This is another recipe from the fantastic Organic Meat cookbook, from Frances Bissell. The accompanying mashed potatoes with pears is a real discovery, absolutely delicious.
- 4 pork loin chops
- 30g plain flour, seasoned
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 onion, peeled and thinly sliced
- 1 can chopped organic tomatoes
- 140ml marigold stock
- 140ml dry white wine or dry cider
- Salt, pepper
- chopped parsley
- Trim the fat from the chops, dust lightly with flour, and fry the chops in the oil in a large frying pan. Transfer them to a shallow casserole dish.
- Fry the onion until golden brown, and add to the pork
- Pour the tinned tomatoes over the meat. Deglaze the frying pan by pouring the wine and stock into it, and then add that to the casserole as well.
- Season the casserole with salt and pepper, and cover. Bake in the oven at 220C for 30 minutes, and then 180C for 45 minutes. Take the lid off the casserole for the last 15 minutes.
- Serve with a scattering of chopped parsley, your favourite seasonal vegetable, and mashed pear/potato.
I have been experimenting with goose curry recipes. Most of the recipes I could find are aimed at people who have bought a posh home counties goose that has been roasted, so we have been adapting what is out there. This is the report on the second version.
- 4 wild goose breasts, in thin strips
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 2 onions, chopped
- 2 stalks of celery, chopped
- 3 carrots, grated
- 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
- 2 tbsp curry powder
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1 bayleaf
- 1/2 tsp grated fresh ginger
- 1/2 tsp sugar
- salt to taste
- 1 tbsp tomato paste
- 1/2 can coconut milk
- juice of 2 limes
- 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
- Put the goose in the fridge overnight with the lime juice
- Heat the oil in a large pan, and saute the onion, celery and carrots until lightly browned.
- Next, add the garlic, ginger, curry powder, cinnamon, paprika, bayleaf, sugar and salt. Continue cooking and stirring for 2 minutes
- Add the lime juice, tomato paste and coconut milk, bring to a simmer.
- Meanwhile, slice the goose meat into thin strips, and flash-fry before adding to the curry sauce about 3 minutes before serving.
- Remove the bayleaf, add a sprinkle of cayenne, and serve with rice.
I’m sure this recipe could do with a bit more tinkering. I think it could possibly do with more coconut milk, and leave out the paprika. BUT it was delicious as it was.
An old classic. I have got very good at jointing chickens that have been passed on after meeting a sad end.
- 50g butter
- 1 chicken, jointed (or 1.5kg chicken pieces)
- 1 onion
- 225g mushrooms
- 100g lardons, or bacon bits
- 1 clove of garlic, chopped
- 300ml red wine
- 3 tbsp brandy
- 150ml stock
- thyme leaves
- salt and pepper
- 1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
- 1 tbsp butter squished with 1 tbsp flour
- Melt the butter in a large casserole dish, and fry the chicken pieces for five minutes, and then set aside
- Fry the onions, bacon, mushrooms and garlic in the same pan for another five minutes
- Return the chicken to the pan, and then pour the brandy over the lot, and set alight for a minute or so.
- Pour the wine and stock into the pan, along with the thyme, salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer and cook for a couple of hours.
- Mix the flour and butter together, and add to the pan, about 10 minutes before the end.
- Garnish with chopped parsley before serving.
This was amazing; the first time I cooked it, I was still telling people about it for days afterwards. I got the recipe from Frances Bissell’s book, the Organic Meat cookbook. I used a random bit of Ken Wilson’s pork, and some white wine from the fridge. The book specifies a cut that I didn’t have, and some wine that I didn’t have. It was still amazingly delicious. Serves 2.
- 1 tenderloin of pork approx 250g, sliced 1 inch thick
- 8 large prunes
- 150ml Vouvray or other white wine
- 1oz butter
- 2 shallots, peeled and finely chopped
- 1 tbsp redcurrant jelly
- 1 tsp lemon zest
- 4 tbsp double cream
- Salt and pepper
- Soak the prunes in the wine for at least 6 hours
- Melt the butter and cook the shallots very slowly until soft
- Turn up the heat, and add the meat, browning on both sides
- Add the wine and prunes, and bring to a simmer: cook until the pork is tender
- Stir in the redcurrant jelly, lemon zest, cream, salt and pepper. Bring to simmering point, and stir to amalgamate the cream with the sauce.
I served this with new potatoes and braised spring cabbage. Delicious.
I love having my girls home. One of them cooked this for us this evening. We used a shoulder of mutton, but the original recipe calls for 4 lamb shanks.
- 1 shoulder of mutton, or 4 lamb shanks (local, of course)
- Salt and pepper
- 1 tsp coriander
- 1 small dried hot red chilli
- 1 tsp dried rosemary
- 1 tsp dried marjoram or oregano
- 1 tbsp flour
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 clove of garlic, finely chopped
- 1 large or 4 small carrots, chopped
- 6 sticks of celery, chopped
- 2 onions, chopped
- 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 170ml dry white wine
- 6 anchovy fillets
- 2 tins of organic chopped tomatoes
- A bunch of parsley, chopped
- Season the lamb with salt and pepper
- In a pestle and mortar, crush the coriander seeds with the chilli and dried herbs.
- Put the herbs, spices and mutton in a bag together, and coat the lamb, squeezing well. Add the flour to the bag as well.
- Heat a casserole dish, add the oil, brown the meat, then set this aside.
- Add the chopped vegetables to the pan with a pinch of salt, and cook slowly until the onion and celery is soft.
- Add the vinegar, and start to reduce to a syrupy consistency
- Add the wine and bring to a simmer for a couple of minutes, then add the anchovies and tomatoes, and bring back to a simmer again.
- Add the lamb back to the pan, bring to the boil, cover and then cook in a moderate oven 160C for a couple of hours. Remove the lid and cook for another half an hour.
- Once the meat is tender, garnish with chopped herbs, and serve with mashed potatoes, or possibly polenta.
Here’s a twist on local ingredients. It looked a little pale and would have been improved with the addition of green beans and carrots.
- 900g lamb, diced
- 4 tbsp veg oil
- 2x7cm cinnamon sticks
- 1/2 tsp black peppercorns
- 10 cloves
- 10 cardamom pods
- 1 large red onion, finely chopped
- 20 curry leaves (or 10 bay leaves)
- 2 tsps grated fresh ginger
- 1 lb potatoes, peeled and diced
- 1 turnip, peeled and diced
- you could add chopped carrots and green beans
- 1.5 tsp salt
- 1 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1 can coconut milk
- Put the oil in a large heavy pan, and set over a medium heat. When it is hot, add the cinnamon, peppercorns, cloves and cardamom, and let them sizzle for a few seconds.
- Add the onion, and continue frying until it starts to turn light brown.
- Add curry leaves and ginger, and after another minute, add the lamb and stir for a few minutes.
- Add 1 litre of water bring to the boil, then cover and simmer for 30 minutes
- Add the potatoes and vegetables, salt and cayenne pepper, and simmer for a further 30 minutes, until the meat is tender.
- Add the coconut milk, and thicken sauce to taste by squishing the potatoes a bit.
We just had this as it came. Rice or bread would be good, but we didn’t bother.
We are working through the lower reaches of our freezer, and someone has given us beef cheeks. I am very keen on eating all of the animal, waste is a terrible thing.
Beef cheeks are tough, cheap and extremely tasty cuts of meat that need long cook times to make them tender. You could use shin of beef or venison for this recipe instead.
First off, I had to prepare the beef cheek. I started with about 600g of meat, but a lot of it was sheets of fat and connective tissue. I trimmed it, using a very sharp knife, and then cut the remaining sheets of meat into pieces about the size of half a post-card, and about 1 cm thick.
- 600g ox/beef cheeks
- seasoned flour, 2 tbsp
- 2 tbsp olive oil or butter
- 2 large Carrots, chopped
- 2 sticks Celery, chopped
- 1 Onion, chopped
- 2 cloves Garlic
- a dash Brandy
- 300ml Red Wine
- 1 clove
- half tsp of ground cinnamon
- 2 Bay Leaves
- 1 pinch of aniseed
- 4 sprigs of time, or 1 tsp dried thyme
- 1 can of tomatoes, blended
- 2 Anchovies (you can buy these in a jar, in oil)
- Salt and Black pepper
- Flat Leaf Parsley, to serve.
Pre-heat the oven to 150 degrees celsius.
- Trim the cheeks as described above, coat each piece with seasoned flour. Heat the oil in a large casserole dish, and brown the cheeks. Once they are done, remove from the pan and set aside.
- Slice the onions, carrots, garlic and celery and cook in the same pan over a medium to low heat, until soft. Add a little more butter or olive oil if required
- Once the vegetables are soft, increase the heat and add the meat back to the pan, with the can of pureed tomatoes. Mix to coat the ox cheeks and veg in the puree and bring to a simmer.
- Add the wine, brandy, clove, cinnamon, thyme, bayleaves, aniseed and anchovies, and bring to a simmer. Put the pan into the oven to cook for 2 1/2 hours.You may wish to check that there is enough liquid in the pan half way; add stock or water if necessary
- After 2 1/2 hours, check that the meat is tender, and turn the oven off, leaving the pan in the oven. Use this time to make mashed potatoes, cook any additional vegetables, have a cheeky wee glass of wine, and remember to warm the plates.
We had this with mashed potatoes, but the original recipe suggested polenta as an alternative. It was delicious.