|Looks a good colour.|
|Much easier and quicker with the bacon slicer.|
The last time we cured bacon we had found it was rather hard by the time we were down to the last pound, so freezing it ready sliced seems a good option, (we hope) .
This bacon will last us until the next pigs are done, to us bacon is now a luxury item, we had more or less done without it for a number of years except on the odd occasion when we splashed out on some organic bacon.Commercially produced bacon is full of water and it's very off putting to see white gunge (all manner of chemicals) appearing as you fry your rashers, plus the problem of animal welfare. Even in this day and age commercial pigs are kept and treated in the most appalling way.
We have already sampled the bacon, it's good but a little sweet for my taste but fine for Simon, next time we will cut down on the amount of sugar that we use. We used the River Cottage recipe this time, we will use the recipe we had tried first time round in future.
The cheeks of the pigs were brined for two weeks, in a wet cure then boiled for two hours, skinned, rolled in breadcrumbs then tightly rolled in clingfilm for two days to set the shape of a typical Bathchap.
The very dry weather continues, if it doesn't rain in the next four days we will once again be in a official drought.
|Lots of Crab Apples.|
|Birds eye view.|
|I meant to do this, honest!|
|but this is not such a good idea.|
|That was fun.|
The builder that was recommended has turned out to be a total gem, in the past week the chimney that was causing damp has been removed, the roof made good and the chimney flue filled with builders vermiculite, no more damp and no more drafts. The utility room and adjoining bathroom floors have been tiled, this is a job that we had intended to do ourselves three years ago, other jobs became priority so it was on a very long finger. Tomorrow he starts work building the front door porch, again, a job that we had intended doing ourselves but have not got round to. He is a brilliant worker and very reasonable so there is little point in doing the work ourselves and killing ourselves in the process. He will also be re- plastering the kitchen ceiling which got damaged when we had a burst water pipe as soon as we have moved here. We would recommend him to anyone, and he turns up on time!
The garden is still blooming well,
|This weeks flowers.|
Last week I was saying how few birds of prey we seem to have, well we have now seen a Kestrel hovering over the donkey's field, and talking to a friend today who lives a few miles away she has Merlins. It would seem that the bird of prey population is growing, or maybe we are just being more observant.