Totnes has a wonderful food market once a month – it’s a great place to meet with friends and enjoy a coffee at the Beanbug trike, buy locally baked bread, veg and fantastic and interesting meat! Veal, duck, goat, hogget, lamb, beef, chicken and turkey in the form of chops, steaks, sausages, burgers, joints and much more. This month I bought some delicious free-range pork sausages which I made into a spring stew with veg from my local veg box.
Cider and Sausage stew
4 pork sausages
4 small new potatoes, cut in half and par-boiled
1 onion, roughly chopped
1 clove garlic, diced
2 rashers smoked streaky bacon, diced
1 leek, well rinsed and roughly chopped
4 leaves of sage, ripped up
1 carrot, thickly sliced
1/2 pint Devon cider
1/4 pint veg/ chicken stock
4 leaves of spring greens/ swiss chard, chopped
Prick the sausages and roast with the potatoes for 15 mins. Meanwhile, fry the onions until they’re translucent, add the bacon, garlic and leeks. Lower the heat and stir occasionally until the leeks are soft and the bacon is cooked. Add the sage, season and pour in the liquids. Add the carrot slices.
Once roasted, cut the sausages into 3 or 4 and add them and the potatoes to the stew. Put a lid on and simmer on a low heat for 25 mins. Add the chopped chard and cook for another 15mins. Taste and season if necessary.