The Curfew Diaries from Sri Lanka makes sausage... and fails?
There was a lot going for this. The crunchy bacon bits, the pickled sweet paprika, the curry powder - but we can't help feeling we let Rafika's Kitchen down...
Before anything else, here's a hat tip to Rafika's Kitchen on YouTube. Her recipes are simple and easy to follow – and they inspire you to experiment and that's the most important thing, ever! So thank you for that, Rafika and team.
So here's where we went wrong...
It LOOKED like it was right. But the finished sausage was more like a meatball in texture than a sausage, if you know what I mean. More "grainy". I think a bit more baking soda would have sorted this out. And maybe a bit more time in the fridge...
The grammage of the paper was waaaay too thin. We figured this out as we were doing it and came up with a on-the-run fix.
More baking soda and more time in the fridge would have helped...?
The fix worked...
Guessing that the paper would disintegrate, we figured wrapping the wrapped sausage in foil would hold things together – and it did. But we skimped on the foil for the first two sausages and the water seeped in making the paper and the meat become pretty messy to separate. Lesson learnt. Thicker paper the next time!
A disaster in the making...?
We made three 'batches' of sausage, The first batch was with crunchy bacon ends in them, because being in lockdown we couldn't get our hands on cured meats. The second was with pickled sweet paprika and the third was with curry powder in a teaspoon of oil. The base was minced beef, seasoned and blended batch by batch with the baking soda.
Fried with lots of butter - another mistake?
A bit nervous about the time they were boiled for, we thought the sausage should be nicely browned. Maybe a bit too much because...
Served with a peppery potato mash, a salad of carrot and cabbage, and pickle gherkin, the sausages looked as unappetising as it possibly could be. But the taste?
The taste was simply bl#%dy awesome.
Each batch had a distinct flavour. To be honest a touch more curry powder in the curry powder sausage would not have been wasted, but overall the taste was awesome and appreciated by almost all. The wife sets higher standards for me!
That was all that was applauded, because on looks and texture the sausages failed. At this point, I have to raise my hand and take full responsibility for the things that went wrong and absolve Rafika's Kitchen from any blame. Keep up the good work, guys.
As for the sausage? Like I said. It failed in every aspect other than taste.
Take a call. Taste Vs. Texture/Looks