Today was Febtoberfest
, the first annual of its name. It was an idea to celebrate the sausage-grinding gear +Muin Downie
got for Yule and as soon as we started talking about a limited sausage party to break in the machine, a couple more sausagiers got on board. Add in some beer and the idea gained some steam...
Especially for a first crack, it went off well :) +Penni Suba al-Hadid Bacheler
and +Rowen Stuffer
hosted for space. Muin and +Val Barr
had plans for their sausages; I didn't, but I had meat and enough seasonings for 100lbs thanks to +Lydia Lynn
and Merrill :)
Astrid kicked things off, as she was working with pre-ground meat; her plan was to make something that people could nosh on while everything else was progressing. Her hand-rolled cevapcici were wonderful; it was the first time most of us had those, and they went over...well...I don't know how many - if any - made it out whole ;)
Muin went with a great loukaniko - which I keep wanting to refer to as lucanicae, without knowing if they're the same - that disappeared as quickly as it came off the stove. He made sure to reserve some to take home, but again, a great recipe that has to make a reappearance (with spinach, I think people insisted).
Jadwiga brought me a hart's heart (from a hart she'd butchered) and some Polish mushrooms, so I took some of my pork and some "German sausage" seasoning and figured I'd go for an earthy thing, between the heart and mushrooms...but, considering the marinated mushrooms had some vinegar and I defrosted/marinated the heart in wine and vinegar, there was a slight, bright tang. All in all, it really worked in the end...adding heart is going to be something I do more of, going forward.
Fun, tasty day, if a long, long weekend. I was ready to collapse around 8pm. We're now looking to both the 2nd annual Febtoberfest, now that we have an idea of what we're doing...but we're also eyeing Octuaryfest...