Three local students have swapped the classroom for a local butcher’s shop in their bid to claim the title of Ulster Junior Sausage Champion 2015.
The students from St. Finlough’s, Sistrakeel PS, Glack, had the chance to create recipes for their own flavour of sausages to reach the final of the Butchery Excellence Scheme.
Budding chefs - Brogan McNicholl, Sarah Miller and Faye Mullan - embraced the challenge, producing flavours including festive cranberry and stuffing to an Italian flavoured sausage,
The pupils had the expertise of Limavady butcher Glenn McDowell who runs Glenn’s Butchers in the town.
Mr McDowell, who has picked up several awards over the years from the Scheme, said participating in the competition and helping local children was a rewarding experience.
“The kids were so excited about it all. They really enjoyed it,” he said. “It’s nice to be able to do something like this. The girls were all very proud of their sausages.”
St. Finlough’s, Sistrakeel PS Principal Mary O’Neill said the competition was a great experience for the students.
“The pupils were so enthusiastic and we were delighted they enjoyed it so much. We were doing instructional reading and there was a link to recipes and this linked really well with one of their topics. They were so creative and came up with so many different ideas,” said Mrs O’Neill. “It was a great experience.”
Nine-year-old Brogan McNicholl was in a festive mood when it came to choosing her ingredients.
“I made a cranberry and stuffing sausage. It was really messy because we had to putit all in a bucket and mix it up and then it went into a machine. I kind of lost my appetite when we had to put the sheep intestines in and mix it all up. It was squirting all over the place. It was a bit of mess. We got to take the sausages home and they were really nice. My grandad said they were really good. He didn’t really like sausages before. He’s more of a fish man, but he said they were good, and my mum said they were really good.”
Sarah Miller, aged 10, drew inspiration from her favourite pizza.
“I made a barbecue marguerita sausage because I love barbecue marguerita pizzas so I thought it would be good to have a barbecue base with a pork and sausage mix,” said the the P7 student. “We had to put the stuff into this special machine and then use a lever and then the sausages squirted out.We got a packet of six sausages to take home and my mummy and daddy and wee sister loved them. I thought they were good. My granny bought 4lbs worth. They had a wee bit of heat, and a wee bit of spice.”
Nine-year-old Faye Mullan is proud of her ‘Italian Sausage’ she says was inspired by her mum’s reading choice.
“My mum was reading a book about Leonardo da Vinci so that’s why we called it an Italian sausage. There are cheese and herbs and spices and tomatoes in it, and I got to take them home and we had them for dinner. They tasted a bit spicy and my mummy said they were really good. Making them was fun. It was all gooey and a bit messy.”
The girls will find out how they fared in the competition in the next few days.