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  1. Lamb Rack, Lamb Fat Hasselback Potatoes, and Asparagus

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    In honour of British Asparagus Month, we’re sharing a recipe from Paul Foster’s wonderful new cookbook ‘How to Cook Meat Properly’.

    Paul has an amazing culinary history, working across the world, including at renowned restaurants  Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons and  L’Auberge de l’Ile. This recipe is another of his modern British showstoppers.


    For the Rack of Lamb

    • 1 four-bone rack of lamb
    • 5 sprigs thyme
    • 50g of butter
    • 2 cloves garlic

    For the Lamb Fat Hasselback Potatoes

    • 500g minced lamb fat
    • 2 small Maris Piper potatoes
    • Sea salt

    For the Asparagus

    • 10-12 spears of asparagus

    For the Lamb Sauce

    • 200g lamb trimmings
    • 2 tsp sunflower oil
    • 2 banana shallot, peeled and cut in ¼
    • 3 cloves garlic crushed
    • 10 sprigs thyme
    • 10 coriander seeds
    • 300g dry white wine
    • 300g reduced chicken stock
    • 450g reduced lamb stock

    To finish:

    • Extra Virgin Rapeseed Oil


    Rack of Lamb:

    1. Place the rack of lamb fat-side down in a hot frying pan. Heat until golden in colour.
    2. Add the butter and thyme to the pan. Lightly crush the garlic and add that as well. Keep a moderate heat to the pan so the butter is foaming.
    3. Use a spoon to baste the meat and the bones. Ensure the lamb stays fat-side down at all times.
    4. Place the pan into the oven at 170c and cook for around 10 minutes so the eye of the meat is pink. It should be 50°C in the centre.
    5. Remove and allow to rest for 8-10 minutes.

    Lamb Fat Hasselback Potatoes:

    1. Add 100g of water to the lamb fat and bring to the boil in a heavy-based pan.
    2. Cook until all of the water has evaporated, stirring regularly.
    3. Turn the heat down and render the fat until it is golden brown.
    4. Pass through a sieve.
    5. Pre-heat the oven to 190°C.
    6. Wash the potatoes and cut three-quarters of the way down with a sharp knife. Each slice should be 1-2 mm apart.
    7. Season the potatoes with salt and submerge in the lamb fat.
    8. Heat on the stove until the fat reaches 180°C then place the pan in the oven and cook for 30-40 minutes.
    9. The potato should be golden and crispy and fluffy in the centre.
    10. Drain on kitchen towel and season with sea salt.


    1. Cut the woody end off the asparagus and peel the skin around an inch from the top, all the way down.
    2. Wrap in a damp cloth until needed.
    3. Blanch the asparagus in boiling salted water for 2 minutes when the lamb is resting.
    4. Remove and season with sea salt.

    Lamb Sauce:

    1. Brown the lamb trimmings in the oil.
    2. Add the shallots and continue to brown.
    3. Add the white wine to deglaze and reduce by ¾.
    4. Add the rest of the ingredients.
    5. Bring to the boil and cover.
    6. Simmer gently whilst covered for 30 minutes.
    7. Adjust the consistency by reducing if needed and season to taste.
    8. When finished pass through a fine sieve and a muslin cloth.

    To serve:

    1. Carve the lamb into slices down the bone.
    2. Ensure the potato is hot by flashing through the oven for a couple of minutes.
    3. Arrange the components on the plate.
    4. Heat up the sauce and spoon over.
    5. Finish with a drizzle of extra virgin rapeseed oil.

  2. An Evening at Jude Kereama’s Kota Restaurant in Porthleven

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    Over the Easter weekend we were lucky enough to visit chef Jude Kereama’s flagship restaurant Kota in the heart of coastal Porthleven, Cornwall. It was a truly phenomenal culinary experience that went beyond its Michelin Bib Gourmand and 3 AA Rosettes.

    If you want to extend your stay, Kota even has some gorgeous accommodation that can be found here and we thoroughly recommend exploring Porthleven and surrounding areas including Marazion (home to St Michael’s Mount!)

    We did the 6-course Tasting Menu with paired wines and thoroughly reccomend. Here’s what we had…

    Cocktails and Oysters 


    We kicked things off with some refreshing cocktails, one Yuzu Sake and Cucumber Martini (House infused wakame vodka, yuzu macerated sake, lime, sugar and cucumber), and one Kota Fizz (House infused cucumber vodka, elderflower liqueur, Prosecco, cucumber twist).

    Now, when you’re eating in a harbour on the Cornish coast, you absolutely must have oysters (or we think so anyway!) We ordered two of each, one a Tempura with baby gem, wasabi tartare, and pickled cucumber and the other a Natural oyster with rice wine cucumber granita, ponzu lime dressing. We were advised by the staff to ‘chew’ the natural oyster rather than the traditional ‘down in one’ approach to oysters and boy was it a treat! The granita was such an intense burst of flavour it really brought the oyster and its flavours of the sea to life. And this was just the beginning…


    Amuse Bouche


    The Miso Butter with the Amuse Bouche was another show-stealer and we could have had a whole starter portion of the soup which was zingy and had a great depth of flavour.






    The first course was a Scallop with crispy onions, leeks and XO Sauce. I’m not sure I’ve had XO Sauce before and it was a real delight. Sweet and spicy, it lifted the scallop and was one of my favourite dishes of the night – such an inspired combination of flavours!




    Venison Tartare & Katsu Panko Fish Goujon

    We parted ways on this course and had one meat option and one pescatarian. The first was a venison tartare, hazelnuts, apple, celeriac, gochujang dressing and the pescatarian alternative was a Panko coated white fish goujon, katsu curry sauce, carrot & daikon pickle. The apple and celeriac cut through the naturally rich venison deliciously whilst the goujon was hands down the best fish goujon we’ve had!





    The favourite dish of the menu was the Monkfish dish: Crispy Kataifi wrapped monkfish, hake, lemongrass, kafir lime leaf & coconut bisque, yuzu saffron mayo. The bisque was velvety, and to-die-for whilst the Kataifi wrapped monkfish was unlike anything we’ve seen before. Just as with the cocktail back at the beginning, yuzu was used in such an inventive way, elevating all the flavours.






    Next was a Moorland dry aged sirloin, short rib, beets, and horseradish. Just look at the colours on that plate! We think it speaks for itself! Such incredible flavours…




    Honey & almond cake


    Ok, coming up is one of the most interesting (and delicious) things we’ve ever tasted. We’d not had it before but the goat’s cheese sorbet was fantastic. It wasn’t too sharp, the sorbet was soft, and it was the perfect accompaniment to a honey-based cake. The whole dish consisted of lemon, thyme & honey syrup, goats cheese sorbet, and a walnut crumb. As if this wasn’t the perfect ending to an amazing tasting menu, there was more…




    Baked Alaska

    This chocolate, hazelnut & cherry baked alaska was delightful. The mousse inside was so light and technically really impressive. Served with a 10 year-old Tawny Port, it was a magical ending to the menu. The cherries and crumb gave such a satisfying crunch – a real, indulgent treat!

    Despite being very full, we still managed some delicious petit fours afterwards (see left).


    All in all…

    This is a meal we won’t be forgetting anytime soon. Jude’s team took such great care of us and we couldn’t recommend visiting Kota more. Check out the menu here and book now. There are lots of great options but if you can, go for the six course tasting menu. You won’t regret it!

  3. Roasted Pheasant Crown Warm Chestnut, Sprout & Bacon Salad, Cranberry Ketchup by Paul Foster

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    Here is a Christmas knockout for you! Wonderful chef Paul Foster, head chef at Salt in Stratford-upon-Avon, has created this sumptuous Roasted Pheasant dish for us.

    Paul has an amazing culinary history, working across the world, including at renowned restaurants  Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons and  L’Auberge de l’Ile. This recipe is another of his modern British showstoppers.


    For the Roasted Pheasant Crown

    • 1 pheasant, prepared to the crown
    • 150g salted butter
    • 2 cloves garlic, lightly crushed
    • 6 sprigs thyme
    • 100g smoked streaky bacon, cut into 2cm chunks

    For the Sprout and Bacon Salad

    • 200g sprouts, broken down into individual leaves
    • 200g chestnuts, steamed and peeled
    • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
    • 20g cider vinegar
    • 100g sunflower oil

    For the Cranberry Ketchup

    • 250g fresh cranberries
    • 150g light brown sugar
    • 75g balsamic vinegar


    Sprout and Bacon Salad:

    1. Discard the first few outer leaves of the sprouts and separate the next layer of leaves. Once you get to the inner of the sprout, where it becomes tight, finely shred and keep to add at the last minute.
    2. Bring a large pan of water to the boil and season with salt. Once the water is rapidly boiling, carefully drop in the sprout leaves and allow to cook for 1 minute.
    3. Drain from the water and plunge into ice water to stop the cooking.
    4. Once cooled, drain off and place onto a towel to dry.
    5. Cut the chestnuts into quarters and keep in a separate bowl.
    6. Mix the Dijon mustard together with the vinegar and oil to create a light vinaigrette dressing. Keep to one side

    Roasted Pheasant Crown:

    1. Pre-heat your oven to 160°C.
    2. Heat a thickbased frying pan and drizzle with oil, season the pheasant with salt and colour all over the breast.
    3. Add the butter, thyme and garlic and start to baste when it starts foaming.
    4. Sit the bird up in the pan and cook in the oven for 8-10 minutes or until the thick part of the breast reaches 55°C.
    5. Remove the bird from the pan and rest in a warm area for 10-15 minutes.
    6. Take the garlic and thyme out of the frying pan and return to a medium heat.
    7. Add the bacon and begin to fry to a deep, golden-brown colour.
    8. Once the bacon has fried and is becoming crispy, add the chestnuts and fry for 1 more minute.
    9. Add the sprouts (both the blanched leaves and the shredded inners) and cook for a further 1 minute.
    10. Remove from the heat and dress generously with the vinaigrette and season well.

    Cranberry Ketchup:

    1. Combine all ingredients in the pan and add a small splash of water.
    2. Cover with a lid or clingfilm and bring to the boil.
    3. Remove the lid and allow to cool down and start to slightly caramelise.
    4. Blitz to a smooth purée and season.
    5. Allow to chill before use.


    1. Check the seasoning of the salad and spoon around a large bowl.
    2. Use a sharp knife to cut along each side of the breast bone of the pheasant.
    3. Carefully work your way down to remove the breast as one.
    4. Season with sea salt and place on top of the sprouts.
    5. Finish with a large spoon of the cranberry ketchup


  4. Sea bass, Red Mullet and Mussels with Bouillabaisse Sauce By Mark Dodson

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    You and your guests are in for a real treat with this fragrant fish soup recipe that we are delighted to bring to you by Mark Dodson. Provence inspired it makes for a wonderful dinner party main, garnished with crushed new season potatoes, leeks and monk’s beard.

    Recipe courtesy of www.greatbritishchefs.com

    Serves: 4

    Cooking Time: 2 hours 20 minutes



    • 4 red mullet fillets, weighing approx. 100g each
    • 2 sea bass fillets, halved
    • 300g mussels
    • 1 shallot, finely chopped
    • 2 parsley stalks
    • 40ml white wine
    • Olive oil


    • 400g fish bones and heads, from the sea bass and red mullet
    • 300g onions, finely chopped
    • 300g carrots, finely chopped
    • 2 sticks of celery, finely chopped
    • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
    • 50g tomato purée
    • 150ml white wine
    • 1 splash of Pernod Ricard (optional)
    • 1l fish stock
    • 1 pinch of saffron
    • Sea salt
    • Freshly ground black pepper


    • 1 leek, sliced into 12 neat circles
    • 12 cherry plum tomatoes, blanched and skinned
    • 1 knob of butter
    • 12 new potatoes
    • 40g monks beard (a type of Mediterranean plant similar to samphire)

     Cooking Method

    1. Begin by making the bouillon. Clean the fish bones and remove the gills from the heads by washing in running water until the water runs clear. Drain in a colander and give it a shake to remove any excess liquid. Pour a little olive oil in two large pans and place both over a medium heat.
    2. Place the fish bones and heads in one pan and the onion, carrots, celery and garlic in the other. Cook both for 5 minutes, stirring regularly, then add the tomato purée to the vegetables. Deglaze the pan with the fish bones in with the white wine, then transfer the contents to the pan with the vegetables.
    3. Add the Pernod (if using), fish stock and saffron and season with salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer then cook over a low heat for 2 hours, skimming off any scum, fat and oil that rises to the surface.
    4. While the bouillon is simmering, prepare the mussels. Heat a little oil in a saucepan and sweat the shallot until translucent. Discard any mussels with open shells and add the rest into the pan. Give the pan a shake and add the white wine and parsley stalks. Cover and cook for 5 minutes or until the mussel shells open. Tip them into a colander set over a bowl to retain the liquor and leave to cool. Pour the liquor through a fine sieve into the bouillon and reserve the mussels until ready to serve.
    5. Bring a pan of salted water to the boil and add the new potatoes. Cook for 15 minutes or until tender, then drain and refresh in iced water. When cool enough to handle, peel the potatoes then season and set aside for reheating later.
    6. Once the bouillon has been simmering for a few hours remove from the heat and blitz with a hand blender until smooth. Pass through a fine sieve into a clean pan and reduce by one-third. Check for seasoning and set aside to reheat later.
    7. Heat a knob of butter in a pan over a medium heat and add the leeks and monks beard. Add a pinch of salt and pour in just enough water to cover. Cook for 5 minutes until softened, then add the tomatoes and keep warm.
    8. Place a frying pan over a medium heat and add a splash of oil. Season the fish fillets and cook skin-side down until crisp (about 5 minutes). Meanwhile, reheat the bouillon and add the mussels to warm through.Provencal recipe by Mark Dodson
    9. Place a separate frying pan over a medium heat. Pour in a splash of oil and add the potatoes, crushing them lightly in your hands as you do so. Flip the fish and continue to fry until just cooked.

    To serve

    Place the crushed potatoes in the centre of a bowl and lay the fish carefully on top. Arrange the leeks around the fillets and top with the tomatoes. Pour the bouillon gently around the fish and garnish with the monks beard. Alternatively, place the fish, leeks, tomatoes and monks beard into the pan with the bouillon and bring to the table with the crushed potatoes on the side. Serve immediately.


  5. Cheese, Apple and Kimchi Toastie

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    It’s British Sandwich Week from 22nd – 28th May and what better way to celebrate our iconic culinary invention than with a finger licking toastie. The addition of flavourful Kimchi and thinly sliced Bramley apple transforms your typical cheese toastie into a unique and tasty sandwich. You can use Granny Smiths or Golden Delicious apples if you prefer.

    Go ahead and make it, I guarantee you’ll love it and be making it again, and again.

    Proware's Cheese Toastie with apple and kimchi

    Serves: 2 

    Prep time: 5 minutes

    Cooking time: 5 minutes


    • 4 slices of white bread
    • Approximately 200g Kimchi, stop bought or homemade
    • 300g mature cheddar cheese, grated
    • 1 Bramley apple or similar, cored and thinly sliced
    • Butter for frying


    Cooking Method

    1. For each sandwich, spread butter on the outside of the bread making sure to spread evenly and to the edges.
    2. Layer the apple, Kimchi and cheese onto one piece of the bread and top with the other slice of bread.
    3. Heat a 26cm Sauté Pan over medium heat, add a knob of butter or a touch of some veg oil to the pan and make sure it is hot. Carefully place your sandwich into the pan, it should sizzle. Let it sizzle for a minute or until lightly browned, then cover with the lid, lower the heat to enable the cheese to melt.
    4. After a few minutes carefully flip the sandwich and allow the other side to brown.
    5. Serve with a garnish of Kimchi in our beautiful mini pan and apple slices.
  6. Venison Saddle with Elderberry Huntsman Sauce by Paul Welburn

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    Venison is one of the most widely-eaten varieties of game and it is also one of the most traditional. We’ve teamed up with Great British Chefs to bring you this delicious recipe created by Chef Paul Welburn from Michellin Star Restaurant The Oxford Kitchen. Perfect for an evening dinner party, this recipe takes venison loin which has been removed from the saddle and pan roasts it, smothering it with plenty of butter and seasoning it with thyme and garlic. Venison, being a lean meat needs to be properly prepared as it is in this recipe for it to showcase it’s flavour and texture. If done right, it can be even more delicious than beef or other meats. For more on how to cook game meat, we’ve complied a list of our top tips here.

    ProWare Kitchen Venison Saddle Recipe Great British Chefs

    Serves: 8

    Time: 2 hours 15 minutes, plus time to press the potato cake



    Venison Loin

    • 2 venison loins, cut from the saddle – 2 loins should weigh approx.1kg depending on the size of the saddle
    • rapeseed oil
    • butter
    • 1 sprig of thyme
    • 2 garlic cloves
    • salt
    • pepper

    Potato Cake

    • 6 Maris Piper potatoes
    • 200g of butter
    • 1 dash of rapeseed oil
    • salt
    • pepper


    • 2kg venison bones
    • 6 shallots, peeled and sliced
    • 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
    • 2 garlic cloves
    • 5 peppercorns, crushed
    • 1 sprig of thyme
    • 2 tbsp of sherry vinegar
    • 250ml of red wine
    • 100ml of port
    • 100ml of Madeira, sweet
    • 1l dark chicken stock
    • 1 handful of elderberries, or use blackberries or blueberries if unavailable
    • 1 dash of oil
    • salt
    • pepper

    Pear and Parsnip Purée

    • 4 parsnips
    • 4 pears, preferably Comice pears
    • 150g of butter
    • salt
    • pepper

    Crispy Cavolo Nero

    • cavolo nero, woody stems removed
    • oil, for deep-frying
    • salt

    To Serve

    • 8 venison sausages
    • 1 dash of oil

    Cooking Method

    1. To begin, start preparing the potato cake. Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas mark 4.
    2. Melt the butter over a low heat in a saucepan. Peel and slice the potatoes very finely, either by hand or using a mandoline.
    3. Wash the slices to remove any excess starch, then pat dry and place in a bowl with the melted butter, mixing so each slice is nicely coated.
    4. Line a terrine mould with a strip of parchment paper and begin building up the potato cake in layers, seasoning as you go with salt and pepper. Once filled (better to build it higher than you think, as it will be pressed later) bake in the oven for 40–50 minutes, or until the potato is tested all the way through when tested with a knife.
    5. Remove from the oven, place a sheet of parchment paper on top and press down with flat weights. Set aside at room temperature for 1–2 hours, then place in the fridge to set.
    6. While the potato cake is pressing, make the sauce. Preheat the oven to 160°C/gas mark.
    7. Spread the venison bones out in a roasting pan and place in the oven for 20 minutes, or until golden. Add a dash of oil to a large saucepan and add the shallots and carrots, cooking until caramelised.
    8. Add the garlic, peppercorns and thyme, then deglaze with the vinegar, ensuring you scrape the bottom of the pan to remove any residue. Add the wine, Madeira and port and reduce by half.
    9. Add the roasted bones and the stock and simmer for 25–30 minutes. Pass through a fine sieve into a clean pan and allow to reduce to a sauce consistency. Season to taste and set aside.
    10. For the pear and parsnip purée, wash the pears and parsnips well. Quarter them, then remove the pear cores and woody parsnip centres. Dice without peeling.
    11. Heat the butter in a saucepan and once foaming, add the pear and parsnip. Gently sweat until caramelised. Once soft and lightly coloured, transfer to a blender and blitz until very smooth, adding a splash of water if the mixture is very thick. Season to taste and set aside.
    12. Preheat a deep-fryer or deep pan of oil to 180°C.
    13. Deep-fry the cavolo nero leaves until crisp, taking care as the oil may spit due to the water content of the leaves. Drain on kitchen paper and season with salt. Set aside.
    14. When ready to serve, preheat the oven to 160°C/gas mark 3. Gently reheat the sauce and purée. Remove the potato cake from the fridge, turn out and cut into even portions.
    15. When ready to cook the venison, ensure the loins are nicely trimmed of any sinew and fat, then cut each loin in half – this will make cooking them more manageable. Add a dash of oil to a large, non-stick frying pan (you may need to use two pans, depending on the size of the loins) and once hot, add the venison portions. Cook until golden all over, then add the butter, herbs and garlic and baste the meat in the foaming butter for 5–6 minutes, checking the venison all the time. Remove from the pan and allow to rest in a warm place for 10 minutes.
    16. Cook the venison sausages in a hot frying pan with a dash of oil until just cooked through. Set aside.
    17. Meanwhile, heat some rapeseed oil in a hot frying pan and add the potato cake portions. Carefully cook on both sides until golden. Keep warm in the oven. Add the elderberries to the sauce just before serving.
    18. To serve, add a sausage and slice of potato cake to each plate and place a quenelle of purée to the side of the sausage. Carve each piece of venison into six slices, add three pieces to each plate, and top with a piece of cavolo nero. Spoon over the sauce and serve.

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    Recipe courtesy of www.greatbritishchefs.com

  7. Braised Venison Cobbler with Horseradish Scones by Paul Welburn

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    Combat these chilly autumn evenings with this comforting Braised Venison Cobbler. Paul Welburn from Michelin Star Restaurant The Oxford Kitchen has created this scrumptious dish of braised venison haunch which is served with fluffy horseradish scones. A refreshing approach to a traditional cobbler, this would make a wonderfully warming evening meal. Together with Great British Chefs we’re celebrating game and autumnal cooking! For more inspiration and recipes check out our blog here.

    Serves: 6

    Time: 2 hours 45 minutes



    Braised venison

    • 1kg venison haunch, diced
    • 4 tbsp of plain flour
    • 100g of pancetta, diced
    • 100g of baby onions
    • 2 carrots, diced
    • 150g of baby parsnips, diced
    • 1 garlic clove, crushed
    • 1 tsp tomato purée
    • 500ml of porter, or stout
    • 500ml of red wine
    • 1l beef stock
    • 2 bay leaves
    • 1 sprig of thyme
    • 100ml of vegetable oil
    • salt
    • pepper

    Horseradish and cheese scones

    • 225g of self-raising flour
    • 1 tsp baking powder
    • 1 pinch of salt
    • 50g of butter
    • 50g of mature cheddar, grated
    • 50g of Parmesan, grated
    • 3 tsp creamed horseradish
    • 150ml of milk

    Baby parsnips

    • 12 baby parsnips
    • oil
    • salt

    To serve

    • fresh horseradish, for grating
    • 1 handful of chopped parsley

    Cooking Method

    1. To begin, make the braised venison. Dust the venison evenly in flour, shaking each piece to remove any excess. Add the oil to a large sauté pan and add a batch of the venison when hot. Cook until golden, drain and set aside. Repeat with the rest of the venison – it’s important to work in batches so you don’t overcrowd the pan.
    2. Place a large, deep sauté pan with a lid over a medium-high heat, add the pancetta and cook until caramelised and golden. Drain the bacon, keeping the fat in the pan, and add the onions, diced carrots and parsnips. Cook until golden, then add the garlic and tomato purée and cook out for 2–3 minutes
    3. Add the beer and wine to deglaze, scraping the bottom of the pan to remove any reside, then reduce by two thirds. Add the stock, return the bacon and venison to the pan (plus any juices that have escaped) and top up with a little more stock if needed. Bring to a simmer, add the bay leaf and thyme and cover with a lid. Cook over a low heat for 1 ½–2 hours, or until the meat is tender and the sauce is rich – you may need to top it up with a little more stock if it’s getting a little dry.
    4. While the venison is cooking, make the scones. Rub all the dry ingredients with the butter until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Add the horseradish, followed with enough milk to form a nice dough. Do not overwork the mixture, or the scones will be tough.
    5. Wrap in cling film and rest in the fridge for 30–40 minutes.
    6. Preheat the oven to 220°C/gas mark 8.
    7. Dress the baby parsnips with a little oil and season. Spread out on a roasting pan and cook for approximately 25 minutes.
    8. Roll out the scone dough until 2cm thick on a lightly floured work surface. But out 12 scones using a 4.5cm diameter cutter.
    9. Arrange the scones on top of the venison mixture and brush the top with egg yolk. Place in the oven with the parsnips for approximately 12–15 minutes, or until the scones are golden and the venison is bubbling away. Remove and top with a grating of horseradish and finely chopped parsley before serving

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    Recipe courtesy of www.greatbritishchefs.com

  8. Honey-glazed Mallard, Confit Leg, Turnips, Cavolo Nero by Paul Welburn

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    Michelin starred Chef Paul Welburn is at the top of his ‘game’ with this recipe for honey-glazed mallard & confit leg. A more complex recipe, the mallard is first pan fried, then roasted to perfection in the oven, and finally topped with a rich honey, star anise and juniper glaze. Served alongside baby turnips and cavolo nero this really is a superb dish that would suit a dinner for two or would be an impressive main served at a smaller dinner party with friends.

    This is another recipe in our series celebrating all things game this autumn in connection with Great British Chefs.

    ProWare Kitchen Mallard recipe Great British Chefs

    Serves: 3

    Time: 3 hours 30 minutes



    Mallard Duck

    • 2 whole mallard ducks, legs removed and crown trimmed
    • 2 sprigs of thyme
    • 1/2 garlic bulb, split
    • vegetable oil
    • butter
    • salt
    • pepper

    Curing Salt

    • 50g of coarse sea salt
    • 1 star anise
    • 1 juniper berry
    • 1 slice of orange peel
    • 1 sprig of thyme
    • 5 black peppercorns

    Duck Sauce

    • 1kg mallard duck bones, or use regular duck bones if unavailable
    • 3 shallots, peeled and sliced
    • 1 carrot, peeled and chopped
    • 1 garlic clove, sliced
    • 1 juniper berry, crushed
    • 3 peppercorns, crushed
    • 1 sprig of thyme, small
    • 1 tbsp of red wine vinegar
    • 175ml of red wine
    • 125ml of port
    • 500ml of dark chicken stock
    • 1 dash of oil

    To confit the duck legs

    • 500g of duck fat, melted
    • 1 sprig of thyme
    • 1/2 garlic bulb, split

    Mashed Potato

    • 800g of floury potatoes
    • 200g of cream
    • 200g of butter
    • salt
    • pepper

    Baby turnips

    • 1 bunch of baby turnips, trimmed and washed
    • 200g of water
    • 200g of butter

    Honey glaze

    • 100ml of honey
    • 25ml of sherry vinegar
    • 2 juniper berries
    • 2 star anise

    Cavolo nero

    • 400g of cavolo nero, hard stems removed
    • salt
    • pepper

    To serve

    • thyme leaves
    • flaky sea salt

    Cooking Method

    1. To begin, prepare the mallard legs. Add the curing salt ingredients to a blender and blitz together until well-combined. Cover the mallard legs in the salt mix in a dish and set aside in the fridge for 1 hour.
    2. Preheat the oven to 190°C/gas mark 5.
    3. While the legs are curing, start the sauce. Spread the bones out on a roasting pan and roast in the oven for 20 minutes, or until golden.
    4. Add a dash of oil to a saucepan over a medium heat. Once hot, add the shallots and carrots and cook until tender and golden. Add the garlic, spices and herbs, then deglaze the pan with the vinegar, scraping the base of the pan to remove any residue.
    5. Add the wine and port and reduce by half. Add the roasted bones and stock and simmer for 25–30 minutes.
    6. Rinse the salt from the mallard legs and pat dry. Add the legs to a saucepan fitted with a cooking thermometer, add the thyme and garlic and pour over the melted duck fat, ensuring the legs are completely covered. Place over a low heat and steadily confit at 85°C for 2 hours. Do not allow the temperature to go above 85°C, or the meat will start to fry and toughen.
    7. Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas mark 4.
    8. Place the potatoes for the mash on a baking tray and cook in the oven until completely tender inside.
    9. Meanwhile, pass the sauce through a fine sieve into a clean pan and reduce over a medium-high heat until it reaches the desired consistency. Season to taste and set aside.
    10. When the mallard legs are ready, carefully drain from the fat. Twist the thigh bone out of the leg, leaving the drumstick bone in place. Set aside.
    11. Now cook the turnips. Add the water to a pan, bring to a simmer then whisk in the butter. Add the turnips and cook until tender, for approximately 20 minutes.
    12. To make the honey glaze, add all the ingredients to a small saucepan and bring to the boil over a high heat. Reduce the liquid by one third and set aside.
    13. When ready to cook the duck crowns, heat a dash of oil in a large frying pan. Season the crowns, inside and out, and place the crowns in the pan breast-side down. Caramelise all over the breasts until golden, draining any excess fat as it renders.
    14. Once nicely golden, add a large knob of butter, garlic and thyme, basting the birds in the foaming butter.
    15. Sit the crowns up, fill the cavities with a little extra thyme and the garlic from the pan, and place in the oven with the potatoes for 8 minutes, basting every 2 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to rest for 10 minutes.ProWare Kitchen Mallard recipe Great British Chefs
    16. Remove the potatoes from the oven and scoop out the flesh. Heat the cream and butter in a pan to melt together. Pass the potato flesh through a potato ricer (or use a masher to mash) and beat in the cream and butter. Season to taste and set aside.
    17. To cook the cavolo nero, drain some of the butter emulsion from the turnips and heat in a pan. Add the cavolo nero, cook until wilted then drain. Season and set aside ready to plate.
    18. When ready to serve, make sure all the elements are nice and hot. Arrange the turnips and cavolo nero in the base of a serving tray and place the mallard crowns on top. Brush the crowns with the spiced glaze and sprinkle over thyme leaves and flaky sea salt. Arrange the crispy confit legs around the crowns, brushing with a little more glaze.
    19. Carve at the table, serving with the with the sauce and mashed potato on the side.

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    Recipe courtesy of www.greatbritishchefs.com

  9. Pot-roasted Partridge with Grapes, Gnocchi and Mushrooms by Paul Welburn

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    Paul Welburn from Michellin Star Restaurant The Oxford Kitchen has created this fabulous recipe of roasted partridge with grapes, gnocchi and mushrooms! It is flavourful, creamy comfort food with delightful bursts of freshness. Served in the pan for the ultimate oven-to-table dish it is perfect for sunny early-Autumn days. Herb gnocchi and some sautéed wild mushrooms complete the dish perfectly. Together with Great British Chefs this recipe is part of our celebration of all things game.

    Partridge is delicate, tender and relatively quick as well as easy to cook. It benefits from being full flavoured but at the same time not tasting too ‘gamey’. Another great benefit is that each partridge is the perfectly sized portion, one per person is ideal. This recipe combines the ease of cooking partridge with an exciting and refreshing array of flavours in the accompaniment. We hope you enjoy!

    Pot-roasted Partridge by Paul Welburn

    Serves: 3

    Time: 1 hour 40 mins plus 1 hour to bake potatoes



    Pot-roasted partridge with grapes

    • partridges
    • carrot, peeled and cut into quarters
    • onion, peeled and cut into quarters
    • 50ml of white wine
    • 250ml of chicken stock
    • 1 sprig of thyme
    • 60ml of double cream
    • 1 handful of chopped parsley
    • 50g of grapes, halved (a mixture of white and black)
    • 1 handful of chopped tarragon
    • 1 dash of oil
    • 1 knob of butter
    • salt
    • pepper

    Herb Gnocchi

    • 700g of floury potatoes
    • egg
    • egg yolk
    • 50g of flour
    • 1 tbsp of chopped parsley
    • 1 tbsp of chopped chives
    • 1 tbsp of chopped chervil
    • salt
    • pepper

    Wild Mushrooms

    • 50g of chestnut mushrooms, quartered
    • 50g of girolles
    • 12g of butter
    • chopped parsley
    • 1/2 garlic clove

    Cooking Method

    For the gnocchi

    1. To begin, prepare the gnocchi. Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas mark 4.
    2. Prick the potatoes all over and bake whole in the oven until the flesh is completely soft. While still hot, scoop the flesh out of the skins and pass through a potato ricer (or use a masher.)
    3. Mix the egg, egg yolk and flour in a bowl to combine, then lightly mix into the potato – do not over-mix. When just combined, add the herbs and roll into long logs measuring 2cm in diameter.
    4. Cut the logs into individual gnocchi and heat a large pan of water until almost boiling. Add a batch of the gnocchi and cook until they float to the surface – it’s best to do a smaller test batch at first to make sure you have enough flour in the mixture. If they don’t float, mix again with a sprinkling more flour and re-roll and cut.
    5. Drain and plunge into iced water to chill quickly. Repeat in batches with the remaining gnocchi. When all of the gnocchi have been cooked and chilled, place in the fridge until required.

    For the partridge

    1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas mark 4.
    2. To cook the partridges, add a dash of oil and knob of butter to a large saucepan and allow to heat up. Once the butter is foaming, add the partridges and colour all over, until golden. Remove from the pan and set aside.
    3. Add the carrots and onions to the same pan and cook until tender and golden. Deglaze with the white wine, scraping the bottom of the pan to remove any residue.
    4. Add the chicken stock and thyme, return the birds to the pan and cover with a lid. Place in the oven for 25 minutes.
    5. Remove the partridges from the pan and allow to rest in a warm place. Add the cream to the pan and bring to the simmer. Season well, add the grapes and herbs and place the birds back in the pan. Keep warm.

    To finish

    1. Add a dash of oil to a non-stick pan and when hot, add the gnocchi. Pan-roast on all sides until golden, then add to the pan with the partridges.
    2. Add a knob of butter to another non-stick pan and place over a medium-high heat. Add the garlic clove and mushrooms and roast for 1 minute until lightly golden. Stir in the parsley, season then sprinkle the mushrooms over the partridges.
    3. Serve in the pan at the table for everyone to dig in.

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  10. Breast of Guinea Fowl with Wild Mushroom Risotto by Leiths School of Food and Wine

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    Leiths School of Food and Wine have been kind enough to supply us with a recipe for our celebration of all things Game.

    A guinea fowl is a delicious alternative to chicken which is at it’s best in the autumn months. It is fantastically flavourful with darker, gamier flesh. It’s the ideal size for two to share, don’t be tempted to overcook!

    In this dish the meat is served with an indulgent morel mushroom risotto. The dried morels provide a rich, earthy flavour which is enhanced by the use of the tarragon and balanced beautifully  by the fresh, creamy mascarpone.

    Serves: 4



    • 10g dried morels
    • 1 small onion, finely diced
    • 30g unsalted butter
    • 2 guinea fowl supreme, skin on
    • Oil for frying
    • 150g risotto rice (Arborio or Carnaroli)
    • 75ml dry white wine
    • 750ml white chicken stock, hot
    • 100g mixed wild mushrooms, brushed clean and torn into pieces
    • Mascarpone, grated parmesan, unsalted butter, tarragon leaves picked and chopped

    Cooking Method

    1. Preheat the oven to 200°C.
    2. Put the dried morels in a small bowl and cover with boiling water. Leave to soak for a minimum of 15 minutes.
    3. Heat 30g unsalted butter in a sauté pan and add the onion and a pinch of salt. Stir well, cover with a lid and sweat over a low heat until soft but not coloured.
    4. Strain the dried morels and add the mushroom infused liquid to the hot stock. Reserve the mushrooms for later. Add the rice to the onions and increase the heat to medium. Add a pinch of salt and fry the rice for 1 min until beginning to sizzle. Before any colour is taken on, add the wine to the pan. Allow this to be fully absorbed before adding in a ladleful of stock. Again allow to be fully absorbed, stirring the risotto well and regularly before repeating with the next ladleful of stock. Continue the process until the rice is almost cooked.
    5. To cook the guinea fowl; Heat the roasting pan on the hob with a little oil. Season the meat with salt and add to the pan, skin side down. Render the breasts slowly for 5-10mins or until crisp and golden. Remove the pan from the heat, turn the breasts over and transfer to the preheated oven. The meat is cooked when the juices run clear and the fibres are set. Rest well before slicing.
    6. To finish the risotto; Remove the pan from the heat, ensuring the rice still has an al dente bite, add in a good knob (15g) of butter, a tablespoon of mascarpone and a handful (20-30g) of grated parmesan. Cover the risotto and leave for 2-3mins whilst you sauté the mushrooms.
    7. Heat a frying pan with a little oil and when hot add the mixed wild mushrooms. Sauté over a high heat for 1 minute until just beginning to soften. Turn the heat down, add the soaked morels, a knob of butter and some seasoning, continue cooking for a further 30 seconds to 1min.
    8. Remove the lid from the risotto and stir in the mushrooms, chopped tarragon and some seasoning to taste. Finally adjust its consistency by adding extra stock or water as needed. The finished risotto should be loose, creamy and have some flow to it.
    9. Serve the risotto topped with the neatly sliced guinea fowl breast.