Shop local, save fuel and time

The shadowy photograph is of our local butchers. I buy just what I need. On Saturday morning, I walked down and bought: four rashers of bacon, four pork sausages, half a black pudding, half a hog’s pudding, half a pound of kidneys and a pound of stewing steak. I may not have saved money, but I am doing what I can to save a local shop, wastage and my time. I was home again in five minutes. There is something so amazing about a local butcher’s shop, where they still saw up joints on a wooden block and will wrap meat in greaseproof paper, no matter how small the order. If you are ever in Liskead, visit Ough’s. It has never changed and I hope it never will.

In response to someone who asked – what’s Hog’s pudding. It’s white pork meat sausage, with rusk, it’s peppery and spicy. You slice it and grill or fry it. It’s sold cooked and you re-cook it. Black pudding is blood, rusk and pork fat and spices and although it sound disgusting, it’s much loved.

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17 thoughts on “Shop local, save fuel and time

  1. I want to try the local sausage shop near our house, but the hours are weird. Now I think I'm inspired.

    I think part of the benefit with shopping at a specialty store is that you get better quality and service. And isn't it so much more fun than a supermarket?

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  2. Hi,

    I am Janes sister(The Maple Syrup Mob) Linda(The Gramps) That picture took me back to when we lived in Cornwall,we were stationed at St Mawgan and lived at St Eval.
    Have been enjoying your Blog very much.

    Love Linda

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  3. There is a real push for consumers to become localvores: one who shops for food commodities within 100-150 miles of their home. I just joined an organic CSA here in town for $600, I'll get 20 weeks of fresh produce. I will still have a large home garden, and home freezing and canning will keep me busy thru the Fall.

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  4. My best friend's mother when I was a child was a Brit who emigrated from Cornwall when she was a child. Although she was thoroughly Americanized, she was raised by veddy British parents, and she ate like a Brit. She introduced my sister and me to tongue–which we adored until we found out what it was! When we visited England for the first time, it didn't take me as long to figure out what black pudding was! I think it is an acquired taste for us Yankees, and frankly…I haven't acquired it yet. But I love the idea of being able to shop at local specialty stores…I just wish I had a local butcher! (But no tongue, no black pudding, LOL).

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  5. Do you have fruit pudding in Cornwall too? We have black and white pudding (what we call hogs pudding in Scotland) I'm not a great fan of the latter but the husband loves it but I do like fruit pudding – rusk, suet, sultanas and spice, perfect with mushrooms, black pudding and bacon mmmmm.

    I'm a passionate local fooder and don't shop in supermarkets except our small local co-op. It really is easy and not expensive particularly if you eat seasonally. I'm part of a group setting up a local food project and website in Durham. We go live in April so all very exciting now!
    Gillie

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  6. I remember white pudding as a child in Ireland too. Hogs pudding is far more meaty. Yummm, hogs pudding, yummmm. When we are visiting family down in Devon and Cornwall, my husband always wants to bring back some hogs pudding.

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  7. It's also more likely the local butcher is sourcing his meat locally from an ethical source so go you.

    All our meat now comes from the local farm so I even see some of it trotting around the fields.

    I know the people who raise it and the people who butcher it. I know how it's raised and I chose to pay more knowing this.

    If we could only get more people to buy like this then the prices would come down as shops would have to purchase ethical meat.

    Love the little shop, and hog pudding sounds amazing. I was never a black pudding fan, worked in the biggest bacon factory in Europe some years ago it puts you off.

    But a year or so ago I had what I can only describe as a scotch egg, only with black pudding instead of sausage meat. It was divine.

    Yet again I am leaving your blog hungry and I have only just had dinner!

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  8. I learn so much here! I have yet to make the connection with “pudding” to sausages. Here a pudding is dessert of some sort. But I do love sausages of all kinds!

    I really need to shop locally more.

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  9. I'm afraid our local store IS Asda! There's also an Aldi. Where I live is new from the late 70s and so there are no local shops.

    There used to be a lovely privately owned small supermarket, linked to the NISA chain, that sold local produce, veg, meat etc and I used that when I first moved into that area and it was a tiny shop, and after returning from 8 years in the Peak District, went back to find it three times the size but still owned by same people. Then Sainsbury's bought the site (but not the land) from them! It's not at all the same and not popular with older locals. Sad.

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  10. Jut what I'm trying to do at the moment, shop local and support small businesses and also combine trips to cut down on fuel, as we live over 2 miles from the nearest road this is vital!

    There is an Award for you over at my Blog. Pick up the picture and answer the 10 questions. Only if you want to of course!!

    Sue xx

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  11. I always buy my meat at one of the butchers' stalls at my local indoor market. I trust him and have never been disappointed with anything I have bought there. Unfortunately, it involves a car journey or having to pay extortionate bus fare, so I don't go very often. When I do, I buy in bulk – and even get a discount- no supermarket would do that!

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