Game for a Pie

Game Pie

January. It’s a bit of a D month, don’t you think? Dreary, drizzly, dull. It’s not really A-list, not like, say, blossoming April or sultry August. OK, enough of the word play, you get my drift. Christmas has long gone, everyone’s broke…it is, officially, the most depressing month of the year. Still, we’ll soon be crossing the boundary into February, onto Valentine’s Day and one step closer to spring.

But January has got at least one thing going for it: game. Whether you go for deep rich venison, flavoursome pheasant or the more delicate rabbit, game feels like a real luxury in this bare month. Make the most of the season while it lasts and why not mix up the meats with a hearty, full-bodied pie like this one?

Wild Rabbit Stew (with Cook’s Treat)

Wild Rabbit Stew

November’s ‘In the bag’ event, hosted by Scott at Real Epicurean featured game, one of the things I most look forward to cooking in the autumn. My local butcher usually has rabbit available, albeit in his freezer as I guess he doesn’t get a large demand for it, and the other day I picked up […]

Thanksgiving Thoughts

Turkey and Cranberry Parcels

Thanks to this blog, Facebook and Twitter I have had the fortune of being able to communicate with so many wonderful people in America who, although we’ve never met, I consider my extended friends. It’s to all of you who I dedicate this post to and wish you the happiest of Thanksgivings.

Divine Venison

Venison Steaks

I bought these fabulous venison steaks from one of my local butchers who cut them from a piece beautifully deep, rich red in colour which the knife went through like butter. Like all good butchers he asked me if I’d cooked venison before (which I had) to make sure I knew not to cook it […]

A Glorious Goose for New Year’s Day

Goose 2

On New Year’s Day I finally fulfilled a long-held culinary desire: to roast a goose over the festive period. Every year when I watch ‘A Christmas Carol’ or read another wonderful sounding recipe for goose I think I’d love to cook one, but I just can’t bring myself to discard the turkey which I’ve eaten […]

Warm Duck and Crunchy Red Cabbage Salad

Duck and Red Cabbage Salad

If you’re anything like me Monday night is not a night when you want to be coming home from work and cooking something taxing. I’m loving my new job but even so, the start of the working week after the weekend off usually requires that little extra effort to get you going and into it, […]