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Posted: Sunday 4 November, 2007

by Rosemary at 8:05pm in Recipes 5 comments Comments closed

Dan fired up his smoke generator today and smoked one piece of streaky bacon. The rest will get done tomorrow. He's really pleased with his new equipment - now he's talking about building a smoke house!

The best thing is that he's got the generator in the greenhouse - to get it in, he had to clear out the greenhouse, a job I've been trying to get to all week. So I can score it off my list without having expended any effort!

He also harvested the remains of the runner beans, which are on their way to being butter beans and are drying in the greenhouse - another one off my list. With that bed clear, I can now get some manure on it. I'm aiming for one barrowload a day, as I take it off the field. Why doesn't anyone want this lovely fertilizer and soil conditioner? It even smells nice...

I've made 6lb mincemeat and a Christmas cake and the pudding mix is ready to be put in the steamer tomorrow. The cake's a bit well-fired, so Dan will eat this one and I'll make another during the week. I never get the first cake right - second attempt is always better. We had the scrapings of the mincemeat, warm over icecream tonight. Yummy.


Mel Rimmer

Sunday 4 November, 2007 at 8:17pm

Aargh! Mincemeat! Christmas cake! Christmas pud! Got to start my Christmas baking.


Monday 5 November, 2007 at 1:51pm

Any chance of a photo of the smoker in action?


Tuesday 13 November, 2007 at 10:48am

Chris, there are a couple of photos on Flickr at http://www.flickr.com/photos/danchamp/

I'll be posting a series of articles on bacon making soon, which will include more smoking info and photos.


Sunday 25 November, 2007 at 1:04am

Will you share the recipes for the Christmas cake and the pudding?



Wednesday 28 November, 2007 at 8:56am

Alan, the recipes are in Delia's Christmas book. It's my most used book - loads of great recipes for pickles - the beetroot and the shallots are excellent; so are the chutneys. And of course the cakes and puddings.

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