Now, we have been gifted a pheasant. The benefactor is a customer, a man who likes Oliver’s bacon so much he buys a whole side at a time. He takes it on holiday with him to far flung islands and invites friends along for epicurean feasts. This man went on a pheasant shoot in Victoria and shot more than his own tastes required, so gave us a bird.
I collected it from the drop-off point, a Launceston providore where the girls were a little freaked out by the sight of a fully feathered dead pheasant, and had popped it on the floor of the cool room in a corner, with its head tucked under a cabinet.
Things I’ve been right about include coming to Australia, moving to Tasmania, and having children, although the jury’s still out on that one. But it turns out that Oliver is proven right about using the smoker to cook our gourmet sausages at events.
Oliver made all four of our smokers himself. They stand around our bush block looking a bit like Ned Kelly costumes. Each one is bigger than the last. They're made from barrels, steel boxes and old air compressors and Oliver entertains himself by carving a pig face into the fire chamber. The latest is made from a double fridge he brought home from the tip. One day I’ll push him too far and you’ll find me swinging in there by the ankles in a fog of apple smoke.
We launched our Chorizo sausage earlier this year, and have been playing with other flavours that complement its lovely warm paprika notes - smoky but not too hot!
For the summer months, we’ve come up with this zingy salad to tempt, refresh and nourish! Perfect for a bite to eat at a market, or a light lunch.
First make the dressing. Combine all ingredients except sour cream and whisk or shake in a jar. Then slowly whisk in the sour cream.
We believe our sausages have plenty of flavour in themselves, that's the whole point of keeping rare breed Saddlebacks - they're renowned the world over and celebrated by the Slow Food movement for the succulence and flavour of the pork.
But we do like a bit of sauce or relish on top of a banger when we tuck into one at a market, and so we serve ours with a range of toppings that we vary to keep it interesting - red cabbage relish, apple and pear sauce - depending what's in season.