This was one of my mother’s standard recipes, very delicious, slightly sweet and sour, and best served with rice.
- 1 1/2 lb lean pork, diced
- 1 oz fat
- 1 oz flour
- 1 lb onions
- 1/2 pint stock
- 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
- 1 tsp dried tarragon
- 4 tbsp soft dark brown sugar
- salt and pepper
- 1 dessert spoon of Worcestershire sauce
- 1 lb chopped carrots
- 1 can of tomatoes.
- Set the oven to 170C, gas 3
- Fry off the pork in the oil, and set aside
- In the same pan, gently fry the sliced onions until they are soft, and beginning to brown
- Add the browned meat with the flour, and stir for a minute or so.
- Add the stock and vinegar, and stir well, then add the sugar, tarragon, seasoning and Worcestershire sauce, and bring to the boil
- Add the carrots and tomatoes and bring to the boil again.
- Transfer to a casserole dish and cook for 3 hours in the oven
I came up with this recipe when we were given several frozen items from a friend who was moving. We borrowed the recipe from Moro, and adapted it to what we had.
- 6 tbsp olive oil
- 150g panceta or other cured pork belly, finely sliced
- 10 small shallots, finely chopped
- 1 medium carrot, finely chopped
- 3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
- 4 bayleaves
- 1 cinnamon stick (although 1/2 tsp cinnamon would have been easier)
- 1/2 tsp dried thyme
- 1/2 tsp sweet smoked paprika
- 4 cloves, roughly ground
- 1 can of chopped organic tomatoes
- 1 large pheasant, jointed
- 200ml white wine
- 1 jar of cooked chestnuts (Ronnie’s shop)
- salt and pepper to season
- In a large suacepan, heat half the olive oil and cook the panceta over a medium heat for five minutes
- Add the chopped shallots, carrot, garlic and bay leaves and continue to cook for another 5-10 minutes, until the vegetables are soft and beginning to brown nicely
- Add the cinnamon, thyme, paprika, cloves, stir for a little bit longer then add the tomatoes, turn the heat down low.
- While the tomatoes are simmering, in a large flat pan, heat the rest of the olive oil, season the pheasant joints and fry until brown on all sides.
- Add the legs/thighs and then the wine to the saucepan with the tomatoes, and simmer with the lid on for 45 minutes.
- Add the roughly chopped chestnuts along with the pheasant breast meat, and cook slowly for another 10 minutes, with the lid off.
- Check the seasoning, and allow to rest for around 10 minutes before serving
We had this with roast parsnips and mashed potatoes. And wine.
Courtesy of a greylag goose culler, we had goose in the freezer.
- 2 goose breasts cut into 3cm chunks
- 1 onion
- 3 cloves of garlic
- 1/2 cup of good red wine
- 2 leeks
- 1 pint of marigold stock
- 1 small celeriac, diced
- 1 bayleaf
- salt and pepper
- 4 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp flour
- Set the oven to 150C
- Heat the olive oil in a skillet or frying pan, and fry off the onions, leeks and garlic until they are nearly browning, and soft. Transfer to a casserole dish.
- Fry off the goose in the same oil and transfer to a casserole dish.
- Stir the flour into the remaining oil, heat through, and then slowly add the wine and the stock to make a sauce, and then add to the casserole dish. Season with salt and pepper.
- Add the celeriac and bayleaf, and mix together. Put the covered casserole dish in the oven and cook until tender. Goose is variable in toughness, so check at intervals to see how it is going – could be an hour or two.
Serve with mashed potatoes and a green vegetable, such as kale tops.
You could add fried mushrooms to this. Or truffle oil. Very good.
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 first version.
- 4 wild goose breasts, in 3cm cubes
- 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 cubed 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 goose and lime juice, tomato paste and coconut milk, bring to the boil and simmer for an hour, or until the goose is tender
- 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.
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.
We had a very large lobster, which isn’t usually that good a deal: lots of shell, not much meat, and a worry about what to do with it. Plus it had lost its claws along the way, hence the reason why it wasn’t that marketable. I made this with it; delicious and I reckon it would work well with monkfish as well, or prawn tails. I poached the lobster for 15 minutes and saved the liquor for use in the recipe. If you doubled the recipe to use 2 lobsters, then you wouldn’t be using half onions etcetera.
- 1 large cooked lobster, meat removed from tail, plus save the liquor from boiling it.
- 25g butter
- 2 tsp creole spice blend (from seasoned pioneers)
- 1/2 onion, finely chopped
- 1 clove garlic, crushed
- 1/2 green pepper, finely chopped
- 1 carrot, finely chopped
- 1 tin tomatoes
- Roughly chop the cooked lobster meat and put it in the fridge in a plastic tub along with 2 tsp creole spice blend, shaken to distribute the spice.
- Melt the butter in a large pan and gently fry the onion for several minutes, until translucent.
- Add the garlic, green pepper and carrot, and continue to fry for a few more minutes.
- Meantime, use a soup wand to purée the tomatoes in the tin. Add to the onion and carrot mixture
- Simmer the sauce very slowly for around 45 minutes, adding a little of the liquor from boiling the lobster if it looks as if it is getting a little dry.
- Add the chopped lobster meat, and simmer for another 10 to 15 minutes, until the lobster is heated through. Serve on a bed of rice.