On a good day I can be a bit obsessed with food magazines.  I’ve been reading them for years but my obsession really kicked into gear when I moved to NYC for school and subscriptions became SO CHEAP.  If you try to subscribe for most magazines from Canada prices are about $40+ per year whereas in the U.S. you’re looking at about $12 per year.  Needless to say I used to subscribe to Cooking Light, Everyday Foods, Food & Wine, Bon Appétit, Gourmet, Cooks Illustrated and likely others that I’m forgetting.

Since moving back to Canada and becoming even more into food I no longer read a lot of those magazines and have streamlined my subscriptions to Saveur and Cooks Illustrated.  I like Cooks Illustrated for the “science” and testing behind the recipes.  The geek in me loves the super detailed accounts.  I’m all about Saveur for their travel pieces and all-around interesting stuff.   The others have fallen to the wayside for various reasons: I’m not into light cooking (Cooking Light), I need more of a challenge (Everyday Foods), I’m just not that into you anymore (Food & Wine).  Plus with the proliferation of food blogs, I devote a lot more energy ready about good online than I do in print… which I of course feel bad about being a former journalism student (and sometimes journalist).

One of the joys that I discovered during recent travels is picking up a local food publication.  While in Paris a few years ago I picked up a French magazine called Saveurs.  It was beautifully styled and shot and had a lot of interesting recipes and features.  It also made me feel quite smart casually reading a French magazine.  When I was in Jamaica over a year ago I picked up a Jamaican cookbook while killing time in the airport.  I don’t think I’ve made anything from it yet but I like the idea of having a Jamaican cooking reference on hand.

While in London I didn’t set out to buy any food-related publications but while browsing in Sainsbury one evening I stumbled across the magazine aisle and noticed Jamie Oliver’s magazine, Jamie. I think I ambiently knew that Jamie had a magazine but I never really thought too much about it. Frankly, we probably have it in Canada. I bought it anyway because I was curious.

Jamie Magazine is completely an extension of Jamie Oliver the TV personality and food crusader. There’s an emphasis on seasonal and local as well as on health (but without being weird about it). The magazine isn’t glossy and instead has a nice matte feel to it. I kind of love it!

I loved it even more when I decided to cook from it. First up was the Summery Sausage and Tomato Bake. Interestingly enough there wasn’t the usual long recipe. I found this recipe in a back-of-book feature where Jamie has short and quick recipes to get you through the month. I still had some of my Charcutepalooza Italian sausages in the freezer to use up so I knew this recipe was for me. I don’t know about you, but I never really know what to do with sausages. I usually either pan fry them or throw them in the oven and serve with mashed potatoes. I mean, it’s good but nothing crazy. Jamie’s recipe has us bake the sausages in wine, lemons, garlic, onions and tomatoes. Pretty fantastic.

This is the perfect weeknight meal. Barely any chopping involved and everything pretty much goes into the pan all at once so you can walk away and be done with it. The result was perfectly cooked sausage with loads of flavour. If I thought my sausage was good before, cooking them in wine only made them more awesome.

This recipe would go nicely with a variety of different sausages and you could probably throw in some other vegetables in instead of just grape tomatoes. This is easily going to make it into my regular dinner rotations.



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6 Responses to Summery Sausage and Tomato Bake

  1. I like Jaime Olivers recipes and this one looks delicious, thanks for sharing. Regarding subscriptions, I usually go to the magazine sites on line rather than getting the magazine. I live in a small place and don’t have a lot of space for magazine subscriptions.

    • whatsonmyplate says:

      I do the same online hunting but some magazines have such great articles that I like to read them on the subway etc.

  2. What a brilliant post, so perfect for weekdays as you said, or for lazy people like myself that just dont want to stand over the cooker all night :) I adore proper good bangers, mash n onion gravy, but you are right that there are a shortage of things to do with sausages and this looks like a really lovely alternative. Will definitely be trying it out as we have a silly amount in the freezer right now! Thanks for the great recipe :)

  3. Love those types of easy one-pot meals!

  4. this is a great recipe! thanks for sharing! :)

  5. Pilar says:

    This was absolutely delicious. I LOVE how simple this is. I actually made Jamie Oliver’s 30-min cassoulet with sausage recently as well and still found this dish to be more impressive. Maybe the fact the lemons were edible was just too surprising. Thank you for sharing.

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