Loose Birds & Game

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Loose Birds & Game

Loose Birds & Game

By Andrew Pern

Published 2010

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The sight of Roe Deer, Pheasants and Partridge feeding together on a crisp carpet of virgin snow beside our pond at Bank House, illuminated by an enormous floodlight was like a scene from a West End show, ‘The theatre of the countryside’, instantly grabbed my imagination as a child and has stayed with me ever since. At that moment, my love affair with ‘Loose Birds and Game’ began.
Loose Birds & Game delivers a fresh approach to the often dark and dismal autumnal and winter dishes normally associated with ‘game’. Ruddy cheeks and red noses are replaced with the virtues of low traceable fat in venison, the rarity of being able to eat grouse as a stew, salads that will be the envy of every Knightsbridge restaurant, with ladies that lunch, to snacks that the kids will devour and, to keep everyone happy, there’s even a tipple for Granddad. I’ve always wanted to showcase the heritage and versatility of game as part of what defines my idea of ‘British-ness’, but in a light and informative mood. I want to make some of the foods that make Britain great, more accessible and appealing to a larger and more interested audience. It’s amazing how easy it is to find local game and even some loose birds, if you are prepared to look in the right places – try your local butchers, farmers’ markets, good neighbourhood supermarkets or the ‘ye olde country-type shoppe’ and take advantage of searching online. It’s like anything in life, if you don’t ask, you don’t get!