Tried my first attempt at making some Irish bresaola charcuterie and what is this I hear you ask? It’s a cured meat that’s served thinly sliced along with salads or a cheese board. Bresaola is an unusual one as it requires both a dry and wet cure. It’s really a simple recipe to try. Once its cured it can be left hanging in the kitchen for a month or two to mature and then used as required.
Cooking on the new stove is amazing, we can start off a pot roast for example on the cooker then leave it sitting on top of the stove bubbling away slowly all day.
Since we moved in we have spent all our time and effort setting up the smallholding, knowing that everything we done inside the house was pointless as we needed to completely renovate the house. There was one exception, the heating! We took my old log burning stove with back boiler with us and plugged it into the existing heating system but it was only 21.7KW and totally not sufficient to heat the house. It’s rated for 6-8 radiators & domestic hot water and couldnt manage the 36 radiators Continue reading
Only problem was it was in one whole fillet and frozen. But last night was the night I really wanted a big thick piece of fillet so out came the saw and knife… Continue reading
Had another glut of tomatoes so made a massive batch of tomato soup. It’s a 30 litre pot and was just over half full and I used over 9kg of tomatoes Continue reading
I came across a recipe for making blackberry & elderberry cordial and thought I’d give it a try. Mum had picked me a few kilo’s of blackberries a few weeks ago and they were in the freezer. We have plenty of jam so I thought why not give this a try. Continue reading
Chris got the first few kilos of tomatoes that I picked a couple of days ago prepared and in the oven and I started putting them through the machine after they were cooked. It has this great attachment that’s for slicing fruit and veg but its also great as a mouli, it grinds the pulp and juice out but leaves the skins behind Continue reading
We had our yearly end of summer BBQ a couple of weeks ago with family, friends and neighbors. This year I decided to make some sausages with a pork belly and shoulder that I had in the freezer. It was also a great excuse to try the new meat grinder and see how it performed Continue reading
We picked some of the beetroot and Chris started to pickle it and get it into jars to use later in the year Continue reading
Made these to go with dinner, fresh courgettes from the garden with our own goats cheese. Getting the goats cheese into the flowers is the trickiest part of preparing them… Continue reading