Grouse, corn, girolles, onion, blackberry, foie gras

Grouse, corn, girolles, onion, blackberry, foie gras
Grouse season starts on 12 August but I’ve never seen them in butchers that early; apparently the younger birds have a less strident flavour than ones you get later on and if you find meat with a strong gamey flavour off-putting then grouse will probably be a bit too much. It’s probably the reason why ...

Venison, Chocolate, Sweet Potato, Kale, Celeriac, Girolles 2

Venison, Chocolate, Sweet Potato, Kale, Celeriac, Girolles
This is the first time I’ve had a chance to use the new season’s venison and I picked up a fabulous piece of loin in Ennis Butchers, Rialto, which I am lucky enough to have just around the corner from my house. As with pretty much all tender meat I cook now I did it ...

Rabbit Ragu, Polenta, Orange Gremolata 8

Rabbit Ragu, Polenta, Orange Gremolata
A while back I was reading a great post on Gunter Nation which included a recipe for a slow cooked rabbit ragu with Bill particularly recommending serving it alongside polenta. This suggestion gave me the perfect excuse to attempt an outrageous recipe from the Balthazar cookbook that friends brought me back from a trip to ...

Venison & Dark Ale Pie

Venison & Dark Ale Pie
Venison is one of my favourite meats and I always make an effort to buy it whenever I find it because like all game the season is limited. It’s also very good value when you consider I bought a whole leg (shank and all) for €10 in FXB where a similar cut of lamb cost ...

Wild Boar Sugo With Pappardelle 2

Wild Boar Sugo With Pappardelle
As mentioned recently I got a shoulder of wild boar from the excellent John’s Meat Company in Monkstown: a large 5kg bone-in joint with the sort of marbling that unfortunately has been bred out of commercial pigs. Obviously as it was whole I had to debone the cut myself which was actually fine; I took ...

Rabbit And Mushroom Stew 2

Rabbit And Mushroom Stew
It’s a shame we don’t eat more rabbit in Ireland, especially as doing so might help reduce the millions of euro worth of damage they do to farms every year. Unfortunately, people seem to have become very sentimental about what are essentially vermin and now a far better source of cheap protein than, say, battery ...