Mar 24 2004

Venison

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“Marconi is wireless now” said Richard obliquely as we trundled across a muddy field in his jeep leaving a trail of feed on the ground for the hinds. “Yes?“ I replied waiting. “He got high tensile wire wrapped round his antlers a while ago,” he continued. “I couldn’t get anywhere near him for days. Then suddenly there he was standing quietly beside me waiting for me to release the wire with my huge wire cutters. It made quite a bang when I cut it but he just stood patiently till I’d finished. I thought it might make him easier to approach but no, once more he won’t come near me. But he’s wireless now…..”
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Mar 15 2004

Lambing

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Whiteface ewe and lamb
It’s still raining and the wind is hurling itself through the valley. The stream has turned from a sedate crystal flow into a boiling brown frothing torrent and the lambs have started to arrive. What a sharp contrast to the warmth of the womb. Last Thursday the ewes came in for tea through driving sleet and snow. Almost immediately the first twins arrived, two small sad little lambs one of which we have already lost despite our best efforts. The survivor is a frail little thing that may or may not make it. Two more ewes followed close behind her but their single offspring were tough little chaps who struggled to their feet and found their own way to the food source quickly.
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Mar 15 2004

Pickled Eggs


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Living as we do in a place much favoured by holiday makers we often have too many eggs at this time of year. Come the tourist season we or rather the hens can’t produce enough. So now is the time for me to put down a supply of pickled eggs for those summer salads and pickled fish dishes.
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Mar 15 2004

Goose Egg Tortilla

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Goose and chicken eggs
Two of Idi’s eggs will make a substantial tortilla!
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Mar 04 2004

March

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Jacobs and Whiteface
Some hope things would warm up as we enter March and move towards spring! Freezing rain hammers on the windows as I write. Dogs curl up round my feet turning their noses from the door and donkeys stand dejectedly in their stable dreaming (well maybe they dream!) of sugary grass and warm breezes.
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Mar 04 2004

Roast Shoulder of Lamb

Out of the deepfreeze comes a shoulder of lamb which I boned and rolled a while back.

To bone any meat use a sharp flexible bladed knife and, sliding it into the meat, work your way along and around the bones. Blunt knives are much more dangerous than sharp ones because you need so much more pressure, then you slip and cut yourself!
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