We had a cracking course last week and I have had so many emails this week from past attendees who have kept up the smoking!We are looking forward to a two day course tomorrow, I am doing paperwork at home, waiting for B & B smokers and Jo is frying at the Chippy. We have added two smoked items to our menu – smoked halloumi fritters (more halloumi smoking even as I write) and the “Smoky Jo”. This is our own rather magnificent version of the smoky – traditional chip shop sausage – and it is getting some good feedback. It’s only been on the menu a couple of days so a lot of the feedback is from our staff – but they are honest!
But I am confusing myself, this is the smokeblog… When we ran the Old Smokehouse at Brougham Hall, having tried various companies we settled on Davd South as our cheese supplier. They were based in Manchester but seemed to have a personal touch and good service. Nine years on and in need of cheese I googled them and found the same personal service – in spite of the fact that they are now a national company called the Cheese Cellar. Still have pleasant staff and good service – and through chatting to Telesales Advisor Janine I discovered another food blogger with a penchant for cats!
We also welcomed some new arrivals last week – hens! Some readers will know that one morning I went to let our hens out – but they did not emerge. I opened the big door and they were all dead… and asleep in the laying box was a badger. We have left it a while to replace them as we didn’t want the badger thinking dinner was available on a regular basis and we now have Mertle, Oranjeboom, Mabel and Petal to lay breakfast eggs and to eat anything we drop by mistake. Mabel in particular is showing disruptive tendencies!