Today..January 13th was day one of our Prosciutto and Sausage making~
My husband got started very early this morning and prepped all the pork for his homemade prosciuttos that he learned how to do with Normie and Salvatore~
On our own this year..He was very well prepared..we did several little shopping outings for all the right trays.. containers.. spices..casings..meat..tools etc..All the places Normand suggested..and a few more..
I am going to save the Prosciutto making to add more than" 1 day at a time"..(I loved that show:) )~
When he was done prepping that..we took our 35 yr old grinder out and set it up w/ our new sausage stuffer..while our casings soaked in water..Jacques ground all the meat..I think he would dearly love me to have the KA attachment:) One day!
That part was long..plus keeping everything extra cold.. kept us on our toes..thank goodness for our xtra cold..coldroom..AS soon as part was done..I would scurry to the cold room.. back and forth..to keep things at the right cold temp..It's easy these days here..Cold enough to keep the cold room at the perfect temps!
I really enjoyed making these!Of course he did all the hard work..
I loved the whole process..
We mixed our ground meat with fennel and special spices.. white wine..hot chili flakes..
I know how it was all made..how clean everything was.. how lean the meat was.. what amount of fat and real spices were added..
I know how bad the photos are:)But we are in a makeshift(albeit sterile thanks to my chemical engineer husband who thrives on equations and cleanliness) production factory in our basement with a time schedule:)So I threw caution to the wind and vanity of photography out the door in the snow.
To share our first experience..and actually to remember the day..
Tonight we had potatoes en petites casseroles de Mamina..for the second time this week because they are that good..
The potatoes are cubed..pre cooked ..then assmebled in little marmites or if you are lucky enough to find Mamina's adorable little wood boxes.. sprinkled here and there w/ an earthy heady cheese..scallions or chives..and baked until the cheese is melted..I pre ~cooked my potatoes in broth w/ garlic..I used Le Rustique cheese as I did not have St-Félicien..and added spring green onions and pepper..then baked them until the cheese was fondant:) with our new spicy,fresh..fenneled sausages and grilled bok choi for dinner~
Sublime..He braved the cold and grilled the sausages ..15 Farenheit!
Again..Lights? Right camera? Right exposure? Sorry..but soo good.I encourage you to try!It is fun!
My husband just said .."Je suis fatigué~" He is tired~:)
And my footnote..being so busy..creating..can take your mind off the affairs of the world..and worries..for just a few moments..but needed moments..I would never want a creative post to take away from our deep concerns over Haiti..and friends at the moment~