At £155 for a class, this, on the face of it, isn't cheap. However, the real value of the class becomes apparent during the evening. You get to make three batches of sausages using good quality meat and seasoning - all of which you get to take home - and there is a lot of sausages in each batch. You are also treated to a brilliant meal consisting of a choice of various Ginger Pig sausages (look out for their smoked Toulouse, it is so good!), sautéed cabbage and mashed potatoes, washed down with a couple of glasses of wine. However, a big part of the true value of the evening is the instruction and help from Tom and Gemma. They were great teachers, very engaging, and rather patient with us all! A big thanks to them for a great night.
- A herby pork sausage with sage, thyme and onion that we curled into a Cumberland swirl;
- An Italian style pork sausage with basil, fennel and olive oil, twisted into links; and
- A delicious beef sausage flavoured with soy sauce and chili.
Unfortunately, I forgot to take away the recipe sheet so that I could share the recipes here but I could always email the lovely people at the Ginger Pig for that. Alternatively, I could experiment in trying to recreate the seasoning myself, but given how much space in my freezer is now occupied by sausages made on Tuesday night, I think I might have to leave that for a while!
A lot of people laughed when I told them I was going to do a sausage making class (including plenty of puns and innuendo) but it is such great fun, and a great way for novices to get started, and for folk like me who know a little bit to learn more. Yeah, it is a fair bit of money, and I was lucky enough to get a voucher for the class as a birthday present from my obedient family, but what you get out of it makes the £155 seem like a good deal. I mean, £155 wouldn't even get you a good night out... I've clearly let London go to my head, haven't I?
The Ginger Pig also do other butchery classes which look great too. Check them out at: http://www.thegingerpig.co.uk/butchery-classes/our-classes/