Sloe gin sausages in tomato sauce

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Sloe gin sausages in tomato sauce

Decided that last night it was a ‘let’s go with what’s in but let’s be imaginative’ supper..so the gorgeous 6 pork sausages keeping themselves to themselves in the fridge were chopped and pan fried in olive oil with a sprinkle of cumin seeds, chopped green chilli, bay leaf, garlic clove slithered, an onion finely sliced and black pepper. After 30 minutes the ensemble was looking and smelling seriously inviting – so in went 2 large splashes of sloe gin to deglaze and flavour the mix. This made the difference. After 2 or 3 minutes, in went 600 ml of chopped tomatoes and a can of drained cannellini beans. I left it for 20 minutes or so to thicken up. It was served  with some seriously large pasta shells and a side dish of asparagus spears with large loving slices of pecorino and swirls of olive oil. The sloe gin I used was from Wiltshire Liqueur Company – the link is on the side bar – lovely to use local produce.

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Has the Spring Sprung?

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The view that greeted us when we arrived this morning at Parsonage Farm was pure idyll. Tiny lambs bleating their hearts out in the spring sun. It was a wonderful few hours, sampling all the local cheeses, hams, pies and drinks. Great craft stalls too…but I was there for the food and drink! Pete’s Pork Pies are always delicious – I bought some of his game pie and my friend bought the pork pie – home made hand raised pastry – meat from Parsonage Farm – all local, all fantastic. Pic below of the game pie –  it was devoured on our return in the garden along with some bottles of local cider to wash it down. (I’ve snaffled a piece away in a secret location for tomorrow…don’t tell anyone!)ImageA company called Gastro Nicks were selling food stuffs imported direct from Sicily and I succumbed to a block of pecorino and a nero d’avola salami. I cannot explain just how sublime the salami tasted!

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I spent some time admiring and sampling a variety of liqueurs. including Strawberry and Damson vodka, before eloping with a bottle of sloe gin….soooo good!

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Ended up in the butchery at the farm tracking down some phenomenal belly pork for supper tomorrow. Great fair, great people and super produce! Spring is definitely here…let’s hope summer is not too far behind!

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