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Jamanda
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 16, 07 10:21 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

I think that's right about deer. Not so sure about pheasant.

Green Rosie



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 16, 07 10:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Luckily I have never run over a deer

pricey



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 07 7:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Green Rosie wrote:
Luckily I have never run over a deer


You need a Opel Ascona 1.9 sr, and a mini van

Bodger



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 18, 07 11:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Pheasants are fetching 5 pence less each than woodpigeons at the game dealers at presnt and woodys are going for 25 pence

mochyn



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 18, 07 11:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Bodge: send me a few brace!

Where were you two on Saturday? Missed you!

Treacodactyl
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 18, 07 12:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I think an easy to carve pheasant is selling for 5-6 in Waitrose at the moment.

bernie-woman



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 18, 07 3:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I have never roasted a pheasant myself before, I always tend to casserole them - I have recently watched a re-run of one of Delias Christmas shows where she was roasting pheasant and explained that only young birds should be roasted and she said that you can tell the age of the bird by the length of the spur on the back of its feet - there lies the problem - I have two in the freezer without feet

Does it make that much difference, or shall I casserole the two in the freezer and go and have a look at the feet on the ones hanging in the butcher

woodsprite



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 18, 07 4:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

BW I was just about to add a caveat to my previous post but you beat me to it!
The old country folk (my family included) roast pheasant up until midwinter and casserole after. If you get a really large bird before midwinter, casserole it, its probably one of the previous seasons birds and it'll be as tough as old boots.
By the by, tonights dinner is woodcock......I love having a son who's a keeper.

KILLITnGRILLIT



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 18, 07 10:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

woodsprite wrote:

By the by, tonights dinner is woodcock......I love having a son who's a keeper.


Jammy git, woodcocks my fave MMmmmmmm



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joanne



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 19, 07 11:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Hopefully we may be getting a couple of braces of pheasant this weekend - a friend of my Dads is beating this weekend - so that may be our Christmas dinner as well - be the first time I've ever plucked and drawn anything so I hope I do it right

joanne



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 24, 07 9:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Well we ended up with 3 brace of Cock Pheasants which I've just finished plucking and drawing - I didn't think I'd ever manage it as I've never done it before but despite the fact they don't look quite as tidy as they should do - I've not done a bad job even if I say so myself

1 has been completely boned out as that one is going inside the boned out Turkey along with the chestnut stuffing - the rest have gone in the freezer for New Year

And they cost me the princely sum of a box of home-made Choccies

frewen



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 24, 07 10:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I boned out a turkey once. It must have been about 10 years ago.

I don't remember it being much fun but the memory is fading enough now for me to give it another go.

I seem to remember doing it because I couldn't carve

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