It's Newsday Tuesday! I can't remember if I explained why I chose to do my food experimentation on Tuesdays. It's not just because it rhymes. Mike works late on a Tuesday, so I have more time to make stuff without someone else constantly asking me when dinner will be ready. He's usually home at the weekend, so Tuesday is pretty much the only distraction-free day I can do stuff like this.
Today's recipe cuts two carrots with one knife as it's also part of my project, Cooking Through Cookin' Crunk. If you're new to the joint, I'm attempting to make all of the recipes in Cookin' Crunk before I turn 40. When you think about the time frame (I started last year and have another 5 years to go), it doesn't seem very ambitious. But having this project has helped get me out of a cooking slump a couple of times, so it's better than letting my cookbooks moulder on the shelf while I eat 18p ramen all the time.
I almost didn't make tonight's recipe - I've been sleeping really badly lately and got home exhausted and already hungry, which is a terrible combination for cooking something with this many steps. It has so many steps! You have to
- make cheese sauce
- peel, slice, and cook the potato
- slice and cook the sausage
- make tofu scramble
- layer and bake everything
But if you overlap some steps (make the sauce while the tatties cook) or make stuff ahead of time (the recipe kinda assumes you've already made the sauce), it actually comes together pretty quickly. It's not a regular weeknight meal (OK, technically it's breakfast), but it's not a half-day project.
As you can see, we had this with some garlicky asparagus on the side. I figured we needed something green. Obviously this isn't really pretty, and, as per usual, it's dark and shadowy. Sorry 'bout it.
For those of you in the UK, I used the Fry's slicing sausage/polony. It probably affected the taste because it doesn't taste anything like US breakfast sausage, but it was still tasty. And that was the only substitution I made!
So, yeah, this was super delicious and totally worth the effort. I would absolutely make this again, and from the way Mike was all but licking his plate, I think he'd be OK for me to make it again. Plus, now I have 2 days' worth of breakfast and I was able to use the leftover cheese sauce in the burritos I made for my lunches (leftovers from taco night, woo!).