Monday, 3 January 2011

Woodcock the king of game

This is not a bird that you will come across much but if you do jump at the chance to prepair, cook and eat it. A neighbour of mine was out shooting in a local wood yesterday and shot a woodcock, i happened to be on the road when he passed, we exchanged seasonal greetings and i ended up with a woodcock. Not bad for saying hello eh..

It was plucked and cleaned out in minutes, I dressed it with Crows streaky rashers, roasted it for 15 minutes in a very hot oven and had it with cep risotto, roasted baby shallots and salad leaves. Fantastic is all i can say, the taste and texture were unbelievable. I would even go so far to say it is one of the best game bird i have ever eaten....
These little birds fly to Ireland from Russia to escape the icy winters and are well worth seeking out.......

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