Two or so years ago, I encountered Linda McCartney's vegetarian sausages when at a barbecue with Mr Bite's family. Vegetarian sausages have always seemed a bit fake to me, although I do eat them on occasion. However, the Linda McCartney brand tasted entirely different to any variety I'd had before. I left the barbecue determined to track them down at the one Perth supermarket that supposedly stocked them.
Two years later, I still haven't visited that supermarket. However, I did recently discover them at another supermarket I visit on occasion. There were other varieties of the Linda McCartney range too, and on looking online, there are many other products that I would like to try if they appeared locally.
The ingredient list for these sausages isn't particularly inspiring, and it's difficult to know where the flavour comes from. Perhaps the lack of soy makes a difference, but whatever the reason, these do taste wonderful. They don't taste like meat, and they don't taste like fake vegetarian meat, and really the main thing I can say about them is that they taste good.
We had them last night when we needed an early dinner and I wanted something that wouldn't use the oven (too hot). They paired nicely with green salad and cold potatoes and lived up to my memories of two years earlier. I definitely prefer them to the other varieties of vegetable sausages I've tried.
Our early dinner was needed because last night also included an excursion to an outdoor film screening, run as part of the Perth International Arts Festival. The summer film festival has been running for years, so it is a bit embarrassing that I hadn't been to one of the screenings previously.
There are two locations showing films, one quite centrally located and one in the northern Perth suburbs. We went for the central option, which is enclosed within trees and located not far from the Perth river. We had hoped that the combination of trees and river might bring some cool temperatures, but alas, it was still 29'C when the movie finished at 10pm.
Temperature aside, I loved the setting and found the cloth, beach-style seats more comfortable than traditional movie theatre chairs.
The movie itself, Safety Not Guaranteed, was enjoyed by both of us and managed to blend drama, comedy, science fiction and romance in a way that worked surprisingly well (and no doubt increased the possible audience by covering so many categories!).
It might have been hot, but it was a lovely summer night all the same.
Have you tried anything from the Linda McCartney range?
Or seen many non-mainstream films?