2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 3,600 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 6 years to get that many views.

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NANA’S MUTTON SHANK CASSEROLE

This looks Awesome!

Trying it out tonight.

MDAL

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Mutton selling like hot cakes

We have been going great guns recently, which is nice considering the current climate (both weather and financial). We will have some more available from the end of the week contact us at the farm for your next order.

Our regular customers have beeen raving about the recipes from michelin star chefs that the Mutton Renaissance campaign promoted. So to follow on in our series of recipes here is an amazing heart warming recipe from John Williams, Executive Chef at the Ritz.

Mutton Broth – recipe below:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Milk from Cloned Cows – Is this what people want?

I’m often asked what my thoughts are on things like GM and Cloning by non-farming friends and colleagues.

In short:

  • I believe in choice for the consumer, so if it is really what people want then fine.

 

  • It is unecessary because “traditional” advances in yields are already outgrowing population forecasts anyway.

 

  • Massive potential for single genome plants/animals to be susceptable to single diseases/pathogens – Genetic variation is a massive benefit in disease protection. Imagine if all british dairy cows were cloned from the same cow and all died – not good for food security.

 

  • If we routinely clone other animals how long before we start to justify others like……Humans? That can’t be good!

However, because of the lobbying pressure and widespread research these genes are creeping into our livestock and plant sectors anyway through sale of bulls and semen and cross pollination. So do we really know that our commodity level food is GM or Clone free now?

No we don’t.

This gives a small producer like me a slight dilema of conscience. . . .

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Mutton for sale – Great New Recipe

This is a Classic with a  Michelin twist.

We are back in the grove after selling out at Christmas and now have mutton ready for sale on the farm.

What I like about these Mutton Rennaisance recipes is that they encourage people to explore lots of different cuts and highlight the versatility of the meat.

POACHED LEG OF MUTTON WITH A CAPER CREAM SAUCE

This is one of the classic ways to cook mutton; the gentle poaching enables the meat to reach optimum tenderness. Wow your friends by serving it at a dinner party with some red cabbage and baby root veg.

SERVES: 6

INGREDIENTS

  • 2kg (4lb,6oz) 1/2 leg of mutton (bone-in)
  • 4 large Spanish onions, peeled and sliced
  • 2 generous tsp sea salt
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 5ml (1tsp) whole black peppercorns
  • 1/4 stick cinnamon
  • zest of 1 orange
  • 2 litres (3 1/2 pints) light chicken stock
  • 1 bottle (750ml) dry white wine
  • 350g (12oz) unsalted butter
  • 60 ml (4tbsp) finely chopped shallots
  • 60 ml (4 tbsp) capers
  • 600ml (1pt) double cream.

METHOD

  1. Place the mutton into a large saucepan and bury it in the sliced onions. Add the salt. Tie the bay leaves, peppercorns, cinnamon and orange zest in a piece of muslin and add this to the pan with half of the wine.
  2. Cover with the chicken stock and bring to a gentle simmer. Skim off the crust that forms on the surface with a spoon.
  3. Simmer gently for approximately 2 hours or until tender.
  4. After 1 hour, take a saucepan and melt 150g (6oz) of the butter, add the shallots and capers and cook gently until softened then turn up the heat to lightly colour the shallots.
  5. Add the rest of the wine and cook briskly until the liquid reduces by half. Draw off approximately 1 litre (2 pints) of the poaching liquor from the mutton pan and add it to the capers and shallots. Bring this to the boil and reduce by half. Add the double cream and bring back to the boil. Reduce the mixture further until you achieve a glossy cream gravy. Adjust seasoning and keep warm.
  6. When the mutton is ready, transfer to a serving dish, cover and keep warm. Strain the poaching liquid from the onions but retain.
  7. Heat a large frying pan and melt the remaining butter until foaming. Add the drained onions and fry briskly until they turn golden and have begun to caramelise.
  8. Place some of the golden onions onto a plate and slice the mutton finely on top of it. Garnish with a ladling of the caper cream sauce. Note: The retained poaching liquid can be used to make a delicious soup.

MDAL.

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More Mutton Recipes

  Found this lovely dish opposite here on the BBC good food website.

Also checkout this search on the BBC food website (why 2 food websites on the BBC???)

The last one in particular is a corker with 20 or so recipes.

Happy New Year!

MDAL.

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Brian Turner’s Braised Mutton and Caper cobbler

A hearty mid-week supper that’s delicious served on its own or with some creamy mash to soak up the juices.

SERVES: 6

 Don’t forget our Mutton Buying guide “Where to buy Mutton”

 Searching for other Mutton recipes I came accros this which looks delicious. Love to know what “mutton masala” is think I’ll have to research that one for future reference.

 

INGREDIENTS
For the Stew

  • 1kg (2.2lb) diced leg of mutton
  • 2 celery stalks, halved
  • 3 medium carrots, peeled and cut in half
  • 1/2 small swede, cut into 12 chunks
  • 6 shallots, peeled
  • 6 small turnips, scrubbed but not peeled
  • 10 whole black peppercorns
  • salt
  • 1 sprig rosemary
  • 1 sprig thyme
  • 1 litre (13/4 pints) lamb stock made with 2 good quality stock cubes

For the Cobbler top

  • 350g (12oz) self raising flour
  • 100g (4oz) butter, diced
  • 50g (2oz) capers, chopped
  • 10g (1/2 oz) parsley, chopped
  • 4 spring onions, finely chopped
  • 30ml (2 tbsp) plain natural yoghurt
  • mixed with 70ml (5 tbsp) cold water.

METHOD

  1. Place the mutton in a large casserole or pan with the vegetables and herbs.
  2. Add peppercorns and season with salt.
  3. Bring to the boil and simmer gently for 1 hour.
  4. To make the cobbler rub the fat and the flour together.
  5. Stir in the capers, parsley, onions and pepper.
  6. Add enough of the yoghurt and water mix to make a soft, pliable dough.
  7. Roll dough to 2.5cm (1”) thick and cut into 12 rounds or wedges. Place on top of the mutton.
  8. Bake at 200°C, Gas 6, 400°F for 20-25 minutes or until the cobbler is golden brown

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