so here is one of my favourite recipes. People may think it sounds odd, but trust me, it really works. It's basically my own invention, inspired by something an Irishman once cooked me in Bilbao (if that's random enough for you!) so elements of Basque cooking and Irishness may have infiltrated along with the innate Italian slant I tend to give everything.
Serves 2 or 3 depending on greediness
2 good quality sausages per person
1 large onion
3 or 4 cloves garlic
a red or yellow pepper (or both!)
basmati or other long-grain rice (roughly 100-125g per person, I would estimate)
salt & pepper
Grill (or fry) the sausages, and chop into SMALL pieces /slices once cooked; put them to one side.
Finely dice onion and garlic and fry gently in olive oil to soften; add the pepper, chopped fairly small, and cook for another 5 minutes or so. Whack the kettle on & boil some water. Once the onione/pepper mix is all fairly soft, add a large teaspoon of turmeric, stir, and then the rice. Stir vigorously to fry the rice in the turmericky oil (stick some more olive oil if it looks a bit dry).
After a couple of minutes it should all be yellow and slightly translucent from absorbing the oil. Chuck in a tin of tomatoes (passata would do) stir well, then add some of the boiling water. Add a bit of salt at this stage, err on the side of caution, you can add more later. Keep stirring and monitoring, adding more water as necessary, until the rice is cooked through. To the cooked rice & veg, add the chopped sausages for the last few minutes of cooking (make sure they're properly hot!). Check the seasoning and add more salt & pepper if you like.
Serve with plenty of plain yoghurt on the side: yes it sounds odd but trust me. And a nice glass of red wine.
The more interesting your sausages the better the finished dinner , as you will find from experimenting with chilli or herb based sausages. [You may like to add, at appropriate times, one or more (though not all!) of: some dried chilli flakes, finely chopped black olives, a couple of chopped sundried tomatoes, a small handful of capers, a handful of fresh basil.]
It's infintely expandable too, add more sausages, more peppers and more rice... dead easy. It's actually quite hard to make a very small quantity of this.