What a big fat jellyfish!

We went away in the caravan for the half term holidays last week. Spending a lot of time on the beach at Porthmadog, building sandcastles etc. We had so much fun, it really was a great break.

Anyway here’s a pic I took of really big fat jellyfish that we found. I have no idea what kind it is. I’d be very interested to find out. If you know what it is please let me know. I wasn’t able to measure it but I think it was maybe about 12inches across. The largest I have seen. I would like to think him still alive and that the tide would have taken him home.

Porthmadog jellyfish

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Vegetarian Sausage Rolls

Don’t be scared it’s just nuts and stuff! Breadcrumbs and a few other ingredients mixed together. The mixture is thrown into some pastry and shoved into the oven! Some people run at the mention of vegetarian food. I have actually managed to fool people with these. I mean meat eaters asking what kind of meat it was!

I have to say that everyone in our family like these, meat fanatics also. Not just for the vege person. They are tasty and easy. You can freeze the leftovers as the made up sausage rolls or just the mixture to put in pastry later. I’m not trying to sell these or anything but honest, give them a go. I don’t think you will be disappointed.

I made short pastry with 12 oz flour, 3 oz trex and 3 oz butter or (vege margarine if you prefere) then chilled it in the fridge for about an hour whilst I did various jobs around the house. It was probably longer than that but it was workable and not too hard. If it does go too hard just leave it out of the fridge for 20 mins or so to soften up. There are plenty of good recipes for pastry out there on the web so you could do a google search if you needed to. If you wanted to make it really easy go buy a pack at the shops!

2 slices bread, made into fresh breadcrumbs
150g mixed nuts, ground up in a processor or chopped very finely (This was the amount in the bag that I bought. A few grams either way shouldn’t really make any difference.)
A handful of fine oats or ordinary ones blended for a few seconds
1 vege stock cube, crumbled
salt and pepper
I have fresh sage growing so I snipped a few leaves and chopped them. You could add dried or another herb if you don’t have any or miss it out.
2 small onions, finely chopped or minced
1 pack silken tofu (If you don’t have this or don’t fancy trying it, no problem you can use 2 beaten eggs  instead)
2tbl sp soy sauce
Small squeeze of tomato puree to help with the colour and flavour
Milk or egg to glaze

Let’s get to it then.

Mix together the breadcrumbs, finely chopped nuts, oats, crumbled up stock cube, salt and pepper, sage and onion. Put the bowl to one side.

In a processor or blender make the silken tofu into a smooth paste. Or if using eggs crack two into a bowl and beat.

Mix into the tofu or beaten egg.  The soy sauce and tomato puree. Add these to the bowl of previously prepared ingredients. After giving it a good mix. Roll the pastry out into four rectangles and brush around the edges with water. Pile the filling into the middle and shape into a sausage shape. Fold the pastry over and press down to seal. Cut the tops with a sharp knife then brush with a little beaten egg or milk. If you remember you could save a tiny bit of the egg if you used it, or just use milk. At this stage i’m usually making a cup of tea anyway so I use milk ;-D

If you don’t want to make big ones you can make tiny cocktail ones. Make one long sausage shape then cut into lots of small ones. I haven’t timed the baking of these but i’m sure you could just keep an eye on them and take them out when you need to. I would think to check them after 15 mins.

Put the rolls into the oven at 200 deg C for 20-40 mins or till nicely browned.

I find these very filling so salad would go well. The boys like homemade chips and baked beans though. I think that goes back to having pie and chips from the chippy!

Now as for a picture, there is one somewhere…this post has been so long in the making that I can’t remember where I stored it. When I find it I will add it. It just looks like a sausage roll to be honest 😉

 vege sausage roll

Finally for today Happy Birthday to our bigger lad whose special day it was yesterday. Hope you had a great day! x