duck sausage rolls

Confit duck sausage rolls

Sausage rolls are a staple of parties around the country and these duck sausage rolls will sit fantastically on the elevenses menu of any shoot. The confit preparation of duck legs is not a new thing. It’s something that was done historically to ensure the usage of the whole bird…

game cookery projects

Five game cookery projects to take on during lockdown

So you’ve cleaned your gun, waxed your jacket, practised your gun mount in front of a mirror. What next to keep you busy during Lockdown II? Improving your game cookery. 1. Make a hot smoker It’s a delicious way and time-honoured way to cook game, venison and fish outdoors in…

freezing game

Tips for freezing game

There are a few rules to freezing game to make sure you have a good supply throughout the spring and summer months and they apply whether you have a chest freezer or something smaller. Label everything Always clearly label your game even if you tell yourself confidently: “Oh, I’ll remember…

Risotto recipes

Delicious risotto recipes that use game meat

I’m a big fan of risotto. The dish was created in northern Italy and can be made with vegetables, seafood and all sorts of meat. So for we fieldsports fans here I thought I’d focus on some easy risotto recipes that use game – whether that’s pheasant, partridge, pigeon or…

pan seared venison loin

Venison market to get new boost

The domestic venison market has suffered a decline in recent months due to mass closure of restaurants and hospitality venues as well as the market being well supplied with European carcasses. However this crisis situation is now being addressed by a new body – the Wild Venison Working Group –…

partridge salad

Partridge satay salad

It’s worth starting on this partridge salad recipe the day before and letting it marinate overnight to allow the flavours to infuse the meat. If you’re wondering where to buy partridge breasts, then here is a list of stockists selling game assured by the British Game Alliance, so you can…

Partridge breasts with pears in puff pastry

This recipe using partridge breasts is impressive – but is actually very straightforward to make. Don’t be put off by the puff pastry – you can buy it easily in the supermarket ready rolled. The pear and port marinade gives a rich depth to the flavour. Partridge breasts with pears…

moorland grouse

What’s happening to the price of grouse this year?

Last week Shooting Times reported that prospects for the grouse season were mixed, with Perthshire estates expecting a good year but a poor season predicted for the North York Moors. A wet winter, followed by a dry spring with a return of rain in the summer, has created conditions for…

pheasant risotto with mushrooms

Pheasant and wild mushroom risotto recipe

Risotto recipes are the perfect way to use game meat. This simple to make and delicious recipe for pheasant risotto with mushrooms was developed for us by the West London Shooting School and is served in its Stanbury restaurant. Whilst it’s not a complicated recipe it is a risotto, so…

pheasant with pearl barley risotto

Pheasant and pearl barley risotto recipe

Pheasant with pearl barley is the perfect way to use meat left over from a roast or to use leg meat or breast meat and makes a change from a rice-based risotto. Risotto recipe for pheasant with pearl barley Ingredients For the pheasant breasts Pheasant breasts, 2 Butter, 10g Olive…

Pigeon breast risotto

Wood pigeon breast risotto with peas

Wild wood pigeon breast is sustainable and local, with a woodland taste. It’s an excellent source of protein and minerals and inexpensive. This recipe for wood pigeon breast risotto is easy to make, satisfying and delicious. It takes about 30 minutes to prepare and cook. Wood pigeon breast risotto Ingredients…

English summer truffles

How to forage for English summer truffles

Way back in the 1980s, the British Mycological Society held a series of summer forays devoted entirely to finding English Summer Truffles. I had previously come across a rather nibbled English Summer Truffle, already unearthed by a squirrel, so, hoping for more, I went on four of these trips at…

venison tray bake recipe

Recipe for tray baked venison sausages with marmalade and bay

Venison is rich in protein, low in fat and cholesterol. It’s also high in nutrients. So it’s pretty much a super food. It’s a popular choice to serve in restaurants and events – and thereby lies the current problem. Because of COVID-19 the market for venison in the hospitality industry…

homemade smoker

How to create and use a homemade smoker

Types of smoking There are, generally speaking, 
two types of smoking: cold smoking and hot smoking. It is the heated variety that we will be dealing 
with. This has the advantage of not only being simple and easy but of cooking the food at the same time 
as it is…

barbecue pheasant marinade

Three marinade recipes for game and venison

Why marinate meat? Planning ahead and creating marinades for game and venison is really worthwhile. So if you’re planning a barbecue, soak the meat in a marinade for a few days before cooking. This will help to tenderise it by breaking down the muscle fibres. Don’t leave it in the…