All posts tagged: pig

Monday Bunday: Ham Made

It was inevitable that someone like me – a ham fanatic – would fall deeply in love with anything bearing the name “HAM MADE”. Jo Robinson – a farmer’s daughter, fine artist and designer from East London is behind the genius of Ham Made and these sweet illustrations are simple but give us a glimpse into a whimsical world. If you ask me, I think the rabbits are quite the thrill seekers, but not in a suicidal bunnies kind of way. “HAM captures unexpected moments from the contented lives of a pig, a horse and a rabbit.” You can purchase Ham Made products directly from their website

Make Bacon

After reading the book Heat by Bill Buford, I’ve dreamed of curing my own pork. Curing meat uses salt to draw out the moisture and this allows the meat to last much longer. When the apocalypse that we’re all waiting for hits, we might need low tech techniques like these to make our food go further. Maybe. In the meantime, there’s nothing wrong with home made bacon just for fun. Traditionally, pig slaughter takes place in autumn, after a summer of fattening up and curing begins at this time of year too. The work is generally done outside and needs cooler temperatures to keep the meat happy. Winter is too cold in many parts of the world to work outdoors, so Autumn is the perfect season. Also, in the northern hemisphere, the holiday season follows soon after autumn and there is much appreciation of pork over the festive feast period. Christmas ham anyone? I’ve always loved the idea of curing/brining my own bacon. I wasn’t sure if I was going to smoke it too since I …