Friday, May 24, 2013

Flowers in our garden

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Making scrumptious sausages....

This week we had a go at making homemade sausages, and, as we love the results, we thought we'd share! As you can see, you don't have to use casings if you don't want to, and it's especially easy if you have a meat grinder, but with perseverance, a food processor will do.

All you need is a couple of pounds of pork butt, with a ratio of about a third fat to two-thirds lean meat. Remove the skin, and cut into chunks. Grind coarsely - this is easier if the meat is really cold. Add seasonings and spices to taste (we used homegrown sage and rosemary, salt and pepper). Then, get four pieces of baking parchment, about 12 inches by 4 inches. Take a quarter of the mixture and start rolling.

Now, roll in up in the baking parchment...and place on a baking tray, open side face down. Repeat until you have done all four, then bake at 400F for 10 minutes:

Unwrap, cut them up, and they're ready for freezing, or browning in a pan to eat straightaway!

We got our our organic meat from the famous Fleischer's in Uptown Kingston for this batch, and the result was DELICIOUS! Just quite different from anything you'd find in a supermarket, and good value too. Yum, yum, yum..........enjoy.....

Saturday, May 4, 2013

A Buddhist Wedding

Congratulations to Bob Thompson and Michael Kunz who were married this afternoon in beautiful Spring weather. The ceremony took place in our backyard overlooking the Esopus Creek. It was wonderful to meet everyone from Ohio, and we wish them all the very best for the future!