A Busy Day

Hot Dogs

Hot Dog Sausages

Smoked partridge

Smoked Partridge

Pork Liver Pate

Pork Liver Pate

Traditional Faggots

Traditional Faggots

Recipes to follow



Hot Dog Sausages

Whilst the chorizo I made looked great, they were actually very crumbly when cut. I have since found out that the recipe I used originally didn't have citric acid in it, it was its addition that caused the crumbliness. The recipe has subsequently been amended. I will post it online after I have made some successfully. What with Christmas, and everything else, I haven't got around to it.

It's about time to get another half pig, but in the meantime I thought I'd have a go at making a good hot dog sausage. Now, I know many people consider hot dogs junk food, and turn their noses up, but they're just boring kill joys, there's nothing better than having a bread roll full of hot dog and onions, with lashings of mustard and tomato sauce.

Hot Dogs

The recipe's an adaption of Big Guy's at the sausagemaking.org forum. I used beef instead of the chicken and smoked them over oak for an hour, or so, rather than add liquid smoke.

All in all they've turned out really well.


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Veggie Box - Warning: May Contain Vegetables

Abel and Cole Veg and Fruit boxI thought I'd better put a warning on this post, given that I read today that Cadbury's Dairy Milk contains milk and their Fruit and Nut chocolate bar also contains nuts! Apparently, the warnings that Cadbury have added to their products are to comply with legal requirements. The world's gone mad!

Anyway, back to fruit and veggie box that online organic supplier Abel and Cole sent me 'cos I'm an altogether nice guy - no, no you cynical lot, it's not 'cos they're running an SEO link building campaign! Anyway, what the heck, I enjoyed the contents and quite liked the mystery of opening the box and then cooking meals to suit. Although, given that the box contained mainly staple items, this wasn't exactly a challenge.

I could have posted about the Poule au Pot I made using the veg, or the roasted vegetables, and soups that we also enjoyed - but what with having the lousy cold that's been going around, I just couldn't be bothered. Instead you get this load of cods wallop.

So what did the box, that retails at £15.95, contain? Well there were leeks, mushrooms, white cabbage, parsnips, carrots, onions and potatoes along with bananas, oranges and small apples. Good Value? Well yes, if you want organic fruit and veg, the price compares very favourably with the leading supermarkets, and as a bonus, delivery is free.

Will I be signing up for a regular delivery? Well no, unfortunately this style of buying doesn't suit the way we buy veg. I'm sorry, but what I'm about is supporting local producers so if I wanted a regular box it would be from a local grower.