Lovely pork, a lovely walk and a lovely family portrait!

We had a busy weekend. Our annual pig carcass arrived from the Isle of Raasay after being a happy, free-range pig for several months. It truly is wonderful pork so, armed with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s ‘Meat’ book, our trusted guide around a pig, we set to work.

Butchery

Butchery 2

Butchery 3

It took us virtually all day to prepare most cuts for the freezer and to put the legs and hocks to cure. This year we’ve used a cider cure. The following day we made chorizo….one…

chorizo 1

…two…

chorizo 2

…three…

chorizo 3

…and after a simple, delicious lunch of sautĂ©ed kidney with a poached egg, I made brawn after a long, slow simmer of the head along with stock vegetables, bouquet garni and cloves.

brawn

Unusually this year, the weather was mild whilst we were doing our butchery bit which was great as we usually end up with numb feet after standing in one spot on a concrete floor for hours! Thank you Mother Nature! But now the wind has changed to a north-westerly and the glen is a chilly place. It’s been a day of sunshine and hail showers; nice to get out for a walk in the glen.

the glen

river hinnisdal

Garybuie + ridge

To finish this post, I just had to show you a family portrait – photographic this time – of Broody Brenda and her ‘chicks’. I know how she feels, I have two sons who tower over me too!

Brenda

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2 Responses to “Lovely pork, a lovely walk and a lovely family portrait!”

  1. Le Petit Potager Says:

    The glen looks so beautiful and Brenda quite dwarfed by her offspring; the young ones look like those body builders you see flexing their muscles.

  2. garybuie01 Says:

    Don’t they just! It’s comical how Brenda likes her occasional ‘mum and son’ time!
    Christine

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