Sausages – a dirty word when I was growing up because they have always been haram and made from pork and everyone knows that if you say the word “P. I. G.” your tongue will be defiled (in Urdu: “paleet” meaning ritually unclean or soiled) until you ate a banana or fish (I kid you not!). So the thought of eating sausages or even casting one’s glance on them was an abhorrent thought! Such is the conditioning that we are put through as Muslim children that until recently I was suffering cognitive dissonance with regards to halal sausages! They are sausages but they are halal, they are sausages but they are halal, they are sausages but they are halal . . . does not compute. Anyway, having got over it and having sampled some of the halal sausages on offer, I don’t have an issue any more and so “halal sausages” now computes with me!
I must say that a lot of the sausages on offer are nothing to write home about, some of the Turkish ones are passable if a bit bland and the KQF ones are OK. I have been dying to try traditional British sausages but have not been able to locate them anywhere, that is until now. The good people at Abraham Natural Produce to a selection of halal sausages that sound rather tasty, I have placed my order with them and now eagerly awaiting confirmation and delivery. There are a few varieties to choose from as well:
Garlic & Herb – Subtle background flavour of garlic.
Basil & Tomato – chopped Italian sun-dried tomatoes with sweet basil leaves.
Goan Vindaloo – a Goan speciality of Portuguese origin. Made with garam masala, chillies, garlic and ginger. Hot hot hot!
Korma Curry – adapted from the Indian dish. Contains coconut, lemon grass and Eastern spices.
Traditional British – a good old British banger.
Chiang Mai – originating from northern Thailand with coconut, lemon grass and Thai spices.
Cost: ?6.99 p/kilo & P+P