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Feeding a decorating party

Postby OneMoreCheekyOne » September 29th, 2017, 9:06 pm

Evening Wildies,

We've got some family here next weekend helping us with lots of painting and decorating.

We'll do brunch sandwiches mid morning but I want to do something for when we're finished too which is special but also easy bearing in mind we'll be busy all afternoon.

I'm thinking of a slow cooked venison cut (to feed 8) but I've never slow cooked venison before and I haven't the foggiest if it's even in season yet??

Any thoughts on this idea/recipes/suggestions for sides or alternatives if venison isn't great now?

Thanks! x
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Re: Feeding a decorating party

Postby Catherine » September 29th, 2017, 9:12 pm

It should be just coming in now. A slow braised venison casserole would be lovely with mash and red cabbage
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Re: Feeding a decorating party

Postby OneMoreCheekyOne » September 29th, 2017, 9:13 pm

I'm lying.. I've slow cooked venison ready prepared chunks (that's a horrible word) in a pie but I don't want to go down that route! So..any help appreciated!
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Re: Feeding a decorating party

Postby Pepper Pig » September 29th, 2017, 9:23 pm

Can you get shin of beef or ox cheek? I'd go for those for slow cooking but there's not much venison in Harrow! :o Waitrose do whole ox cheek which you can butcher how you want.
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Re: Feeding a decorating party

Postby Catherine » September 29th, 2017, 9:28 pm

The hairy bikers have a lovely ox cheek recipe. Otherwise lamb shanks, beef in Guinness or a good curry which can all be made in advance and reheated when needed. All will be better for it too
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Re: Feeding a decorating party

Postby OneMoreCheekyOne » September 30th, 2017, 9:13 am

Thanks both :tu:

I've just been to our butchers and he's putting a haunch to one side for next weekend. Mash and braised red cabbage sounds great and I can prep/make those in advance. Will probably do a green veg too.

What would you do for dessert? I'm pondering a thin glazed apple tart with clotted cream???

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Re: Feeding a decorating party

Postby EmWilk » September 30th, 2017, 10:44 am

Emma, I'm a dab had with a paint brush :drool: :lol:
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Re: Feeding a decorating party

Postby Catherine » September 30th, 2017, 11:07 am

OneMoreCheekyOne wrote:What would you do for dessert? I'm pondering a thin glazed apple tart with clotted cream???


Quite heavy although hard graft works up an appetite. Maybe lemon syllabub?
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Re: Feeding a decorating party

Postby Ratatouille » September 30th, 2017, 12:31 pm

If you want to keep up the autumn theme then I've just made a lovely pear and walnut tart for a new recipe.

With game I quite often do a duo of cabbage, savoy and red, steamed then buttered. It looks attractive,
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Re: Feeding a decorating party

Postby earthmaiden » September 30th, 2017, 7:22 pm

I think that the apple tart sounds lovely, as does the pear and walnut! At this time of year I sometimes make a plum crumble flavoured with almond extract and with ground almonds in the crumble too.
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Re: Feeding a decorating party

Postby Pepper Pig » September 30th, 2017, 8:22 pm

Nigella does a great plum and Amaretti crumble.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/ruby- ... _and_83013
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Re: Feeding a decorating party

Postby Catherine » September 30th, 2017, 10:28 pm

earthmaiden wrote: I sometimes make a plum crumble flavoured with almond extract and with ground almonds in the crumble too.


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Re: Feeding a decorating party

Postby TeresaFoodie » October 1st, 2017, 6:57 am

For pud how about baked apples stuffed with dried fruits and served with custard. Very autumnal and filling without being stodgy.
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Re: Feeding a decorating party

Postby WWordsworth » October 1st, 2017, 6:09 pm

Or just a cheese platter?
Or has it been and gone now?
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Re: Feeding a decorating party

Postby Prettykiwicrazy » October 2nd, 2017, 10:04 am

If not already gone, I think the plum crumble sounds like a perfect match
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Re: Feeding a decorating party

Postby OneMoreCheekyOne » October 4th, 2017, 8:28 am

Sorry for the delay! It's this coming Sunday so still useful feedback thanks.

All ideas lovely but we have a punnet of plums in at the moment so I will go with the majority vote and choose the plum crumble! Thanks everyone.

I might get a little bit of cheese in too actually and it doesn't matter if it doesn't get eaten as we'll eat it over the next week. I bought some lovely Anthropologie/Liberty cheese knives a while back and haven't used them yet so this will give me an excuse.

Rats, I wouldn't mind the pear and walnut tart recipe for another time though if you don't mind please?
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Re: Feeding a decorating party

Postby Catherine » October 4th, 2017, 6:28 pm

If the plum crumble doesn't take you fancy in the end, try a plum clafoutis or plum and almond clafoutis
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