The Final Countdown

Last night as the temperature dropped, the mists rolled into town and the rain started to fall, we all rugged up and bundled the kids up to the pub for the Final of the Battle of the Banger. BIG stuff round these parts – for the Butcher’s son Matt was taking on my mate Symmo.

It coincided with locals night which is pizza night, which meant that someone else cooked for my family, while I drank wine. That’s a winning combination in my books. My girls are the only kids I know who refuse ham & pineapple pizza – I have to ask that the pineapple is changed to olives – every time the cook at the pub shakes his head at me.

It was cold outside during cooking, which meant that the beer stayed cold.

And thankfully the BBQ provided some warmth.

This week the sausage’s almost looked the same. Which was good for the blind testing. Symmo had made his a little tidier this week too which I was pleased to see.

While the cooking went down, things were heating up inside. People arriving, grabbing a drink, a spot by the fire, something to eat.

I think they lost the B sign from last week, it was no where to be seen. It was hard to grab a piece with so many people there.

While votes were being counted the girls had their picture taken with the celebrity cook. They were too busy eating to smile.

This is what being part of a community looks like, and I love it.

The boys were getting nervous – calming their nerves – with more beer.

Then it was time! Ed rang the bell to announce the winner. Important business was at hand.

Can you FEEL THE TENSION? Symmo just looked tipsy, but Matt! The seriousness!

And the winner? B! Matt the Butcher’s son won! Symmo went down in a pork, pistachio and sherry blaze of glory!

He was fierce competition though. Matt now has to go to the REGIONALS. It’s quite the competition.

And the winner? Well, that was one Daisy Macdonald. Who had her colouring in she did for Ed put up on the noticeboard. She was quite pleased with herself.

Next year I sense a need for myself to enter. Don’t you? I am no sausage maker, but with a year to hone my skills, I just think I could be.

  • http://www.hcgourmet.com.au/ High Country Gourmet

    Go the sausage champ! I can feel a competition coming on here…….

  • Annie M

    Go Beth…can’t wait to read about your experimenting with flavors! Keep us posted maybe a trip to a country pub for the final might be in order heh heh!! Happy sausages Annie M

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04215161182830545561 Reannon Hope

    Do it Beth!!! Just imagine the show pony factor !!!!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07904149532945004564 Leanne @ Uber Simplicity

    You should totes give it a go! And pineapple has NO place on a pizza, ever!

  • Anonymous

    My kids also pick off the pineapple from their Hawaiian pizzas! Thanks for the tip. They eat olives so i shall try this & annoy the crap out of our future pizza makers aswell;) Kelly Walters

  • http://blog.scissorspaperrockdesigns.com.au/ Claire Chadwick @ Scissors Paper Rock

    You’ll kick their sausage making butts I’m sure of it Beth.
    Good efforts Symmo!!
    And….my 4 yr old refuses ham & pineapple pizza too. Yeah, she’s weird like that :)))
    x

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17646925050489695536 Mother Down Under

    Do it!
    I am sure you could give that butcher’s son a run for his money!
    I see a new series…Just Call Me Bev: The Sausage Queen.

  • http://www.moodiefoodie.com.au/ Jay – The Moodie Foodie

    I did feel the tension – kept scrolling down the post only a little bit so I didn’t ruin the surprise for myself:) Too bad for Symmo though, I was in his corner.

    You so need to give the competition a go – although I think I’m going to be torn between you and Symmo….

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17317677066408030053 Faux Fuchsia

    Symo has such a kind face, like the Rural Grandfather from Central Casting.

    Love it that your kids insist on olives.

    Maybe they’re Italian?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14360482896874477280 Jessica Flett

    That’s a packed pub!! Bad luck Symo but he put up a good fight. Hard to beat the Butchers Son!

    Would love to see you become the Sausage Queen of the Southern Highlands Beth!

    Have a great weekend – Jx

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07422068499429667636 posie blogs Jennie McClelland

    Yay, we make our own sausages, they are brilliant, all the attachments came with the KitchenAid (10 years ago) & it’s so much fun. Lots of condom giggles from the children, but they taste amazing!!
    Love your community!! Love Posie

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13151973819133926868 Mama of 2 boys

    Oh what a shame Symmo didn’t win. But well done to Matt of course. Loved this post lady, can feel the warmth & sense of community radiating from it. Great pics too, you did a top job of covering the whole competition xo

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18133173713045801244 vancybec

    Oh dang it! I had so hoped Symmo would win. Bet his sausages were amazing. And the other guy had an unfair advantage – butcher’s son, pffft!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15049049486292603860 Miss T

    Onya Symo.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08281463357359416086 Mrs BC

    I think you would be a serious contender in this, if your pork belly and roast chook are anything to go by. Go for it!
    xx

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13205159281866934702 jody

    love your community! Bet you could beat them Bev! xx

  • http://smellsgoodfeelsgood.wordpress.com/ smellsgoodfeelsgood

    My kids love olives too – and think pineapple on pizza is weird :)