The cure kit arrived from the Pig in a Day/ Preserved people. It was quite a delightful package. My local courier normally just bangs on the backdoor and runs, but this time he hammered on the door until I opened it "They forgot to write your name on it." I checked the sender very carefully and told him it was my bacon kit. We have a nice local courier.
Inside there were recipes, the two different cures and a $10 note!! It was a really nice surprise. I emailed the owners to let them know in case it was a mistake (as a parent I've learnt that all kinds of things can end up in the most improbable places) but they responded it was a discount due to the delay in receiving it. The earthquakes and ash clouds have not been kind to domestic freight, so I'd had rather low expectations as to the arrival date anyway.
Fortunatly I had to go to the supermarket so grabbed a pork belly and brought it home, eager to start preserving. The recipe enclosed in the packet credits Hugh Fearnley-Whittingsall's recipe as the inspiration. I've made one mistake - the piece of pork belly that I purchased was not the meatiest, but otherwise I'm on the third day of what is a four - ten day process. It is very, very simple.
I'll post pictures and a taste report once complete. I'm keen to try to make the bacon. They have pretty good pork suppliers at the weekend market here in Wellington - I might see what they have on offer tomorrow morning.