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"Give us a bash of those bangers and mash me muvver used to make . . . . ."

Cumberland SausageThis week's recipe came about after a request for it from sx-pat Susan C who has recently moved to New Orleans and misses a taste of home. I must admit to missing being able to purchase them also but I have found that this recipe does come reasonably close. Of course, not everyone will have the tools, etc to actually make the full sausage: stuffing the mixture into casings, etc. So do as I do when I am short of time - take the mixture and make them into patties and shallow fry them. It does lack that joy of cutting and biting into a sausage but one does get the flavour!

The email from Susan, sent me on a quest for information about various sausages - types, names, descriptions and what they are made of - see How to make Sausages. This will also give you acceptable alternatives should the sausage you look for not be available.

Very apt considering this week's column, my students will be busy completing a butchery module next week, while I am off to judge in the New Zealand national Salon Culinaire (cooking competitions). So I am may not be here next week, I was planning on writing the column ahead of time, but the sausage quest, took more of my time than I thought. But I hope to have some great photos of some of the top New Zealand chefs' winning dishes to share with you the following week.

Until then, get into these sausages and feel free to email me if you would like other sausage recipes, or would like to me cover any other areas of cuisine in upcoming columns. Remember I am here for you, to answer all those gnarly culinary conundrums that have been bugging you.

Ever fancied a cooking holiday? Ever fancied learning
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Earlier this year, I was emailed by someone in the States, who had such a question about New Zealand wildfoods. It now transpires he and his young family are winging their way to New Zealand for a holiday. I will be meeting up with them on July 8th when they arrive here and look forward to sharing some of the wonderful Kiwi cuisine and wine . . . so it just goes to show what can transpire from a single email!

Ingredients for Cumberland Sausage

shoulder of pork
2 1/2
smoked back belly
pork back fat
boiling water

How to make Cumberland Sausage

  • Coarsely mince the shoulder of pork and the smoked belly bacon

  • Finely mince the pork back fat

  • Add the water to the breadcrumbs and combine

  • Combine the breadcrumb mixture, the meats and fat

  • Add the nutmeg and mace and season with salt and pepper

  • Take a little of the mixture and lightly shallow fry, taste and correct the seasoning if required

  • Stuff into casings and pierce with a fork

  • Allow to sit overnight in the chiller before cooking to allow flavours to develop

  • Shallow fry and serve with creamy mashed potatoes and a rich onion gravy or some Lyonnaise potatoes: sauté potatoes with sauté onions

Chef's Tip for Cumberland Sausage:

See How to make Sausages

Enjoy your Cumberland Sausage and bon appetit . . . . .

Chef's terminology:

litres   tsp = teaspoon
millelitres   tbs = tablespoon
kilograms   sq = sufficient quantity (add to taste)
grams   pc = piece, meaning a whole one of

Recipe from professional
Chef Tallyrand

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