Back in November, when I started this blog, I penned a post about Roast Pork Shoulder, in which I mentioned the tastiest gammon I have ever eaten. The gammon came from Swillington Farm and it is the reason we have started buying their monthly meat boxes.
Unlike your average shop bought gammon, this was a substantial piece of cured pork that didn't shrivel to half the size during cooking, leaving behind a milky scum. The rind crisped up like good crackling should and you could taste the pig, not just salt. Gammon hasn't always been like this for me.
I remember family trips out for Sunday lunch to The Bowling Green Inn, Euxton, where I'd invariably choose gammon. It's the first place where I remember getting to choose from the real menu, not the kids menu. It was like a whole new world had been opened up to me. To give you some idea of the era in which this epic, life changing event happened, the Bowling Green had a Pacman video game and Findus had launched the French Bread Pizza.
The most exciting topping of these superheated, jaw-breakingly crisp pizzas, was the ham and pineapple. I know now that this is a combination that should be locked into Room 101, but back then the salty sweet combo was a winner.
The gammon at the Bowling Green came with pineapple. Tonight, the gammon came with a fried egg, chips and peas.