Television Show: Kath and Kim, comedy, Australia, 2002 - 2007
What it means to me:
Kath and Kim is a comedy about a dysfunctional mother and daughter in the working class outer suburbs of Melbourne. It is a show that makes me cringe because there is so much truth in the characters and it can feel uncomfortable to laugh at them. But I do in the nicest way possible. (Think the discomfort of watching The Office.)
This show is full of actors that I have been watching for a long time. They are particularly memorable for all their roles on sketch shows. I remember loving Glen Robbins on the Comedy Zone when I was at school and many others were on Fast Forward. The characters reflect people I know and visit places that are familiar to me - Flinders Street train station, the shopping centres and Ikea. Their catch phrases have entered out local lingo. 'Noice, different, unusual', 'But mum, it's all you can eat', 'It's mummy's turn now'.
|First attempt at vegan gf sausages - too dry
The mother in the series, Kath Day, has a boyfriend called Kel Knight. Her 'great hunk o' spunk'. He greases his hair and combs it over the bald spot. He is a health nut and a butcher: 'purveyor of fine meat'. (As E likes to say, meat to please you, pleased to meet you!) To use some Aussie slang, he is a bit up himself!
Kel Knight is very proud of his sausages. He likes to spend time searching for new flavours and in the third show, spends time trying to develop a new gourmet sausage to celebrate his forthcoming wedding with Kath. I love a vegie sausage so this was a great excuse to make some.
|The process for making sausages. The chickpea flour dough was a little more yellow than the second batch of sausages.
I have tried chorizo sausages with gluten flour before but I have never been a fan of the gluteny taste of seitan. I saw a recipe for vegan and gluten free sausages on The Crabby Crafter a couple of Vegan MoFos ago and have intended to make it ever since. Finally its time had come.
I am not so keen on rice flour so I had decided that chickpea flour would work well. Unfortunately the first attempt was not successful. The mixture was a bit dry but would come together if squeezed hard. But once cooked it was too dry. Even when drowned in caramelised onion gravy. I learnt my lesson when making them again.
|My first attempt at the sausages - drowned in onion gravy to compensate for being too dry.
|Rolled sausages ready to be wrapped in foil.
We eat sausages a lot. I usually buy them but I like to make them occasionally. This recipe takes longer than buying them, despite being just a matter of mix and steam. I love making bangers and mash for an easy meal. The second lot of sausages was made for a visit by my dad. He enjoyed them. I was a little stressed because it took me so long but at least I didn't try making chips. As you will see in the photos, I was experimenting with sausages and chips in a few meals.
I am posting the sausage recipe today because it seemed topical. Today was a federal election in Australia. All of Australia loves a bbq sausage and never more so than at the polling booths. In fact with all the discussion of people voting early, one of the issues was about missing out on the sausage sizzles on election day.
|Election day sights (sausage sizzle: top middle)
It was a nice day but goodness it has been a depressing campaign with the race to the bottom with refugee policies (including buying all the leaky boats in Indonesia to stop asylum seekers getting ti Australia), 'suppositories of wisdom', more arrogance than compassion, and lacklustre leaders. So rather than dwelling on results (we live in a safe seat where there are no surprises), here are some things that made me smile today:
- Being handed how to vote cards by a fellow blogger. It's a small world. (And if you wonder why we need how to vote cards, pity us for having 97 senate candidates to choose from this year! Argh!)
- Our local member arriving at our polling booth, handing out about 3 how to vote flyers before racing off to the next booth. (To be fair, I have been at a function with him and he is very personable.)
- Kevin Rudd announcing he was standing down from the Labour leadership. It was a bright moment in a tortuously long concession of defeat.
- The young girl pouting and posing behind an exhausted Bill Shorten, an MP on the losing side of politics, as he spoke to the television cameras.
|Sausages with sweet potato chips, stir-fried rainbow chard and plum and apple chutney.
Previously on Green Gourmet Giraffe:
One year ago: Mad Mex and Melbourne Central
Two years ago: CC Bookshops, pretzel buns, burgers and corn salad
Three years ago: Winchelsea Larder - regional goodness
Four years ago: Chocolate cookies and pizza
Five years ago: A bloody tale of burritos and beans
Vegan GF Sausages
Adapted from the Crabby Crafter
Makes about 8-10 sausages
400g can of white beans, drained and mashed
1/2 cup quinoa flour
1/4 cup brown rice flour
1/4 cup buckwheat flour
*2 tbsp psyllium husks
4 tbsp nutritional yeast flakes
1 tsp powdered sage
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp fennel seeds, ground
1/2 cup cooked quinoa
2 tbsp water
juice of 1/2 a lemon
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 small onion, finely diced
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
1 tbsp wholegrain mustard
seasoning to taste (I used 1/2 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper)
Mix together all ingredients. Check seasoning and adjust according to taste. It should come together to make a dough that you can knead with perhaps a few cracks. Grab handfuls and roll into sausage shape. Wrap each sausage in foil (twisting each end like a Christmas cracker to seal them) and place in a steamer basket. Steam for about 40 minutes. They are now ready to grill or fry and I think they would even be sturdy enough for the BBQ.
* Psyllium husks are not essential. The Crabby Crafter didn't use them when she made them but I really like their binding properties - and I also have a tub of the stuff that needs to be used. (I have had a few comments ask about this so hopefully this helps)
On the Stereo:
50 favourite nursery rhymes, vol II: Patsy Biscoe
This post is part of Vegan Month of Food September 2013. This year for Vegan MoFo I am cooking recipes inspired by some favourite tv shows - and veering off topic occasionally. Go to my Vegan MoFo list for more of my Vegan MoFo posts.