A recipe for damson vodka

Early September is the perfect time to make damson vodka when these hedgerow fruits are ripe. Use our simple recipe below and you’ll be a convert to this delicious, rich and nectar-sweet drink. In fact, making damson vodka will almost certainly become an annual occurrence. Make up your damson vodka…

Roast loin of hare

Roast loin of hare with a chocolate and redcurrant sauce

Roast loin of hare with a chocolate and redcurrant sauce Serves 4 Ingredients – Vegetable oil for frying 2 rib ends of hare, chopped up with bones on to 1in pieces ½ onion, finely chopped 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped ½ stick celery, finely chopped 1 carrot, finely chopped Dessert…

easy recipe for pigeon pâté

Easy recipe for pigeon pâte´

Pigeon pâté is the ideal way to use up those extra pigeon breasts and makes a change from casseroles or roasted pigeon. This easy recipe for pigeon pâté makes for a wonderful accompaniment to a bread and wine lunch or, when the weather perks up, great for a picnic. If you…

outdoor picnic idea

Woodpigeon sausage rolls

Here’s a woodpigeon recipe for sausage rolls that are a little bit different and dare we say it, a little bit more sophisticated than the straightforward pork version. They’re supremely portable and perfect for elevenses or popping in a picnic basket. Of course, pigeon has a delicious taste, something of…

pheasant roadkill

Pheasant roadkill recipe by Rose Prince

Drive down any lane in the heady days of summer and there will be a pheasant, rabbit or something less edible that has taken a knock from 
a car. It is a fact taken into account by shoots; a percentage of the game birds they put down will not be…

Rabbit pie

The perfect recipe for rabbit pie

Ingredients: For the pastry: 200ml water 170g lard 450g PLAIN flour 1tsp salt For the filling: A little oil 1 onion, sliced 3 cloves of garlic, crushed 500g pork mince 2 large rabbit thighs, sliced and bones removed Small handful of walnuts, chopped Pinch of thyme 100ml game (or beef)…

Recipe for Pigeon Wellington

A recipe for Pigeon Wellington

Ingredients 30g spinach salt and pepper 30g chanterelle mushrooms, cleaned 1 knob of butter 1 spritz of lemon juice 1 pigeon breast 1 slice of Parma ham 1 sheet of filo pastry 1 egg yolk, beaten  Method Heat the oven to 180ºC. Blanch the spinach in boiling, salted water, drain,…

Pigeon burgers

Pigeon burgers in a peppercorn sauce

I never tire of eating pigeon and am constantly tinkering with recipes for a variety of dishes. The younger birds at the beginning of the summer get plucked and roasted. They are well worth the effort – roasting them whole draws the flavour from the bones. Whole birds are best roasted in a pan on the…

crispy squirrel recipe

Southern fried crispy squirrel recipe

You can buy grey squirrel online and it is advisable to order it ready skinned (the tail is discarded). Squirrel is also on the menu at various pubs and restaurants around the UK as people increasingly recognise the value of using its meat instead of discarding it. Of course, it…

Pigeon and wild mushroom recipe

Five quick pigeon recipes to make in under 20 minutes

1. Pigeon and wild mushrooms Just add garlic, kale, bacon and wild mushrooms for a delicious supper. Kale is having a bit of a moment right now, being hailed as a superfood, so tuck in. 2. Pigeon with chorizo, peppers and feta cheese There’s a touch of the Mediterranean about this…

Recipe: Pigeon ciabatta

WHAT YOU NEED – 3 pigeon breasts – 4 asparagus spears – 1 small round goats’ cheese – 4 slices salami – 6 cherry tomatoes – salt and pepper – half a large ciabatta – balsamic vinegar – parmesan shavings PREPARATION 1. Lay the pigeon on its back and pluck…

pigeon carpaccio

Pigeon carpaccio

This pigeon carpaccio recipe doesn't need cooking but requires at least 12 hours to marinate and needs to be frozen for an hour before serving

rook pie

Rook pie recipe

Rook pie recipe: Top chef Mark prepares a seasonal, no-nonsense dish featuring young rooks in a pie.