I’ve been diligently pinning recipes to Pinterest for years now and haven’t made a single one. It’s a bit like once a recipe gets pinned I consider it safely tucked away some place for ‘later’ whenever that might be, rather than as a source of inspiration for everyday use. I figured something had to be done and I suggested to my sister that we have a little challenge to tackle the food pins on our boards. This sort of challenge is right up my sister’s alley and living on opposite sides of the planet we were totally up for doing something together.
Our Pinterest Challenge board then was a go and we filled it with anything that has met the criteria of either looking really good or really ‘out there’. Carrie chose our first pin which was a Kielbasa Sausage Hash and we both cooked it on the Monday night. I couldn’t find Kielbasa close by (I’m in a Greek/Italian area) and I didn’t have time to get to the Polish shop in the Vic Market so I made do with Chorizo. As Chorizo sausage is a lot fattier than Kielbasa I used half the prescribed amount and one less tablespoon worth of oil in the pan, but other than that I was faithful to the recipe and it was a great winter warmer. My attempt is pictured above and my sister did a little write up too:
When it comes to cooking I love creating great treats at the weekend but during the week I am probably like most people who balance busy lives. I like to have something quick and easy to cook when I get home from work . I used to get ready meals but the taste is never as good as homemade so I switched to 10 minute meals like stir-fries or pasta with sauce. So when Jo suggested we try this challenge I was so excited.
The first challenge was kielbasa and potato hash. The photo looked amazing and is so easy to cook. I must admit because I only have one frying pan I didn’t follow the recipe (it had nothing to do with the fact I was starving and couldn’t wait to eat it 😉 instead I cooked the potatoes and then chucked everything in. I agree with the author of this recipe that the potatoes are not as crunchy when you cook in one pan but I’m glad they are soft. The crunchy peppers and kielbasa gel better with the potatoes. I love these kinds of meals because you are relying on the lovely taste of the food without adding an overdose of spices, herbs or sauces.
The only down side is the kielbasa is supposed to be turkey but since there are no polish shops near me, all I could get was pork which makes it very fatty and very pricey (£1.09 per sausage!!!). I only used 1tbsp of oil to compensate but it still left a greasy sheen on my plate so I’m tempted to substitute the kielbasa for chicken or beef. Other then that it is a healthy, quick and easy meal that is soooo yummy I can’t wait until tomorrow dinner!
Thanks Carrie! Also check out Carrie’s knitted baby set for a friend. I taught Carrie to knit about two years ago when we lived together and she was sort of interested at the time. since returning to the UK however she has gotten the bug and is now knitting her way through a pattern wish list as long as my own.