Tuesday, April 29, 2008

wings wheels and wine

The weekend brought another major Ormiston catering event at the Mudgee airfield...Wings Wine and Wheels, an airshow with classic car rally and the usual Mudgee wine tastings. On the menu were sausages and roasted pork loin. The 8 loins were serially pre roasted in a friend's kitchen ( where we were house sitting) then rushed to the food stand for crisping of the crackling on the barbecue and carving to order. I was chef for the day and I do not think I have ever worked so hard since my days of emergency weekends at the RSPCA...... total insanity!

Three thousand people attended and the event was seriously under catered, so instead of a leisurely sale and cross promotion of free range pork, we were faced with long queues of hungry people getting grumpy when chef kept running out of pork.

The RAAF roulettes team ( equivalent of the Red Arrows ) all turned up for sausages in their smart red pilot suits, making me somewhat concerned about their ensuing dare devil aerobatics should I accidentally undercook their pork. Fortunately all went without a hitch, and by 3pm all 350 sausages and 8 loins had been cooked and served.

On the home front Harriet the hateful pink pig decided to farrow early outdoors at night in the dry sow paddock before she could be moved to the maternity wing. Running around in a field at night in the wind and rain illuminated only by the ute's headlights trying to locate 11 piglets and build a temporary shelter out of hay bales while Harriet tried to kill us was entertaining.

Debra farrowed today and has produced the most incredible mongrel litter.......leopard spotted ginger and black piglets. No idea about the genetics of that one- pics coming as soon as she lets me close enough.


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