I find it so sad that we live in an age that makes the Jetson's, (remember them?) almost seem a reality. With hi-tech gadgets coming out of our ears and the ability to produce enough food to feed a galaxy, yet we have millions of people starving. I'm not even talking about Ethiopian's, who with all the millions of pounds of aid that have been raised over the years, really should be sorted by now don't you think? Is there just me finds that odd, since I was at school, in-fact for as long as I can remember, we have been fund-raising to help 'feed the world', yet all that seems to have happened is more people are going hungry?
Talking of school, remember the Harvest festivals? The morning your mum would be frantically searching through the fridge, for any vegetables you hadn't used, that didn't resemble an old shoe. Pulling the emergency rations tins, for the zombie apocalypse, out of the back of the cupboard.
You would get to school and the hall would have magically transformed, into some kind of Willy Wonka land-if Willy Wonka did vegetables. There was always a fancy bread loaf, that looked like someone had sculpted it into wheat. Amazing colours everywhere, fresh fruit and vegetables harvested from the land and not tipped out of a tin. I digress, it makes me sad to hear, that instead of us helping the dear elderly folk that live local to us, with all this fresh fruit and veg, we are now being asked to take tinned and dried goods for the food banks. We are now helping people just like us. Not elderly people that could use a boost, but people like you and me with families. How is this happening? How are people not affording to feed their families, when I have just done a weekly shop for £39 for 6 of us?
Are people really that skint? Are they uneducated in how to budget or cook? I really would love to know the answer and I am going to make it my mission to find out. By the way our first tea time recipe was good old bangers and mash. Easy, cheap and filling.
Peel and chop potatoes into equal sized chunks, boil for 20-25 minutes until soft.
While they are boiling, grill your sausages until they are cooked-I like mine overdone.
With some scissors, snip the outer leaves of a savoy cabbage very finely and the same with 4 spring onions.
5 minutes before the potatoes are ready, place peas in a steamer basket above the potatoes to save electric.
In a frying pan, with a generous nob of butter or oil and lots of pepper, fry the cabbage and spring onion.
Drain the potatoes when soft and add a splash of milk and a nob of butter to the pan and mash.
Stir in the cabbage and spring onion mix and serve topped with sausages, gravy and peas.