Sausages and Sauerkraut

March 28, 2012

We kicked off last Friday night in style…homely, comforting, unembellished style.

It was nothing fancy. There was wine and olive bread, sausages and sauerkraut. And family.

Not having to be ‘switched on’ can be nice, especially on a Friday night. The closest of family and friends appreciate this without anything needing to be articulated. You can come together without any particular expectations or aspirations, and you can all just be.

You’ll eat, drink and unwind, breath in the brave, biting Autumn air and greet the weekend feeling wholly present and relaxed.

Sometimes nights like that are just what you need.

Wouldn’t it be grand if every Friday night could be this stylish? This nourishing and unfussed, while fostering feelings of utter contentment and joy at the thought of the weekend ahead? Sausages and sauerkraut are optional, of course.

So tell me, do you have a beloved ritual to ease you gleefully and gently (or maybe not so gently) into the weekend? I know it’s only Wednesday, but won’t you indulge me a little?

Heidi xo
  • Ashley March 28, 2012 at 8:36 am

    Oh how lovely, I love sausages and sauerkraut, so I would totally be down for this ritual 🙂 Your meal looks so lovely and colourful!

    Unfortunately we're not always very consistent with our weekend plans, but I suppose I always look forward to the weekends and to at least one breakfast out with Brad, as has become our little habit 🙂

  • Michelle Chin March 28, 2012 at 8:44 am

    nope i don't. i cook almost everyday so that itself, is a comforting ritual.

  • leaf (the indolent cook) March 28, 2012 at 8:49 am

    Such a lovely meal! Don't really have a ritual myself, other than looking forward to sleeping in. 😉

  • Leah March 28, 2012 at 8:57 am

    looks like a perfect friday night too me 😀

    Im fortunate enough to be able to stay home to look after my daughter, so i dont have a weekend as such. But come saturday when its hubby's weekend, we always indulge in a cafe brunch. It is our little ritual every weekend, just to unwind, and touch base with each other, <3

  • Chopinand @ ChopinandMysaucepan March 28, 2012 at 8:59 am

    Dear Heidi,

    I have not tried canned sauerkraut before. Cooking a nice meal at home. listening to some music and having some wine on a Friday nite is definitely my favourite way to ease into the weekend.

  • Heidi March 28, 2012 at 9:11 am

    Ashley – I love that. It's kind of become our ritual too, actually. Either sat or sun I LOVe brunching. we have such great spots in Melbourne too!

    Michelle – that's fabulous 🙂

    Leaf – my man would totally agree on that!

    Leah – sounds absolutely perfect. Such a lovely, special time 🙂

    Chopin – hear hear!

    Heidi xo

  • Nic@diningwithastud March 28, 2012 at 9:45 am

    I do love a quiet unfussy night in with good company. Usually our Friday nights are similar to this and we save our "fancy" night for Saturday 🙂

  • xoCATox March 28, 2012 at 10:12 am

    Wow! What a fabulous Friday night! I had a weekend full of family and hearty food. Best way to spend it – good food and good company! Every weekend should be like that 🙂 xx

  • Oh, Natalie.. March 28, 2012 at 11:13 am

    Gorgeous! Perfect Friday night in. I love indulging in home made goodies, bread and a little wine on Friday night – you can eat all the bread and pasta int he world, it's still better than pizza or fish & chips!


  • Lisa March 28, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    I'm lucky enough that my family are all within 10 minutes of each other. Our ritual is to gather together on a Wednesday for a meal (tonight yay!). It is just a simple meal, nothing fancy, with a couple of glasses of wine. A perfect catch up and excellent mark of mid-week.

    S and I often head out on a Friday night but I must admit, I just love it when we have a night in, curled up on the couch, with a simple meal like home made pizza and ice-cream for dessert.

    How is the sauerkraut in the can? My favourite red cabbage comes in a foil packet but I've seen the cans too and wondered about them.

  • wikigirl March 28, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    Yum! Your meals always look so yummy and wholesome 🙂 By Friday we're usually so tired, we'll pick up a nice bottle of sauvignon blanc and fish and chips from the new cafe in town.

  • Anna Johnston March 28, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    Love a quiet night to ease in the weekend! Although, sometimes we switch it up, do our socialising on Friday night so the rest of the weekend can be spent being quiet. I've never seen sauerkraut in a can, very cool, I love that you can buy pretty much anything in a can these days. 🙂

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella March 28, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    I love Friday nights in although going out for them also holds some allure! 😛 So how is newly married life? 😀

  • Heidi March 28, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    Nic – "quiet and unfussy with good company" – perfection 🙂

    Cat – I agree!! Sounds glorious 🙂

    Natalie – mmm pasta and wine, that would be my ultimate, actually!

    Lisa – your Wednesday night ritual sounds amazing, Lisa! I'm very jealous, I wish my family all lived closer. Your Friday night sounds fab too. The sauerkraut was delicious! I'm not a real connoisseur of the stuff, but the man in the shop where I bought the istra sausages said that they went really well together. I could tell it was a good brand…not sure if all canned sauerkraut would be that good!

    Wikigirl – sounds wonderful, especially in Summer 🙂

    Anna – you're right, sometimes going out on a Friday is fun too – kick starting the weekend in style 🙂

    Heidi xo

  • Heidi March 28, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    Lorraine – married life is wonderful, thank you, lovely! We're having lots of fun going out and being all young and in love 🙂 xo

  • Hannah March 28, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    Oh yes, people with whom you can just "be", who make you feel safe and "home" regardless of wear you are, are precious gifts. Sauerkraut is just a bonus.


  • Ames March 28, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    Over this past year, my parents and I have developed a guilty pleasure of watching a bit of NCIS together (either the original or LA will do), sometimes indulging with a bit of frozen yoghurt after dinner… nothing spectacular, but all in all a comforting and relaxing way to ease into the weekend :). Those sausages and grilled corn look delightful!

  • Hannah March 28, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    Sounds like the perfect night in to me! I am lucky enough to have Fridays off so I usually ease into the weekend by a sleep in and treat myself to brunch at the deli 🙂

  • Reeni March 29, 2012 at 11:38 am

    Everything looks wonderful especially the crusty bread! Baking is my way of easing into the weekend. It's very relaxing.

  • Sydney Shop Girl March 30, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    I love Friday nights like this.

    SSG xxx

  • Heidi March 30, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    Hannah – well said, lovely 🙂

    Ames – that's a fabulous ritual! It doesn't need to be spectacular to be wonderful, hey?

    Hannah – how dreamy, I love going out for brunch!

    Reeni – well that's just fabulous 🙂

    SSG – me too, hope you have a good one tonight, lovely!

    Heidi xo

  • Hannah March 31, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    "Wear" you are? Thank you for not pointing that out. Ugh me.

  • Blithely Unaware April 3, 2012 at 11:28 am

    Our weekends are SO haphazard, well they have been with Hamish being a chef and my nursing hours.
    I'm trying to change my roster so we have a "weekend" of sorts.
    Red wine is a MUST to ease into the weekend and before Hamish gets home I LOVE to watch Father Of The Bride.. ok, I admit, I watch it at least once a week hahahahaaa
    I adore the breakfast tradition you and Ben have on weekends, Hamish and I went for our first breakfast out in ages the other day, it was lovely!


  • The InTolerant Chef April 3, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    My dad makes his own sauerkraut, but I'm always a bit scared of it! I love a purple one with apples that I get at the markets.
    Our weekends are all over the place! My hubby likes to switch off, but I like to get going!

  • Heidi April 4, 2012 at 10:02 am

    Hannah – oh lady, I didn't even think on it hehe 🙂

    Blithely Unaware – ooooh so lovely! It's such a favourite thing of ours to do, so happy you got to do it after so long! I love father of the bride so much!! Definitely don't watch it as frequently as you 🙂 Maybe Waitress is my one that I watch so often. With red wine. Bliss.

    InTolerant Chef – yes sometimes ben is too switched off for me and I'm too switched on for him! What can you do 🙂 Props to your dad for making how own sauerkraut!

    Heidi xo