I’ve spent my Saturday creating recipes for the Heck chicken chipolatas despite chicken and sausages being my least favourite meats to eat/cook…so why am I using them you might be asking? Well the delicious sausage brand Heck have rebranded for Movember as Check to fight for men’s health and raise awareness of the campaign. With just four in ten 18-24 year old men knowing what to look for, compared with six in ten over-55s, I was really shocked and surprised by the statistics and understood the need for spreading the word. Their packs of Chicken Italia sausages are renamed CHECK for Novemberm with the company hoping to raise up to £25,000 for Movember Foundation through sales and to encourage thousands more men to take action when it comes to their health, and especially to check themselves for signs of testicular cancer.
At the beginning of 2016 Jamie Keeble, co-founder and eldest son of the family behind HECK found a lump on one of his testicles which was quickly found to be cancerous, “It was only a small lump, about the size of a 5p coin, but I knew it was wrong and went to see my GP straightaway, “ says Jamie. “I’m lucky, I caught my cancer early. But conversations with friends and with nurses and doctors have told me that many guys my age simply aren’t aware of either the fact that testicular cancer is more common in younger than older guys, or that they need to check themselves regularly”.
Unsure on how to actually check yourself, then take a look at these easy steps to follow:
So once my sausages arrived, I decided that I wouldn’t just whack them into a sausage sandwich. I have actually never tried a chicken sausage before so this was new territory, but instead of searching recipes online, I simply decided to use up what I had at home, for a Winter warmer.
What I used:
One pack of Heck chicken sausages ( HECK £3 for 340g*)
One pack of rice noodles
5 chopped up spring onions
2 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce
Half a cup of chopped tomatoes
2 Tablespoons of tomato puree
1 fried egg yolk It’s a really simple, warming dish to make. I simply popped the sausages in the oven for 20 minutes on 180 degrees, whilst mixing together the tomato sauce (chopped tomatoes, puree, onions, and Worcestershire sauce) in a pot for ten minutes on a low heat. As soon as the sausages are browned and cooked inside, I added the rice noodles to the sauce for 2 minutes on a medium heat, and prepared the fried egg to put on the top of the dish. It’s something that would work with pasta instead, it just depends what you have at home at the time.
Getting into the Movember spirit here are some very practical and serious ideas whilst you’re putting down the razor for a month.