Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Now THAT's a sausage


I've learned that there are some days, as an expat, you just want to curl up and not face the world.

For me, today was one of those days.

Today I was strangely compelled to sit on the couch and do nothing but watch the telly and eat a bit of junk food.

(Or, more truthfully, I had to catch up on about a million Fun Monday posts).

So instead of depressing you with the reasons why I didn't want to front up to the world today (in fact, there isn't a reason), I thought I'd show you a picture of what we had for dinner last night.

This is half of a Ukrainian sausage.

I've seen some curly sausages in my day - I have many a Zimbabwean and South African friend who's treated me to the delights of boerewors over the years (and yes, it's a very yummy sausage. Good for camping, and brekky).

Here in Ukraine, there are lots of sausages available, always of the piggy persuasion, and always laced with a shizen-load of fat. So far, we've resisted the temptation to purchase, but when we decided to make a yummy risotto that calls for Italian pork sausages, we decided to brave the Ukie snag.

After we'd lugged the snag home and pulled it out to start the risotto, we were very surprised to find that, contrary to any other sausage we've ever eaten, this snag wasn't made with minced meat - rather, chunks of pork, and chunks of fat.

We used half the sausage for the risotto, and had to eat the other half for dinner last night.

The photo shows 'the other half'. It was seriously the most giant and chunkiest sausage I have ever seen.

Do you want to take a closer look? Here goes...

What do you think? That's some sausage...

23 comments:

enid said...

it's enormous. but the man could eat one of those all on his own, between great big slices of curly bread.

Little Miss Moi said...

*blink*blink*

I've never heard of curly bread, enid...

Beccy said...

Wow that is one huge sausage (that could sound a bit rude if you were a man)!

I wonder could you fit a whole one in a pan? (sausage that is).

Karmyn said...

It's the biggest sausage I've ever seen. And chunks of fat does not make it sound too appealing either.

Willowtree said...

Bentley makes ones that like that. Except his are usually a bit darker.

I don't know why I'm making fun of it, I love those big fat ruskie snags.

theotherbear said...

It's certainly big, but it doesn't sound too appetising (chunks of meat and fat? Pass!). I guess it's true what they say about quality not quantity.

pumpernickel said...

little miss moi,

Yes, it's large and curley, but I am dying to find out - how did it taste??

pumpernickel

Melissa said...

A few years ago I ate breakfast at a strange local diner with some friends, one of whom ordered pigs in a blanket - and the pigs were, to my horror, about that size around. It looked much more like bratwursts in a sleeping bag.

I admire you for living the expat life - I would probably hide much more than you do.

mark said...

I was thinking along the lines of WT. I've seen those on the parking from time to time. Not sure if I could eat one myself... Chunks of fat?

samantha louise said...

That sausage reminds me of a ... uh-hum.... that I stumbled across in a public restroom.

*shudders*

Claudia said...

I normally don't eat sausage (not really very good for ya) but mmm...that looks tasty.

Pamela said...

snag? what a description.

must be an Ausie term

Little Miss Moi said...

Dear beccy. Yes, it could be a big naughty. It was an experiment, I wanted to see how people would interpret the sausage! heheh not really. It was just bloody HUGE and really... sausagey!


Dear Karmyn. No, the chunks of fat were icky. I pulled them out. Besides that, though, the chucks of pork were nice, as it's such a lean meat.


Dear willowtree. You're such a boy to make that comment. But, does Bentley make them all neat and spiraly? I didn't know he was a sausage maker, like Kel from Kath and Kim.


Dear theotherbear. OK not appetising to us BUT, I will point you towards this description of one of Ukraine's favourite snacks - so favourite, in fact, it's almost not a snack, but a pasttime. Salo!


Dear pumpernickel. It actually did taste okay, there wasn't a lot of flavour other than pork and fat, but there was pepper which I like, and lots of salt. So, certainly not inedible...


Dear melissa. Bratwurst in a sleeping bag sounds not only funny, but yummy! I'm sad I missed it.


Dear uncle mark. I'm not surprised you were thinking along the lines of willowtree. You're both boys. Actually, did taste okay.


Dear samantha louise. Oh dear oh dear. I hope you accidentally walked into the boys loo, rather than a boy walking into the girls loo...


Dear claudia. Back in the day when I watched what I ate, I didn't eat sausage either. But here, anything goes.


Dear pamela. Snag sure is an AUssie term. A snag is what you put on the barbie. E.g. "Throw a couple of snags on the barbie". MmmmMMMm

The very nice man said...

Ooohh, you are awful, but I like you!! That saussage reminds me of something . . where have I seen that before?? Hmmm???

Robin said...

It's kind of like watching a train wreck...it makes you want to stare!

I bet it smelled good, but I would've resisted buying it, too.

"Chunks of pork", etc. sound like what I was dealing with a few weeks ago when my kids caught a nasty stomach virus... "Chunks" of anything food related sounds...a bit sketchy, lol.

Unless it's chunks of chocolate or ice cream...then it might be okay ;) :).

Sabrina said...

I completely understand those days when you just curl up on the couch and do not want to get out for anything. . .
Thanks for sharing the sausage!

zandria said...

Errm...I just have to say that it doesn't look very appetizing. At least not to me. Interesting, though! :)

Vicki said...

My husband said, "It's mocking me."

I say it looks yummy!

Little Miss Moi said...

Dear erik. Perhaps it reminds you of a german bratwurst...?


Dear robin. Very much like a train wreck. YOu can't help looking, and you can't help eating either... Though I don't think I will ever use 'chunks' as an adjective again!!


Dear sabrina. If anyone feels like a fish out of water as I do, I figured it would be you! Here's to living in Cork n' Kyiv!


Dear Zandria. It was far more appetising when we cut it up and put it in our risotto. To be honest, we cooked it and threw a bit of it out.


Dear vicki. Har har to think that a sausage can mock someone! I'll be giggling over that for a while!

Squishy said...

Nice sausage chicky. We had sausages on tuesday night and I have done a post on them. Weird coincidence, or are we thinking on the same page?

I wish I had the time to just veg out. Lucky girl. For me it's a never ending trail of boxes, that seem to appear from nowhere, that need to be unpacked. Ahhhhhhhhhh

Little Miss Moi said...

Dear amelita. Your sausages looked much yummier than my sausages! And I'm not talking dirty hehehe.

ChrisB said...

I think all the sausage jokes have been done but what a mighty example. Hubby would be envious ( I mean because sausages are one of his favourite meals of course)

Little Miss Moi said...

Dear chrisb. Hehehe you made me laff out loud.