10 pigs, 10 recipes.

Recipe testing for the upcoming 2018 porcine recipe book. The lucky guinea pig trying it later is @vallittlewood. This one was suggested by a recipe I’d seen made Richard H Turner. I think he’d approve.

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A bacon New Year from 1920

One of the better ways to celebrate the arrival of what looks like being a challenging year. Let’s work towards being kinder towards everyone. Apart from Trump, all the other Nazis and the Brexit fire-starters that is…

Ride a pig

Norwegian apparently; having tried this as a kid, I know how hard it is to stay on (more than once ending up face down in faeces). All credit to her for holding on long enough for this photo to be taken in 1879.

If you INSIST on celebrating Christmas…

Then the very least you can do is buy me this piece of cold steel as an early gift…

santoku

It’s a Santoku blade, available from this rather handsome (and scarily talented) trio at Blenheim Forge in Hackney.

trio

There’s whole lifetimes that could be spent on and with knives. And I will be writing some more about them, but not here today. Suffice to say for this post, that this particular blade is forged from folded iron with a blue paper steel core (in Japan, that’s Aogami), the same composition as is frequently used in Japanese katana (“swords”) all safely wrapped into a handle made of walnut burr with a solid copper ferrule. Beautiful. Long lasting. Sharp as all fuck. And can be kept that way.

There’s fascinating (PDF) couple of pages from Foodism covering their history and some well photographed illustrations on their production process.

grinding

Féted by Tim Hayward in his book, “Knife” that I mentioned here, they’ll no doubt be even more popular now that’s been on the shelves for a year. So, what are you waiting for? Off you go and order me one of those beauties at the top of the page. Stat! I’ll even save you the money on the postage and will go and pick it up from the boys in their workshop under their Hackney railway arch. Can’t say fairer than that now, can I?

Oh, and can you make sure that my blade comes from the box on the right? OK. Thanks. Bye.

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Gimme A Pig’s Foot (And A Bottle of Beer)

Check all your razors and your guns
We gonna be arrested when the wagon comes
I wanna pig’s foot and a bottle of beer
Send me cause I don’t care
Blame me cause I don’t care
Gimme a pig’s foot and a bottle of beer – Bessie Smith (1933)

The very wonderful “Empress Of The Blues“.

Man, she was sooooooo good. Finest kind.