|The impressive looking sausage meat grinder / |
sausage stuffer. This is it doing the first (coarse)
pass on our cubed belly pork.
We had been loaned the use of an almost-new and very shiny, impressive looking sausage meat grinding machine cum sausage stuffer to have a play with some of our belly pork. These machines are like an electric version of aul' Granny's hand grinder - a funnel drops the diced meat down a tube, a worm-drive pushing meat through a perforated plate via a spinning blade but they convert, by swapping the blade and plate for a plastic spacer and a tapered plastic tube over which you slide the concertina'd tube of "sausage skins" (casings). You run the twice-ground meat, rusk and flavourings mix back through and allow the casings to be gently pulled off the horn by the mix extruding through the exit hole. Every 3 inches or so you give the filled casing a deft twist and then you expertly knit three strands of sausage into those professional links of 'sossies' that festoon butchers shops. What could possibly go wrong?
|On the right 'plain' sausage meat; on the left with apple and sage|
|4 sausages was our lot. Not our finest hour.|
|The chickens celebrate Liz's Birthday|
|Bergamot, a gift from Anne last year. We thought we had |
killed it all, but we have 2 surviving clumps.
|The hollyhocks are looking good out front.|
|Brawn with loads of fresh parsley in it.|
|Salmon baked in cream with cucumber and lemon juice.|
|Split pig skulls as art materials?|
Her themes are magical, often found in folklore, fairytales or the manifestations of the strange around us, but just as magical is her transubstantiation of thoughts into haunting visual images – her translation of woven baskets into a drawn language as intricate and ordered as the baskets themselves, her conjuring of pieces of lace or coral as reliquaries of past life, or her invention of a scene so impossibly familiar that one wonders if it has rekindled a spark of lost memory." In practise she paints raggedy crows and magpies perching on babies cradles, pictures featuring skulls and mythical runes and folkloric stuff.
|Tidy sized mushrooms coming off the front lawn now.|