Friday, 16 April 2010
Sorry, pork again
These arrived at my door this week. Daffodils from the garden and have an odour not really a perfume but a pleasant fresh plant smell that my store bought daffodils never do. Even better accompanying the daffodils were three pig's heads cut in half and a big bag of kidneys. So it is more pork for me.
I did have a break from pork with a lamb neck braised with lemon and olives, deviled lamb kidneys, and glazed lamb "spare" ribs on the barbecue. I was planning more lamb when the porky bits arrived so now it's more pork.
You'll notice this pig has lost his ear, somewhere between the abattoirs and my friend Lesley. Some of the heads have ears and some don't. With this one I decided to make a beginner's headcheese, I miss the crunchy ear but a lot of my friends prefer it without the cartilage. I even kept the carrots from the cooking liquid. Tonight will be the test with my foodie friend L who doesn't like headcheese. If I can win her over to this version I'll be very happy.
This is just the beginning of another week of pork. Roasted pig's head, grilled pork kidneys, and terrine of pig's feet are all on the list. The lamb will have to wait.