As part of my continuing infatuation with Fergus Henderson, I have made and cooked with his Trotter Gear recipe from Beyond Nose to Tail. And I wrote all about it for the fabulous Nose to Tail at Home. Here’s a little something to whet your appetite…
How did I get from pig’s feet to this tasty meat pie? You’ll have to click over to my guest post to find out.
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Speaking of preserved meats, I believe I mentioned that it was my goal to make cassoulet for Languedoc month. I left out the part where I planned to make my own duck confit. Well, the process has begun. Using an amalgam of recipes from Robuchon and Ruhlman (what’s with the five-hour difference in cooking time, guys?), I have rubbed three duck legs with a mortar-and-pestled mixture of coarse sea salt, black peppercorns, bay leaves, cloves, and garlic.
Now I have to wait two days to cover the legs in more duck fat and cook them ever so slowly until they just about fall apart. It’s going to be tough, but the kitchen now smells like garlic and bay, and that’s never a bad thing.
Originally published on Croque-Camille.