Fatted Calf turns another page and enters a fresh chapter in the Meat Tomb (as of today, still unfinished). Look above my pitiful words here and you'll see Fatted Calf's first Knockwurst. Both Mama and I enjoyed the thick, highly seasoned wiener. OoOoO, and how did I prepare it? The proper way, in boiling water for 5 minutes. Serve with fine German mustard and that, is that. Turns out Taylor is quite interested in making German meat products and this is our first taste. It's also one of the first products where he used his new smoker. And since it is a new smoker, I had to try the bacon.
This bacon is a solid performer, nice thick slices and an even high quality smoke. The cure tended to be tad on the salty side, but just a bit. I think I'd like to taste a little more smoky smoke. I'm a huge fan of smoke flavors, just in case you hadn't noticed. We had this package of bacon just as a snack before dinner, the chillins had piece after piece. And that's saying something because Tiny E rarely likes anything more than buttered toast.
This week's menu is quite a line-up and starts with Hoffman farm Quail stuffed with Basque Sausage. Grill, roast or smoke until internal temp is about 140 or so, pull and let rest. Be careful, they're dainty! And order now cause there ain't many. Hey, that almost rhymes. They're dainty and they ain't many, neat.
Second up is the fancy Berkshire Pork Brochettes with Thyme, Rosemary, Lavender and Fleur de Sel. Uh, I ain't never had these, but I can tell you this, they rock. Just check out the ingredients, that's how we know. These just simply must be grilled over a real wood fire. Any other way would be a crime against meat nature.
The crepinettes this week are the lamb ones with red wine and nicoise olives. Oh man, I just love those salty little olives in sausage meat. It's such a nice bright surprise. These really should be grilled outside or use a high sided dutch oven rig to fry them in, they splatter like heck. Good though, real good. And the lamb isn't all gamey either, it's more than quite fresh and absolutely perfect for the crepinette way of life.
Well, I believe you should read their newsletter and see what you like on the menu. If you have any questions don't hesitate to axe. I hope to see you this coming Saturday morning first thing at the Berkeley Farmer's Market.