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Keep it clean, folks! (…more or less.) sausage making

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  1. Great to hear that Ray.
    I bet your pasta is awesome!
    I am looking at my first attempt at fermented sausages (snack sticks) after Easter.
    Am a bit nervous, but can’t actually see too much going wrong with the method I found on another website. They will be stuffed in lamb casing, fermented and dried….

  2. I finally found a recipe for soft burger buns! My usual bun effort leads to a rather heavy finished product. I followed this recipe to a T and was rewarded with what I’ve been looking for, a perfect compliment to CW’s famous Hipshot Burgers. Give it a try! RAY

    450 g (16 oz) strong white flour
    200 ml (7 fl oz) lukewarm water
    50 g (2 oz) sugar
    25 g (1 oz) butter, melted
    2 eggs
    2 tsp dried yeast
    1 tsp salt

    Put the sugar and yeast into the water, mix well and leave for 10 minutes for the yeast to activate.
    Break one egg into a bowl. Separate the second egg into yolk and white. Add the yolk to the first egg and add 4 tbsp of water to the egg white. Beat both items separately.
    Sift the flour into a bowl, add the salt and mix. Make a well in the centre and add the yeast/water, the melted butter and the (egg+egg yolk). Mix to a soft and slightly sticky dough.
    Turn the dough out onto a well floured surface. Knead well for 10 minutes, sprinkling the surface with flour from time to time if the dough starts to stick.
    Make the dough into a ball and place in a lightly greased bowl. Cover and place in a warm place until the dough has doubled in size.
    Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured suface. Knock the dough back and cut into 8 pieces.
    Flour your hands and shape each piece into a ball. Take a ball of dough and flatten it into a three inch disc. Repeat with the remaining balls of dough.
    Place the dough rolls on a lightly-greased baking sheet about ½” (1 cm) apart. Cover and leave in a warm place for about an hour or until the dough has puffed up and the rolls are just touching.
    Brush the tops of the rolls lightly with the egg white/water mixture.
    Bake at 175°C/350°F fan oven, 190°C/375°F normal oven for 12-15 minutes until golden brown. Place on a wire rack to cool.


  3. Here’s a link to my new English springer spaniel puppy, Bob. I made a ten hour drive up to Idaho a couple months back and picked him out in ten seconds, then made the ten hour drive back home with Bob the next morning. At 4&1/2 months Bob now weighs 32 lbs. and is looking like he’ll be ready for pheasants in October. Puppies are a bit more work than I remember, but they sure are fun! RAY

  4. Thank you Badjak! Bob is the third springer of my adult life, the first two lasted 13 years each, both little girls. Boy howdy, to say boys are different would be a huge understatement, Bob’s got a real mind of his own. He doesn’t seem to mind barking at me when he feels unduly scolded for something he chewed up and wrecked, he’s doing a real number digging up the back lawn. I’ve never been one to break a dogs spirit, they get the hang of just about everything within three years. RAY

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