Some of you may have read that we did a sausage bake off when we first took over Cawthorne House! We went to every butchers in town and bought their standard sausages and cooked them all at the same time, and decided which we preferred. As it happens Noah was our chief sausage taster, this being his staple diet, especially when we eat out, (although he is starting to be quite good at trying new things, like mussels, the last time we were at the Star Inn the Harbour!), and Noah was the first to proclaim "that one!" We all agreed of course, but I was disappointed that it wasn't the sausage from Horsley's on the top of the high st. Instead it was the 'no frills' butchers from the bottom of the street, Hann's. Over the following weeks I would only purchase lovely thick cut, smoked back bacon and golden yolk eggs from Horsley's and my sausages from Hann's. After a couple of weeks the lads in Horsley's must got to thinking 'why doesn't he ask for any sausages?', so they started asking.... "No, no sausages!" I replied in a shrill sheepish voice. The kept asking and after a few more weeks, confident that I had built up enough of a relationship with them not to offend them, I came clean and told them about the bake off! "What? We didn't win?", "No" I replied, "they did down the road", "You mean Hann's?" "Yeah" I replied, "they won Hann's down!"
They still rib me about not taking their sausages but I tell them, I'm spreading the love!
Meanwhile back at the foot of Smiddy Hill, I noticed workmen sometimes queuing for Pork Pies. Nothing is better testimony to a good pork pie than tradesmen's vans outside a butchers, they tend to be rather discerning when it comes to a good pie!
As you know from my other article, the current Mrs Watkins isn't too keen on pies, so it took my all season before I found out.
Hazel, told me her pork pies had won competitions, and coming from Skipton we know all about award winning pork pies. Well, it's like this, after I tasted one, pure, pie heaven, light and crispy hot water pastry, crumbly pork meat, perfectly seasoned, I've told her that every morning I now wake up thinking about her Pork Pies!
To quote the film "Gladiator"; To those about to Pie! We Salute You!