Bring on the bangers!

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Big Beautiful Bangers
Big Beautiful Bangers

Another great food week to celebrate, as it’s National Sausage Week. Can’t beat a good sausage I feel, and we’re lucky that we still have a butcher in the village who makes fabulous Lincolnshire sausage. If you ever eat at the Red Lion Inn then you can get to experience them too.

What else is good? Well, here’s a few suggestions for some unusual meat treats to gift to the meat lover in your life!

1. How about a real Cumbrian sausage, made in Cumbria by The Cumbrian Sausage Company. Made only with natural ingredients, select cuts of pork and a special blend of herbs and spices, this will perk up sausage and mash, or a barbecue.

2. Give them the very best, with a box of award winning sausages. Twenty four sausages, all of which have been award winners at The Great Taste Awards. This could make for one amazing sausage sizzle with friends, or just a lot of solo dinners! The box includes Pork & Real Ale and Pork & Leek from Redhill Farm, Pork & Caramelised Onion and Pork, Apple & Black Pudding from Ramsay’s of Carluke. A very unusual gift, but a very tasty one, from British Fine Foods.

3. What about a great tasting sausage that also supports the continuation of rare breed pigs? For me, look no further than the Classic Essex Pork Sausages from Jimmy’s Farm. I usually buy these whenever I see them at a food festival, particularly if the ebullient Dolly is on the stand. Simple, meaty and just crying out for some brown sauce.

4. A bit of nostalgia from me, but when we lived in Hampshire, then a BBQ wasn’t complete without sausages from O’Hagansin Fishbourne. I was always very fond of his Lamb and Mint, Dr T still misses the hot merguez. Best wedding reception I ever went to was an O’Hagan’s sausage sizzle. Scrumptious!

5. For those with gluten allergies, sausages can be one of those nightmare foods that catch you unawares. More and more places are offering gluten free versions, which can end up very meaty. My favourite is the gluten free sausage from Gonalston Farm Shop. A fabulous farm shop with over 30 different sausages to choose from, although sadly just the one for the non gluten eaters! But it is at least a very good sausage!

So get out there and celebrate Sausage Week with some fabulous bangers!

Fabulous banger shot from Spigoo on Flickr

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For the BBQ Kings & Queens

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Lets face it, with the temperature soaring, there’s not much inside cookery going on round here! There’s the nightly smell of food on a hot grill, which can have varied results.

If your foodie continues their endeavours outdoors too, then here’s some great suggestions to make this their best season of outdoor cooking yet!

Smokin' Rigs and Great Recipes
Smokin' Rigs and Great Recipes

1. Show them that barbecue can be an extreme sport, not to mention a technique for mass catering, with a copy of Extreme Barbecue: Smokin’ Rigs and Real Good Recipes. If they start building contraptions in the garden, then it’s probably something out of here!

2. Buy them a barbecue that will be real talking point! Have a look at the Nordic barbecue, which is a tower barbecue, which is different. It’s said to cook things more healthily than normal, as food cooks next to the heat source and you get no flames from dripping fat. And apparently all that makes the food taste better, which will be key for the foodie! They’re also pretty new, so will be a real wow when they have friends round. If it’s a competitive foodie environment, they score big brownie points!

3. If there’s likely to be steak on the grill, then how about a branding iron? Firebox have one that you can personalise, so you can put everyone’s name on their steak, or any message you like! It’s a bit of fun, but serves a practical purpose!

4. Buy them something fabulous to slap on the grill. A good time to check out your local butcher, farm shop or farmer’s market. We used to live in Hampshire, and would make a summer weekend trip to O’Hagan’s Sausages to stock up with something unusual. Drunken Duck sausage anyone? We’re also enjoying some from Jimmy’s Farm that we bought at a country fair recently. We had the lamb sausages, and also the gluten free classic sausage, so perfect if your foodie suffers with an intolerance.

5. They might need something a bit more special than HP Sauce and Heinz Ketchup to go with those burgers. I’m quite impressed with the ones Jamie Oliver is offering, the tomato one in particular. It’s a bit special, and very tasty!

They should also try checking out the BBQ Blog, this is about serious bbq’ing complete with competitions! We have such a long way to go here in the UK! There’s a great entry on a barbecue road trip, so if you want to treat them to a very different trip across the US, this might be for them!

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