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£34.00 – £51.00
Free Range Christmas Cockerel
A Christmas Cockerel (or capon) is fantastic eating, combining the taste, succulence and texture of a quality free range chicken with the size of a turkey (5-6kgs)
As with our turkeys, the cockerels are slow-reared for exceptional taste. With a life span of 130 days compared to the average supermarket chicken, which is reared to 38 days, they are grown to maturity resulting in super large sizes and fabulous moist meat. They grow on grass pastures on a family farm in Warwickshire, fed on a natural cereal based diet with no artificial additives or growth stimulants being added to their feed.
They are bred to the highest welfare standards, with plenty of space, outdoor light, food and water. They are reared by Heart of England Farm who specialize in Christmas fowl.
Your cockerel will come in a presentation box, oven ready with a brochure, recipe card, letter and pop up timer.
The cockerels come in three sizes:
Small 3-4kg feeds up to 8 people
Medium 4-5kg feeds up to 10 people
Large 5-6kg feeds up to 12 people
Recipe for Roast Cockerel with Butter & Herbs
Preparation time: 10 minutes plus resting
Cooking time: 2 hours 30 minutes approx
- Serves 8-10
- 4kg (approx.) Free Range Cockerel
- 2 tbsp chopped mixed herbs (thyme, rosemary & sage)
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 2 tbsp butter
- 1 lemon
- Salt & Pepper
- 400ml Chicken stock
- 50ml red wine or 20ml marsalla
- Remove the cockerel from the fridge 45 minutes before cooking.
- Preheat oven to 180.
- Mix together the chopped herbs and butter, season and rub all over the cockerel. Place the garlic cloves and lemon (cut in half) inside the cavity.
- Place in a large roasting tin and put in the oven for 16 minutes per 450g/1lb, plus an extra 16 minutes or until the juices run clear. (If the cockerel is browning too much place foil lightly over the top.
- Once cooked, remove the cockerel from the oven and place on a serving plate – cover with foil to rest for 20-30 minutes.
- Make the gravy by placing the tray over a low heat – adding the red wine/marsalla and the chicken stock. Allow to come to the boil and reduce slightly. For added smoothness add 10g of butter to the gravy.
- Carve the cockerel and serve with the gravy, roast potatoes, roast sweet potatoes, red cabbage, parsnips and streaky bacon rolls.
When is a Capon not a Capon? Caponisation is illegal in the UK but still widely practiced in mainland Europe. Essentially it is a process which can be physical or with hormones, which neuters the cockerel allowing the bird to become plump for the table. We do not caponise our Cockerels. Our rearing method, along with the naturally waning day length during their rearing, means that this practice is totally unnecessary.
£5.25 – £33.00
Smoked Salmon – 100g, 200g, 400g & Whole Sides
Our delicious smoked salmon comes from Springs Smokery in Edburton, West Sussex.
They fillet, skin and bone every salmon by hand. No machine could offer the expert eye, and precision with the knife, of Jose and Paul, the resident filleters and smokers.
The fillets are cured in the manner developed thousands of years ago: coated in dry salt. Nothing more, and certainly no colourings, preservatives or additives of any kind.
A day later, the fish are suspended in brick kilns over smouldering logs of Sussex oak. Springs use whole logs – not chips or shavings – since they flavour the salmon more delicately. The cold smoking can take up to 30 hours; up to three times longer than many commercial producers.
For over a half-century of smoking, Springs Smokery have used Sussex oak from the forests around Arundel. They rightly believe that no other oak flavours scents their salmon so fully yet subtly.
Tunworth Cheese (200g)
The Tunworth is a fabulous cheese that is a local and much improved version of a Camembert – in fact Raymond Blanc described it as “the best Camembert in the world”.
Tunworth has won the Supreme Cheese champion of the UK twice (in 2006 and 2013) and is an incredible cheese that we are fortunate to have on our doorstep.
WEIGHT 250 grams
Tunworth has a long-lasting sweet, nutty flavour and a creamy texture with a thin wrinkled rind. Tunworth Cheese is made by hand in small batches in our purpose-built creamery with pasteurized whole cows milk.
First specific starter cultures are added to the warm milk. The animal rennet is added and the curd begins to set. After several hours the curds are cut into one-inch cubes and placed gently into cheese molds.
The cheeses drain overnight and are dry salted the next day. From the production room, they are placed on racks and taken into the ripening room where they grow their white coats.
The cheeses are then wrapped and boxed in special poplar boxes and placed into a maturing room for several weeks before being despatched to our wholesale and retail customers.
Westcombe Cheddar (per 100g)Westcombe cheddar is one of our great finds – it’s a superb cheddar that matches up to any of the finest British cheddars, but is relatively unknown and as a result, more reasonable in price. Westcombe Dairy has been making Cheddar for over 100 years in the heart of Somerset. … Read More