17. Make (or eat!) a traditional local dish.
Sausage rolls are something you can buy at pretty much any bakery or service station, and are considered a fairly iconic food. If you don't know, they are sausage meat (ground up, not an actual formed sausage) that is wrapped in puff pastry and then baked. Generally served with tomato sauce (distinct from ketchup). They can come in cute little party sizes, or huge giant jumbo sizes.
There are a few vegan sausage rolls available on the market, including a Linda McCartney one, but to be honest I have never enjoyed them. They fillings are always just meh. I could live with that, because I was never that fussed on sausage rolls to begin with so if I didn't ever have one again I wouldn't be too bothered. However, then something remarkable occurred. My friend Leigh Drew released her second cookbook, Wrapped in Pastry (now sadly out of print). And within that cookbook was contained a recipe for party sausage rolls that changed EVERYTHING.
These are hands down the best sausage rolls ever. Even my omni mother agrees, and will happily choose these over the meat-based version. Everyone I have ever given them to has raved about them. The thing I love most about these is that the filling is actually made up of lentils and quinoa (and a lot of other stuff as well), but no one is bothered about that because they are just so damn tasty.
While these are amazing, they do take a bit of time. Leigh is currently testing for a new cookbook, and I am lucky enough to be a tester again. In this book she has revised the recipe to simplify it for faster sausage rolls. I recently made these for my parents, and they were also loved. Again, absolutely delicious! I think the original is still my favourite version, but these are still amazing and will make anyone happy.
If you ever happen to see a copy of Wrapped in Pasty, snap it up fast!
Cute Kitty Photo of the Post: Month of Gizmo
Speaking of Leigh, here she is. While Leigh is well known for her absolute worship of Sahara (she gravitates to her cinnamon radiance), she of course loves all my girls and is an excellent aunt for them. I love this photo of her and Gizmo having a cuddle!