You’ll be pleased to know the Wedding Singer returned with my car yesterday and was on Cloud Nine because his band’s performance had gone so well. The bride was so pleased she wrapped herself around my Archie and gave him a big embrace to thank him. Archie, having never before sung at a wedding, (in a paid capacity), wasn’t sure what songs to sing but though she might like, ‘I Wanna Grow Old With You’, from the Wedding Singer and written by Adam Sandler.
Well that was a tear-jerker. The bride was a mess!
The wedding was three hours from home and set in a little country town and you would remember that Archie has no wheels and was taking my car. As he was leaving for the wedding he asked, ‘Ah mum, would you know how much petrol is in the car?’ And I rolled my eyes and handed him a fifty. ‘Oh, thanks, mum. I won’t spend it all but do you mind if I use a bit to get some McDonalds on the way down?’ I said, ‘Archie, buy as many burgers as you like, just drive safely’.
On the way back, he and his band members who were all in my car because they are musicians with not an asset between them, needed more petrol and didn’t want to dip into their hard earned cash so they stopped in three different towns and busked. (And this would be after I phoned him saying I urgently needed my car back and how much longer was he going to be). Never mind.
He walked in at about 5pm and said, ‘Mum, you wouldn’t believe it. We did 15 minutes of busking in three different towns and we made enough to fill up your car and buy lunch and you’ve got more petrol now than you did before we left. Isn’t that great! And mum, there was someone at the wedding whose son is getting married soon and they want me to sing at their wedding. Isn’t that great’.
‘Marvelous; but will you be needing my car, Archie?’
And another reason Archie is on an absolute high is because his favourite band in the whole world, Mumford and Sons, is touring here at the moment and Archie has tickets to three of their concerts. On Thursday night he’s going to one in the city, then on Friday and Saturday nights he’ll be camping in a country town called, Dungog, where he’ll go to two more performances. You will be relieved to know he doesn’t need my car. One of the boys has hit on his mother so she will be walking everywhere this weekend instead of me. But Archie does need his father’s camping equipment.
‘Hey dad! Have we got a tarpaulin?’
‘Yes’, said Carl, ‘But it’s a really big one’.
‘Doesn’t matter. I’ll take it. Can I take the trestle tables?’
‘Both of them?’
‘You can take one’.
‘But we want to set up a really big camp site’.
‘Well you don’t have to bring everything. Let the others bring some gear’.
‘All right, I’ll just take one. Have you seen my trangia?’
‘Have a look in your room’.
‘What about camping chairs? Have we got any?’
‘Probably. Have a look in the shed’.
So the sorting and the borrowing and the packing went on and then Archie had a shower with his i-phone plugged in beside him belting out the latest Mumford and Sons songs and so Arabella, who was trying to study, burst into tears. She packed her things and went down the hill to move in with my parents. But that’s a good thing because she gets more study done there.
And just as well she left when she did because then there was a knock on the door and it was the one they call Tea-Koi and he came in and he and Archie stayed up ALL NIGHT talking about the upcoming weekend and how exciting it’s going to be and who’s bringing what and how many more sleeps etc.
This morning Carl went down the hill and took Arabella out for breakfast. She’s in good spirits (her spirits aren’t quite at the same level as Archie’s though), but she’s still in good form and was very much looking forward to having her first exam over with.
I made her these sausage rolls for after her exams. They are quick and easy to make (although messy) and with the spicy tomato chutney in them they really don’t need a lot of sauce. Just heat and serve!
Quick and Easy Sausage Rolls
Degree of Difficulty: 2/5
Cost: These are very inexpensive to make.
- 400g sausage mince
- 300g chicken mince
- 1 brown onion, finely chopped
- 1 large carrot, grated
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- handful chopped parsley
- 3 tbspns spicy tomato chutney (or similar – you could substitute with a great tomato sauce – something that packs a punch).
- 4 sheets frozen puff pastry
- milk for brushing
Pre-heat oven to 220C (430F).
Line 2 baking trays with baking paper.
In a large bowl add sausage mince, chicken mince, onion, carrot, egg, parsley and chutney and add some seasoning. Mix with clean hands until combined. This is why it’s a messy business.
Take a sheet of puff pastry and cut in half. Take one of the halves and add sausage mixture and spread along pastry evenly. Brush along the edge of the pastry with milk then roll leaving the joined edge sitting on the bottom. Cut on the diagonal into 6 even pieces and place on tray.
Continue until all sausage rolls are made.
Brush tops of sausage rolls with milk.
Place in oven for 15 minutes.
Serve warm with more tomato chutney for dipping.