More Royal Bangers Please!

We are in Royal wedding madness people and if you’re not you better jump on board!  The Royal wedding of Prince William and Kate was this morning and it was amazing.  Before I go into too much details about my royal morning let me talk about dinner. I dedicated Thursday night’s dinner and my breakie today to the lovely English couple!

I first want to say how ironic the big hype is about this wedding.  I actually made plans to watch the wedding but did I even know when Chelsea Clinton or Jenna Bush got married? Uh no oops! I think the real hype over this wedding is because the media and people are looking at Kate as Diana, also the fact that she is a commoner marrying into royalty.  And lets just say it, she’s about to become a princess (okay Duchess if you want to get technical) and that just makes everyone so excited to witness this magical day.

Pre-wedding night, or last night, I made bangers and mash with my dear friend Becky.  Bangers and mash, which is sausage and mashed potatoes, is a typical English dinner.  It is a quick easy meal that can be thought of as pub grub.  I made Ina Garten’s recipe and it was delicious! The mashed potatoes had mustard in them and they were literally amazing.  Ina didn’t give include gravy and that is my only suggestion.  So put your English eating pants on, grab a cider beer and dig in!


2 pounds Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and quartered

4 tbs unsalted butter

½ cup whole milk (I used 2%)

4 ounces crème fraiche (if you can’t find this sour cream substitutes just fine)

2 tsp Dijon mustard

2 tsp whole grain mustard

1 tsp dry mustard- if you don’t want to buy this it is okay to leave out!

1 tsp pepper

8 chicken sausage


Place the potatoes in a large saucepan with 1 tablespoon of salt and enough water to cover the potatoes.  Bring to a boil and simmer for 20 to 25 minutes, until the potatoes are very tender.  Drain the potatoes and return them to the saucepan.  Add the butter, milk, and crème fraiche and beat the potatoes in the pan with a mixer (or just mash with fork or potato masher) until very smooth and creamy.  Add a little extra milk if they’re too stiff.  Mix in the Dijon mustard, whole-grain mustard, and dry mustard, 1 tablespoon salt, and the pepper.

Grill the sausages on grill or in a pan on the stovetop on medium-high heat.  Cook for about 5 minuets on each side!

Serves 4-6

We’re Doing the Bunny Hop!

The Easter bunny has been hoping down the bunny trail and he stopped by East Lansing to ask me to do some serious experiments this Easter…perfecting the hard-boiled egg.  I have been annoyingly attempting to peel eggs for years now and normally lose half the egg from the shell being stuck to it!  I decided enough is enough and tried a strategy for hard-boiled eggs I saw on the Food Network, and Giada de Laurentiis assures you that this is the perfect way to hard-boil an egg.

I put three eggs in a pot and filled the water to about an inch higher than the eggs. Once the water began to boil I took the pot off the heat and covered it. Then left the eggs for 10 minutes, then placed them in cold water for 5 minutes.  I was so excited to peels these and yep, same old annoying thing!  I lost half the egg in the shell and eventually gave up and threw the egg away.  So, let round 2 begin ding, ding, ding.  I did some more research and read that you should leave about an inch of water in the pot and peel the egg in the water.  I did this and it worked a lot better but not perfect.  I thought to myself whatever this is good enough, then my mom brought it to my attention that I had grabbed the eggs from the fridge that were already hard boiled for dyeing eggs.  So, if there is one bit of advice I can give you for boiling eggs it is to use fresh eggs and not already hard-boiled ones!

I had to do one more test to find out if I had really figured out the trick.  I boiled 3 eggs again (BTW I was using large eggs) once the water began to boil I covered it and let sit for 12 minutes then placed the eggs in a cold-water bath for 5 minutes.  As I began to peel the eggs in the inch of water the shell basically fell off! Bingo! Easter bunny I didn’t fail you!