cubes
- 220g quark
- 1 garlic clove, minced (and really, you could do worse than use one of these, our favourite gadget)
- 1 tsp dried dill and 1 tsp of parsley
- 1/2 tsp dried basil and same again of thyme
- 50ml milk taken from your milk allowance
If you don’t have the herbs, just make do with what you’ve got or leave them out – not a dealbreaker!
to make kale and sweet potato cheesy mash you should:
- bring a large pan of water to the boil
- add the potatoes and boil for about 10-15 minutes until soft to the touch, then drain
- in the now empty pan, add the milk, quark, herbs, garlic and kale and stir over a medium heat until the kale has wilted and reduced
- add the potatoes back to the pan and mash like buggery
ENJOY OUR STICKY SAUSAGES! We’re back!
J and P