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Dave C

Hunted, Foraged, Grown or Reared

Thought it might good to start a blog on what we are all eating that we've Harvested ourselves.

As in the title anything Hunted, Foraged, Grown or Reared.


What you think ?
Dave C

Well I will kick off.

I've had a Mushroom omlet nearly every morning for my breakfast since mid August, our top field has produced the best consistent crop ever
And they are still coming, obviously using our own eggs.

Saturday night we had Crispy Duck in pancakes, followed by Stir fry pheasant in Hoi sin sauce, all birds shot by me and my lad.

Sunday lunch roast Chicken (one of mine) with most veg from the garden.
Followed by Apple & Blackberry crumble from our trees and berrys in the hedge.

Monday chicken soup
Toddy

We're still gathering fresh raspberries from the Autumn fruiting canes. I just serve them with fresh cream, a wee shake of sugar and a handful of toasted oats

I've also got a bucket of apple still to deal with and a basin of the small tomatoes that haven't ripened.

I think I'm going to make chutney with those, and maybe make stewed apples and jar them like the Americans do canning.
I tried making up freezer bag loads of apples and the makings for crumble one year, but tbh it was a real footer getting it all out of the bags. I'm aiming for simple, easily stored and useful, this time round.

M
ClaireK

Put my hand up to not growing alot, or hunting or rearing anything of my own   apart from a plum and a bramley apple tree that is very young and young currant bushes, i have had to rely on the blackberries/brambles i have had from the hedgerow in my field and locally. They did make some very nice jam!

Hopefully next year will be better

Claire
sod

About to shoot our steer, planting alsorts from pumpkin to collys, apple,peach,pear,plums flowers gone so hope they are set grape vines getting leaves so here goes we hope  
brewer66

Got the 6 pigs back from the abattoir last Saturday.  
Had one joint and a couple of chops during the week.
It really is superb pork, just need to get on with the sausage making now.  
kaz

We are still eating tomatoes, sweet and chilli peppers from the polytunnel and Bodger keeps promising to supply fresh chicken from the cockerels that he has raised
Dave C

Wow we all have a wide range of foods being harvested, great  

Was shooting Friday & beating Saturday so more pheasants in the freezer
Last night had Pheasant stir fry Chinese style in oyster & spring onion sauce, with the usual stir fry veg, but I put extra spring onions and mushrooms from the garden in  

Today we had Lamb dinner, the lamb was from my farmer mate, part of the half lamb I got for helping him put up his new barn, so not strictly harvested by me but close enough.
And it was lovely      
sod

Dave C harvested=earned same me thinks   sounds like you living well.
brewer66

Picked half a punnet of Strawberries yesterday, some from in the tunnel and some from outside.  (November in Yorkshire.     )

Had some on my breakfast this morning.  
Dave C

It's crazy weather mate but it's changing tonight  
Dave C

sod wrote:
Dave C harvested=earned same me thinks sounds like you living well.


Trying too pal   also drinking well

I'm currently in discussions with a shooting buddy who makes sloe gin in 1.5 pint jars   to trade him for 2 dozen eggs  
bodger

You should be trading with me Dave, I have several hundred gallons of cider in oak.  
I had two eggs on toast for my evening meal, they were from my one laying hen from a flock of God knows how many birds.
Dave C



Ha when they stop they really do all stop !

That's the good thing with my hybrid meat birds they start laying at 17 weeks so I have plenty in full lay
Will see for how long.
bodger

One duck egg off 14 ducks this morning but the geeese are still laying.
brewer66

I got two duck eggs yesterday from 20 ducks, 9 hen eggs from about 48 chickens and no goose eggs since the end of May but they are all eating plenty.  
Dave C

When mine stop I will be dropping them onto mainly wheat, it's a lot cheaper.
brewer66

Killed 6 LS cocks today.
I just took the leg, thigh and breast meat.
I always feel it's wasteful, I like to make soup or stock from the carcase and giblets and the dogs get a feed as well, but I hadn't time to pluck and dress them.
I still put 16 lbs of skinless meat in the freezer. They were big boys.    
horace

 
Dave C

They sound delicious  
confused

It's a busy time for our household , after being away for 4  weeks on holiday ( visiting our daughter in Australia ) we are now trying to plough our way through loads of produce , the first project will have to be jam making , just so we can get some more space in the freezer , last night we went through our boxs of apples , and packed away a good few , Apple pies are on order for today , so my family will be finding Dad turning up with a few goodies over the next  week.  next week i have 5 cocks that were always destined for the pot fortunately my mate who works in the fish industry is sound for a bit wheeling and dealing , interesting times , and im sitting playing on the internet ?
brewer66

Spent most of today, in between the routine jobs, making sausage and burgers with some of the pork from our 6 pigs.
We've made gluten free Lincolnshire sausage and burgers (Jean is celiac) and "ordinary" traditional pork and pork and apple sausage.
I love proper, home made sausage.
 
Mo

Ooh! I like this thread

Tomorrow we shall be having a leg of lamb - not that we reared but which we received by bartering our own reared pork with a local farmer .

We exchanged pig for a lamb.
Dave C

Nice, tomorrow we will be having Lamb as well.
I helped the farmer over the field put up his barn.

It was a days labour for half a lamb  
brewer66

Roast pork tomorrow, some of our own Oxford Sandy & Black.
It really is excellent flavoured meat.      
sod

Christmas day was roast beef,ham and corned silverside from us. Potatoes, tomatoes and peas from Joanne's. Salad, chicken from Darren's. So not bad.
We are not allowed to grow peas here in the Wairarapa for 2 years as a wevel was found in seed that came here.
Mo

Dave C wrote:
Nice, tomorrow we will be having Lamb as well.
I helped the farmer over the field put up his barn.

It was a days labour for half a lamb


Good innit?

We also got some lamb for loaning out our trailer - and a load of logs for the same thing
Dave C

brewer66 wrote:
Roast pork tomorrow, some of our own Oxford Sandy & Black.
It really is excellent flavoured meat.


My mouth is watering  
Dave C

sod wrote:
Christmas day was roast beef,ham and corned silverside from us. Potatoes, tomatoes and peas from Joanne's. Salad, chicken from Darren's. So not bad.
We are not allowed to grow peas here in the Wairarapa for 2 years as a wevel was found in seed that came here.


Good job sod  

And interesting about the peas.
Dave C

Mo wrote:
Dave C wrote:
Nice, tomorrow we will be having Lamb as well.
I helped the farmer over the field put up his barn.

It was a days labour for half a lamb


Good innit?

We also got some lamb for loaning out our trailer - and a load of logs for the same thing


Yeah Mo, I also love a good Barter  
confused

[quote="Dave C:346530"][quote="sod:346500"]Christmas day was roast beef,ham and corned silverside
When we were out in Australia we were treated to an early xmas dinner , and tasted the " corned silverside " SUPERB!!!  do you buy this ? or do you make it ? i made a bit of a pig of myself and enjoyed the hospitality maybe more than i should have , and never asked the question at the time   also the Beetroot jelly was a first for me as well loved it !
sod

Confused We have our own animal home killed and then the guy that does that does all our meat for us. I think the taste is in that the animal is eating grass in paddock then bang dead, no stress. Yes beetroot jelly is great on it or on anything really    

Dave C yes we didn't even know any were grown here but there are some biggish farms  

Missed not having any lamb this year will have to be more like you lot and earn sone  

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