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Hare today, gone tomorrow…

It’s game season. Living in the countryside is giving me access to loads of rather exotic or decadent-sounding fowl and beasts at reasonable prices, and whereas I’d have once thought this was the preserve of the landed gentry and those with a penchant for head-to-toe tweed, I’m becoming a convert to wild, natural meats. It’s […]

Making Damson Gin

I discovered that it’s not hard to make a fantastic spirit to summon up the vestiges of summer when you’re in the cold depths of winter. Damsons + sugar + cheap gin = heaven. Here’s how…

Breast is best… a plump woodpigeon starter

Here’s a perfect woodpigeon breast, wrapped lovingly in locally artisan air-cured ham, and filled with a decadent slice of Brie de Meaux with a truffle centre. Flash fried and served simply on a bed of watercress and baby spinach, garnished with a Meaux mustard and balsamic vinaigrette. A rich but perfectly balanced starter… ideal for […]

Really, eely good…

Oh missus, what a chopper… Mister North and Miss South enjoy the deliciously delicate delights of smoked eel fillet, provided by the marvellous Port of Lancaster Smokehouse in Glasson Dock. I first tried this in Rotterdam a few years ago, after a recommendation from a local friend, who urged me to taste a morsel of […]