Charcutepalooza: The last supper

What to write, what to write? It’s the final Charcutepalooza challenge. Ever. I can hardly believe it! Who would have thought a year ago that Neil and I would be hosting an all-meat luncheon for 7 people featuring meat we cured, smoked, ground, packed and blended ourselves? Certainly not me. It says a lot about … Read more

Charcutepalooza November: Curing

It’s taken me until this month’s Charcutepalooza challenge – the penultimate – to figure out what it’s really it’s all about.  It’s not about perfection – indeed, a few things didn’t quite go as planned for us this time around – it’s about the journey.  Every day at school, I tell the boys that the … Read more

Charcutepalooza April: The hot smoking challenge

This post is about the making of a sandwich.  Michael Ruhlman’s eggs Benedict from scratch, to be specific.  When he posted about it  the day before this month’s Charcutepalooza challenge (hot smoking) was announced, I wondered if smoked bacon might figure and was delighted that it did!  Neil and I decided to smoke some salmon … Read more