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Neither here nor there…

Roll on...

In our family we have several traditions regarding comfort food and nibbles at our get-togethers.

Salmon salad is one of them, mainly consisting of a tin of salmon mixed with ‘whiskey cocktails sauce‘ spread on toast.

Another favourite is ‘Saucijzen broodjes’ or Sausage Rolls.

These rolls are the only thing to make our lively family banter and discussions stop. Once a large dish of them is passed round, accompanied with napkins, it takes about 1 minute before all of us stand with a strange stare with open mouth, trying to cool the scorching hot bite we just under estimated.

At the family celebrations last weekend, this delicacy off course could not be missed. So I went to my trusted butcher and asked his advice on the British approach to sausage rolls.
Off course he more than helped me out.
He showed me that they sell sausage rolls by the yard from the freezer.
He makes the sausage meat and pastry himself and freezes large batches, so they can be defrosted and sliced before use.

I must admit that these rolls really impressed the family…
I sliced the strip into 9 pieces, topped them with some egg and left them in the over to brown and puff up.
These rolls were enormous and needed to be eaten with knife and fork instead of  napkin from the hand…
Best ones we ever had…

Even with a completely different origin and recipe I was so very happy to achieve the same moment of silence, and gasping for cool air.
Some things never change. 🙂


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