Tuesday 23 April 2013

Romanian Skinless Sausages

Handmade Romanian Skinless Sausages

We sometimes go the Farmer’s Market in Hill St, Wellington on a Saturday morning. It is held in the car park of St Paul’s Cathedral. This is good place to get the week’s vegies. Down the end of the market is a stall that sells sausages. These are Romanian and skinless. They cook them over a barbecue and will make you a burger, or you can buy 5 for $10, and take them home to cook. I took my sausages home.

I asked the guys doing the cooking about the sausages. They were not very forthcoming - was I a competitor trying to steal their families’ intellectual property? They did say the recipe was over 200 years old and was a family tradition. The sausages have pepper and pimento to enhance the flavour, the other spices used are a closely guarded secret.

The sausages are low in fat and shrivel as they cook. They taste good. The taste is quite mild. If I had a blind tasting I may think I was being offered kofta. The minced meat needed to be handled delicately during the cooking process, they firmed up as they cooked. I would purchase these again. The guys cooking the sausages say they are best cooked over charcoal, rather than the gas barbecue they were using. All sausages are improved by a bit of smoky charcoal.
Cost per kilo: Unknown, however 5 suasages are $10


Tuesday 9 April 2013

Beef Bangers from Gipp St

Gipps St Butchers Beef Bangers

Had these today. These are good solid kiwi bangers. They would go great with mashed potato. Not the most outstanding sausage you will sample, however they are solid and meaty. I thought they were a bit bland, however the kids liked them. They are ground to a fine consistency and have a lower fat content.  
To buy these again there would have to be a limited choice. There are lots of better sausages around.

Gipps St Butchers is a quality butchers shop, they provide friendly service and are very helpful. The cumberland suasage is a better buy though.  
Cost per kilo: $16.99