I spent yesterday cooking non-stop and stocking up the freezer, because we've definitely hit the kind of dark, blustery autumn weather where when I get home from the gym, all I want is to be able to pull a container of sweet potato and spinach dahl out of the fridge and reheat it. I also made sausage rolls for the first time! It was 200% easier than I thought it would be, and the recipe I used (lamb and haloumi sausage rolls with both fresh mint and mint sauce in the mixture, mmm) was delicious. So now I have a shitload of those in the freezer, along with some virtuous breakfast muffins (bran. lots of bran.) and the dahl.
LAMB AND HALOUMI SAUSAGE ROLLS
(makes 24. a serve of 4 with a salad on the side is a good lunch or dinner.)
500g lamb mince
1 cup fresh breadcrumbs (I used dried because I don't have a food processor, but I imagine fresh would create a better texture)
1/4 cup mint jelly
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh mint
200g haloumi, grated
2 garlic gloves, finely chopped (or 2 tsp of the garlic mince you keep in the fridge because you are lazy)
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce (or 2 tbsp, if you misread the recipe like I did. still tastes fine.)
3 sheets frozen puff pasty, thawed
1 egg, lightly beaten
salt and pepper
sesame or nigella seeds (optional)
- Preheat oven to 180C.
- Line a large baking tray with baking paper.
- Mix lamb, breadcrumbs, mint jelly, mint, haloumi, garlic and Worcestershire sauce in a bowl. This is more fun to do with your hands. SQUIDGY.
- Season with salt and pepper.
- Divide mixture into 6 equal portions.
- Cut each pastry sheet in half. Form a mince portion into a long sausage and place it lengthways on a pastry rectangle. Brush the edges of the pastry with a bit of cold water and then roll up the pastry around the sausage, sealing the edges.
- Repeat until you have 6 long sausage rolls. Cut each one into 4 smaller rolls.
- Place rolls sealed side down on the baking sheet, and brush the tops with beaten egg and srinkle your optional seeds of choice over the top.
- Bake for 30 minutes or until puffed and golden.
READING: Halfway through Carol by Patricia Highsmith, and also reading Parasite by Mira Grant. I am doing very little reading, though, apart from occasional comfort rereads of the fanfic collection on my Kindle.
WATCHING: I have six whole episodes of Hannibal S2 lined up for once I've finished my lectures today. It's gonna be amazing. I have S1 of Homeland waiting to be started, and I've been on-and-off making my way through Lost Girl because it's ideal to watch while cooking. Next time I go home I'm going to nab my dad's DVDs of The Wire and rewatch S1 because like an idiot I'm writing a casefic and I need some inspiration re: surveillance systems and drug rings.
WRITING: The casefic is for Brooklyn Nine Nine. It's actually TROPEFIC but I need to at least make sure the balance of ridiculousness to police work is similar to that on the show. I'm also tapping vaguely away at other things, but I have no idea at all which of them will be finished in what timeframe.
As an example of that: I finally, FINALLY posted the Hannibal AU which I had been working on for...a year? I am the slowest. Apparently not everyone in fandom shares my unconditional love of circuses; a lot of the comments have been on the 'I almost didn't click on this' variety, which probably indicates a large chunk of people who scrolled on by because of the circus thing (WEIRDOS) but I'm more or less satisfied with how it turned out :)
no hope of falling down (22940 words) by Fahye
Fandom: Hannibal (TV)
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Will Graham/Hannibal Lecter
Characters: Will Graham, Hannibal Lecter, Abigail Hobbs, Jack Crawford, Freddie Lounds, Alana Bloom, Beverly Katz
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Circus
Summary: A circus should be a series of miracles, barely scraped into existence. Will Graham is the celebrated aerialist of Cirque Dalmau; Hannibal Lecter is a new arrival with dangerous hands and more than a few secrets.</p>
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