Tuesday 30 December 2014

Smoking and Slicing

I bought myself a new slicer and it arrived today 
it is to replace my old worn out one that I have had for 20 years plus, this one is a bit more heavy duty and does the job just fine
I have been happily slicing up some more bacon, just in time as I used the last of what we had this morning.
I have another 3 lots of bacon to get sliced up and that will be packed and popped in the freezer.
I also treated myself to a Smoking Cabinet
I have been looking at various models for some time and have settled for this one
It is free standing, comes with racks, it has an electric element but you can also use it with hot embers or as a cold smoker, it also has a thermometer.
It all seems fairly straight forward to use, tomorrow I am going to set it up in the open barn and give it a run with some bacon.
We have had friends visiting for a couple of days, it was great to see them and spend time together, we even managed a bit of snow for them, weather wise it has been really good, dry and still although cold but that sunshine has been great.
Hubby has been building shelters for the Alpacas and I have been down in the cabin get even more stuff unpacked, I am becoming ruthless now and a lot of stuff is being disposed of, tomorrow the decorations are coming down all will be packed in plastic storage boxes and sent into the attic, as I am emptying plastic storage boxes in the cabin I am re-using them for re-packing anything that is going in the attic, I am not having cardboard boxes any more.
I did finally get round to ordering the garden tunnel today, I have been procrastinating over it, I keep looking at various sites and just couldn't decide which to have, anyway its now ordered and should be here in a few weeks, it wont be long before its time to get started with the growing season again, I must spend some time planning what we are going to grow and check what seeds I need.
We are eating our way through leftovers in the fridge at the moment, mainly cold meat and salad so no cooking for me at the moment. 


  1. The slicer looks to be a bit of a beast, I had a small one years ago and used it until it died of old age. I do envy you the smoker, I sold mine before I moved as I had not used it for quite a while, but I can not see myself replacing it. I am looking forward to seeing the cabin next year ( ha ha, finally got to say those words).

  2. I have a small slicer by Kenwood which scares me to death, yours would give me nightmares! I've never seen a smoking cabinet I can't wait to see how you get on. Happy New year my lovely and thanks for sharing your journey with me in 2014 xx

  3. Every thing is coming together for you, glad to see from your title you had a smoking cabinet. Let me know where you will list X stitch items for sell, I also make cards and have just been given Xpress machine, so I am looking for shapes to use.

  4. You've got some serious kit there Dawn, the smoking cabinet sounds full of possibilities! I adore smoked food!
    As usual it sounds like you are both working so hard, its great to catch up with what you've been doing.
    Wishing you every success and happiness in your venture in 2015!
    Gill xx

  5. I used to use one like that when I worked in a restaurant, I had nightmares about it! Have a lovely New Year xx

  6. Lots of new gadgets for the New Year. I hope you have a good one. Don't forget the Hot Spot Tape for the poly tunnel! Even in wet Wales you will need that.

  7. May you have a really good 2015

    May the best ye hae ivver seen be the warst ye'll ivver see.
    May the moose ne'er lea' yer girnal wi a tear-drap in its ee.
    May ye aye keep hail an hertie till ye'r auld eneuch tae dee.
    May ye aye juist be sae happie as A wuss ye aye tae be.

    Andrina x


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