dreary to cheery…

Well yesterday was a total bust. The day went from bad to worse and the special surprise for Handsome at the end that was supposed to redeem the most unhappy of Mondays went to hell in a hand basket. I can’t even describe how crappy yesterday was, except to say that the one thing we had looked forward to all day… the surprise arrival of Handsome’s gift beer and cheese making kits was a success! Oh happy day as we unwrapped the boxes and looked at all the… stuff… and read the instructions… and realized all the things we didn’t have…

Cue instant trip to the store to get the missing items. Cue triumphant return to the teeny tiny house to commence beer making. Cue realizing the items we had were faulty. Cue trip back out to the stores to look for replacements. Cue abject misery at discovering the stores were shut or didn’t have what we needed. Yes folks, yesterday was a misery and a half. Which ended with sleeping pills. Which ended with a full 8 hours sleep… Phew!

The sleep filled our glasses back up to half-full, because we started on a much brighter note than yesterday. Now don’t get me wrong. It would be immeasurably better if we could have made the beer last night… because tonight… the sausage making kit arrives! It’s another surprise gift for Handsome, as we progress along our merry path of trying to make everything “from scratch”. Now purists will shout that if I am not making my pig from scratch, i.e. rearing it myself, then it is not from scratch. Give me a break dudes! I’m not growing the bloody nutmeg that goes in it either, or the herbs yet, because they haven’t grown yet. At the moment, they are just shoots trying to muscle their way out of some soil.

The main thing is, my sausage maker is actually a two-in-one meat grinder and sausage stuffer, so I will have real choice about what goes in my sausage and I will grind it to the consistency I want. One of my recipes calls for half pork shoulder, half pork belly. I will control the meat to fat ratio in my sausage and I will try different variations until I find the perfect English sausage recipe, and then I will share!

The best bit of all of this will be the tasting (you know the moment when you have made your recipe to what you believe is perfection, then you fry up a little piece of it to see if it worked). Try doing that a few times. I will be fat and sublimely happy…

So anyway, yesterday was crappy, then it was happy, then it got even more crappy. Today, after my eight hours sleep, my life is moving back from dreary to cheery and it is snowing again, which is always a good sign. I’m now praying to the snow gods for another snow day, so that we can make beer and sausage all day!

If you (and we) are very very lucky, tomorrow’s post will be full of tales of brewing and culinary successes, not more misery and grisery… I’m going to keep my fingers and toes crossed…

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