Cunobelin wrote:There are two things that should not be allowed to exist
"Meat free" Sausages
"Alcohol free" beer
Well - I'd counter that by saying: pork sausages (or indeed those made from any other sort of meat) ought never to have been invented! Loathsome things. Incidentally, is it true that most Italian salamis are made from horsemeat? Not that that makes them any worse....
You should try one of our faves - home-made Glamorgan sausages - completely meat-free (but not vegan). Admittedly, not true 'sausages', I'd call them more like croquettes - but tasty! The original recipe called for 'Glamorgan' cheese which I believe no longer exists: Caerphilly is a reasonable substitute, but expensive. We generally use crumbly Wensleydale or Lancashire - or, when in France, a crumbly white brebis cheese which seems to work very well with this recipe. If anyone is interested I can post the recipe.
Other kinds of meat-free sausages? Cauldron brand are OK in a sausage & beans casserole - a sort of meat-free Cassoulet if you like. We do this as a quick'n'easy meal when short of time. Not tried those 'sausages' grilled or fried, don't think it would work so well.
Alcohol-free beer? Not something I'd go out of my way for, when just drinking; but an excellent compromise when I'm driving, having a lunch stop, and don't want to drink anything sweet like fruit juice (sometimes pubs can serve a cup of tea with your meal, but not always). I agree the taste of 0% beer leaves something to be desired.