Meet the sheep

Here are two of our four sheep. We got them on the same premise as the pigs, ie to fatten up over the summer, in the hope they would add some variety to our meat diet. Better than pigs they wouldn’t need feeding and would be a very economical source of deliciousness. The maths look good […]

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Great Cottage Breakfast

Sometimes the only way to start the week is with a massive fry up. We wanted to eat a full English breakfast that had been entirely produced at home – but in the interests of health we let some shop-bought mushrooms sneak in. That will keep heart attacks at bay, surely. First up the bacon […]

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Butchering the pig

Simon has butchered his first bit of pig. Under careful supervision, and observing all health and safety measures (see the chain mail glove) he has chopped up nearly 40kg of pork into delicious joints and chunks. First take up your saw. Next remove a leg. Then chop on. Note the beautiful middle bacon. Back and […]

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And the pig field was bare

It’s taken six months of hard rooting to turn the paddock from summer meadow: into something more like a battlefield: The field is now empty which is a little bit sad. We took the last two pigs today to Broomhalls Abbatoir in Eastington. It’s a friendly family-run place and as relaxing a place for the […]

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Post-slaughter lunch

When you come back from the abbatoir with a big bag of offal, there are so many tempting options. We’ve done faggots, and lots of liver pate. Next, inspired by an amazing Mallorcan dish and a recipe in Pork & Sons, we decided to go for a fricasee of liver, heart, lung and tongue. With […]

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What to do with a pig’s head

It’s not the most appealing portion of the pig to deal with, but there’s plenty of meat on a pig’s head and it would be a shame for it to go to waste. First, we removed the ears. These are dried in a low oven overnight and made into treats for a very special dog. […]

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Butchering the pigs

We’ve spent the weekend processing pork. On Friday we picked up the three pig carcasses from the abbatoir, Broomhalls in Eastington. They fitted snugly into the boot of the car, and while perfectly legal, it’s always a relief not to be stopped by the police with that kind of cargo on board. Here they are […]

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