Goosey Goosey Gander

One of the things I was looking forward to when we moved to Orkney was a different way of shopping and cooking – no more Waitrose down the road, Tesco up the road, Sainsbury’s round the corner. I know there were local shops in Melford – of course there were. An excellent farm shop, the extremely good butcher, a fish van that called once a week. But somehow I still ended up going to a supermarket.

And I don’t want that to happen here. There are a number of Co-op branches around the island as well as Tesco and Lidl (so good for wine!) but I really want gradually to discover all the smaller shops and which ones do what best. To  kick off with there is the newly opened “The Brig Larder” in Kirkwall. A small consortium of a fish shop, a butcher and a wine/whisky shop. And it’s excellent! They also stock some fresh (very fresh) local vegetables, and a variety of spices, sauces and some excellent cheeses into the bargain.

Fancying something homely and comforting, when we went in there the other day, I happily purchased some local tatties (sorry but that’s what they are called up here and very nice they are too), a couple of carrots, plenty of onions a bit of broccoli and … half a dozen goose sausages. Well, they had to be tried and to be fair they were recommended by Julie Rickards from Straigona who said that a number of her guests had tried them and demanded more !

So … sausages, mash and onion gravy were duly produced and sampled that evening. And I have to inform you that goose sausages are, indeed, delicious. Very little fat comes out of them, and they are slightly gamey, but we enjoyed them very much and will be returning to the Brig for more next time we go into Kirkwall. Because of the lack of fat within them they need gentle grilling but I am getting the hang of the new cooker and that was achieved without a problem.(but PS to Belling - you should re-write your wretched brochure which is truly awful and very unhelpful!)