The shooting alarm had gone off at 5am, causing many grumbles and zombie shuffles around the coffee machine. However, it was made slightly easier by this beautiful scene as we left the house. We went on to have a corker of a day and very much appreciated that early morning start!
Venison and Ale Hot Pot... Ingredients
300g diced venison
1 tbsp plain flour
1 tbsp rapeseed oil
1 onion sliced
1 bottle ale (black sheep or old speckled hen)
500g waxy potatoes
2 tbsp Henderson’s relish
1 egg yolk beaten
Freshly ground black pepper
Few springs rosemary (leaves chopped)
Few sprigs thyme (leaves chopped)
1. Dust the venison in seasoned flour.
2. Heat the oil in a heavy bottomed pan and fry the venison until golden brown on all sides.
3. Add the sliced onions and fry until soft.
4. Add the Henderson’s relish ( use Worcestershire sauce, if you have to...).
5. Deglaze the pan with a splash of the ale, making sure to get all the crispy bits from the bottom of the pan - it’s all flavour!
6. Add the rest of the ale and reduce until thickened.
7. Very thinly slice the potatoes and place in a circular pattern on top of the stew.
8. Brush the potatoes with the beaten egg yolk, sprinkle with sea salt and thyme.
9. Cover and bake for around 2 hours (check after 1 hour, add a drop of water if it is looking a little dry) remove the lid for the last 15/20mins in order to brown the top.
10. Remove from the oven when the potatoes are golden brown and lightly charred.
Jonathan Davis (Gamekeeper) running Upping the Game - a weekly street kitchen in Worksop - last night fed up to 50 people, most are rough sleeping, plus the local YMCA lads who really are in need.
Most had second helpings and the Country Casserole went down a storm!!
As Jonathan said - we are running our Winter Appeal and want to continue to provide meals like this. So please, follow the BIO LINK and donate what you can. Only 9 days left!!
What a wonderful day i had yesterday @thegrangesporting in Essex. Alot of people think the ground is flat in these parts of the country but you are far from wrong as this farm showed some rolling terrain through out its 700 acres. This lovely estate provides woodland and cover crop drives plus a very good duck drive from a reservoir . From the time I arrived until the time I left I was very much welcomed with a great family atmosphere something I really love to be apart of on a shoot day. The food was great enjoying a hog roast role, cakes and brownies plus prosecco and soft drinks beers and slow gin through out the day . They have great transportation for getting you around the farm and the main men them selfs david and sam certainly make the day feel at ease .. so just want to say a big thank you to everyone involved and hope to see you all again. Also thanks to @matt_siddall and @r_j_price for mentioning me to be apart of the day and also a thank you to @dancox3643 the gamekeeper for showing some great birds ...