Bits and pieces dinners #1: Sausages and mash


I’m not sure why but I really enjoy dinners comprised of a whole bunch of different little dishes. Maybe because you get to try all sorts of different things without the flavours becoming boring.

That is why I wanted to do a series on bits and pieces dinners and the first one is a sausages and mash version.

The great thing about bits and pieces dinners is you don’t have to stick to what we served, if you find a side or you make something you like better, substitute it in!

See what your local supermarket has, you never know what delicious and easy sides they have to offer.

The best thing about these types of dinners is how quickly you can rustle up a large meal.


  • Packet of pre chopped sweet potato and squash
  • Milk
  • Butter
  • Garlic granules
  • Dried thyme
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Add the pre chopped sweet potato and squash to a pot and cover with water, add a little salt to the water
  2. Bring to the boil and cook for around 10 minutes or until they are soft
  3. Drain the vegetables and return to the pot, off the heat
  4. Add a splash of milk, tablespoon of butter and a small sprinkle of garlic granules, dried thyme and salt and pepper and mash until creamy


  • Packet of cumberland pork sausages
  • Olive oil


  1. Add a little olive oil to a frying pan on medium heat
  2. Poke small holes in the sausages before adding them to the pan
  3. Fry until brown on all sides and cooked through
  4. Place on a plate and cover with foil to keep warm


  • Packet of trimmed green beans
  • Packet of tenderstem brocolli
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Boil a full jug of water
  2. Trim the ends of the tenderstem broccoli
  3. Place green beans and broccoli into a heatproof (preferably insulated) dish
  4. Cover with boiled water for 5 minutes
  5. After 5 minutes, drain the greens and return to the dish
  6. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper

Cauliflower cheese

  • Packed of M&S cauliflower cheese for baking


  1. Place in the oven for 32 minutes at 200 degrees celsius or as instructed on the packet


  • Packet of brown onion gravy


  1. Heat in the microwave and cover with foil to keep warm


Once all the pieces are ready, place them on the table for everyone to help themselves.

One Comment Add yours

  1. Cathryn says:

    Looks delicious.


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