Ugh, it’s miserable here this morning. Barely light and raining heavily, I’m just glad that Maisie’s half term break started yesterday so we haven’t had the school run to deal with.

Anyway, on a positive note, it’s the sort of weather that makes you crave something warming and tasty, so today I have not one, but two comfort food recipes to help you get through the day.

The first is a delicious Sausage and Bean Casserole which can be cooked on the hob if time is a little short. Also, if you keep a pack of sausages in the freezer, the rest of this meal is pretty much made from store cupboard ingredients. It serves 2-3 adults I would say (but then we’re greedy in our house). You will need:

1 tbsp veg or olive oil

1 large onion, sliced

6 fat sausages

2 cans beans (I vary this, but you can try haricot, borlotti, black eyed, canellini etc…)

1 tsp mustard

Half bottle passata

1 tbsp black treacle

Half pint of chicken stock

Brown the sausages in the oil in a deep sided frying pan. Next add the sliced onion and fry gently til golden and soft.

Add all of the remaining ingredients and give it a good stir before bringing to the boil.

At this stage you can either pop it into a casserole dish with a lid on and cook in the oven for about an hour on a lowish heat (say 170-180 degrees) or you can leave it in your frying pan and pop a lid on (or cover with foil) and simmer on a low heat for about forty five minutes. This is best served with crusty bread and perhaps a dollop of creme fraiche!

Right, well that’s the savoury sorted, but I did say I have two recipes for you and the second is for mindblowingly good Gluten Free Chocolate Brownies. I can’t claim any of the credit for this recipe but wanted to share it with you nonetheless. To find it you’ll need to head over to the fantastic foodie blog Frugal Feeding. When the blog post popped into my Inbox I knew that we’d be giving this recipe a go and it didn’t disappoint.

I wouldn’t like to think about how many calories you might be consuming if you have both the casserole and the brownies, but I do know that both will leave you in a state of cosy well being.

Happy Weekend!