Chef Paul Rankin’s campaign to bring families together at mealtimes and “Save our Sausage”
I must admit that the daily hustle and bustle of life as a stay/work-at-home mum means that, sometimes, I don’t get to enjoy a sit-down dinner with the whole family. Instead, I’m busy doing other things like cleaning the infinite mess in the house, preparing the bedtime routine and getting ready for the school day ahead. In fact, on some occasions, I spend more time preparing and cooking the meal than, actually, sitting down and enjoying it with the family.
And, it seems I’m not alone in this. British mums and dads are typically spending 65% more time in the kitchen preparing the meal than enjoying sitting at the table with their family.
Michelin star chef, Paul Rankin, a regular on our television screens, has decided to embark upon a campaign to bring families together at the dinner table, which is just as important as the dinner they’re eating.
“… the pressure of modern life [is] clearly impacting our ability to do this, I’m keen to help mums and dads strike a balance around family meal times.”
Research reveals that the top five British favourite family meals continue to be the classic roast dinners, cottage pie, spaghetti Bolognese, curry, and bangers and mash. Paul Rankin believes that parents needn’t slave over elaborate dishes, but rather bring dinner time back to these staple and widely popular British meals.
“Sausages have always been a great home comfort food and a staple at the dinner table and I’m keen to ensure the humble sausage remains at the heart of family meal times. Our research showed that over a quarter of families choose the classic sausage as their favourite meal and almost a third of children say it is their favourite food. I’m keen to bring this traditional taste back to the dinner table and ensure the authentic recipe is carried on throughout the generations”
In 2009, Paul Rankin teamed up with artisan Irish food producer, Finnebrogue, to create a new range of sausages for Rankin Selection and the chef has come up with a new Irish sausage recipe as part of his campaign to “save our sausage”. The new Rankin Selection Irish Family Pork Sausages provide families with a better quality sausage, which has been created to a traditional, authentic Irish recipe taste.
Paul Rankin wants to show British parents that sausages can be a great modern meal solution to allow more time at the table and enjoy a classic family favourite.
With that said, let’s learn a little bit more about the classic sausage:
- The word ‘bangers’ originated from the fact that sausages, particularly in World War II under rationing, were made with water so they were more likely to explode under high heat if not cooked carefully. Although, this is not the case now, with modern sausages containing higher, better quality meat and less water.
- The word ‘sausage’ dates back to the 15th century in English
- Sausages have actually been prepared and enjoyed for over two thousand years.
- Sausage is usually made from ground meat, like pork beef or veal and combined with seasoning, breadcrumbs and a skin to seal the mixture.
- In the olden days, people didn’t own any refrigerators, so, in order to preserve their meat, they would salt and stuff it into tubular casings, hence the traditional sausage shape.
- On 4 October 2009, the largest sausage on record was made by the Kayseri Great Municipality in Kayseri, Turkey and weighed a whopping 1,740kg. The sausage was transported to a public square where it was cooked by 250 people
- The British Sausage Appreciation Society has more than 5,000 members in the UK
- In Germany, a typical takeout food is currywurst, a pork sausage served with spicy curried ketchup.
- There are more than 470 sausage recipes and flavours in the world – you could eat a different sausage every day for ten years!
So, I’m wholeheartedly backing Paul Rankin’s campaign and will be receiving some Rankin Selection Irish Family Pork sausages to create a great sausage recipe that will keep me in the kitchen less and more at the table, spending quality time with my family. I’ll be sure to post the recipe on Motherhood Diaries, so you can “save our sausage” and spend more time with the family at dinner too.
*Research from One Poll on behalf of Rankin Selection from 1,048 respondents, October 2015
**In collaboration with Rankin Selection and Foodies100
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