Roast grouse in bacon

Grouse recipe – bacon wrapped Scottish grouse with confit

If you find yourself in London and in need of some game, then the Punchbowl in Mayfair is a welcoming pub that isn’t pretentious in anyway. During the season, you’ll find plenty of different types of game on the menu and right now, grouse is going down a treat. So…

BBQ grouse

BBQ grouse recipe with sourdough and charred leaves

Sourdough is more digestible than standard loaves of bread and more nutritious too. It also goes perfectly with barbecued pheasant! BBQ grouse with sourdough and charred leaves Ingredients 8 grouse breasts 8 pieces of sourdough (available in good supermarkets) or here’s a recipe  4 chicory 2 radicchio 10g fresh chopped…

English spaniels

Is your gundog a fussy eater?

One of the remarkable things about dogs is that they will apparently happily eat the same thing every day, every week, throughout the year. A skinny spaniel stayed with us recently while its owners were away on holiday. The dog was delivered with its bed, food bowl and a big sack of so-called complete food. “She loves…

Squirrel nuggets

Recipe for squirrel nuggets with wild garlic mayonnaise

Few things irritate me more than wastefulness and I get a great deal of pleasure from making the most of what I shoot. It just so happens that the meat from grey squirrels is absolutely delicious – my children beg for the stuff – so this one would be coming…

homemade meat smoker

How to make your own meat smoker

Cold smoked food is smoked and not cooked Hot smoked food is smoked then cooked, or cooked while it is smoking The flavour comes from the preparation You need an old sturdy biscuit tin (with a lid) and an old cake rack to place the food on (or a colander…

Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook talks about eating what you hunt

In a recent video, shot whilst he was relaxing at a weekend in his back yard and cooking for friends, he talks about the importance of eating what you’ve hunted for, whether it’s wild boar or salmon fishing …. Here are some of his quotes: “Things take doubly better when…

fresh game

Tips for freezing game

I’ve made a few mistakes freezing game in my time. The first mistake was made by not knowing if the frozen bag of pheasant was diced meat or just breast and legs. Obviously once defrosted I realised it was the wrong type and the meal plan had to be changed quickly.…

Rabbit haggis Burns night recipe

Recipe for Burns Night – rabbit haggis

Rabbit roulade, rabbit haggis, barley, carrot and winter mushroom Serves 4 Ingredients 2 whole rabbit* 200g barley soaked overnight in cold water 3 garlic cloves 2 sprigs rosemary 2 sprigs thyme 4 medium carrots 100g winter chanterelles 24 slices smoked pancetta 250ml clarified butter Caul fat (crepinette) Butter Salt and…

Wild boar with lentils

Recipe for wild boar with lentils and wild mushrooms

Ingredients 4 wild boar steaks (or venison steaks) 250g ready cooked Beluga Lentils or Puy Lentils (we use Merchant Gourmet) 150g mixed wild mushrooms 60g butter 8tbsp rapeseed oil 1 onion, peeled and finely chopped Sea salt and black pepper 150ml double cream 1tbsp parsley oil, optional Method: Season the…

Cumberland sauce

Cumberland sauce – it’s a sauce recipe every game cook should know about

Cumberland Sauce Ingredients Pared zest and juice of 1 orange Pared zest of 1 lemon 50ml port 150ml red wine 125g fresh cranberries, or leftover cranberry sauce (see p134) 2 tbsp caster sugar 1 tsp ground ginger 1 tsp Dijon mustard 3 tbsp redcurrant jelly Method Place the zest in a…

shoot lunch

How to host a shoot lunch

The perfect shoot lunch depends as much upon the style of shoot as it does upon the lunch itself. Neither cold pork pies at a double gun 400 bird day nor three-course lunch at a rough day wildfowling are likely to go down well. So a perfect shoot lunch can…

pheasant and game chips

Roasted hen pheasant & game chips by Tim Maddams

Roasted hen pheasant and game chips   Ingredients 1 whole, plucked and dressed hen pheasant A little pork fat or goose/duck fat Salt and pepper A few sage leaves For the bread sauce A good knob of butter ½ an onion, finely chopped ¼ pint whole milk 50G – 100g diced stale bread or, better…

spaghetti and tomatoes

Five pasta recipes for game

Pasta makes the perfect base for game dishes, allowing the flavour of the meat to be the hero. It’s also quick to cook and perfect for those times when you don’t feel up to peeling potatoes! In addition it’s known for being a good energy-giving carbohydrate and a favourite with…

antibiotics in game meat reduced

Lime flavoured roast partridge

Ingredients 4 partridge, ready prepared 2 limes butter or olive oil 4 rashers bacon 4 slices French bread 50g-75g paté (optional) Description Pre-heat the oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas Mark 6. Spread butter or olive oil over the bird, season with salt and pepper and, allowing one rasher of bacon per bird,…

new season grouse

Traditional roast new season grouse with game chips, gravy and bread sauce

Ingredients: 1 whole new season grouse (oven ready) 100 grams button mushrooms (finely sliced) 10 grams butter (melted) 3 slices home cured streaky bacon Salt and pepper   Method: Mix the mushrooms, butter and seasoning together then stuff and truss the grouse. Once this has been done, cover the breast…

recipe for Grouse pate

Recipe for grouse pate by Esther Veerman

Ingredients: 6 Grouse breasts, preferably off old birds Extra virgin olive oil 150g Crème fraîche Juice of 1 lime Sea salt 1 teaspoon Ginger powder 2 pinches Cayenne pepper   Method: Place the grouse breasts in a roasting tin, drizzle a little extra-virgin olive oil over them and cover with…