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« on: Nov 19, 2005, 13:50 »
Went to Bolams this morning for our supply of eggs and noticed they had pheasant in stock.  ?4.99 for 2 ready dressed or ?3.50 for a brace undressed.

Having watched every episode of Hugh Fernly Wittingstall's adventures in River Cottage, we opted for the brace.  So this afternoon I'm going to be plucking the birds while sitting in the back yard with a BIG glass of Glen Moray.

Ahh... this is the life innit.

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« Reply #1 on: Nov 19, 2005, 15:17 »
Pheasant plucker, tongue twister in 3...2....1.

Altogether now... I'm not a pheasant plucker, I'm a pheasant plucker's son and I'm only plucking pheasants, 'till the pheasant plucker comes...

And again. A bit faster this time... Etc. :lol:

Be carefull not to eat any lead shot! It can be as bad for you as it was for the bird. :shock:

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« Reply #2 on: Nov 20, 2005, 07:58 »
Dunno what it is about the River Cottage and that Hugh fella. It's frightfully simple television but frightfully entertaining (not to mention educational) as well. I like how he makes his own jam and sells it at the local market and how his pigs and sheep win prizes. I've never tried any of his recipes but I must admit quite a few of them have looked luvly alright. I really enjoyed the episode where he and a neighbour made home made black pud. I've never seen that being made before and I do like a good black pud (ours is sweeter than the black pud you guys get in the UK and we have it with golden syrup, too, which for some odd reason more often than not give the English people a weird look on their faces when I tell them...).

Did you wrap luvly, smoked bacon around the birds, mate, and what did you have with them ?

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« Reply #3 on: Nov 20, 2005, 13:32 »
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Did you wrap luvly, smoked bacon around the birds, mate, and what did you have with them ?


It seemed to take forever to pluck them and i have to admit that half way through I was tempted to put them in the bin.  Feathers went everywehere!  Even in my wiskey!!  :shock: However the distant voice of Hugh kept the fingers plucking.

Anyway when they were plucked, gutted and washed we put them in a roasting tin and bunged them in the oven.  Never bothered with the bacon but basted them every 20 mins.

They were lovely washed down with a nice bottle of Californian smooth red wine.  The cock bird was a little tougher and gamier than the hen bird which was slightly sweeter.  Quite a lot of fat came out of them when cooking.  We browned the skin and it was much tastier and crunchier than chicken.

Next time however, we'll opt for the ready plucked ones.  :D

I have to admit that while plucking the cock bird I felt a little guilty to be eating a bird with such beautiful feathers.  But then I had a vision of Hugh tucking into a peacock sandwich and thought what the...

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« Reply #4 on: Nov 21, 2005, 09:09 »
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I have to admit that while plucking the cock bird I felt a little guilty to be eating a bird with such beautiful feathers.  But then I had a vision of Hugh tucking into a peacock sandwich and thought what the...


Aren't they dim birds? When faced with an oncoming car why do they insist on walking across the road rather than flying away. I used to travel daily to Birtley and there was always loads of them along the road at Chester-le-Street. It seemed such a waste.

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