Awkward short-arm, weird smiling, head-lock selfie

What’s the link is between me, Accidental Aid Worker, Thai Chicken Sausage Rolls and celebrated political journalist, commentator and television host, cook, writer and hilarious podcaster, Annabel Crabb? It’s not obvious? It’s a tenuous link and that’s why it’s a classic, quirky Sue Liustory. 

When my friend and fellow author, Carly Findlay (see Say Hello story), told me that Annabel had agreed to help launch her book in Sydney, I was thrilled for her. Coincidently, I had been recently binge-listening the Chat 10 Looks 3 podcast (Annabel Crabb/Leigh Sales) and paying more attention to Annabel’s food posts on Instagram. A week prior to Carly’s event, Annabel had posted a photo of the sausage rolls she had made for her kids.

Over the Christmas/New Year, I had been through an intensive period of binge-baking batches of my delicious Thai Chicken Sausage Rolls for parties and I thought I’d gift Annabel the recipe. Sue’s (Famous) Thai Chicken Sausage Roll (TCSR) recipe had been shared on my Facebook and Instagram already and I figured that Annabel’s kids should share in the joy!

I was wasn’t committed to giving Annabel the recipe. I had printed out a copy just in case the opportunity presented itself in a natural way. In other words, I wasn’t about to go rushing up, waving a piece of paper in her face.

As I made my way through to the other side of Carly’s book signing queue, I ended up standing right next to Annabel. Reaching into my bag – I offered up a gift of my precious TCSR recipe. We had a chat about them and the fact that her kids would love them and she, a vegetarian, would not. I plucked up more courage and mentioned that I was also an author and asked if I could introduce her to my book. When she said she would like to see it, the copy I had in my handbag came out (like a Girl Scout – I came prepared).

This is how Annabel Crabb came to have her very own sign copy (with gifts) and my sausage roll recipe.

My hope is that firstly, my TCSR reach the mouths of her ‘babes and that they love them and, when the time is right, that Accidental Aid Worker may rise off ‘the bedside table stack’ and make it to Annabel’s eyes and brain, and that she many like it.

PS: I have no explanation why my face is so big in that photo. Doesn’t even look like me…

BONUS CONTENT: Sue’s (amazing) Thai Chicken Sausage Rolls recipe

You’re welcome

  • 1kg chicken mince
  • 3 tablespoons Thai red curry paste
  • 3 big garlic cloves-minced
  • 2 tablespoons of sesame seeds
  • Pepper and salt
  • A generous fist full of mixed chopped herbs – parsley, Vietnamese mint, shallots or Thai basil. 
  • 1 packet of frozen puff pastry
  • 2 eggs – beaten
  • More sesame seeds to sprinkle on top 


  1. Mix all the ingredients up in a bowl.
  2. Cut a sheet of puff pastry in half. Lay the mixture down the middle of the strip and fold over the excess and seal with a bit of the egg mix.
  3. Cut the sausage rolls to your desired size. For parties, I cut each length into 5 bite-sized rolls.
  4. Lay the rolls on to a baking tray lined with baking paper. Brush with the egg wash, and sprinkle more sesame seeds over the top, if you like.
  5. Bake in an oven until the tops and bottoms are brown (20 min at 180 deg)
  6. Serve hot or cold with sweet chilli or tomato sauce.

Can also be frozen in their raw state and baked from frozen.


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