Diehards

Tuesday, 3 November 2009

A quick hello...

I can't help sharing two things with you: Bob (my son) passed his driving test today. I was extra relieved by this because he had to take it in my car and I was late picking him up from work for the appointment, so he was wound quite tight by the time we arrived at the test centre.

The other thing is that as well as working on my portfolio (which is coming along incrementally), I have also been dealing with six stone of pork from one of these:


and am in the process of making the belly and part of the back into bacon. Most of it will be in the cure for another few days to ensure it lasts the winter. But we got to taste the sweet-cure today.



I made one of my staples, Carbonara, and it was delicious: it tasted just like Carbonara, with bacon tasting just like bacon.


So although I haven't yet got any work done today it was a good day.

40 comments:

Kim Ayres said...

Woohoo! Congrats to Bob!

And congrats to you for your culinary journey :)

Sausage Fingers said...

Yum on the carbonara, I just cheated on atkins diet by oogling your pic.

steven said...

hi eryl - it's so great to see you coming up for air and living life the way it's supposed to be lived - simply grand!!!! steven

Golden West said...

So nice to see you around!

Lulu LaBonne said...

I am beside myself with jealousy, I would love to have the space to manufacture my own charcuterie - proper bacon is the best.

Great to see you again

debra said...

Kudos to Bob! And it looks like bringing home the bacon is plenty of work. :-)

gleaner said...

ooh, I love carbonara ...with home made bacon must be extra delicious.

angryparsnip said...

Quite delicious post !
Good to know all is well.

cheers, parsnip

Scarlet Blue said...

Congratulations to Bob!!
I've just noticed on your profile that you have fast growing nails - same here. Do you also get achey nails?
Sx

Pat said...

Jolly well done! I know from my various grandchildren how very difficult it is these days.

Titus said...

Cool congratulations to Bob and very well done to you for letting your son drive your car! That would have been the hardest part for me.

There is nothing, nothing, that makes me salivate more than frying bacon. Rather jealous now.

And good luck with the rest of the portfolio.

Rachel Fox said...

Good to keep in touch!
x

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Mary Witzl said...

Wow, Eryl: curing your own bacon? I can't even begin to imagine!

Congratulations to Bob for passing his driving test. I'll bet it didn't take HIM three years...

Jimmy Bastard said...

I'm envious doll, very envious. It's something the missus has talkedabout doing for years.

Congrats to the young fella too.

Philip said...

It's nice to see a post from you as I just found your blog and you stopped! Really jealous of the bacon thing. I have an allotment and grow all our veg. Chickens and pigs would complete it, but don't know if I could do the "goodbye to the piggies" thing. I Probably could nowadays. Congrats to the driver too. I'm a lifelong pedestrian (in more ways than one).
Philip

Wigeon said...

Well done Bob! Fantastic news for him and you all ...but will your car be your own now?!
Great job on the oink processing and if that was g-f pasta I'd love to test that carbonara!
Good to see you coming up for air again Eryl .....a really lovely thing to find a new post on getting back online after the diastrous crash ...at last.
Roll on your folio hand-in.

Eryl Shields said...

Kim ~ Thank you.

Sausage Fingers ~ if your hips are bigger tomorrow please don't blame me!

Steven ~ a bit of air has been good.

Golden West ~ nice to be around!

Lulu ~ I have bugger all space so have put it in a plastic tub on top of the crap in the shed.

Debra ~ the real hard work was the research and finding the space in my mind to process it. The actual doing is incredibly unarduous.

Gleaner ~ it certainly felt like it was extra delicious!

Parsnip ~ thanks, lady. Do they eat bacon in Japan?

Scarlet ~ they can ache if I type a lot and they're too long. Why, do you?

Pat ~ I'm very glad I got mine over and done with before you had to explain how to check the break fluid levels!

Titus ~ he couldn't do more damage to my car than I've already done. I tend to think I can squeeze through gaps that, it transpires, I can't! I'm using his car at the moment because it's an automatic (inherited from his granny) and he needs to practice with gears, we'll both have matching scratches and no wing mirrors soon.

In my twenties I turned vegetarian for a while, but it was bacon that brought me back. Home curing is surprisingly simple and quick. You should try it.

Rachel ~ it is! I went to see my best friend today to give her her birthday presents amongst which were your postcards, she loved them. X

Mary ~ all you need is salt and somewhere cool to keep it for 4 days to a week. Every 24 hours you pour off the water that it gives out and that's pretty much it!

It didn't take him three years, but then he's young and the young pick things up so quickly.

Jimmy ~ I would never have considered it if all that pork hadn't landed on me. Your missus should do it it's unbelievably simple. Get a piece of belly pork from a good butcher, put it in a plastic tub, cover it in salt making sure it goes into all the cut edges and leave it for a week, pouring off the liquid that it emits every twenty four hours. It really is an amazing process and well worth the little bit of effort.

Philip ~ you probably would be able to do the goodbye piggies thing once they'd destroyed your allotment, which they would do if you let them loose in it. If you have space to fence them off though you should try it, though Carole, my supplier, does miss the pigs she sent to slaughter.

I'd love an allotment. I've tried growing vegetable in the garden but something always eats them so I've become a bit disheartened over the years.

I think I'm going to try to do a post a week now as I feel like I'm getting on top of my work, sort of, and I miss the chat. Nice to be wanted too!

Eryl Shields said...

Wigeon ~ our comments must have crossed. My car won't be my own now until next year. I now have Bob's car which is an automatic.

The disastrous crash?!!!!

I'm beginning to really enjoy doing my portfolio now. I remember hearing a professional script writer (Graham Linehan, I think) saying that once you get past the fourth draft it becomes fun, well I had to get past the tenth for that but it has become fun at last! Unfortunately I still have the poetry to tackle, though I'm way past the tenth draft on some of them, but I'll bring some of my squalid little efforts to the meeting tomorrow for your expert eyes look over if we have time.

Kathryn Magendie said...

Congrats to your son!

(I couldn't read the rest - I dont' eat pork and love pigs *laugh* -yeah, I'm one of those--so I had to hurry and scroll down!)

Scarlet Blue said...

I get masochistic pleasure from achy nails [?]... but then a deep joy from when they're filed short.
Sx

Kanani said...

Ah, curing your own bacon! I've never done that --but right now lots of people are writing about it.

Kanani said...

Ah, curing your own bacon! I've never done that --but right now lots of people are writing about it.

Kanani said...

Ah, curing your own bacon! I've never done that --but right now lots of people are writing about it.

Eryl Shields said...

Kathryn ~ our kids are doing good at the moment, aren't they?

Scarlet ~ I get masochistic pleasure from a slight cut on my bottom lip that I keep reopening by chewing, sometimes it gets salt in it and stings like crazy, but not in a bad way.

Kanani ~ lots of people, really? I suppose it's the next stage on from growing your own vegetables and the whole move away from mass produced food. It is so easy that I will never buy bacon again – to think how much I used to spend on pancetta!

savannah said...

congratulations to bob! and to you, too, sugar! xoxox

(check facebook! i have lost a few contacts and i need an email from you! *sigh*)

savannah said...

aside: we saw a lot of biodynamic farming in the wine country! a really fantastic agricultural movement. xoxo

Eryl Shields said...

Savannah ~ facebook duly checked! I will have to google biodynamic farming now, I think I've heard the term but have no idea what it really means. XXXXX

angryparsnip said...

They have bacon in Japan, Thank Goodness, after all everything is better with bacon !
They also have sliced pork that is like bacon but thicker and so tasty... I order Pork with Kimchi (Korean marinated cabbage) and it is so good...
Goodness I miss Japan !
I also love Carbonara and yours looks so good !
Take care, parsnip

The World According To Me said...

Well done Bob! Take care on those roads.
So the portfolio is coming along nicely? Good to hear.

newjenny said...

It's good to see a post reeking of pride and satisfaction, so evidently deserved. Satisfaction and bacon seem such natural bedfellows.

pilgrimchick said...

Wow--that sounds like quite a project, but I bet it will continue to be rewarding in the taste and quality departments when you get around to eating more of the product.

Conan Drumm said...

Well done to the son... and a rush of salivation for the delicious piggies!

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The World According To Me said...

I wish you and your family all the best for 2010. Hope to read more posts soon?

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Pat said...

Stay warm, rest easy and get well soon. You're not missing a thing!

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