I'm certain I'm a half decent cook. Why? Because a fair few people tell me. My style is rustic, mainly Mediterranean with hearty flavours. I like to keep it simple. Normally there's only one pot or baking dish involved unless it's a roast. There no nobbing around with sous vides and fancy foams for me.
I reckon pretty much everyone that camps rustles up a sausage and tomato stew at some time. Klaus the Knaus has seen a fair few cooked on his stove over time, like the inaugural meal when I embarked on motorhome living in 2014. Here's yesterday's version that the kids pronounced delicious.
Sweat a couple of chopped onions and a big diced carrot in a glug of rapeseed oil. I also added a crushed clove of garlic that we got from the supermarket. It was a big as an elephant's arse so if you follow this recipe with normal sized stuff you might need two or three.
Pop three luscious long chipolatas in with the chopped veggies. They can cook through at the same time. I kept the lid of the pan on and the sausages didn't go brown. They looked a bit anaemic but no matter. A hearty sauce covers a multitude of sins.
Chop up the sausages into bite sized pieces. Add a crushed tin of chopped tomatoes, a squirt of Muscadet from a wine box, dried rosemary, a teaspoon of smoked paprika and a good grinding of salt and pepper. I also popped in a bit of the rouille that we add to our Breton fish soup. Add a tomato can of water and let it simmer away without the lid on until it's all reduced down to a thick gloopy consistency. More of the Muscadet and a good book comes in handy while you wait. I'm onto 'Driving Over Lemons' now guys!
And that's it. Add the juice of half a lemon and serve in bowls with a crusty baguette.