Monthly Archives: November 2015

A little smoke and serendipity

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A few weeks ago when I butchered the pig I set his belly in a dry cure mixture. Salt, sugar, pepper, garlic and lots of herbs from the garden – sage, thyme and parsley. Continue reading

Some pig!

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Earlier this summer I arranged to purchase a pig – or at least a half of one that I  could butcher and process myself. 

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My friends Emily and Daniel live on a farm out on the Bonnechere River less than 10 minutes from where I live and they raise all kinds of critters.

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Ducks and sheep and chickens and pigs roam around big pens and fields and get to live a pretty good life. 

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Of course I  was interested in what they eat. Their meal is a mix of organic non genetically modified soy-free corn-free grains and goodness.  On top of that they get loads of garden produce and leftovers and they spend their days foraging fields.  These critters are well taken care of and enjoy all the attention they get including the occasional scratch behind the ears. Continue reading

A relaxing weekend at the cottage.

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Molly and I spent the weekend at the cottage doing chores, relaxing, and avoiding Halloween candy. I haven’t had one piece of it all season and I consider that a bit of a victory. Continue reading