Had a bit of a "meaty" day today, so my vegetarian friends probably won't be too interested !
Firstly, I was given two pheasants last night. I'm not a great game fan so have decided to make a raised pie. with them. I have chopped the pheasant meat with some of our rabbit meat, some cockerel breast some fatty pork (from our local butchers) put the lot into a bowl with seasoning, spices, herbs and a splash of home made wine. This is now in the (beer) fridge until tomorrow. The bones and bits are stewing away gently so that I can a make a jelly) Tomorrow I will make hot water crust cook the pie for about two and a half hours, cool it an then pour the jelly in the hole in the top. That's the plan!!! Hope it works!
Below is a picture of my godson, who is keen on self sufficiency and VERY frugal, which I am always pleased to see in the younger generation (younger than me that is!) He has been experimenting with Ox hearts,which are extremely cheap as few people want them. He bought a goodly quantity and has processed them in several ways - mince, steak, stew and burgers. The picture shows him and his children organising the meat. He also has a good amount of waste i.e fat, gristle and pipes which he has made into meals, both fresh and processed for his dog, ferrets and hawk. Not to be outdone at something I have never tried in my many years as a from-scratch cook I have bought two hearts myself today ! From one heart (cost -£3.00) I have three and a half pounds of extremely lean, cubed meat in the slow cooker, which I will turn into stew and meat and potato pie tomorrow while the cooker is on for the game pie. I also have a large pan full of the off-cuts etc which I will cook tomorrow for the animals and some fat to render down for beef dripping. I will let you know how it all turns out.
It is the Civic Society Committee Meeting here tonight. They really will have to take me as they find me as I have been too busy processing to do any housework. After a few glasses of red they may not notice!!
Note to Moonwaves - I replied to your post about the freezers, but don't know where it ended up. Hope you can find it. I'm not too good at this blogging lark am I ?!
Take care and thanks for reading