Chef Holding A Sausage Party With 100 Types Of Pigs In Blankets
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We're told it's the season to be merry, but we all know that Christmas is actually just the time to be scoffing our face with just about anything festive and delicious - blaming the seasonal chill on our need to hoover up anything stodgy and warming.
At the top of the agenda every year is, of course, pigs in blankets, which we'll all try to cram into as many meals as possible between now and the big day.
But while most of us have only experimented with the humble sausage wrapped in bacon as a tasty addition to our Sunday roast, as a canape at the Christmas buffet or maybe even tucked into a sandwich, there's one chef who's taking things a step further.
Jim Thomlinson, a chef with 12 years of experience working in Michelin-starred restaurants, is hosting the world's first ever sausage party involving 100 different pigs in blankets.
100 different pigs in blankets you say? Thomlinson promises us a number of twists on the festive staple, explaining that the menu he's created - which includes a 'wreath' of 32 pigs in blankets - will take us through everything from vegan to smoked streaky bacon.
We can online speculate what the other varieties could even possibly entail - chipolatas wrapped in prosciutto? Chorizo in Parma ham? Bratwurst covered in speck? Merguez sausages encased in Jamónibérico? What about the ol' Linda McCartneys tucked up in a slice of that weird vegan watermelon ham that's been doing the rounds? I guess only time will tell...
The unusual but ingenious food party will pop-up later this month, but only if Thomlinson can find a venue.
Thomlinson said: "Pigs in blankets is the flavour I look forward to most at Christmas - I always steal so many off the roasting tray.
"I look forward both to making epic versions of the traditional pig and putting a new spin on the concept."
The idea comes from Messhead, the team behind experiential food stunts based on serial killer drama Dexter and The Walking Dead.
Creative director Emma Thomas said: "There is no doubt that pigs in blankets is a huge trend for Christmas this year.
"Being the world's biggest pigs in blankets fan I wanted to eat a menu that consisted only of this fine food.
"As soon as I started to talk about this, I realised this was a dream for many and was determined to make this come true."
The team are now on the prowl for a new venue in Kent for the sausage party, as the original location closed down at short notice.
Emma added: "Having our location for the venue close down at the last minute means we are not desperately looking for a home.
"We are open to a pub, cafe or tea room closed down for the winter - that would allow the owner to earn a few extra pounds."
Let the sausage fest commence!